When you see Brendan Cleary, what immediately comes to mind? Standing at 5’10’’, the Englishman packs a heavy punch whilst taking the reins of the rugby pitch. The last thing you’d expect to come from his chest are dulcet tones and incredibly catchy melodies. Brendan is a 26 year old singer/songwriter whose career has seen him write and gig across the UK and Europe and has recently signed a publishing deal with BMG. Moving to London at the age of 18, Brendan has spent time honing his craft in both Ireland and the Lake District, where his home was always filled with the likes of The Beatles, The Eagles, Simon & Garfunkel and James Taylor, all of whom he cites as big inspirations for his musical style. Since moving to the capital, Brendan worked tirelessly to improve his stature as a music artist and songwriter; enrolling on to BIMM London’s Songwriting course, joining the infamous London gig circuit and enjoying regular airplay on BBC Introducing and local independent radio stations. One of his promoters in London has been quoted as saying: “He offers a wide variety of thoughtful and well-written original music that sparks emotion in the audience” as well as “Everything he does is believable and makes you really want to listen to what he is saying”. When Brendan isn’t writing or gigging, he is inspiring the next generation of young songwriters and mentors for the wonderful company, ‘Song Academy’. Brendan has supported acts like David Gray, Paddy Casey and Brian Kennedy to name a few. His time in Ireland has been invaluable to him as a singer/songwriter. It is clear in his music how influenced he has been by the Irish music scene.
Brendan, as well as writing for other artists, has recently been working on a new project which he is incredibly proud of as it dives deep into his battle with substance abuse and addiction. Coming out the other side; he has put pen to paper and hopes that these new songs shine a light of hope for anyone that may also be struggling with similar issues.