Kerry is no stranger to the country music circuit & Americana circles. Having presented the Homegrown Hour & Ireland’s Hot 7 chart on Downtown Country & Downtown Radio for 4 years, the qualified Business Studies turned Special Needs teacher has picked up the Horizon Award for Most Successful British and Irish Newcomer 2016 and the Johnny Loughrey award at the Hot Country awards.
Hailing from South Armagh, Kerry grew up in a household surrounded by all sorts of music from Kylie to Burt Bacharach. The range was huge but country music was something her mother would have listened to and her father owned vinyls included Jim Reeves and Johnny Cash amongst others. And they still have a huge collection of cassette tapes, which includes the likes of Glen Campbell and Nana Mouskouri.
No particular artists sparked the flame when it all began in 2015, but things kicked off shortly after her father’s passing from Motor Neurone Disease. A local singer himself, he was a big influence on Kerry and when he was diagnosed and lost his ability to speak or sing, Kerry felt that she owed it to him to carry on the family legacy and become a singer.
Initially, she made a private recording just for family and friends. It wasn’t until several months later, after a friend shared the recording on Facebook/ and Soundcloud that Kerry first sung in public.
That first gig was opening for Dominic Kirwan and Mary Duff at the Waterfront in Belfast in March. A conversation with Wayne Golden, Dominic’s then Musical Director, led to Kerry recording ‘What Would Dolly Do? in Wayne’s home studio. Following extensive radio play and a hilarious video filmed in a hairdressing salon, this led to more gigs, and in November 2015, Kerry was invited by singer John McNicholl to appear on the Irish country singing competition Glór Tíre (pronounced Glore Tear) on TG4, reaching the final in 2016.
Since competing in Glór Tíre, the hard working singer has had the opportunity to work with Merle Haggard’s son Marty, and other USA artists such as Joni Harms, Ron & Leona Williams, and Will Banister.
Kerry is now one of Northern Ireland’s most popular emerging country singers. Her eponymous EP was released in 2016 and her 10-track debut album, Honky Tonk Girl in 2018. This came about following several years of playing gigs and recording around her native homeland. The album also included the singles ‘Storms Never Last’ and‘Red River Valley’.
‘Storms Never Last’ became the lead-off single from the album, which made its debut at No.24 on the Hotdisc Top 40, peaking at No.15. And No.6 on the British & Irish chart in February 2017, during a 10-week chart run.
Kerry thoroughly enjoyed putting this together and as a result, was invited to several events including being part of the international discussion panel at Canadian Country Music Week in Hamilton Ontario in September 2018.
Kerry has also become somewhat of a music journalist during the past few years. For 2 years she hosted Kerry’s Gold Country on Keep it Country TV, which she utilised to bring us a wide range of artists to our screens, including interviews and live music sessions with some of her special guests, ranged from the legendary Albert Lee to Marty Stuart, Jenn Bostic, Ashley Campbell, Jarrod Dickerson, Margo Price, Gallagher & Lyle to the Dead South. And more.
One of her career highlights to date was going on tour in the UK with one of her favourite country artists; Kelly Willis from Texas. Kerry has also toured with Johnny Cash’s grandson Thomas Gabriel on his Cash legacy Ireland tour 2018.
2019 was another busy year for Kerry, including visiting the Westport Folk and Bluegrass festival, where she was delighted to host the main event.
Aside from touring with Ags Connolly (UK), Leo Rondeau (Texas) & Keegan McInroe (Texas), Kerry graduated from the highly acclaimed Hot Press magazine MIX course and returned back to the studio working with guitarist Wayne Golden, recording a new project at his studio The Blue Room in County Tyrone.
Leaning more towards Roots and Americana, the result led to the release of her latest single; ‘To Ramona’, Released in July, she enjoyed success, receiving a great deal of airplay throughout Europe, And the song spent 5 weeks at number 1 on the British and Irish top ten and 3 weeks at number 1 on Downtown Country.
‘To Ramona’ is a lifelong favourite for Kerry. The folk waltz was written by Bob Dylan and resonated with Kerry in her teenage years. She says it has somehow become even more relevant – now she is in her late 30s. Wayne’s arrangement features steel guitar from Richard Nelson, one of the organisers of the Irish Steel Guitar Festival.
Kerry also started her brand new radio programme The Boots ‘n’ Roots show on Dundalk FM, (www.dundalkfm.com) and it includes music such as Americana, roots, folk, bluegrass, Ameripolitan, alt country, Trad country and Honky Tonk and features a range of special guests / interviews.
Kerry started 2020, by being a part of the Susan McCann String of Diamonds weekend in The Carrickdale Hotel. Plus there are more UK and Irish dates coming up in her gig guide including a few festivals.
Recently, Kerry has announced that she can’t believe that she has made it to the top 5 nominees for Pure Country female out of 78 nominees in the The Academy of Western Artists awards, which take place in Fort Worth this April.
As well as that, her debut album Honky Tonk Girl also made it to the top 5 in the Pure Country album category. She says; I’ve been nominated against some people that I truly admire!
There is so much that Kerry has achieved, and we at the BCA wish her all the best for the awards this year and for her future ahead.
Check out Kerry’s website and social for more information and regular updates on…
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/kerryfearon/To find out where you can hear Kerry being showcased all this week, check out http://britishcountryairplay.co.uk/artiste-of-the-week
Kerry’s music can also be found on YouTube, iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.