The businessman who ran meatless food company Quorn for 10 years before retiring to revive a career in music is releasing his debut album.
Kevin Brennan, the former managing director of Stokesley-based Quorn, swapped board notes for music notes last year when he stepped down to take on non-executive roles and spend more than time playing with his band, The County Affair.
Now the group, a duo first formed by Mr. Brennan and his childhood best friend Tony Regan 40 years ago, are set to release their debut album, titled Off The Grid, and are preparing to leave. on tour.
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The couple gave up a recording contract in their early 20s for lucrative careers in marketing, with Mr. Brennan becoming CEO of Quorn and Mr. Regan after a career in advertising.
The duo first met in the 1970s in Nottingham and as a teenager joined The Moonshiners, an Irish country group led by Mr Brennan’s father. They played up to three concerts each weekend while their classmates worked in stores and on paper tours.
They then formed their own band, The Rambling Boys, a band with roots in Irish country music, but the band broke up when they left to study at different universities.
After graduation, however, they spent time in the United States, crossing Texas and San Francisco, where they became sought after by venues sometimes playing up to four hours of sets, four nights a week.
They were offered a recording and management contract, but turned down the offer as both had postgraduate jobs to return to the UK.
Mr. Brennan went on to change the fortunes of many well-known companies, having been part of companies that gave us Mumm Champagne, Wolf Blass New World Wines and Carex Liquid Soap, as well as contributing to globalization. of Kellogg’s Special K before directing Quorn to great success. and a £ 500 million acquisition.
Despite his busy schedule while working with Quorn, Mr. Brennan continued to write songs and would send them to Mr. Regan, who would create a track by adding keyboards and vocal arrangements.
Re-evaluating their work-life balances to simultaneously quit their jobs, Mr Brennan gave an interview about his plans on Radio 5 Live, which was heard by music producer Tom Nichols, who has worked with Kylie Minoque, All Saints and Sugababes.
He partnered with the band, which led to the new album, which is slated for release on Sonnet Records on September 3, after being recorded at Abbey Road Studios.
Tour dates to follow their London concert are expected to be announced soon.
Mr. Brennan, who is still involved in business as a consultant, said, “It would be great if we could just spend our time on this.
“With a great songwriting and Tony’s distinctive voice, we believe we can make this our next career, be respected in the industry and have fun along the way.
“It took us 40 years apart to make us hungry for a musical career. After taking the plunge, we can’t wait to go on tour. We think we’ve created a unique Americana sound for ourselves and just want to play in front of as many people as possible. “