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Brian Kennedy reveals he's battling cancer on Today FM radio show

By Sasha Brady

Published 02/09/2016

Brian Kennedy performs at the 'Royal Does Strictly', an evening of dance, glitz and glamour at Titanic Belfast
Brian Kennedy performs at the 'Royal Does Strictly', an evening of dance, glitz and glamour at Titanic Belfast

Belfast singer Brian Kennedy has revealed that he is battling cancer.

The much-loved entertainer took to the Matt Cooper Show on Today FM to share the devastating news.

Kennedy grew up on the Falls Road area of west Belfast at the height of the Troubles and despite his harsh upbringing managed to carve out a successful career in music.

He said of his childhood: “I shouldn’t have become a singer really, given where and how my life started, but my voice had other plans and saved me in the end.”

He busked on the streets in Belfast and then moved to London at 18, living in illegal squats as he pursued his musical ambitions. He sang in underground stations in order to get money for food and save up to buy a guitar, and was eventually discovered by the Spice Girls' manager, Simon Fuller.

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His career, which spans over two and a half decades, has seen him team up with Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles and John Lee Hooker, among others.

The singer and former Voice Of Ireland judge is helping Today FM launch their Dare to Care fundraising campaign for the Irish Cancer Society.

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Captured our hearts: Singer songwriter Brian Kennedy has a devoted fanbase
Captured our hearts: Singer songwriter Brian Kennedy has a devoted fanbase
Brian Kennedy in his early days
Brian Kennedy in his early days
Belfast's Brian Kennedy pictured at the Waterfront Hall where he received an honourary Doctorate from the University of Ulster
Belfast's Brian Kennedy pictured at the Waterfront Hall where he received an honourary Doctorate from the University of Ulster

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