James Kilbane, singer, songwirter, producer.
The Story So Far.......
James Kilbane was born in London, England in 1970, and in his childhood he returned to the tranquil Achill Island, Mayo, Ireland. James married his teenage love, Christina in 1989 and their family home is on Achill with their teenage children Diana and Daniel. James in his first 37 years has had an exceptional life to date. From a child, he struggled with learning difficulties, which he overcame and went on to study and earn two qualifications, one in Business and the second a Degree in Heritage studies. However James' singing was his earliest career, started at the age of seven when he gave his first solo performance in his local choir. James then started competing in singing competitions form the age of ten, winning many County titles. Having been a member of several choirs and bands throughout his teenage years, James eventually became lead singer with his own band "Dollar Brand" until his success in the hit TV show You're A Star. You're A Star is the Irish version of American Idol, Pop Idol or X Factor. In this Irish television series, there were thousands of entrants from Ireland, America and England. After five months of television performances, James with his unique and incredible voice went all the way to the final where week after week he won the hearts of his nation.
James Kilbane is not a man to waste time. First, James recorded on a follow-up 'You're A Star' compilation album; James had a hit single 'Losing You', DVD, and stared in the sell-out nationwide tour. Since James has continued to be a top performing artist whose fantastic vocal range allows him to grace most any form of music or stage.
In 2004 James took the step that so many were waiting for him to do and recorded his debut album called 'King of the Road'. Since its release the album has proven to be a huge hit with the Irish public at home and abroad, for its Country, Irish and easy listening sounds. James has gone on to release his very successful Gospel music, first in the album 'Close to You. Hymns of Praise' followed by the single 'The Miracle of the Rosary' plus albums 'Divine Love', 'Life's Miracle' and his latest Gospel release 'Heart to Heart'. In July of 2008 James released a much requested Irish collection titled 'Songs of Ireland' and in November he released his first Christmas album titled 'The Christmas Collection' that has many Christmas favorites. In February 2010 James released a new album 'Glory and Grace' where we hear James' production style fuse between Country Gospel, Celtic World with a touch of Classical. This is an interesting combination for an inspiring album. All James album are now available on CD and download.
James is delighted to promote the message of God and Christian values as a primary part of his life, music, recording work and career. James often performs for thousands of pilgrims in Knock, Ireland's Marian Shrine, and at Our Lady's House of Prayer, Achill. In 2006 James performed for the first time at the Inspirational Country Music Convention in Nashville, Tennessee. James regularly performs Christian Country and Gospel Concerts and is a leading voice for Christian music in Ireland. In the past year James has been a guest soloist at celebrated religious ceremonies in Ireland and America including the 2006 Papal Mass for Pope Benedict at Maynooth at Ireland that was celebrated by the Papal Nuncio to Ireland the Most Reverend Giuseppe Lazzarotto. In 2007 James was a guest of the Vatican Papal See at the United Nations when he attended the Path to Peace Awards in New York, USA. In 2007 also, James was asked to undertake the creation of a new anthem for the Marian shrine of Meryem Ana Evi or Mary's House in Turkey which was the Virgin Mary's final home in Ephesus and is an international pilgrimage shrine for Christians and Muslims. The new anthem, titled 'Mary's House. Our Lady of Ephesus' is now included on James' album 'Heart to Heart'.
Media and Events:
Over the past number of years James has been in demand for many prestigious shows, events and press publications. His Gospel and Country music feature regularly on Irish radio. In Ireland and America James has featured and performed on television shows and music channels that have included RTE's The Late Late Show, Nationwide, Phil Coulter and Company, Eternal Word Television Network EWTN, You're A Star, Live At 3, Ear To The Ground, TV3's Ireland AM, RTE's Spirit Level and Sunday Presbyterian Service as well as the USA's Gospel Channel, WKYC's Good Company and Cleveland's Channel 19. James and his family have appeared on all leading Irish press publications. James has also featured on radio at home in Ireland but also in America and Australia. He has performed at various festivals including the International Rose of Tralee Festival, where he also was asked to sing 'The Rose Of Tralee' for the winning Rose in 2004 as well as the Path to Peace Awards at the United Nations in New York city. James has performed at Irish Cultural and Irish Country music festivals in America and Europe.
Other Talents in History and Ethnography:
Kilbane is also known for his historical and ethnographic research. This research was into a traditional class of boat indigenous to Achill Island, the Achill yawl. He also undertook studies on land use practices in his region of Ireland. In 2001 he completed a thesis titled "The Achill Yawl" for a Humanities in Heritage Diploma from the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology GMIT, which is considered an authoritative work on the social history of this vernacular watercraft. In 2002 Kilbane completed a second thesis titled "The Heritage of Mountain Grazing In Achill. The Booley, Land Use, And Commonage" for a Humanities in Heritage Degree at the GMIT campus. He has also co-authored a chapter on the Achill Yawl subject in the 2008 publication "Traditional Boats of Ireland" published by Collins Press and his other research has been referenced for other publications and studies.
Over the years James Kilbane has gone from strength to strength. He has continued to win and earn the respect of his public though his work, performances and recordings. Years of experience have helped make James Kilbane a versatile performer and music producer who produces and sings a mix of Gospel, Country, and Irish Folk. It is all just simply, nice music.