Enda is truly an amazing artist! It only takes one introduction to Enda to know he is one of the most gifted, optimistic and unassuming new spirits in music! His songs portray a warmth and honesty possessed by few others. On stage is where Enda really comes alive. His ability to connect with his audience is second to none, and the ease with which he delivers his craft is near perfection.
Taking a quick look back, Enda grew up in the small village of Owning in County Kilkenny, on the east coast of Ireland. Enda’s love for music began on his tenth birthday when given his first guitar. By the age of sixteen, Enda was playing many local talent shows and performing with the Carrick on Suir Operatic Society. Enda left high school after being told that music would just be a “hobby\", and that he should pursue a career in woodworking.
He began performing throughout the Irish countryside by night, while working ten-hour shifts in the cabbage fields by day. One evening, an American businessman and his wife watched Enda perform, and made him a life-altering proposal: they offered Enda a full scholarship to the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music in Virginia. This was an offer he could not refuse.
Enda pursued his education with great passion, making the most of this rare opportunity. After graduation, Enda continued to write and perform his original music, until later joining the band Surrey Lane. Their single “Some Days” was a Top 100 hit on the AC charts. They were also featured on ABC Radio who gave notice to their 9/11 tribute-song “Love Must Grow.”
In November 2005, Enda left Surrey Lane to pursue his solo career, signing a production deal with L.A. based producer Peter Stengaard. Peter is best known for his incredible production talent and artist credits (Natasha Bedingfield, Joss Stone, Billy Ray Cyrus) and work with industry leaders (Diane Warren, Carole Bayer Sager). Peter says:
\"Enda is a rare talent, one of those unpolished diamonds you quickly realize you need not polish, because it’s already shining\"!
Enda Keegan recently toured nationwide on the American Idol 2007-08 season (“Rock Your Style Stage”) alongside Constantine Maroulis, performing for thousands of new fans. Enda divides his time between Los Angeles and New York City and performs often in both cities. With his upcoming release, “The Bridge”, Enda has created a stellar record with endless crossover appeal.
The Bridge features a mix of originals and traditional Irish songs, each coming from the heart and telling their unique story. Recorded at Outloud Audio Studios in NYC, “The Bridge” has something for everyone, including the tender “New York City Morning” to the traditional upbeat pulse of “Banks of the Roses”, to the anthemic, “One Of These Days”.
The record itself features a multitude of guest artists; Brian O’Neil (Pat McGee band, Speir Mor’s), Margaret Kelly (Cats, Les Miserables), Mave Price (performed with Clay Aiken) Phillip Payton (New World Symphony), Christopher Layer (The National Symphony), and incredible R & B vocalist Deshai Williams, making for a diverse, smart and compelling work of art.
Enda will be touring Ireland in June and July of 2008, and returning to tour the US in late 2008 into 2009. For more information, visit www.endakeegan.com
Enda is living out his childhood dreams and loving every minute of it!