He has been described as having a modern sound with echoes of the past. Irish recording artist Gary Quinn is an award winning singer songwriter whose songs will touch your heart.
Born and raised in Ireland, Gary grew up listening to Kris Kristofferson and fell in love with the country music of the 1990s, especially Garth Brooks. He has performed as part of the CMA Songwriters Series with Bob DiPiero and Kristin Bush of Sugarland as well as the Belfast Nashville Songwriter's Festival and the Belfast Nashville Songwriter Showcase.
His self titled release contains ten songs, all of which were written or co-written by Gary. The songs include heartfelt ballads, mid-tempo country songs and ones that would be right at home in a honky tonk. His vocals adapt quite nicely between the songs: warm and emotive on the ballads; spirited and humorous on other tracks.
The gentle piano on "Spoken Like A Man" is a lovely way to open the record. The mid-tempo love song is about the "little things" a man does to say I love you.
The second track was named British Country Music's Song of the Year for 2013. "He Don’t Show Her Anymore" is perhaps my favorite track on the record. It is a sadly beautiful ballad about a man who focuses on work instead of the one he loves. The little things he used to do are now a memory, from asking about her day to bringing her a gift: "He might say he loves her but he don't show her anymore."
"The Power of You and Me" is a song about choosing to continue a relationship, starting over or even ending it. Expressing that two people can rewrite their fairy tale if they would care "more about the two of us and less about ourselves.... we can make it all come true if we just believe in the power of me and you."
"Love To Watch You Leave" and "On Your Way Out" would fit right in played at the honky tonks on Broadway in Nashville. The former is about admiring a woman from behind. The latter is classic country song with piano, steel guitar, humor and a melody you will want to two step to. He sings "I won't miss the way you scream and shout, so make sure the door don't hit you on your way out."
In "Dodge You Bullet" he sings about how he could not avoid falling in love with a woman. She turned the tables and captured his heart and although he tried, "This burning deep inside says I couldn't dodge your bullet."
"Forget About You" has him remembering and regretting a past love when he sees her after some time. In "A Day I Find Love" he is thinking about the day when "a miracle will fall upon me, this loneliness will be lost far behind me."
"Live Each Day" will have you toe tapping along from the very first note. The song has very inspiring lyrics and a positive message, and is another personal favorite. "Live each day like it was your last/You can't see the future, can't change your past/You can only grab the moment of today."
"Rewind," a melancholy, yet touching ballad, closes the album. In the song, he compares a relationship to a movie, one which has "a twist he didn't see coming."
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