Belfast singer-songwriter Brian Kennedy has announced the release of his Double album “The Essential Collection” on Friday, September 30th, 2016. The album is filled with all of Brian’s most beloved songs, re-recorded for a new era of Brian’s career by Irish producer Billy Farrell. 2016 is a challenging year full of positivity for Brian. Not only will he celebrate his 50th birthday but also the 20th anniversary of the original release of “A Better Man” album and regaining full health following his recent battle with Cancer. The album will be available on CD, iTunes plus available on Spotify and streaming services. “Life, Love and Happiness 2016”, the lead single, will be at radio to support the release and get the celebrations started.
Having regained ownership of his back catalogue, Brian set about re-recording many of his most popular songs. Quite a number of songs on “The Essential Collection” are taken from his album “A Better Man”. It’s hard to believe, listening to the songs, that they originally were released in 1996, they sound so fresh with their new 2016 sound. “A Better Man” was certified 3 X Platinum in Ireland, held the #1 slot in the Irish charts for weeks and led to numerous sell out tours of Ireland including a run of 6 nights at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre, then 2 sold out shows at the then Point Theatre now called the 3Arena.
Brian also celebrates his 50th birthday in October and he will celebrate in style with a show at Dublin’s Vicar Street (October 13th) where he will perform the entire “A Better Man” album from start to finish, marking the 20th anniversary of its release. This will be some party; Brian has lots to celebrate!
Brian brings his legions of fans, 32 brand new versions of his songs they love so much:
“The Essential Collection” tracklisting
Captured // A Better Man // Hollow // Crazy Love // Now That I Know What I Want // Best Friend // Christopher Street (feat. Boy George) // A Case of You // The Ballad of You & Me // Put The Message in the Box // Every Song Is A Cry For Love // Best Days // Get On With Your Short Life // Sunday Morning // New York // You Raise Me Up
Please Say Yes // Different God // So What If It Rains // Mountain Road // Cloudsong/At The Edge Of The World // Town // Silver Hearts On Chains // Life, Love and Happiness // You’re The Only One I Want // You Turn Me On I’m a Radio // Carrickfergus // The Reason We Are Here // The Ballad of Killaloe // Crying // Turn To Me // Christmas Morning.