Niall Breslin

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Niall Breslin

Niall Breslin (born 22 October 1980), known as Bressie, is an Irish musician, former Westmeath Gaelic footballer and Leinster Rugby player. Breslin found success as the lead singer, guitarist, songwriter with pop band The Blizzards, as a co-writer and producer with XIX Entertainment and as a solo artist. He was the winning coach on the first and third seasons of The Voice of Ireland.

The Blizzards

With childhood friends, Breslin formed The Blizzards in 2004. They released two albums that achieved commercial success, A Public Display of Affection in 2006 and Domino Effect in 2008. The band split up in 2009. Following the band’s split, Breslin joined Simon Fuller’s XIX Entertainment as a songwriter and producer in 2010.

 

Solo career

In 2011, Breslin released a solo album, Colourblind Stereo. Four singles were released from the album. During a performance at the Festival of Fires in Westmeath on 5 May 2012, he urged thousands of fans to vote against the government coalition of Fine Gael/Labour, saying before leaving the stage “I don’t normally do politics, but this Government is an awful bollocks. I want to make an appeal to all you people out there. Don’t make the same mistakes we did by voting them in again.”

 

In 2012, he was a coach on the inaugural season of The Voice of Ireland, mentoring the winner, Pat Byrne.

 

Through the end of 2012, Breslin began work on his second solo album “Rage and Romance”. A music video was filmed for Show Me Love, featuring Moone Boy actors David Rawle and Ian O’Reilly. In 2014 Breslin appeared on the second series of Moone Boy as a PE Teacher.

In January 2014, Breslin announced putting his solo career as a recording artist on hold, with the intention to focus on his work as a judge on The Voice of Ireland and writing and producing music.

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