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Neil's roots are deep country, proudly reflecting his early years growing up on the family farm in part of the now slowly disappearing tobacco heartland of southwestern Ontario.

From tumbleweeds drifting along old Route 66 and flashy 1950's convertibles, to rusted out flatbed trucks and walking down railroad tracks, it is hard not to picture Johnny Cash here. Even more so with Neil's self-effacing western lilt and a soft southern drawl influenced in part during his teens while toiling in summer sun-baked Southern Ontario tobacco fields alongside his co-workers from the Carolina's and Georgia.

Neil was a nominee in the 2008 and 2012 Hamilton Music Awards.

Bobby Lawson, Rockabilly Hall of Fame member, says this about Neil's debut CD "No Looking Back":
"A great CD, these are eleven great songs, beautifully written and sung. Neil puts his all in these songs, from the heart and from the soul. I recommend this CD and Neil w Young to everyone who likes it country."

Christian Lamitschka, Country Home - Germany’s Premier Country Music Magazine, writes of Neil's debut album “No Looking Back”:
"Some dreams come thru really late, but then when it happens, the joy is much bigger. And even the man is over 50, he has the energy of a 25 year old. His songs have an honesty that hasn't been heard in a long time.

Marc Bristol co-editor of Duvall, Washington based Blue Suede News writes the following review of Neil's second album "What Difference Will It Make":
"This is the OTHER Canadian Neil Young! While Neil says he’s stepping out of the Country mold his previous CD was cast in, there are still some songs that have Country feel, such as the intro to “The Eyes Tell You Everything,” with acoustic guitar, fiddle and added surface noise as though it were an old record. It is more of a Rock album, but “I Don’t Wanna Lose You” is a Rockabilly song, and “Rock And Roll Will Never Die” is straight ahead Rock’n’Roll. “The Tunnel Of Love And Bumper Cars” has a carnival theme, with old time Rock’n’Roll sax. “Is There No One?” is a nice slow dance number with a little Swamp Pop feel. There’s even a little Bluegrass feel on “For Old Times' Sake.” Neil is joined by some well-traveled and much lauded musicians on the CD, and he’s also included a Christmas song from a 2010 single. He closes the song on the title tune, sounding a bit like a Leonard Cohen song."

Prior to embarking on a late in life second career as a singer / songwriter, musician and author Neil enjoyed a successful 35-year entrepreneurial business career.

Never one to let the grass grow under his feet, in 1985 Neil founded 'Rhapsody On Ice', an International Ice Skating Show comprised of Ontario based figure skating stars and world professional championship skaters.

Neil took Rhapsody On Ice around the world for seven years between 1985 and 1992 under the banner of the motto that he trademarked for the troupe: '... hold on tight to your dream ...'

Neil considers it a stroke of good luck being in the right place at the right time when he was asked by a business associate in San Bernardino to become involved in an administrative capacity in the production of the documentary film, Piaf: Her Story, Her Songs, about the life of the fabled wartime French songstress, Edith Piaf.

That involvement took him to Lucas Film Studio located at George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch in California. Neil was given a credit in the film as Special Consultant. The film is distributed by Lions Gate Films. It is available on DVD at Amazon.com.

Neil considers himself to be one of the 'lucky ones' having lived and loved his teen years through the legendary 1950's Country Rockabilly era and the dawning of Rock 'n Roll when Elvis took the stage and the world by storm with his hit record "Heartbreak Hotel".

Among Neil's treasured memorabilia items is a hand-written letter he received in 1986 from Rick Nelson's mother, Harriet Nelson – known for her role in the television series The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, thanking him for the lyrics to the song he had written in tribute and memory of Rick on the New Year's Eve he was killed. The letter is framed and hanging in a place of honour in Neil's music room.

Neil was a Western Ontario Secondary School Honour Athlete in 1960 and graduate of Burford District High School and graduate in 1964 of Waterloo Lutheran University (now known as Wilfred Laurier University).

