Local country star nominated for Tatler celebrity award

August 20, 2018

Rising country star, Kerry Fearon says she is on cloud nine after being nominated for the Celebrity of the Year Award at the Ulster Tatler Awards, which take place at Belfast City Hall next month.

Kerry joins a prestigious list of finalists nominated for the title, including Fifty Shades star Jamie Dornan, UTV’s Pamela Ballantine, Q Radio’s Stephen Clements and actor/director, Sir Kenneth Branagh.

Speaking to The Examiner after receiving the news of her nomination, the Dromintee singer said,

“This really is a huge honour and privilege for me and it seems that all my hard work is finally being recognised!”

The Tatler nomination, coming hot on the heels of her Johnny Loughrey Music Award at the Hot Country TV Awards in May,  is an amazing feat for the homegrown country singer,  who only launched her music career three years ago.

Delighted to have recently released her debut album, ‘Honky Tonk Girl’ – a collection of country classics with Kerry’s own stamp on them – the country scene’s “pocket rocket” is also buzzing after returning from opening up for American country singer, Kelly Willis on her Back Being Blue UK tour. 

“This was a massive highlight in my short music career, especially with me being a huge fan of Kelly’s work over the years,” enthuses Kerry.

“She was superb and I was fortunate to have her guitarist Geoff Queen to accompany me on stage. Geoff has also played with many great names but in more recent years he was Sunny Sweeney’s band leader!”

Kerry says she was “welcomed with open arms in England and, as well as buying a lot of copies of my album, the crowd sang along with me. It was so surreal.”

The multi-talented south Armagh woman has juggled her burgeoning music career with her daytime role of special needs teacher, her Downtown Radio show and her TV presenting role on Kerry’s Gold Country, carving a name for herself in every aspect of the country scene.

To add to her glowing list of achievements, the hard working singer will also graduate at the end of this month after completing a University of Ulster Diploma in Irish Language – and she admits that she has decided to take a well earned break from studying for the upcoming academic year.

The accomplished singer is also very excited to be participating in round table discussion panels at Canadian Country music week in Hamilton Ontario this September.

“I have been invited along with respected journalist and publicist Alan Cackett and we will also be there for the Canadian Country Music Awards which are being hosted by Shania Twain.”

A packed schedule awaits the local country singer over the coming months, full of the opportunities and challenges which hardworking Kerry relishes.  To keep up to date with Kerry’s upcoming gigs, TV and Radio shows, and growing list of achievements and accolades, follow Kerry Fearon Music and Media on Facebook.

The Ulster Tatler Awards take place on 6th September at Belfast City Hall.