"Deirdre Reilly has "it"-everything it takes to earn a singular place on the world's musical stage." (Quote from former manager of Deirdre Reilly, Chet Atkins, Harry Chapin and Earl Klugh)
Deirdre Reilly beautifully personifies the dramatic influences that Irish music has had on today's American Country scene. Born in Holyoke, Massachusetts to Irish parents, Deirdre Reilly ("Dee" as she is also known) began singing at age five and had formed her own band by the age of 15. For a few years she played various clubs and dance halls all around the northeast and it was during one of those performances in Queens, NY that Deirdre caught the attention of the founder of Rego Records and internationally reknown musician and show man-Paddy Noonan. That meeting led to many tours on the road with Paddy's "All Star Variety Show" and to her first recording contract. By the age of 18 she was well on her way to a successful career in show business that she was so destined to pursue. In between her stints with Paddy Noonan and her own tours, she performed at the prestigious Opryland Show Park in Nashville, TN. She was selected out of thousands of hopefuls and was cast in the park's most popular show "Country Music USA". Deirdre enjoyed 3 consecutive seasons at Nashville's Opryland and while there she made great inroads in the Nashville music scene teaming up with the "cream of the crop" of musicians, producers and songwriters in Music City. This allowed her to further her dream of writing and recording the music she truly loves-Country music. Deirdre maintains that the roots of Country music are indeed Irish. She credits her heritage, her parents and so many Irish and American Country artist's who influenced her as she developed her own style for her success in the music industry today.
Deirdre Reilly has shared the stage with a long list of great artist's form the USA and abroad such as Van Morrison, Hal Ketchum, Paddy Reilly, Noel V. Ginnity, the late great Dermot O'Brien, Tony Kenny and Paddy Noonan just to name a few. She has been a featured artist numerous times on both Irish and American television. Her Irish television credits on RTE (Radio Telefis Eirann) include "Live At Three" and "The BiBi Show". In Northern Ireland she appeared on the popular late night show, "The Kelly Show". Her US television credits are "Music City Tonight" and "Prime Time Country" on TNN (The Nashville Network) It was on the highly rated country show "Music City Tonight" hosted by Lorrianne Crook and Charlie Chase that record producer and legendary guitarist Chet Atkins endorsed her career live on air by saying, "I see them come in droves but I think she will make it! She's got what it takes and she's great!"
Deirdre has recorded five albums to date and her latest, self penned single-"The Sixteenth Of May" is doing exceptionally well for her in the USA, Ireland and The United Kingdom. She just completed a very successful tour of Ireland in May 2007 under the management of Tony Loughman where she topped the bill over some longtime household names in Irish Country music. Deirdre said, "It was a huge honor to get to work with so many greats such as Philomena Begley, Big Tom, Paddy Cole, Hugo Duncan, Declan Nerney, John Glen, Gene Stuart and TR Dallas...It was a great tour! Not only did I get to work with best in Country music in Ireland but collectively we raised a lot of money for Cancer Care in both Ireland and Northern Ireland and that was just the icing on the cake for me!"
Deirdre's warm engaging style, powerful voice and dynamic stage presense makes her one of the top entertainers in muisc today. With fans all across America, Ireland, Australia and The United Kingdom, she is a hit with audiences of all ages no matter where she goes. One of her former mangers is quoted as saying, "Deirdre's love of what she does shows all through her process of being a professional musician. She is totally professional on stage and off, always exuding that "star quality" she was born with, always totally prepared and always willing to meet with her fans even after the most demanding concerts. Deirdre Reilly has "it"-everything it takes to earn a singular place on the world's musical stage."
Deirdre (Dee) Reilly will be touring Ireland and Northern Ireland again this October. She will be backed by "The AppleJack Band"-a superb cast of musicians based in Ireland. While in Ireland she has plans to record new material which will be available on her new, upcoming CD (TBA). She has a busy Fall/Winter tour schedule performing on both sides of the Atlantic. Check show listings for details and please visit her website: www.DeirdreReilly.com
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