Pete Kennedy is a real¬life modern day troubadour, traveling the highways and heart¬ways between his Birr homeland in the Irish midlands, and Nashville, Tennessee. A two¬time winner of the British Country Music Awards UK Album of the Year Award (2012 & 2013, for his ‘Nashville Sessions – Volume 1’, and his ‘Nashville Sessions – Volume 2 ‘collections respectively), Pete has also been nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year at the 2016 British Country Music Awards.
Pete’s talent has long been recognized in the US where the warmth and depth of his vocal style, combined with the easy charm of his on¬stage presence has seen him embraced as a regular touring artist. His physical resemblance to Luke Bryan and a musical vibe that calls to mind Eric Church haven’t done him any harm either! In 2013, the same year he scored a Number 1 on the British/Irish Hot Disc chart with his own song ‘Love Like That’, Pete also performed as an official CMA (Country Music Association) Artist at the CMA Fest in Nashville. Pete’s standing as a man worth paying attention to was further enhanced the following year when he was a ‘New & Noteworthy’ featured country artist on iTunes. Pete has even appeared in the ABC mega¬hit show ‘Nashville.’
In November of 2015 Pete signed with Red Ridge Entertainment in Nashville. To add some context to who Red Ridge are, it’s well worth noting that among the artists they have worked with in the past are Craig Wayne Boyd (winner of The Voice 2014 in the US), American country greats Collin Raye and Tanya Tucker, and the world famous and iconic band, The Beach Boys. Having toured with both Neil Sedaka and The Stylistics, it could justifiably be said that Pete is used to being in such esteemed company and it doesn’t knock him off his stride. Something else which makes Pete unique among Irish performers is the fact that he has also been a regular co¬writer with some of the most successful songsmiths in ‘Music City’, including; Earl ‘Bud’ Lee (co¬writer of the Garth Brooks hit ‘Friends In Low Places’, and ‘One Night At A Time’ for George Strait), Kirsti Manna (‘Austin’ for Blake Shelton), and Bobby Boyd (‘Bless The Broken Road’ for Rascal Flatts). Pete has also performed at the world famous Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. Pete’s latest Irish release, ‘On My Way To You’, became a Top 10 Irish country music radio airplay chart hit in January of this year, and saw Pete perform ‘live’ on RTE 1’s TODAY show. The song also bounced back into the Top 30 in recent weeks, following Pete’s busy summer schedule of festival appearances, which have included the Obama Country Fest in Moneygall, and the Lorrha Country Music Fest. Pete will also be appearing at the Ballymore Country Music Festival on the August bank holiday Monday. Pete’s most successful single to date has been the instantly catchy ,’Crazy Country Girl’, a co¬write with Jo¬Leah Gray, and released in the summer of 2015. The song has received airplay on over 180 radio stations in over 30 countries worldwide, and was a Top 30 hit on the German Country Charts (where he sat comfortably in the company of American country giants such as Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert and Chris Young, among others) while climbing to number 52 in Japan.
Pete’s hectic schedule of traveling back and forth between Nashville and Ireland meant that a video for ‘Crazy Country Girl’ was always just a couple of lines away on his ‘to¬do’ list. However, given that the track is just as popular as ever with radio and fans one year on from release, and as Pete has decided to spend most of 2016 concentrating on his career ‘on¬the¬ground’ in Ireland and the UK, the long¬awaited and highly anticipated video has finally been crossed off the list and will debut on tv in the coming weeks.