WELCOME to the internet home of Neil w Young - songwriter, recording artist and author,
aka N.W. Young - author of The Summer Garden and the Song, and the home of Neil's record label, Restless Wind Records.



Brantford Expositor, January 7, 2020
"Paris singer-songwriter nominated for six independent music Golden Kayak Awards, including best male artist.

Neil w Young was also nominated for: Best Alternative Song, Dreams in the Wind; Best Classic and Progressive Rock Song, Rock This Place; Best Country Song. Another Twenty Miles; Best Folk/Acoustic Rock/Americana Song, 1959; and Best Miscellaneous Song, The Promised Land of Paradise."

Purchase Neil’s THOSE WERE THE DAYS CD album for US$8.95 + US$3.95 shipping (anywhere in continental USA or Canada - US$5.95 international shipping) and receive your choice of any ONE of Neil’s following CDs FREE: OLD MEMORIES, WHAT DIFFERENCE WILL IT MAKE or NO LOOKING BACK. Total US$12.90. For ordering details, use the ‘Contact Neil’ tab above, or order on PayPal at

Digital mp3's of Neil's albums and singles can be purchased at iTunes at the following links:








The latest single released by Neil - "The Silver Cross Medal of Honour" performed and recorded by Neil and Ray Lyell, is a special tribute honouring recipients awarded the Silver Cross medal each November by the Royal Canadian Legion in recognition of the loss and sacrifice on the part of widows (spouses/partners) and mothers of members of the Canadian military and others who served in the armed forces and died for their country in the name of freedom.

Neil's latest album, DREAMS IN THE WIND was released April 17, 2019. 16 songs covering a crossover of genres – 14 of Neil’s original compositions, several written more than 30 years ago,and 2 covers (licensed), backed by a once-in-a-lifetime line-up of outstanding musicians and artists. The 16-page booklet that comes with the hard copy CD album tells the story behind the “gift” and the stars all being lined up that became "Dreams In The Wind".


Neil was honoured to receive his third Golden Kayak Award Sunday, January 14, 2018 at the IAIA (International Academy of Independent Artists) online Awards ceremonies for "Best Song 2017" in the "Miscellaneous" awards category for his cover of “Hey Boba Lou" written by Robbie Robertson, Ronnie Hawkins and Jacqueline Magill. The song is on Neil's 'Those Were The Days' CD album below.

Neil's 4th CD album, Those Were The Days was the culmination of a dream that had its beginning in the 1950’s when he was going to high school and was a budding musician and songwriter in his own right.

The album includes 14 licensed cover songs of some of his favourite songs from the mid 1950s to the early 1960s plus one of his own songs, "Hot Rod Star", a rockabilly song that he wrote several years ago. The album appropriately reflects what Neil has often been heard to say, "I'm not going back to the Fifties, I never left!"

NOTE: Songs on the album are on the "Songs" page on this website. You can see the track list on the "Albums" link.

Neil's roots are deep country, proudly reflecting his early years growing up on the family farm in part of the now slowly disappearing tobacco farming heartland of south western Ontario.

It was during his high school years beginning in the mid 1950's when Neil's love of the music of the times ignited his passion as a songwriter and singer. It was not until decades later after he had "retired" from a 35-year entrepreneurial business career that he had the opportunity to give himself the room to let that light really begin to shine.

From tumbleweeds drifting along old Route 66 and flashy 1950's convertibles, to rusted out flatbed trucks and walking down railroad tracks, it is hard not to picture Johnny Cash here. Even more so with Neil's self-effacing western lilt and a soft southern drawl influenced in part during his teens while toiling in summer sun-baked Southern Ontario tobacco fields alongside his co-workers from the Carolina's and Georgia.

Neil was a nominee in the 2008 Hamilton Music Awards for New Country Recording of the Year for his debut album No Looking Back, and in the 2012 Hamilton Music Awards for Alt/Country Recording of the Year for his album What Difference Will It Make released in July 2012.

Two of Neil’s songs on his debut CD album No Looking Back - “The Cowboy Song” and “The Restless Wind”, were #1 in 2007 on the CASHBOX Magazine Country Chart.

Neil was honoured to be named on the front cover of the July 1, 2007 CASHBOX Magazine as one of the "awesome Indies gracing our Independent Charts every week".

In 2008, Neil was the recipient of the IAIA (International Academy of Independent Artists) Golden Kayak award for Best Country Song 2007 - "The Cowboy Song" from his album, No Looking Back.

He was a nominee for Best Country Song in the 2015 Golden Kayak Awards for his song, “Shining White Eyes” from his sophomore album What Difference Will It Make, and in January 2017, he won his second Golden Kayak Award in the category Best Classic and Progressive Rock Song 2016 for his song "Fire On The Water" from his third album, Old Memories.

Bobby Lawson, Rockabilly Hall of Fame member, says this about Neil's debut CD No Looking Back:

"A great CD, these are eleven great songs, beautifully written and sung. Neil puts his all in these songs, from the heart and from the soul. I recommend this CD and Neil w Young to everyone who likes it country."

Christian Lamitschka, Country Home - Germany’s Premier Country Music Magazine, write the following about Neil's debut album No Looking Back:

"Some dreams come thru really late, but then when it happens, the joy is much bigger. And even the man is over 50, he has the energy of a 25 year old. His songs have an honesty that hasn't been heard in a long time.”

Neil’s 2-book ‘realistic fiction’ love story – a labour of love many years in the making and in the writing – The Summer Garden and the Song, circa 1959, is a coming-of-age saga set in and around the fictional village of Haddon Junction in Norfolk County – the tobacco heartland of Southwestern Ontario. It is a story of loves gained, loves lost, and loves unconditional – Mick Neilson’s story – The Summer Garden … The Circle of Life … Harvest … and the Song.

Both books include countless cameos of tobacco farming, music, people, events and places from the era and area such as the famed Summer Garden destination dance pavilion in Port Dover. Both are available at and and at Green Heron Books in Paris.

Neil was a Western Ontario Secondary School Honour Athlete in 1960 and graduate of Burford District High School and graduate in 1964 of Waterloo Lutheran University - Waterloo University College Faculty of Arts (now known as Wilfred Laurier University).

Neil's songs and albums are available at Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play, You Tube, Deezer and other digital streaming web sites.

Prior to following his passion over the last 15 years as a songwriter, recording artist and author, Neil had a successful 35-year entrepreneurial business career. Apart from his varied business interests and activities, included in his list of accomplishments during that period was having founded and served as executive director & team / tour manager of world touring Rhapsody On Ice (1985 - 1992) which endeavour resulted in his being inducted into the Brantford and Area Sports Hall of Recognition along with Rhapsody On Ice and its members on June 12, 2019.

"My sincere thanks and appreciation to all for the interest and support of my songs and music and my life, and to all of the outstanding musicians and artists on my albums to whom I shall be forever grateful, and to my many friends and fans around the world, and to my small family for their undying love and support, for without you all, I would not be what I am today."

Neil w Young

Note: Neil purposely spells his name "Neil w Young" with his middle initial "w" always appearing in the lower case with no period - a step he took to create a "branding" style for his name, as well as wanting to be seen standing apart in the world of music from his more accomplished countryman three years his junior who shares the same first and last name with him, and who he greatly respects.


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