A songwriter since 1959 when in high school ~ a member of no-name garage bands through the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s ~ a previous member of 'Downtown Jam' in Toronto participating in weekly make-up bands ~ 5 albums and 2 singles released - all listed for sale on this web site and worldwide through CD Baby and related digital distribution partners such as Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, Deezer and other streaming web 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 and three-time winner of the IAIA (International Academy of Independent Artists) Golden Kayak Award, Neil has had numerous singles from each of his five albums reach No. 1 on the IACMusic.com and IndieMusicPeople.com charts, as well as two No. 1 songs on the CASHBOX Magazine Country chart.
Recently, Neil was a nominee in the 2019 Golden Kayak Awards for Best Male Artist, Best Alternative Song, Best Classic and Progressive Rock Song, Best Country Song, Best Folk/Acoustic Rock/Americana Song, and Best Miscellaneous Song.
Following his “retirement” in 2002 from a successful 35-year entrepreneurial career in real estate development, investment and management, including taking on the restoration of two architectural and historically significant buildings in the heart of downtown Brantford, Ontario, during which time he also founded and served as general manager and tour manager of Rhapsody On Ice - an international touring troupe of precision / synchro ice dancers that he took around the world for seven years in his spare time, in addition to being credited as Special Consultant in the filming of Piaf … Her Story … Her Songs, a documentary of the French chanteuse Edith Piaf, Neil came to a fork in the road that led to him becoming a professional singer-songwriter-recording artist, fulfilling a life-long dream from his high school days as a budding songwriter in the 1950s.
In recognition of his role in Rhapsody On Ice, Neil was inducted in 2019 along with the members of the troupe in the Brantford and Area Sports Hall of Recognition located at the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre.
Born in Brantford, Ontario and raised on the family farm near Burford Ontario, Neil lives in Paris, Ontario, only a few short miles from where he grew up. He spells his name purposely using his middle initial "w" in the lower case with no period. A Western Ontario Secondary School Honor Athlete and graduate (1964) of Waterloo Lutheran University / Waterloo University College Faculty - now known as Wilfred Laurier University, Neil is also a published author as N. W. Young.