The Story So Far............
James Kilbane is now a multi-platinum selling Christian, gospel, Celtic country and Irish folk singer. James Kilbane was the runner up in Ireland's national talent television show You're A Star in 2003 / 2004. Since then he has established his career with his mix of gospel, Christian, country and folk music.
Since his success in You're a Star, Kilbane has gone on to record and release a number of well received albums including King of the Road, Close to You, Hymns of Praise, Divine Love, Life's Miracle, Heart to Heart, Glory and Grace, Songs Of Ireland, River of Grace as well as his Christmas album titled The Christmas Collection. In March 2012 he released his ninth album Gravel & Grace. Songs of Faith, Life & Hope. The album was launched at Lorain Correctional Institution, Grafton Prison in Grafton, Ohio, USA following an invitation extended from the institutions inmates to James to give a special concert at the prison that took place during St. Patrick's week 2012. The Gravel & Grace album includes many popular songs and previously released radio singles. Many of Kilbane’s albums are Nashville and Irish collaborations. One of these projects was in 2008 he released on his fourth Gospel album Heart to Heart was a new anthem for the House of the Virgin Mary titled "Mary's House, Our Lady of Ephesus". Mary's House is located at Meryem Ana Evi, Ephesus, Turkey. In March 2013 James released his first compilation album and is released in association with Veritas Publications in Dublin and Gold Eagle Music titled The Songs of Faith Collection. Veritas are Ireland's leading Christian publishers and retail group for religious publications, media and goods. The album was released to celebrate the Year of Faith and presents 20 tracks giving a flavour of 200 years of Irish Christian and faith based music that many have held dear in prayer and in their spiritual lives. In 2014 Kilbane released his first faith concept album 'River of Grace' with the theme of God's river flowing in Holy Scripture to this day.
In March 2015 Kilbane with Gold Eagle Music and Veritas Publications have released his latest album Mary: The Lord's servant . This work is a mix of traditional and contemporary songs drawing on Scripture and prayer to highlight aspects of the life of Mary the mother of Jesus Christ. In this album she emerges not only as a devoted disciple of her Son, but also a faithful wife, a refugee, a home-maker, a caring neighbour and a loving human being. This album collection is of 25 recordings spanning Kilbane’s past twelve years of studio work. There are many well-loved hymns as well as contemporary songs that honour Mary's story and memory. James has also included a selection of hymns about Mary that were part of his childhood and teenage years as well as a new recording, 'If Jesus comes tomorrow, what then?' The album also features verses sourced of Sacred Scriptures in which we hear the voices of the ancient prophet Isaiah, the Gospel writers St. John and St. Luke, and strains of the Book of Revelation.
James Kilbane continued...........
James Kilbane is not a conformist and has not always aligned his work or beliefs to the usual practices of the Irish music industry. Grand Ole Opry legend George Hamilton IV bestowed Kilbane with the title “The Lone Ranger of country music” after hearing his music and story. Kilbane has experienced most of his success through working in an independent manner through the label Gold Eagle Music. Independently he has been able to explore and develop alternative music ideas to great success. For a number of years Kilbane was mentored by the double Grammy award winning and music legend Steve Popovich Sr. of Cleveland International Records. Popovich took a keen interest in Kilbane’s career and contributed a great deal of knowledge and advice to Kilbane’s development and to several of his album releases. Over the years Kilbane has worked with other leading music, media and production personalities as Gavin Murphy, Bill Shanley, Maire Breathnach, Ciaran Byrne and James Blennerhassett.
In 2012 Kilbane was voted "Irish Gospel Singer of the Year" for his music and work. In June 2012 James and his country band were invited to perform a selection of his Country Gospel music as part of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress in RDS Arena in Dublin, Ireland. Kilbane continues to contribute to other major religious events in Ireland which include major events at the international shrine of Knock. He has been involved in Irish cross border religious music events and projects. He continues to record and tour at home and abroad. He is currently working on three major projects that will be worked and released in 2016. Over the past six years James has also been a leading member of the cast in the hit Irish Celtic Summer stage show "The Legend of Grainne Mhaol". James has also contributed to heritage publications that include the book "Traditional Coastal Boats of Ireland" published by Collins Press.