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Skip Friel: Bio

Skip Friel began playing guitar, as well as writing songs at an early age and by 17 had formed the folk rock band, 'Fresh Produce,' with brother Randy. In his twenties Skip regularly performed his original music with the band 'String Fever.' Friel took a break from performing in his thirties to focus on a career in engineering. Eventually entering into impromptu sessions with musician friends, those experiences gradually became more frequent.
Soon after releasing his 2007 debut album, 'Twilight Red Sky,' Friel was named Winner-2007 Toronto Exclusive Magazine Awards for Best International Folk Male Artist. Skip teamed with brother Randy in 2008 to release 'Evergreen Christmas.' The 16-track collection features six originals penned by the two and some new twists to a few Holiday folk classics. Skip's track, 'Evergreens,' received Winner-Best International Folk Song-2008 Toronto Exclusive Magazine Awards.
On May 5, 2012 Skip released the americana / rock album, 'Passage,' which is currently receiving airplay at several Southeast Virginia radio stations.
Since 2003, Friel and his band the Resonators have been regional favorites in Virginia performing at large festivals venues as well as intimate acoustic-friendly stages.Skip Friel began playing guitar and writing songs at an early age. By 17 he had formed the Virginia Beach-based Folk Rock band, 'Fresh Produce,' with brother Randy. In his twenties, Skip regularly performed his original music with the band 'String Fever.' Friel took a break from performing in his thirties to focus on a career in engineering. Eventually entering into impromptu sessions with musician friends, those experiences gradually became more frequent and by 2003, his current band, ‘The Resonators’ had begun to form.  

“Friel is a very talented vocalist with a big and unique voice,” writes Toronto Exclusive Magazine. Whether performing original compositions or favorite cover songs, award-winning songwriter Skip Friel delivers an energetic and moving performance. Entertaining solo or with his band, The Resonators, Friel’s music spans from acoustic variety to tasteful rock. Cover songs include both contemporary and popular tunes of the past. Skip is at home in large, festival venues as well as on intimate, acoustic-friendly stages.

 Looking back, what began as a pursuit to overcome teenage shyness, eventually lead Skip Friel to a successful career in music. At thirteen Friel discovered that singing, playing guitar and writing songs would be his medium of comfort. By seventeen he had formed the Virginia Beach-based Folk Rock band, 'Fresh Produce,' with his brother Randy. 'Fresh Produce’ was influenced by the music of bands like The Beatles, CS&N, The Bryds and The Eagles.

 With his follow-on band, “String Fever,” Friel began performing more of his own songs. Music had always been an important form of expression for him, so it was natural to migrate toward his own compositions. Friel continued to perform through his twenties, but took a break in his thirties to focus on his career in engineering.

 Eventually entering into impromptu sessions with musician friends, such as bassist Martin Somers and lead guitarist Bill Frierson, those experiences gradually became more frequent and by 2003 his current band, ‘The Resonators,’ had formed. The Resonators have long since become Southeast Virginia mainstays at outdoor festivals as well as intimate nightclubs.

  Soon after releasing his 2007 debut album, 'Twilight Red Sky,' Friel was named “Winner-2007 Toronto Exclusive Magazine Awards for Best International Folk Male Artist.” His songs received regional radio airplay on various stations for several years following. Friel went on to receive various music awards including the 2008 and 2009 “Port Folio Weekly Magazine Music Awards” as well as the “Veer Magazine Music Awards” in 2012 and 2013.

 Skip again teamed with brother Randy in 2008 to release 'Evergreen Christmas.' The 16-track collection features six originals penned by the brothers and some new twists on a few Holiday folk classics. Skip's track, 'Evergreens,' was selected as “Winner-Best International Folk Song-2008 Toronto Exclusive Magazine Awards.” In May 2012, Skip released the Americana Rock album, 'Passage,' which continues to receive airplay on Southeast Virginia radio stations such as WHRV and WFOS.

Performing solo or with his band, The Resonators, Friel delivers inspirational performances throughout Southeast Virginia. Skip Friel’s spirited style captures the art and joy of music.

 Skip Friel and The Resonators


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Music Awards:

WINNER: Best International Folk Male Artist, 2007 Toronto Exclusive Magazine Awards

FINALIST: Best International Folk Album, 2007 Toronto Exclusive Magazine Awards

HONORABLE MENTION: Best Song, 2007 We Are Listening Singer/Songwriter Awards

WINNER: Best International Folk Song, 2008 Toronto Exclusive Magazine Awards

RUNNER UP: Best Acoustic Artist, 2008 Port Folio Magazine Music Awards

NOMINATED: Best Album, 2008 Port Folio Magazine Music Awards

FINALIST: Best Folk Song, 2008 Indie Singer-Songwriter Song Contest

NOMINATED: Song of the Year, 2009 Port Folio Magazine Music Awards

FINALIST: Best Americana Artist, 2009 Meona Outdoor Music Awards

NOMINATED: Most Inspirational Artist, 2009 Port Folio Magazine Music Awards

HONORABLE MENTION: Best Song, 2009 Unisong International Songwriting Contest

NOMINATED: Best Americana Band, 2009 Meona Outdoor Music Awards

NOMINATED: Best Acoustic Folk, 2012 AND 2013 Veer Magazine Music Awards

NOMINATED: Song of the Year, 2013 Veer Magazine Music Awards