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Neil w Young

Born in Brantford Ontario, Neil's country music roots were nurtured growing up on the family farm near Burford, Ontario. Neil began singing as a young boy in the choir in the small rural church that he attended with his family in nearby Mount Vernon. He began writing songs and playing guitar as a teenager going to high school during the legendary 1950’s Country rockabilly era and the dawning of ‘Rock and Roll’.

Living now in Paris Ontario only a few short miles from where he was born and grew up, Neil found it the perfect place to embark on his life-long dream to record an album of his original material and to begin writing his long-postponed novel.

A nominee at the 2012 Hamilton Music Awards for Alt/Country Recording of the Year for his second CD album “What Difference Will It Make” released in 2012, and at the 2008 Hamilton Music Awards for New Country Recording of the Year for his debut CD album "No Looking Back" released in 2007, Neil was also a recipient of the Golden Kayak award for Best Country Song 2007 – “The Cowboy Song" at the 2008 IAIA (International Academy of Independent Artists) Awards.

Neil's debut CD album “No Looking Back” included two songs that he had written while in high school in 1959 – “Got Nothin’ To Lose” and “There’s Just The One And Only You.” Two other songs on the album, “The Restless Wind” and “The Cowboy Song” reached # 1 on the CASHBOX Country chart.

Neil was honoured to be named on the front cover of the July 1, 2007 CASHBOX Magazine as one of the "awesome Indies gracing our Independent Charts every week".

A Western Ontario Secondary School Honour Athlete in 1960 and graduate of Burford District High School and Waterloo Lutheran University (now known as Wilfred Laurier University) in 1964, Neil also claims to hold a hard earned PhD and Masters Degree from the “University of Life”.

Neil is a member of the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) and the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS). His music accomplishments have been reviewed in Blue Suede News Issue #83 (Summer 2008) and Issue #99 (Winter 2012/13) published in Duvall, Washington, U.S.A., and in CountryHome – Germany’s Premier Country Music Magazine.

Glen Striemer, GS Radio Sales, Brantford Ontario, calls Neil “Canada’s cross between Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson.”

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 CD album ‘No Looking Back’: "Some dreams come thru really late, but then when it happens, the joy is much bigger. Neil w Young is not a young boy anymore, but he always had the dream to publish his own CD … better late than never. 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.”

Neil purposely spells his name, Neil w Young, with his middle initial “w” always appearing in the lower case with no period following it.