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Spread Your Wings Winner – Dean Connaghan



Whats been happening with Deane ?

1. I have just been signed to Management in the UK.

2. I was scouted for THE VOICE UK and am awaiting a call back.

3. I am in the area final of the OPEN MIC UK Competition and am one step

away from competing in the Finals in January at the 02 arena in London.

4. I was chosen as a showcase artist for the 10th anniversary of the LONDON

CITY SHOWCASE festival in London.

Local Talent One Step Away From The O2!

Deane James Connaghan from Mountcharles wowed the crowd and judging panel at the Open Mic UK Regional Showcase, and he is now one step away from performing at The O2 in London!

Thousands of acts entered Open Mic UK 2012 and the best unsigned singers from across the country were chosen to perform at the live Regional Final shows. Deane performed in front of a live audience and professional judging panel on October 7th at the Beck Theatre in Hayes, London. He is now set to perform at the Area Final for the chance to progress to the National Grand Final at The O2 in London on 19th January 2013.

Those who made it through the audition stage took part in a live Regional head-to-head battle alongside the best talent in their area. Acts performed in front of hundreds of audience members and industry judges for the chance to grab a breakthrough recording contract.

A spokesperson for Open Mic UK commented “We are searching for an act that not only has the live ability to impress an audience, industry judges and A&R associates, but an act that has the potential to become a professional recording artist. Acts that have made it are just one step away from performing at the best live music venue in the country!”

Deane was supported on the night by friends and family who had made the trip from Mountcharles, Birmingham and Wales. Deane performed a cover of an Emile Sande song ‘Breaking The Law’ and was one of the five acts put through on the night to the AREA FINALS in November.

There’s over £50,000 in prizes up for grabs this year and the overall winner getting significant investment. They’ll also have the opportunity to tour across the UK.

Deane is currently living in London and has just been signed to management. He is playing exciting venues in London in the coming months including ‘The Pheasantry’ Club and the infamous jazz venue Ronnie Scotts. You can listen to Deane’s music on his website www.deanejames.com and keep abreast of his progress in the OPEN MIC UK  competition by going to the website www.openmicuk.co.uk.




The Music4you.ie Spread Your Wings song writing competion in Aid of Parkinson’s has reached the end of what was a rollercoaster ride both for us and all the contestants.

The contributions from artists across Ireland and the world instills again the unique creative talents that continue to exist.



The judging panel of Shay Healy, John Spillane and Leanne Moore had no easy task deciding what the with winning song would be. The final 10 songs and 3 wild cards chosen by each judge have been painstakingly assessed for there originality, melody and composition. In the end the judges submitted there tally and as the scores where added the result was finalised and a winner was found.

The winning song chosen by the judge was Dean Connaghan’s “Goodbye Miss Jane”

Listen to it here  [audio:http://music4you.ie/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/GOODBYE-MISS-JANE-MASTER-MIX-.mp3]

Dean is a seasoned artist with many accolades to his name. Micheal Loyd said of his music ‘if all urban music were like that the world would be a better place (Taxi Road Rally LA, November 2011).

Deane James Connaghan is a 27 year old singer-songwriter from the small village of Mountcharles just 5 miles outside Donegal town. Deane grew up listening to both country music- Johnny Cash and Hank Williams but also the soul and R&B greats Little Richard and Aretha Franklin. The influence of both genres can be heard in Deane’s music. The rich lyrical content and storytelling of his music is clearly been influenced by his country roots. His style and vocal performance are more the influence of his idols Stevie Wonder and Donnie Hathaway.

Deane’s earliest memory is of carrying a small radio into mass and running along the aisle to try and plug it in during the service. He first performed as an infant to his classmates when his sympathetic teacher allowed him to sing along to his much loved Hank Williams cassette he had managed to smuggle into school.

Deane sang all through secondary school in The Abbey Vocational School and his performance of ‘Joseph’ in the Andrew Llyod Weber musical was a highlight. Competing in local competitions and Drama Circle productions have been a constant in Deane’s life. Whilst working in the village pub ‘The Shamrock’ Deane became renowned as ‘The Singing Barman’ and was often requested to sing with the bands and musicians that performed there. Deane went on to study music at theUniversityofMageeinDerryand completed in May of last year.

We have to give a special thanks to all those that supported us throughout the first ever Spread Your Wings Song Competition in aid of Parkinsons.

They have helped to make this years song competition a great success.


Thanks to the Judges John, Shay and Leanne


Also thanks to

  • www.buildermonkey.com
  • xmusic
  • Live 95
  • LimerickLeader
  • I LoveLimerick
  • Music TherapyIreland
  • Red door Productions
  • Maurice Gunning Photography

This team of people will be involved to ensure Dean has platform that will support him on furthering his career

All that is left for us to do now is to recuperate then get ready for next years competition.

Congratulations Dean!

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