Stephen Maguire releases this debut album with some songs going back as far as 15 years. It takes you into the world of a man that grew up in Northern Ireland, found the person he will be with forever and left everything he ever knew for her. The album - honest, reflective and passionate - includes musicians like The Northern Pikes' Jay Semko and Ross Nykiforuk, with songs that demand to be played live. Quite simply, it is music that moves the soul. Irish Soul is enjoying radio play in the U.K., Ireland, Germany, Australia, Africa, Canada and the U.S. Produced by: Ross Nykiforuk. Recorded at: Cosmic Pad Studios, Saskatoon. Mastered by: Charles Carvalho, Joao Carvalho Mastering, Toronto. Recent highlights for Stephen Maguire: performing at the Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival opening for Grammy award winner Nanci Griffith, performing with Ivor Novello award winner John Reid (hit writer for Kelly Clarkson, Keith Urban and Rod Stewart); winning the Symphony Under the Sky Band Contest and opening for the Regina Symphony Orchestra; being the guest vocalist on Gemini winner Andrea Menard's Canadian Christmas 'Sparkle' Tour; and supporting five-time Grammy winner B.J. Thomas on his Saskatchewan tour. Stephen staged the Flood Relief Concerts that raised over $60,000 and was voted the #2 Concert of the Year in Saskatoon. 'The Belfast-born Maguire has wrought a fine collection of songs that sensitively blend pop, soul and sixties rock. The title track is propelled by a percussive groove, and Maguire's boyband experience (with Unity supporting Westlife) leaks through the very Elton John-ish 'Best I Can' and the catchy 'Do You See Me'. There's kick-ass brass in the funky 'True' and 'So Fired Up', and 'Leaving' has an infectious Stonesy raunch.' Jackie Hayden - Hot Press Magazine "Stephen represents a great new generation of talent from N. Ireland, following in the footsteps of Snow Patrol, Ian Archer, Brian Kennedy and Foy Vance.' George Jones - UTV's U105 Radio "There is a sincerity about Stephen in his performances; he is the genuine article. In just a short while, he has lit up our entertainment scene. While that completely captivating accent always reminds us that he is from Ireland, we are lucky here in Canada to be able to adopt him as our own." Colleen Wilson - Global TV, Host and Producer "Stephen is absolutely charming, and talented, and his honesty and sense of humour is refreshing." Jennifer Quesnel - CBC Radio, The Morning Edition Producer 'Maguire takes heartfelt slices of 60s Irish soul and melds it with the atmosphere and expansive sound and production of his home away from home, the Canadian prairie.' Craig Silliphant - The Thoughtlab, Planet S Magazine, Polaris Music Prize Juror.