Dean Young
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Dean Young

Niagara Falls, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 1984 | SELF | AFM

Niagara Falls, Canada | SELF | AFM
Established on Jan, 1984
Band Country Rock




"Review – Dean Young"

Dean Young has released his latest studio album, Makin’ a Life. With his neotraditional country sound, and soulful twang Young adds another chapter into his musical career with Makin’ a Life and continues to carry on his country music craft. The eight song album contains some hard hitting country tracks including the singles, “Carnival Ride” and “Tennessee Honey.” Released across all major music retailers, Makin’ a Life is sure fire addition to round out your summer 2017 album collection.

From humble beginnings and lots of hard labor, Young has fought hard and fought long to launch his musical career. Through it all the one thing Young maintained was his love for country and his natural ability to create and perform quality music. Makin’ a Life showcases Young’s talent and displays it proudly in the form of a great country album.

The album opens up with the single “Carnival Ride,” which is one of my favorites. I love the tempo and Young’s vocal performance on this track. If you have ever been in love, you know that a “Carnival Ride” is the perfect analogy for just that.

“Last Man Standing” slows everything down and lets Young reach down and bring his vocals to the forefront. Vocally Young reminds me a little bit of Collin Raye on “Last Man Standing” and really plays into the tempo. You can hear Young loves to shed raw emotions through his vocals on his slower songs and “Last Man Standing” is a prime example.

I really enjoyed “It’s a 7 Day World” as it came on when I played the album back a few times. It has a groovy beat and you are instantly hooked. Mixing his retro sound with elements of country-pop is what makes Young’s sound unique. “It’s a 7 Day World” reminds us to take a break and focus on what is truly important and not make “Every day like a Monday.”

“Whether” is another one of Young’s little gems on this album. I love the fun lyrics and again Young does not disappoint you vocally. It is a toe-tapper and its tongue and cheek words bring a smile to your face.

With a nod to being a father, Young touches all the right feelings with “Love Them Like Crazy.” Not only is it one of the more country sounding tracks on the album but it is also a great love song from parent to child. Loving those little moments and watching you children grow is one of the most special things you can be a part of and Young captures that with this tune.

When “Tennessee Honey” was released as single I got really excited for the whole album. As a first taste of Young’s music, I knew I was a fan. “Tennessee Honey” is one track you can keep on repeat. With Young’s voice and the musical arrangement of the track, “Tennessee Honey” gives you something reminiscent of a track that Brooks & Dunn could have pulled off back in the day.

A track that speaks to me, “Get Your Country On.” Talking about all of my musical heroes, “Get Your Country On” reminds us that you just need that kick off your boots and plug back into your roots. I got goosebumps hearing Young mention some of my childhood idols in his lyrics. From Conway Twitty, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, and Merle Haggard, Young did his best to leave no one out. It is by far on of my favorite tracks on the album and is number one on my repeat list.

Young rounds out the album with “Before You Walk Away.” Saving one of his best for last, it is another ballad that Young sinks his teeth into. A relationship on its last legs, Young tries to convince the love of his life to give him one more chance. The song has a great arrangement. Letting his voice and lyrics speak for themselves, “Before You Walk Away” is another great showcase of Young’s vocal talents.

I loved getting a chance to listen to Makin’ a Life. Out now, the album is available online through most major music retailers including Young’s website. Check out a preview of the album right here! Young will hold the Makin’ a Lifealbum release party on Saturday September 2, 2017. If you are in the Fort Erie, ON area and want to attend, check out the event on Facebook for a chance to catch Young play all of his songs live and interact with Young at this special event. Young will be backed by a full band and will not disappoint.

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Dutch Bickell
Music has touched my soul since day one. Whether it is performing or sitting down with some of the biggest names in music, I can always be found sharing my profoundly tender affection of music with anyone who will listen. Being a music journalist has allowed me to expand my knowledge of music and interact with some of my biggest childhood heroes. From days of radio broadcasting to sitting back, kicking off my cowboy boots and sharing my adventures with likeminded music fans online has been nothing short of amazing. Canada is full of true musical talent and I look forward to continuing to share my adventures in music with you. - Canadian Beats - Dutch Bickell


Makin' A Life (2017) - Country

Get Your Country On (Single - 2017) - Country

Carnival Ride (Single - 2017) - Country

Tennessee Honey (Single - 2016) - Country

Young Country (2011) - Traditional Country

D'n'R Unplugged (2009) - Alternative



Dean Young is an Independent Canadian country artist / singer / songwriter who was born in Port Colborne Ontario and currently resides in southern Niagara Region, Ontario.
Makin' A Life is Dean's debut original album which was released in July 2017.
CANADIAN BEATS Album Review by Dutch Bickell - Album Review:


Dean has been honoured with the following awards/accolades: 

  • 2018 - Dean Young nominated in Country Album Category at the 16th Annual "The Independent Music Awards" for Makin’ A Life. 
  • 2018 – Music City Song Star Semi-Finalist for Carnival Ride (Makin’ A Life)
  • 2018 – NMA’s – Nominated – Country Artist
  • 2018 – Canada Country Aircheck - TOP 18 To Watch in 2018
  • 2017 - Received a One To Watch Accolade from NSAI  
  • 2017 - Niagara Music Awards 2017 Nominations in 4 categories; Country (as a category), Male Vocalist, New Artist, Original Song
  • 2016 - CBC Searchlight 2016 contest - Song & Video, Last Man Standing selected for Round 1 
  • 2016 - "First Runner Up" in Top 5 Finale the Ontario Back Roads Country Talent Search 

Dean’s music has garnered Canada wide airplay with some great commercial stations, multiple features and was picked up by SiriusXM Country, iHeartRadio and even some commercial stations in the USA. The single, Get Your Country On, was a TOP 5 DMDS download for a week.

With 6 singles released to country radio, the current song, Dirty, was #1 in the Top 5 DMDS downloads at the time of it’s release (Sept 2018).

          Dean Young is a Canadian country singer songwriter from Ontario. Raised in a musical family he was even showcasing his talents at square dances by the age of three. While no musical journey is ever an easy one, Dean has had his fair share of trials and tribulations and this explains his desire to help certain charities during his music career:

·         The G. Magnotta Foundation for Vector-Borne Diseases - Dean’s wife and children have Lyme disease and co-infections.

·         Alzheimer Society Canada - specifically Vascular Dementia as that is what his Dad is diagnosed with.

·         Canadian Cancer Society - Dean lost his Mom to cancer when she was young, as well as numerous other relatives.

Despite the many unfortunate circumstances that have touched his life he has persevered and poured his heart and soul into creating his music; from his self produced EP, Young Country (2011) to his recently released debut album, Makin’ A Life (2017) The album was produced mainly by Jason Barry, with the help of some of Canada’s finest, award winning studio musicians. Dean’s music is described as a twist of modern with classic country sounds and carries meaningful messages to listeners about the important things in life.

Makin’ A Life is available at all major online retailers.

With many years experience Dean has had the opportunity to perform for audiences with attendance from 200 to 60,000 all over North America, Japan and Mexico. Dean is grateful to be able to share his passion and uplift the people who love and appreciate music. He is a seasoned musician, accepting bookings to tour and support his album.

Dean is a proud member of: CCMA, SOCAN, SODRAC, ACTRA/RACS, CONNECT, NSAI, S.A.C., CMAO

****Dean Young performs with his band, "The Hayseed Crew" which can be in many configurations depending on the budget of the venue & length of performance - 3-4 piece, 5-6 piece, 7-9 piece.

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Connect with Dean on Social Media at @imdeanyoung






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