Neil w Young & The Legendary Bear Creek Band: Ray Lyell - guitars, keyboard, harmonica, kazoo, harmony vocals; Gary Borden - lead guitar; Ken Baird - piano; Steve Petrie - pedal steel guitar and fiddle; Mike DeBenedictis - bass guitar; Roger Banks - drums; Paula Tessaro - co-vocalist.

Guest musicians: Anne Lindsay - fiddle; Randal Hill - mandolin, banjo; Gary Ashthorpe - piano; David Rodenburg - sax; Glenn Higgins - sax


Neil's web site is available for the more curious: neilwyoung-website



Shining White Eyes
From my CD album "What Difference Will It Make" released July 2012 available at iTunes and CDBaby.com.



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Hot Rod Star
"Hot Rod Star" was named Best Country/Rockabilly Song in the October 2015 Akademia Music Awards. The song will be on my new CD album "Those Were the Days" expected to be released March 2016. The Akademia Music Awards is located in Los Angeles, California.



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The Eyes Tell You Everything
From my CD album "What Difference Will It Make" released July 2012 available at iTunes and CDBaby.com.



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There's Just The One And Only You
From my debut CD album "No Looking Back" released August 2007 available at iTunes and CDBaby.com. One of my first songs - written while in high school in 1959 about a girl I was sweet on at the time ... we were married five years later.



Love Song
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The Tunnel of Love and Bumper Cars
From my CD album "What Difference Will It Make" released July 2012 available on iTunes and at CDBaby.com.



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What Difference Will It Make
Title track from my CD album "What Difference Will It Make" released July 2012 available on iTunes and at CDBaby.com.



Adult Contemporary
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No Looking Back
The title track from my debut CD album "No Looking Back" released August 2007 available at iTunes and CDBaby.com



Country Rock
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The Restless Wind
From my debut CD album "No Looking Back" released August 2007 available at iTunes and CDBaby.com



Country
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For Old Times' Sake
From my CD album "What Difference Will It Make" available at iTunes and CDBaby.com



bluegrass
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The Cowboy Song
From my debut CD album "No Looking Back" .. available at iTunes and CDBaby.com.

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Why It All Turned Out This Way
From my CD album "What Difference Will It Make" released July 2012 available at iTunes and CDBaby.com.



Easy Listening
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Ride
From my debut CD album "No Looking Back" released August 2007 available at iTunes and CDBaby.com



Country
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Hello, I'm Johnny Cash
From my debut CD album "No Looking Back" released August 2007 available at iTunes and CDBaby.com



Country
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Just Like Clark Gable and Carole Lombard
From my CD album "What Difference Will It Make" released July 2012 available at iTunes and CDBaby.com.



Easy Listening
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All Through The Night
From my debut CD album "No Looking Back" released August 2007 available at iTunes and CDBaby.com



Easy Listening/Soft Rock
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Rock and Roll Will Never Die
From my CD album "What Difference Will It Make" released July 2012 available at iTunes and CDBaby.com.



Rock
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Is There No One
From my album "What Difference Will It Make" available at iTunes and at CDBaby.com



Easy Listening
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The Price of Freedom
Editorial page, November 13, 1986, The Brantford Expositor, in recognition of my song, "The Price of Freedom" written Remembrance Day, November 11, 1986 in tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice and to our veterans and to the men and women in service today, to all of whom we owe the freedom that we are able to enjoy.



Alternative Country
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I Don't Wanna Lose You
From my CD album "What Difference Will It Make" released July 2012 available on iTunes and at CDBaby.com. A collab with fellow artists Steve April and Stan Laber.



Rockabilly
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Got Nothin' To Lose
From my debut CD album "No Looking Back" released August 2007 available at iTunes and CDBaby.com.



Country Rock
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You Just Turned My Life Around
Sharing vocals with me the beautiful and talented Paula Tessaro comes in on the third verse taking the song to a new level. It is on my debut CD album No Looking Back released in August 2007. Available at iTunes and CDBaby.com



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I Got My Ragtop Down
From my debut CD album "No Looking Back" released August 2007 available at iTunes and CDBaby.com.



