NIALL BRESLIN (BRESSIE)
Niall Breslin, known as Bressie, is an Irish musician and former Westmeath Gaelic footballer. Breslin found success as the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter with pop band The Blizzards, as a co-writer and producer with XIX Entertainment and as a solo artist. He was the winning coach on the first season of The Voice of Ireland.
Breslin represented his native county team, Westmeath, in Gaelic football at Minor, Under-21 and Senior Championship levels. He won a Leinster Under-21 Football Championship medal with Westmeath in 2000. He was also a professional rugby player with Leinster Rugby. He had a scholarship in UCD for rugby and also represented Ireland at Under21 level in the World Cup.
With childhood friends, Breslin formed The Blizzards in 2004. They released two albums that achieved commercial success, A Public Display of Affection in 2006 and Domino Effect in 2008. The band split up in 2009. Following the band's split, Breslin joined Simon Fuller's XIX Entertainment as a songwriter and producer in 2010. In 2011, Breslin released a solo album, Colourblind Stereo. Four singles were released from the album.
In 2012, he was a coach on the inaugural season of The Voice of Ireland, mentoring the winner, Pat Byrne.Through the end of 2012, Breslin began work on his second solo album. On 29 January 2013, he announced via Twitter that the album would be called "Rage and Romance" with an expected release in April 2013. On 30 January 2013, the first single entitled, "Show Me Love" was given initial radio airplay with a projected release date on 22 March 2013.