BCMA award-winning Pete Kennedy to headline in Ireland

by Dave Carew

Pete Kennedy gained international recognition when he won “Album of the Year” at the British Country Music Awards in 2012 for his outstanding The Nashville Session, Vol.1.

Now based in Nashville, Pete has spent the past year honing his songwriting chops with some of Music City’s top-shelf songsmiths, including Earl Budd Lee (Garth Brooks, Blake Shelton), Jan Buckingham (Lee Greenwood, Whitney Houston), Beau Fuller (Kristy Lee Cook, Jesse Keith Whitley), and American Idol and Grand Ole Opry star Ayla Brown.

For the first time ever, Pete is about to embark on a headlining tour of his native Ireland. Before he hopped on the plane, Underground Nashville caught up with Pete for this exclusive interview:

UNDERGROUND NASHVILLE: Why did you decide to tour your native Ireland, starting in February?

PETE KENNEDY: I’ve performed all throughout the country, but I have never had the opportunity to tour until now. I am so excited to kick off my first headlining tour in Ireland! I feel like the timing is right. I’ve received tremendous support from radio, TV, and the media. Also, I have some incredible fans and I think this will be a great opportunity to connect with them. I’m even more excited to share what I have been working on over these past few months.

UN: Why did you decide to move to Nashville?

PK: From a very young age, I have always dreamed of moving to Nashville, to pursue my career in the music industry. Some of my very first memories of Nashville were from watching Music City USA, a TV show hosted by Shay Healy that featured the top country music videos of the week. I remember watching all the greats—Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, and Alan Jackson. I knew that if I was going to make it in this business, I needed to be in Nashville. I’ve been living in Nashville for over a year now, and I absolutely love it here. I’ve met some really amazing people and have had some incredible experiences. I truly believe this is where I am meant to be. I am so grateful for the opportunity to live in Music City.

UN: What has been your greatest musical thrill to date?

PK: I’ve had a lot of incredible experiences throughout my musical career; however, one of the most memorable and exciting times was immediately following the release of my first U.S. studio album, I Am the One on May 16th, 2014. I received an email from my manager with the news that the album was being featured as “New & Noteworthy” on the iTunes country store! To see my name amongst great talents, such as Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, and Hunter Hayes, was an immense honor. That was definitely a moment that I will never forget!

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David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter,” both now available at Amazon.com and XLibris.com. Dave is also a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer.

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Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew


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