James Kilbane form Achill Island, Ireland has against the odds emerged in Ireland and abroad over the past two years as a powerful voice and a great performer of Country, Irish and Gospel music styles.
Following the wonderful response to his Gospel single 'Close to You, (I watch the Sunrise)' featured on Mid West Radio, religious programming in Ireland, James was been inundated with letters, phone calls and requests for him to release the 'Close to You' recording. James identified from the public response that there was a need with radio listeners for religious music alongside his recent Country Music release of 'King of the Road'.
As a result Foxy Disks is delighted to announce that they have re-mastered and beautifully packaged this truly natural and spiritual album, 'Close to You. Hymns of Praise'. Recorded in 2003, the album captures the sincere and marvellous voice of James Kilbane. James through the Youre A Star television show and his continued work in music since has become famous for his singing and respected by many people at home and abroad. On the' Close to You. Hymns of Praise' album James relays with respect and sensitivity some of the most celebrated hymns of his Irish Christian faith.
1. Close To You (I Watch The Sunrise) 4:11
2. Lay Your Hands Gently Upon Us 3:37
3. Be Not Afraid 3:46
4. Ill Sing A Hymn To Mary 3:18
5. Soul Of My Saviour 2:19
6. How Great Thou Art 4:54
7. Hail Queen Of Heaven 2:36
8. Sweet Heart Of Jesus 3:23
9. Christ Be Beside Me 2:46
James Kilbane was born in London, England in 1970, and in his childhood he returned to the tranquil Achill Island, Mayo, Ireland. James married his teenage love, Christina in 1989 and their family home is on Achill with their teenage children Diana and Daniel.
James in his first 37 years has had an exceptional life to date. From a child, he struggled with learning difficulties, which he overcame and went on to study and earn two qualifications, one in Business and the second a Degree in Heritage studies. However James' singing was his earliest career, started at the age of seven when he gave his first solo performance in his local choir. James then started competing in singing competitions form the age of ten, winning many County titles.
Having been a member of several choirs and bands throughout his teenage years, James eventually became lead singer with his own band "Dollar Brand" until his success in the hit TV show You're A Star. You're A Star is the Irish version of American Idol, Pop Idol or X Factor. In this Irish television series, there were thousands of entrants from Ireland, America and England. After five months of television performances, James with his unique and incredible voice went all the way to the final where week after week he won the hearts of his nation.
His style is honest; his singing is true.
- RTE Guide, Ireland