Neil Harnett

Neil Harnett

 White Rock, British Columbia, CAN
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Music that moves and grooves body and spirit encompassing rootsy, bluesy, rockin' folk, pop & soul delivered with passion that will make you feel a full range of emotions.

Biography

Neil Harnett is from White Rock, BC and has enjoyed such highlights as a Juno Nomination, three singles on the Canadian charts, two full length CDs, three videos with national exposure and shared concert billings with 'Jeff Healey', 'Chuck Berry' and 'The Doobie Brothers'.

In 1988, Neil’s composition, 'Ain’t Good Lovin’ Enough' was recorded by 'Diamond in the Rough' and made it to the top ten of the Canadian AC charts. The buzz created by Neil’s performances and growing catalogue of tunes earned him his own deal the following year. Neil’s debut CD, 'Times Like These', met with enthusiastic response when it was released on 'Bruce Allen’s' Penta label in the spring of 1989. 'That’s What I Need', and the title track both made it into the Top Ten of the Canadian AC charts plus Times Like These had a supporting video that was played on Much Music.

Neil was nominated for a 'Juno Award', as Most Promising Male Vocalist in 1990. National interest in Neil was at a peak when Penta suddenly folded, leaving him entangled in legal and contractual confusion. In mid-1995, finally free of the red tape, Neil entered Greenhouse Studios with some of Vancouver's finest talent and began recording a self-produced follow-up album. 'Rubber Room Day', received positive reviews and the two supporting videos for 'Nothing is Changing' and 'Guardian Angel' received maximum rotation on CMT.

'Tom Harrison from The Province' - “...As the title suggests, this is a record that contemplates state of mind and emotion. It is a thought provoking as well as soul-stirring work...”, Tony Montigue from The Georgia Straight - “...Rubber Room Day is a well produced album of music that is firmly in the pop-rock mainstream. Harnett is a fine guitarist and a strong singer...”, Brant Zwicker Station Manager CFBX 92.5 FM Kamloops - “...Neil is one of those rare and talented singer-songwriters who are equal parts of both – first-rate vocalist and composer – and when his tasty guitar playing is added to the mix, it simply does not get any better. Whether performing solo or with a band, Harnett can rock the house, and then turn around and break your heart with but a song...”

Some time after Rubber Room Day Neil took a much needed hiatus. In 2001 Neil returned to his passion and although he was derailed many times by a sequence of events he couldn't ignore, including his daughter's accident, which left her with a severe brain injury, Neil finally released his new CD, 'Somewhere'.

'Tom Harrison from the Province' – '…The songs resonate with a personal reason for being and are more than just a collection of songs amassed over the years. Somewhere is an album Harnett had to make but nearly didn't…'

'Alex Browne from The Peace Arch News' – '…His daughter's fight back from a brain injury has given Neil Harnett a new focus for his music. One of the ironies, was that although the songs predated the accident, many have a theme of positivity, hope and of never giving up in the face of hardship…'

The tunes from the new Somewhere CD encompass a blend of rock, blues, folk and roots music, seasoned with pop sensibilities. Neil's musical depth and diversity and bluesy guitar undertones have often been compared to Eric Clapton and although Neil has always been a big Clapton fan, any resemblance is through osmosis and not by design. Neil's world-class vocals have been compared to Paul Carrack, Paul Rogers, Van Morrison, Sam Cooke and a plethora of traditional R&B, soul singers.

Whether solo or with a band, Neil is well known for his relaxed audience rapport and engaging, passionate performances. He is also a very prolific songwriter/producer and has become more active in shopping his tunes for TV, Movies and/or other artists.

Discography

LPs: Times Like These, Rubber Room Day
Compilation LP which includes Lazy River (Canadian Blues Masters)
Singles: Ain't Good Lovin' Enough, Times Like These, That's What I Need, Guardian Angel, Nothing is Changing.
Ain't Good Lovin' Enough was covered by two bands and reached the Top 10 Canadian AC Radio Charts.
Times Like These and That's What I Need were also in the Top Ten Canadian AC Radio Charts.
Videos of Nothing is Changing and Guardian Angel received maximum rotation on CMT.
A number of album cuts, including the singles listed still receive airplay plus some are in movie soundtracks.
We are in pre-production stage of producing a new LP and will have streaming audio soon plus we will be pursuing radio support.

Set List

I prefer concert venues where I can perform originals with the occassional select cover. I also have an extensive list of covers that work very well for baby boomer audiences. My original music also works well for baby boomers but interestingly has been very well received by younger audiences as well. My setlist is slightly different when performing with a band vs solo.

Typical set or Originals/Select Covers
Nothing is Changing
Blink of an Eye
I See You
Shotgun
Guardian Angel
Somewhere
Never Quit
Rubber Room Day
Soul Train Ride
Faded
Givin'it up for you Love
Little Freedom

I enjoy 60 - 90 minute concert sets but can accomodate most requests. I also enjoy 30-40 minute sets as a concert opening act.