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Kerry scoops Hotdisc Best Newcomer Award!

Local country singing star Kerry Fearon has topped off an amazing year by scooping the Horizon Award for the most successful British and Irish Newcomer for 2016 at the recently held Hotdisc awards.

The highly coveted award was one of eight given out by Hotdisc to country music acts, based on their genuine success over the last twelve months – using data from the Hotdisc Top 40 which is compiled each week by the cream of Europe’s country music DJs.   The Awards Show – which was aired on the Keep It Country TV channel on 2nd January, prides itself on being totally free from the hype of public votes so the recipients and nominees of the stunning laser-etched crystal Hotdisc trophy know that their achievement has come from their peers.

Speaking to The Examiner about her latest achievement at the end of yet another whirlwind year of successes for the country music star, the Dromintee lady said she is “absolutely delighted and still in shock” to have been chosen for the prestigious award.

“I can’t believe it and I’m absolutely delighted! It really was a great way to complete 2016 which was such a successful year for me,” said Kerry who, as well as being a finalist in TG4’s Glór Tíre competition, also released her new EP (which is available to purchase from Tí Chulainn centre, Mullaghbawn), was an opening act for Marty Haggard, and bagged her own TV show on the Keep It Country TV channel.

“It’s also a super way for me to kick off 2017,” added Kerry,

“My brand new single, “Storms Never Last”, is released this week and my debut album is also due for release in a few months.

“I’ll be performing at Susan McCann’s weekend in the Carrickdale Hotel on the 27th, 28th and 29th of January – which I’m delighted to be involved in, and I’m continuing my regular spot at the Hooley in the Coach, which I’m very lucky to be on!

“My duet with Cowboy Larry ‘Country Boy, City Girl’ is also getting a good response and my nightly show on Downtown Country including Ireland’s Hot 7 Chart on Downtown Radio on Sunday nights is proving to be more popular than ever!”

Thanking everyone for their support and belief in her, a very busy Kerry, who juggles her singing career with a teaching role in Rathore School in Newry, looks forward to another amazing year on the country music scene.