Rockabilly
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That's What Christmas Means To Me




Christmas
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Hop On Pop

1/19/2016 7:04:51 PM
Thanks so much for the congratulations, Neil. It was a privilege to be nominated with you. "Shining White Eyes" is a great tine, and I would not have been ashamed, nor shocked to lose to you.
Happy New Year, my friend!


Bryon Tosoff

12/30/2015 10:32:34 PM
Congrats on your Golden Kayak nomination Neil, your music offers so much heart and depth, we appreciate all you do and have done for us here at I M P, thank you, good luck from bryon


James Stanley Howen

11/29/2015 1:15:45 AM
Another year has came and gone Cowboy. From one Fireside Cowboy to another Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Love ya, Jimmy


Roy Muniz

11/10/2015 8:53:25 AM
Long Live " The Camp Fire Cowboys"
My Songwriter Friend, Neil your music and the stories they tell are always a pleasure
to drop in on and will always stand the test of time. Truly a present day Fine Arts Troubadour. Love and best wishes; roymuniz


Black Velvet Lace

12/10/2014 2:32:31 PM
Neil, I've managed to delete my old version of Behind Blue Eyes and lost all of the link connections to stations that have it added. Is there ANY way IAC can reimport my old song and reestablish the links????

~Lace


James Stanley Howen

11/28/2014 5:00:10 AM
Best Holiday wishes for you Cowboy!


Neil w Young

1/6/2014 9:20:03 PM
No, it's not over Roy ... we push on and move forward. It's a long road.

Peace.


Roy Muniz

4/22/2013 9:07:36 AM
I met a true friend in you here Mr. Young. Darkened minds with business follies rearly look at the human side. You made me proud, your efforts, your music, your words. It won't be the same here at IAC without your valued dignity. I know its not over, it just get better as we move on. peace and harmony Friend. roymunuiz


Jerry Kabat

3/19/2013 12:44:03 PM
Dang Neil....


Vincenzo Pandolfi

12/25/2012 2:59:09 PM
Merry Christmas to you as well Neil, and I wish you the very best in everything for 2013! Especially with health and music.

All the best my friend,

Vincenzo


Roy Muniz

4/22/2012 8:58:50 AM
Love the new tune Neil. You do that Rock and Roll justice as no one can (well a few)! Wishing you peace and wellness through Friendship and Song.
roymuniz


Dreamhenge

3/13/2012 3:36:11 PM
Havn't listened too much to your music yet, but I will, based on the integrity evident in your recent final communication in the role. Best Regards, and thanks for all your hard work and positive intent, Richard Montefiore


James Stanley Howen

3/2/2012 3:13:15 AM
Good Morning Cowboy,

I just stopped by for a visit.
I wanted to thank you for all your hard work at IAC Music.
Love your music singer/songwriter.
Lots of love, peace and respect my friend.

Jimmy


Chandra Moon

1/23/2012 2:30:04 PM
Hope you have a great 2012 Neil - thanks for your support and interest here at IAC


gabe stenziano

1/19/2012 11:44:00 AM
hi stopped for a listen. heard the clark gable song. nice vocal with harmony. the arrangement was unique and enjoyable. great listen. take care.

 

       

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Special thanks to the many station managers who added Neil's songs to their stations in previous years, most of which songs he removed from his page from mid 2013 until just recently.

May 2015

Special thanks also to Brian West, founder and CEO of Boston Internet Radio and to general manager and DJ Papa Joe Fiske for showcasing Neil's songs on Papa Joe's "Spotlight on Fantastic Friends" show.

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A nominee in the 2008 Hamilton Music Awards for New Country Recording of the Year for his debut album "No Looking Back" and a nominee in the 2012 Hamilton Music Awards for Alt/Country Recording of the Year for his second album "What Difference Will It Make".

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Named as one of the “awesome indies” on the cover of the July 1, 2007 CASHBOX Magazine, two songs from my debut CD album reached #1 on the CASHBOX Country Chart.

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