Cormac Neeson, the lead singer of Irish rock band The Answer, is set to release his first ever solo album titled ‘White Feather’. The new project propels him into the life affirming world of the singer / songwriter with a series of beautifully crafted, introspective songs that draw on a recent past that has served up its fair share of challenges and heartache. As ever, Neeson does not shy away from addressing some of the most emotionally charged and dramatic events of his recent life.
The song ‘Broken Wing’ was written for Cormac’s four year old son Dabhóg, born 3 months prematurely and with Down’s Syndrome – the track made an immediate connection with the Learning Disability Charity Mencap (whose children’s centre Dabhóg attended for a year) resulting in Cormac becoming a Mencap brand ambassador and donating a percentage of album and single profits to the charity. World Down’s Syndrome Day falls this year on 21 March; and on that date Cormac will release a brand new documentary video shot to raise awareness, the film even features him being tattooed with the image of three chromosome 21, the distinguishing genetic feature of Down’s Syndrome.
Following three intensive song writing trips to the USA over a period of 15 months, the album was recorded 2018 in Nashville at the legendary Studio 19, now the Sound Kitchen. Cormac immersed himself in the rich musical history of both the studio and the city, channelling a re-energised creativity working with some of the finest Nashville musicians including Steve Grossman on drums (Gibson Miller band, India Arie), Doug Kahan on bass (Cody Johnson) and John Heinrich on Pedal Steel (Garth Brooks, Shania Twain, and Tammy Wynette). Following the album tracking, he returned to complete dubbing and mixing in Belfast where he brought in some of Northern Ireland’s finest musicians to help with final arrangements The result is a powerful blend of two diverse and rich musical cultures, a Celtic Nashville concoction held together by Cormac’s unique vocal tones and song writing prowess.
“Everything I am is wrapped up in this record. I’ve been, at times, brutally honest with myself and tried to create something with real truth and power attached to it. Whether other people hear ‘White Feather’ and relate to the message or not, I know I’ve written a collection of songs that mean more to me than anything I’ve ever done in the past”
In Feb 2019, Cormac became a brand ambassador for the children’s learning disability charity, Mencap NI, a partnership that stemmed from Mencap’s instant connection with the lyrics of the song ‘Broken Wing’. The life changing experience of raising a disabled child had such a lasting and profound effect on Cormac that he sought solace in penning an autobiographical and emotional account of his inner thoughts. It’s no surprise then that much of the powerful subject matter of ‘White Feather’ album is rooted in the life changing events of the past five years.
White Feather / Do Something Today / Don’t Wait Up / Broken Wing / Sweet Gentle Love / Oh Son / Song That Lives Forever / Look Down On Me / Artefact / Home To me