Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Kerrigan La-brooy


Kerrigan La-brooy

Kerrigan Warren Rayne is a Sri Lankan born Australian dream come true.

This dynamic, full-time Singer/Songwriter was a Nominee at the 7th Annual Golden Music Awards held in Nashville Tennessee in no less than 5 categories.

Kerrigan hit #1 on the Worldwide Mainstream Charts for 10 consecutive weeks. Out of over 20,000 entries he stormed up the charts to the #1 position ahead of Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Billy Ray Cyrus, Jo Dee Messina, LeAnne Rimes & The Dixie Chicks.

Kerrigan was the first Australian Artist to make #1. Countrycity Unity was a Top Ten hit on the Australian Charts and when released in USA and Canada it secured a Top 3 berth. To accommodate his amazing International acclaim, Kerrigan released a 2nd single, 'Holding On', on the Stardust Enterprises Label in Nashville.

His single 'Countrycity Unity' produced by Sherbet member Garth Porter received International recognition. Released in Europe it made the Top 10 on the European Top 40 Singles Chart AS WELL AS The European Most Played Artist Chart. Kerrigan also reached #1 on the Belgium Charts and made the Top 10 in other European Countries.

Kerrigan has received rave reviews from Nashville Tennessee, Fort Worth Texas, Manchester England and Munich Germany, often compared with Keith Urban & Jamie O'Neal. The focus of outstanding comments from the Worldwide media, Kerrigan was interviewed by Australian Magazine 'Aussie Post' which publicised his (quote) 'legendary live performances' and
was also featured in Europe's Leading Magazine 'Country Music Round-Up'.

His self-penned songs 'Together Tonight' and 'Feel So Blue' confirmed his staying power as a force to be reckoned with on the Australian Music Scene.

This human dynamo sets Tamworth of fire, his demand once escalating to a staggering 52 performances. During the Annual Cavalcade in Tamworth Kerrigan took out the Best Float Award for 3 years in a row with Roy the Tree Man. He remains a consistent crowd favourite at the Festival, continuously selling out of merchandise.

Kerrigan plays guitar and keyboards and his repertoire ranges from Country, Rock 'N' Roll, Country Rock, Ballads through to Popular Favorites.

Kerrigan has an intriguing history. An ancestry Journalists and Magazines find alluring. Of Dutch/English descent with an Irish/French name, with Spanish blood, born on the Tropical Island Paradise of Ceylon, now known as Sri Lanka, raised with Country and Rock 'N' Roll music in his veins and now a fair-dinkum Aussie, Kerrigan is presently riding the crest of a wave of popularity. His fiery passion for entertaining radiates through his performances as Kerrymania sweeps across the world. He and his Kez-Crew always make their mark at Clubs, Concerts, Functions, Tours & Festivals.

The Overseas market has embraced Kerrigan with a passion, including him on the same play lists as Garth Brooks, Shania Twain, Alan Jackson, Dwight Yoakam, Johnny Cash and Faith Hill.
More than a Singer/Sonwriter, Kerrigan is an Entertainer Extraordinaire.

Blessed with 'heartbreaker' good looks and a 21st century crack voice, he is young and fresh - friendly and natural. His charming personality, incredible energy and unassuming attitude
accompanied by an electrifying stage presentation, establishes a Worldwide recipe for success.
Kerrigan has an aura about him - an appeal that charms all ages.

Men and women, both young and old, succumb to his appeal, teenagers go wild watching his stage movements and incredibly enough he attracts even little children.

"That's what touches me the most," Kerrigan admits. "The little kids showing their appreciation because children are openly honest and what they say is from the heart. So if they like you
then you're definitely doing something right."

Kerrigan received National Television exposure with his song 'The Miracle Of Katie-Tara Murphy', a song he wrote for a little girl diagnosed with Meningococcal.

Another fan close to his heart was Kylie - she stricken with Huntington's. Fighting back tears Kerrigan performed his birthday dedication to her, a song he wrote titled 'My Beautiful Kylie' - a tear-jerker straight from the magnanimous heart of this caring human being.

That musical challenge was a drop in the ocean compared to when he was asked to sing the same song, soon after, at Kylie's funeral, before her open casket with a photograph of Kerrigan on her chest.

Kerrigan continues to tour the continent, both major and smaller communities. His debut tour of New Zealand was a huge success and return bookings were organised immediately.

For more information on him please browse his website at http://www.kerriganlabrooy.com/kerrigan1.html

He returned to the beautiful country of New Zealand in April/May 2003. His world tour during June/July 2003 was a staggering success taking in Europe, South America, the USA and Canada.

Featured frequently in the press he appeared on Television's New Faces and Hey Hey It's Saturday, even contesting on The Price Is Right. He also appeared on Channel 7's 'Denise Show'.
When featured on TV's Pot Of Gold Kerrigan won his heat when the audience voted him their favourite. In the finals he won the heart of the 'People's Judge' getting the highest score but missed out on sweeping the competition by a single point from. Kerrigan performed 'Achy Breaky heart'.

Kerrigan has performed on Radio & Television Internationally and appeared 'Live' in Nashville Tennessee, Bangkok Thailand, all over Australia and Sri Lanka and over 19 countries around the world. He nearly clinched a recording contract with Marty Robins Enterprises in Nashville with a song he wrote for his Mum's birthday when he couldn't afford to buy her a present, aptly titled 'Mother My Darling.' He went one step further to what most artists have done and recorded a duet with his Mum on his debut album - the song is titled 'Long Long Way'.

Another song sung in Nashville and also off his debut album is the self-penned 'Thank You Lord,' written at a time when Kerrigan says he was at his lowest ebb.

"When you feel so down and you can still thank the Lord then that's pretty special," smiles Kerrigan.

Featured as Man of The Month in Australia's Women's Day Magazine, letters poured in from thousands of hopeful females.

Kerrigan was brought up with country music in his veins.

His mum Jeune and dad Paul would gather the family around and sing along to the strum of a battered guitar, mostly hymns and country gospel and other favorites. Kerrigan's first public performance was at the age of 5 singing the old Jim reeves classic 'But You Love Me Daddy' with his dad.

Says Kerrigan..."I could never comprehend how I could have possibly felt so proud when dad sang 'your five year old face is a dirty disgrace' and I chimed in with 'but you love me daddy'.
Obviously 'self-respect' was a zero factor as a kid."

This versatile, multi-talented youngster is an engaging author. One of his early stories was 'Somersault To Adventure'.

He has also been involved in Acting, both on Stage and on Video. Despite a leading role as Apostle Peter in the rock opera 'Jesus Christ Superstar' which broke box-office records in Gippsland, Kerrigan's passion lies in his Music - singing and song writing. He opted against performing in "Les Mis" due to his highly demanding musical commitments.

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