The previous chief govt of meat-free meals firm Quorn is releasing his first album after switching to a brand new profession in music.
Kevin Brennan, who led Stokesley and Billingham-based Quorn for 10 years, stood down final yr to tackle non-executive roles and spend extra time enjoying together with his band the County Affair.
Now the band, a duo first shaped by Mr Brennan and childhood buddy Tony Regan 40 years in the past, is ready to launch an album known as Off The Grid, and the duo are getting ready to go on tour.
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The pair gave up a document deal of their early twenties for profitable careers in advertising and marketing, with Mr Brennan rising to CEO of Quorn and Mr Regan following a profession in promoting.
Having stepped away from the company rat race to select up the place they left off with their music, the band is ready to tour the UK later this yr have already offered out their forthcoming present at The Inexperienced Be aware in London on September 23.
The duo first met within the Nineteen Seventies in Nottingham and as youngsters joined The Moonshiners, an Irish nation band led by Mr Brennan’s father. They have been enjoying as much as three gigs every weekend while their schoolmates labored in outlets and on paper rounds.
They then began their very own band, The Rambling Boys, a band grounded in Irish nation music, however the band parted methods once they left to review at totally different universities.
After graduating, nevertheless, they hung out within the US, working their method throughout Texas and San Francisco, the place they grew to become wanted by venues generally enjoying as much as four-hour units, 4 nights every week.
They have been provided a document and administration deal, however knocked the provide again as each had post-graduate jobs to return to within the UK.
Mr Brennan went on to alter the fortunes of many well-known firms, having been a part of corporations that gave us Mumm Champagne, Wolf Blass new world wines and Carex liquid cleaning soap, in addition to serving to to globalise Kellogg’s Particular Ok earlier than steering Quorn to nice success and a £500m acquisition.
Regardless of his busy work schedule whereas working with Quorn, Mr Brennan continued writing songs, and would ship them to Mr Regan, who would construct up a observe by including keyboards and vocal preparations.
Reassessing their work-life balances to concurrently depart their jobs, Mr Brennan gave an interview on his plans to Radio 5 Stay, which was heard by music producer Tom Nichols, who has labored with the likes of Kylie Minoque, All Saints and Sugababes.
He struck a partnership with the band, which led to the brand new album, set for launch on Sonnet Information on September 3, after being recorded at Abbey Highway Studios.
Tour dates to observe their gig in London are set to be introduced quickly.
Mr Brennan, who continues to be concerned in enterprise as a advisor, stated: ‘What could be nice could be if we may simply spend our time on this.
“With good songwriting and Tony’s distinctive voice we imagine we will make this our subsequent profession, get revered within the trade, and have lots of enjoyable alongside the best way.
“It took a 40-year hole to get us hungry once more for a musical profession. Having taken the plunge we will’t wait to get out on the street touring. We really feel we have now carved out a singular Americana sound for ourselves and simply wish to get out enjoying to as many individuals as we will.”