PROFILE: Kieran Goss
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Kieran Goss was born and raised in County Down, and was just nine years old when he got his first guitar. Growing up in a big family with diverse musical tastes meant that early on Goss was hearing the music of Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Frank Sinatra and the Rolling Stones. These varied influences fermented into the brew that gives Goss his own unique sound.
Whilst studying law in Belfast, Goss supported himself by playing gigs at Queen's University Students Union and other Belfast venues, at various times finding himself on the same bill as the likes of Elvis Costello, Christy Moore and Joe Jackson.
In1989, Goss recorded his first album, Brand New Star, which contained the songs 'Brand New Star' and 'Just Around The Corner'. Mary Black would later record both songs for her album, Babes In The Wood.
Goss followed up Brand New Star with New Day in 1994 and in 1998 he released the album Worse Than Pride, which contained the Top 10 single 'Out Of My Head', the second most played song on Irish radio that year. Worse Than Pride achieved double platinum status nine months after it was released. Red-Letter Day followed in 2000.
In the winter of 2002, Goss released the compilation, Out Of My Head... The Best Of Kieran Goss, which was intended to act as a resumé of his work up to that point and to give him a breather while he holed up to write.
His sixth studio album, Blue Sky Sunrise, was recorded in Tennessee and produced by Rodney Crowell and Peter Coleman. It was released in September 2005, and the first single from the album, 'Clear Day', was an instant hit which was picked up by the Progressive Building Society for use in their television advertising campaign.
Kieran Goss Trio Live, Kieran’s first live album, will be released in April 2008. In the meantime, Goss is currently mixing his next studio album, I’ll Be Seeing You, in Austin, Texas. I'll Be Seeing You is scheduled for release in mid-2008. An Irish tour will follow.