The The Irish Times 'Album of the Year' 2012 winner, Irish singer Julie Feeney, performed at US-Ireland Alliance's "Oscar Wilde: Honoring the Irish in Film" event hosted by J.J. Abrams' Santa Monica production company Bad Robot on February 21. The event honored Colin Farrell, currently starring in Martin McDonagh’s "Seven Psychopaths", make-up artist Michele Burke and Lionsgate Vice Chairman Michael Burns.
Accompanied with a harpist and percussionist, Julie Feeney performed music from her albums "Clocks" and "pages". "Clocks" is not yet released in the U.S. The crowd sang along to Feeney's singles "Impossibly Beautiful" and "Dear John". "The audience was fantastic, it was an amazing audience response... I felt quite honored I was invited to perform...Jim Sheridan, a great director was speaking as well... for me to be a part of that was pretty huge, to have people like that watching me perform was quite an honor and I have never done anything like that before at such an event", says Feeney. On meeting honored guest, Colin Farrell, Feeney reveals, "he's incredibly sweet, really nice guy, very sincere, down to earth."
Julie Feeney's latest self-produced album "Clocks" charted No. 1 in the Independent Irish Album Charts and voted "Best Album" 2012 by The Irish Times "Album of the Year". Just finishing a ten date tour in Ireland, in which she scored for ten different choirs in ten different nights, the self-produced singer, composer, songwriter and orchestrator is setting her sights on music videos and composing the opera ‘BIRD' based on Oscar Wilde's "The Happy Prince". Julie Feeney will continue to perform in Ireland, including a few cathedrals, and plans on returning to Los Angeles and New York in June.
Celebrating Irish in the arts, the US-Ireland Alliance, a non-profit, nonpartisan organization, cultivates and connects entertainment professionals and leaders in the U.S. and Ireland in education, politics, business and the arts. The annual "Oscar Wilde: Honoring the Irish in Film" event was emceed by J.J. Abrams' hosting at his Bad Robot Santa Monica production company with 400 guests in attendance including Steven Spielberg, Kate Capshaw, Warren Beatty, Annette Bening and director Cameron Crowe. Up and coming Irish musicians Declan O’Rourke and Heathers also performed.