Gary has stars and stripes in his eyes

Gary Quinn
Gary Quinn

A LEIGH singer-songwriter is hoping to make an international breakthrough after a successful trip to the home of country music.

Gary Quinn travelled to Tennessee to play some of Nashville’s best-known venues as one of the UK’s representative acts at a festival organised by the Country Music Association (CMA), including an appearance backed by top US talent at The Stage.

Irish-born Gary, who has lived in the borough since last year, has received further recognition by being nominated for the Horizon Award, given to the best up-and-coming act, at the British Country Music Association Awards to be held in London in September.

Gary, of Leigh Road, says getting a taste of the big-time in America has heightened his ambitions to cross the pond again to record the follow-up album to his current EP This Cowboy’s Heart in Nashville and work with country music’s A-list talent.

He said: “It was a dream come true to perform with a band of that quality who’ve worked with so many big names.

“It was my second time out there and now I want to try and move up another rung on the ladder.

“I’ve made connections out there and I’m looking to get songs together and record my album in Nashville.”

However, Gary says he has no desire to leave the UK and hopes to work with other country acts, such as Raintown and Ade Payne, to promote the music in Britain.

For more information, visit This Cowboy’s Heart is available from iTunes.