Equal parts rustic folk and soulful grit, Ireland's Dermot Kennedy offers his own blend of passionate, introspective songwriting in a vein similar to fellow countryman and forebear Glen Hansard. A native of County Dublin, Kennedy began writing songs in his teens, eventually releasing the EP Dancing Under Red Skies in 2013. Honing his craft over the next few years, he found viral success with his single "After Rain," which racked up millions of streams in 2016. Kennedy's follow-up EP, 2017's Doves & Ravens, signaled a more pop-oriented approach with contributions from some heavy-hitting industry players like co-songwriter Charlie Hugall (Låpsley, Florence + the Machine) and producers Stephen Kozmeniuk and Carey Willetts. In 2018, Kennedy collaborated with legendary hip-hop producer Mike Dean for his third EP, Mike Dean Presents: Dermot Kennedy, which inherited some of the poppier sounds of Doves & Ravens, as well as pulling from genres like hip-hop and R&B. The tracks from these EPs, alongside various singles, were compiled onto Dermot Kennedy, a 2019 compilation album. This was followed by two further singles, "Lost" and "Outnumbered," the latter of which marked Kennedy's debut in the U.K. Top 40 singles chart. Both of these were included on his debut album Without Fear, which was released in September that year. ~ Timothy Monger & David Crone
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Pop - Released October 4, 2019 | Riggins Recording Limited
Without Fear is the debut album from Irish folk singer/songwriter Dermot Kennedy. The album comes shortly after the 2019 compilation Dermot Kennedy, and is his first full-length album of new material. Without Fear was preceded by the singles "Lost" and "Outnumbered," the latter of which marked Kennedy's debut in the U.K. Top 40 singles chart.
Pop - Released April 6, 2018 | UMGRI Interscope
If you haven’t heard the name already, take note of the Dubliner Dermot Kennedy. Taking inspiration from artists like Glen Hansard, Bon Iver and James Blake, this singer/songwriter combines rustic folk and soulful grit with percussion that is deeply rooted in hip-hop and R&B. He writes about beauty, heartache and hope as his music swings on a pendulum of emotion, no more so than with his newest EP “Mike Dean Presents: Dermot Kennedy”. This EP is produced by the infamous american producer Mike Dean, who has worked with such artists as Kanye West, Jay-Z and A$AP Rocky, to name but a few. Kennedy commented on the collaboration to Earmilk Magazine saying; “It was the perfect introduction for me to think about hip hop in a different way and play around with it. I just knew he’d get what I was trying to do with my sound… He put his stamp on the songs and was able to bring forward my love and appreciation for hip hop while keeping to its acoustic roots.” The 23 minutes of music is a combination of new tracks with Young & Free and Couldn't Tell, two previously released tracks in An Evening I Will Never Forget and Moments Passed, and finally a cover of the infamous Frank Ocean track Swim Good. Kennedy has no doubt come along way from busking on the streets of Dublin and with his brutal honesty in his writing, we look forward to what’s next from the Singer/Songwriter. No doubt one to watch! © Aidan Nickerson/ Qobuz
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