Direct from his 2nd SOLD OUT appearance at Carnegie Hall on December 8, 2009, 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.
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 include Ronan Tynan, Cherish the Ladies, George Casey, Noel V. Ginnity, Annette Griffin, Kate Purcell to name a few. These are high-energy shows that showcase the finest in Irish music, comedy and dance.
Andy’s latest production, “The New York Tenors” has been receiving high critical acclaim. The show stars three of New York’s premier voices, Andy Cooney, Daniel Rodriguez and Michael Amante. The New York Tenors combine the artistry of three men who alone are superb, but together provide an overwhelming, ‘can’t-miss’ showcase of some of the world’s greatest vocalists and repertoire.
In 2009, Andy 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. This show toured from 2009 to 2011 in Performing Arts Centers and Concert Halls throughout the USA.
Andy has recorded 15 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 and also recorded an album with the world-famous Phil Coulter entitled "Home Away From Home".
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. 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.
Dubbed "An American Gift to Ireland's Heritage" (Jim Mahoney, The 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.
The name Andy Cooney has also been associated with "The Cruise of Irish Stars". Andy put this Cruise together in 1995 and every year it has become more and more popular. "The Cruise of Irish Stars" 2010 drew 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 guests have included Noel V. Ginnity, the star of Doyle’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 35, 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".