Andy Cooney, direct from another SOLD OUT appearance at Carnegie Hall, with his outstanding voice and dynamic stage presence has always been a favorite among young and old everywhere. His talent and versatility provide the ability to deliver a song directly to the hearts of his audience. Andy is surely one of the greatest singing sensations on Irish Music scene today. Christened “Irish America’s Favorite Son” by The New York Times, is a title he truly deserves. Andy Cooney is also one of “The New York Tenors”. They have been receiving high critical acclaim. Andy has recorded 18 albums to date including his latest release, “Bright Brand New Day” with Phil Coulter and his Orchestra. Andy Cooney is also known for his Cruise of Irish Stars that annually draws over 1000 Irish and Irish Americans on a Caribbean Cruise enriched with the finest Irish entertainment including the great Ronan Tynan.
Direct from his 5th SOLD OUT appearance at Carnegie Hall on December 8, 2014, Andy Cooney has taken the Irish-American music scene by storm. Andy Cooney was christened by The New York Times as “Irish America’s Favorite Son”. With his outstanding voice and dynamic stage presence makes him a favorite with audiences as he renders songs ranging from all-time favorites like “Galway Bay” and “Danny Boy” to his hit records “The Irish Wedding Song”, “Boston Rose” and “Daughter of Mine”. Andy’s talent and versatility provide the ability to deliver a song directly to the hearts of his listeners.
One of nine children born into a deep-rooted Irish American family from Long Island, NY, Andy Cooney has been singing Irish songs literally all his life, beginning at an early age directed by his Dublin born grandfather, Andy Feehan. As a young lad, he sang at family and church gatherings. His professional career began at the young age of 17, when he began appearing in many of the well-known Irish establishments in the New York area entertaining audiences with his piano playing and singing. In 1986, at age 19, the well-known Irish bandleader, Paddy Noonan, asked Andy to tour with his show. For the next several years Andy toured with Paddy Noonan gaining national exposure for his talent and winning a place in the hearts of all those who heard him from coast to coast. In 1994, Andy struck out on his own and hasn’t looked back.
Andy’s production, “The New York Tenors” has been receiving high critical acclaim. The New York Tenors are Daniel Rodriquez the “Latino” New York Tenor, Christopher Macchio, The “Italian” New York Tenor and Andy Cooney, the “Irish” New York Tenor, Together they combine the artistry of three New York Tenors who alone are superb, but together provide an overwhelming, ‘can’t-miss’ showcase of some of the world’s greatest vocalists and repertoire. Andy Cooney also produced, “American Voices”, a show that included elements of heritage, faith, friendship and American patriotism. Along with Andy Cooney the show included two Grammy Award winners, legendary Larry Gatlin and the ever popular Crystal Gayle. Both of these shows have toured Performing Arts Centers and Concert Halls throughout the USA.
As a seasoned stage veteran, Andy really hits the mark with his first Public Television Special, “Andy Cooney Live in Concert: An Evening of Irish Classics”, filmed at the Renaissance Center in Dickson, TN in June 2004. His accomplished band of fine musicians are joined on stage with the renowned Nashville String Machine, and of course world-class Irish dancers featuring direct from “Lord of the Dance” add a magical touch. This is Andy’s first live recording and he performs all his hits: Galway Shawl, My Kathleen, Boston Rose, Rattlin’ Bog, Daughter of Mine and The Irish Wedding Song, and many more hits.
