Neil is an award winning Canadian singer / songwriter/author. 

A songwriter since 1959 when in high school, Neil has been a member of various garage bands through the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s as well as a member of 'Downtown Jam' - a Toronto, Ontario based group of musicians and a member of Sentimental Journey - a troupe of musicians entertaining residents at Seniors Residences in Southern Ontario. Neil has 5 albums and 13 singles released as well as more already in the works and planned - all available on his web site, and worldwide at Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Google Play, Deezer and other digital streaming sites.  

Neil was honoured to be named on the front cover of the July 2007 CASHBOX Magazine as “one of the awesome indies gracing our Independent Charts every week”. 

Twice nominated for a Hamilton Music Award, a JUNO contender several times for Songwriter of the Year, as well as Alternative Album of the Year and Music Video of the Year, and five-time winner of the IAIA (International Academy of Independent Artists) Golden Kayak Award for Country Song of the Year, Classic and Progressive Rock Song of the Year, World Song of the Year and Miscellaneous Song of the Year, Neil has had numerous songs reach #1 on various indie music charts, as well as two songs reaching #1 on the CASHBOX Magazine Country chart. 

In the fall of 2023, Neil's music video What In The World Is The World Coming To - a collaborative production by Neil as vocalist, lyricist and executive producer, Michael Gogol, music composer, Trevor Titian, mixing and editing engineer, and Jody Matheson, video producer, was voted Best Music Video at the Summer Rome International Short Festival, as well as being a Semi-Finalist at the Paris International Short Festival and at the Chicago Filmmaker Awards, and a Quarter-Finalist at the Vancouver International Movie Awards.

Neil recently received an Award of Recognition from The IndieFEST Film Awards, La Jolla, California, in the categories of Music Video, Contemporary Issues/Awareness Raising and Dramatic Impact for his music video, What In The World Is The World Coming To.

Neil is a Western Ontario Secondary School Honor Athlete and graduate (1964) of Waterloo Lutheran University / Waterloo University College Faculty of Arts - now known as Wilfred Laurier University. 

 Neil is also a published author as N. W. Young.

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