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Like a conversation with an old friend, songwriter Glen MacNeil says all the right words with his artfully crafted expressions of everyday emotions often left unspoken. Glen’s melodies sail above waves of anchored guitar work, providing the perfect vessel for riding the tides of life; relationships, family, work, and real stories in song. You don’t need to move a mountain to be a hero; Glen explores the weaknesses that make us strong, discovering the ordinary miracles happening right before our eyes.
A mainstay on the Southwestern Ontario stage, Glen is an active community contributor. Glen has written commissioned theme songs for several charity campaigns and local events such as The Better World Today Association for Bone Marrow awareness, The Tecumseh International Dragon Boat Races, the Canadian Auto Worker’s Union 25th Anniversary, and The Windsor Summer Games. Glen earned honourable mentions from Billboard’s World Song Contest for his song “Across My Heart”, and from Unisong’s International song for “Just Stay Awhile”.
Glen grew up in the land of salt air and kitchen parties and his passion for music evolved from deeply rooted musical traditions inherent in Canada’s Maritimes. The MacNeil home in tiny Glencoe Station on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia was host to infamous musical shindigs involving his family as well as some of the country’s most celebrated fiddlers and songwriters, including John Allan Cameron and John Morris Rankin. Glen remembers starting to take guitar ‘seriously’ at the age of ten, and quickly took his music from the kitchen to the stage joining bands performing across the province.
A member of the Songwriter’s Association of Canada and Nashville Songwriters Association International, he has presented at the NSAI “Tin Pan North” Conference. Glen hopes to bring the distinct sounds of Nova Scotia a little closer to Nashville with his music, picking up a little Ontario grit along the southern highway.