In 2011 CIARAN GRIBBIN made the big move with his family from their hometown of Castledawson in Northern Ireland to Sydney Australia to join INXS as their singer and co-songwriter and has since toured extensively with them to much acclaim throughout South America, Europe and Australia. With the band currently off the road this has given him the opportunity to continue his solo live and recording work and successful songwriting activities.
Pre INXS he played countless shows with many artists including Paul McCartney, The Script, Gotye and Paulo Nuttini amongst others. As a songwriter he co-wrote Madonna's Grammy nominated 'Celebration' and also wrote, recorded and produced all of the original songs for the Irish music-based comedy drama movie 'Killing Bono' starring Ben Barnes plus music for other movies.
He has co-written 'Hey Baby Doll', a big on-camera song performed by Al Pacino and produced by Don Was in the new movie 'Danny Collins' starring Al Pacino, Annette Benning, Christopher Plummer, Jennifer Garner and Bobby Cannavale scheduled for release 2014/15.
In September 2013 he performed at the 'Rock In Rio' music festival followed by a week in Los Angeles for talks and meetings with movie music supervisors, co-songwriters.
Ciaran has just signed a new worldwide agreement (excl. ANZ) with the Snow Patrol owned publishing company Polar Patrol Music Ltd.
"…I just enjoyed Ciarans company and really enjoyed his voice and listening to his songs, his music. Later on I realized the collaboration, artistically and especially songwriting, could be something that would be really, really good for INXS and so far that's been true." Andrew Farris in Billboard.
"This INXS show was amazing and should not be missed. Ciaran Gribbins vocals are so good. He has the voice, looks and charisma of an INXS frontman. He took ownership of the old songs along with his own and breathed new life into the 30+ year old band's career." Ticketmaster.
"Oozing charisma INXS lead singer Ciaran Gribbin stalked the stage like a growling leopard. If you want to know how to move like a rockstar frontman, just watch him." The Music - Perth Arena.
"Ciaran has one of the most extraordinary voices I've heard in a long time." Gary Lightbody - Snow Patrol.
"Gribbins voice, let off the leash, is extraordinary, soaring and dipping on oodles of emotion. He has proven he is the possessor of a fearsome, restless musical imagination." Francis Jones - BBC.
"His songs are carefully crafted, pure pop gems." Brad Frenette - National Post Canada