Neil is an award winning Canadian Country singer / songwriter. 

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. 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.

Born and raised a country boy, from an early age Neil played an active role in the operation of the family farm even during his university days as well as after graduation in 1964 and his employment as property accountant at the Massey-Ferguson North American Combine Plant in Brantford, Ontario. In 1967 he joined his father in the operation and management of the John Deere Farm Equipment Dealership, Neil Young & Sons, in Simcoe, Ontario, that his father had opened in 1950 - a sister dealership to the Neil Young & Sons John Deere Farm Equipment Dealership that his grandfather, Neil Young, had opened in 1946 in Burford, Ontario. Following the sale of the Simcoe John Deere dealership and property in 1973 and during the off-season from farming, never allowing an idle moment in his life, Neil remained active playing in garage bands and continuing to write songs as well as accepting a management role at the Ponderosa Steak House chain of restaurants in the opening of several new restaurants in Ontario which he then followed with a successful 35-year entrepreneurial career in real estate development, investment, and management. In his “spare time”,  Neil founded and served as Executive Director, general manager and tour / team manager of Rhapsody On Ice - an international touring troupe of precision / synchro ice dancers that he took around the world for seven years. Cited by the Sport Tourism Coordinator, City of Brantford, as “Truly an incredible history of greatness and accomplishment,” in 2019 the troupe and its members were inducted into The Brantford and Area Sports Hall of Recognition located at the Wayne Gretzky Sports Complex. 

In 2002, Neil received a credit as Special Consultant in the film  Piaf … Her Story … Her Songs - a documentary of the French chanteuse Edith Piaf distributed by Lionsgate Films. Neil's involvement in the Piaf documentary took him to George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch Film Studio near Nicasio, California, where he was involved in the editing session for the film. 

Twenty years ago, Neil came to a fork in the road that led to him becoming an author and a professional singer-songwriter-recording artist, fulfilling a life-long dream from his high school days as a budding songwriter in the 1950s. 

Needless to say, Neil has never let any grass grow under his feet.

He spells his name 'Neil w Young' purposely using his middle initial "w" in the lower case with no period. 

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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