Neil Finn


Neil Mullane Finn OBE (born May 27, 1958, in Te Awamutu, New Zealand) is a singer and songwriter and one of New Zealand's foremost musicians.


Neil Finn

Neil Mullane Finn OBE (born 27 May 1958) is a New Zealand recording artist who along with his brother Tim Finn, fronted the iconic band Split Enz, and was a founding member of Crowded House. He has also recorded several successful solo albums and assembled a diverse selection of musicians for the 7 Worlds Collide projects.

 

Finn rose to prominence in the late 1970s after replacing singer songwriter Phil Judd in his brother Tim Finn's band Split Enz. With the group, Finn wrote the hits "One Step Ahead", "History Never Repeats", "I Got You" and "Message to My Girl", among others. After Split Enz broke up in 1984 Neil's brother Tim Finn left for England and a year later Neil founded Crowded House with drummer Paul Hester who had also played in Split Enz. The group achieved international success in 1987 when they released the single "Don't Dream It's Over" written by Neil.

 

He ended Crowded House in 1996 to embark upon what was to become a moderately successful solo career, and has released two albums with his brother Tim under the title the Finn Brothers. 

 

In January 2007, it was announced that Crowded House were reforming with Neil, Nick Seymour, Mark Hart and new drummer Matt Sherrod (following the suicide of Paul Hester in 2005). The group's new album Time on Earth was released in June 2007; in the pre-release build up, they headlined a show at Coachella in April 2007, before embarking on a world tour.

 

In March 2009, Neil joined brother Tim on stage with son Liam Finn at Melbourne's charity Sound Relief concert at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in support of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires.

 

In 2011 Finn and wife Sharon began a side project called Pajama Club. After Finn's children, Liam and Elroy, left the family home to pursue their own musical careers, the two wondered what to do to fill the time left open by their children's absence. They decided to repair the music room in their Auckland home and begin making music of their own: "We've had a bit more time on our hands since the boys left home, and we just decided to make a record. It was as simple as that. We called the group Pajama Club, because we were dressed in our pajamas when we started." Sharon began to play the bass guitar, while Neil sat behind the drum kit, despite the fact that neither had played either instrument before. Neil commented that "We found ourselves locking into these grooves which were incredibly fun to play...We naturally gravitated towards being 'funky'. Pajama Club released their self-titled debut album in September 2011.


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