Brian Kennedy is a Northern Irish singer-songwriter and author. He came to prominence as one of Van Morrison's backing singers, frequently alongside Georgie Fame. He had a minor UK radio airplay hit with the title track from his 2001 album Get on With Your Short Life.
Kennedy's performance in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 semi-finals in Athens marked the 1000th song to feature in the history of the competition. Following qualification, he finished 10th in the final with 93 points, the country's best result in six years.
He performed on the original Secret Garden version of the song "You Raise Me Up", which has been recorded by more than a hundred other artists, such as Josh Groban and Westlife. He also sang this song at the funeral of the footballer, George Best.
He performed at the opening of new studios for his local station Belfast CityBeat in 2006. In July 2008, he joined the judging panel of the "Citybeat Young Star Search", Northern Ireland's biggest kids talent search.
In 2012, he was a coach on the first series of "The Voice of Ireland".