Andy’s release in 2008, “It’ll Be Me”, is Andy’s best yet. Andy’s dream was to record a symphony album. Andy teamed up with New York vocal coach Michael Crouse, a decorated instructor that specializes in Classical singing to prepare him for this album. It was recorded in Ireland with the RTE Concert Orchestra, Andy’s true vocal range and ability to deliver these powerful selections puts him in a league of his own. “It’ll Be Me” also features Andy performing a duet with Crystal Gayle. Legendary artist Larry Gatlin wrote the title track and joins Andy Cooney and Irish Tenor, Ronan Tynan on the track, It’ll Be Me. Seamus Brett produced the CD with incredible orchestral arrangements by Brian Byrne. In 2009 Andy returned to Ireland to record with the RTE Concert Orchestra an album entitled “The Magic of Christmas”. This album, influenced by his concert at Carnegie Hall in 2008, features traditional Christmas favorites with awesome arrangements once again by renown arranger Brian Byrne. Andy’s vocal abilities are once again challenged and proves that he is on par with any of the great tenors. Andy’s 12-year old son Ryan is introduced in his debut recording of The Little Drummer Boy. Andy has recorded 18 albums, and has always associated himself with the finest musicians on the Irish recording scene such as Brian Byrne, The RTE Concert Orchestra, Seamus Brett, Joanie Madden, Seamus Egan, Eileen Ivers, Des Moore, Paddy Noonan.
Andy’s latest album was produced by world-famous Phil Coulter entitled “Bright Brand New Day”. It was release in March 2014 and has been receiving raving reviews. This album was a journey that took 20 years to finish. Phil and Andy started this album in 1993 in Dublin when the funding was pulled for the album and it sat parked for all that time until Andy contacted Phil in May of 2013 to finish the album. The album is a collection of the great songs composed by Phil Coulter and Andy and Phil wrote a song together entitled “Calling Us Home Again” to celebrate “The Gathering” in Ireland in 2013. Phil Coulter kindly invited Andy on his Concert at The National Concert Hall in Dublin in December 2013 and Andy reciprocated in inviting Phil to join him at Carnegie Hall in December 2014. In attendance at the concert was Bill and Hilary Clinton, Congressman Peter King and Senator George Mitchell. Andy Cooney and Phil Coulter will be touring the US together again in March 2016.
Today, Andy has gathered around him the finest group of musicians on the Irish music scene touring all over the US throughout the year. For two seasons of the year, Christmas and St. Patrick’s Day, Andy adds to his troupe by inviting other talented entertainers to join him. Some of these performers have include Phil Coulter, Ronan Tynan, Cherish the Ladies, Noel V. Ginnity, to name a few. These are high-energy shows that showcase the finest in Irish music, comedy and dance.
Dubbed “An American Gift to Ireland’s Heritage” (Jim Mahoney, The New York Daily News) he has made his mark not only on the Irish/Irish-American front but also within the world of Country Music, a natural link since so much of Country has Irish roots. Andy has worked with a number of Country Music’s finest including The Oak Ridge Boys, The Statlers, Larry Gatlin, Charlie Daniels and Crystal Gayle. Andy’s latest country single, released in May 2015 in Ireland, “On The Eighth Day” has been getting tremendous airplay and is climbing up the Irish Country Charts.
The name Andy Cooney has also been associated with “The Cruise of Irish Stars”. Andy put this Cruise together in 1998 and every year it has become more and more popular. “The Cruise of Irish Stars” draws over 1000 Irish Music fans from Ireland and all over the United States. The cruise features over 20 different Irish bands and performers. Over the years some of Andy’s high profile guests have included Mike Denver, Noel V. Ginnity, the star of Dublin’s Irish Cabaret , Tony Kenny, the star of Jury’s Irish Cabaret, the late Dermot O’Brien, Cherish the Ladies, legendary Irish balladeer Johnny McEvoy and the great Ronan Tynan.
Andy is a musician, songwriter, vocalist and true entertainer. Quite handsome with a disarming boyish charm, Andy is known to be a true professional bringing the best of Irish entertainment wherever he tours. Andy Cooney maintains a mailing list of over 48, 000 fans and his website is frequently visited daily. Andy and his band receive the highest reviews wherever they have performed. Whether playing before a packed theater or at a family gathering, his feelings are the same, “… I still feel as though I’m singing for my family… only the room is a little bigger”.