Singer/Songwriter/Producer/Podcaster Conor Walsh was born and raised in Poughkeepsie, New York. In May of 2020, Conor graduated with Bachelor’s Degree in Music Industry at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York, where he studied many aspects of the business such as live sound, studio production, publishing, management, and more. Throughout his still budding career, he has had the opportunity to hold administrative and management positions; work in booking, promoting, marketing, and hospitality; and have much experience in live sound, recording, and radio, along with video and audio editing and production.
His song “Spend Some Time” received some acclaim as it was featured in and was a finalist for The Taste of Country Hometown Risers Contest back in December of 2017. “Spend Some Time” later helped pave the way for Conor to win PBS’s televised talent series Celebration of Music (Troy Division) in October of 2018. Conor will be featured again in a nationally televised concert series put on by PBS, currently on hold due to the Covid pandemic. In 2019, his song “Yes,” debuted at No. 17 on the Independent Music Network’s Mainstream Charts, and peaked at No. 2, and held that position for seven weeks. “Yes” also led to three IMN award nominations for 2019 (New Discovery Artist, Inspirational Song of the Year, and Mainstream Video of the Year).
JWill from the JWill Jamboree on KISS 96.1FM once described Conor as a “mix between Shawn Mendes and Michael Bublé.” Conor takes many of his influences from 90s and 2000s bands such as Matchbox Twenty, Goo Goo Dolls, 3 Doors Down, Lifehouse, and Daughtry; along with classic rock artists like Journey, Foreigner, Bob Seeger; and country acts such as George Strait, Restless Heart, Luke Combs, and Zac Brown Band. Conor also finds much inspiration from the storytelling, and soothing aspects of artists such as John Denver, James Taylor, Jimmy Buffett, and Amos Lee.
Conor released his first self-recorded/produced album, Spend Some Time, back in the November of 2017, and released an EP called By Your Side back in May of 2018, followed by the single, “We Can Dance,” which he dropped in September 2018. His next EP, “Show Them What You Got,” which included the IMN nominated “Yes,” was released September 27th, 2019. Conor followed that EP with singles “Dance With Me” on May 12th, 2020, in an effort to combat the social isolation of the Covid-19 Pandemic, and “Do It Again” with musician Scott EC on March 26th, 2021, which is anthem for nostalgia and reminiscing on the good times.
Conor’s latest album, Away From Home, was released on November 27th, 2020. This album chronicles his first three years of college, where he dives into the topics of love and loss, desperation and inspiration, and the path towards maturity. This album brings back and reimagines songs such as “We Can Dance,” “Signal to the Sun,” “Yes,” and “Regret,” along with eight other newly recorded songs. Creating this album was a major passion project for Conor, and he is ecstatic to share with everyone.
Conor is currently finishing production on a new album, “Always & Forever,” which he describes as a farewell love letter to 2020, from his last year of college to events of the pandemic. Conor explores his feelings dealing with the loss of a cherished relationship, the deaths of several friends and family members, and the demons brought on by isolation and doubt, all while still searching for the light and writing songs of inspiration, self-discipline, and unconditional love. “Always & Forever” is looking to be released mid 2022.
One can find Conor’s music on most music distribution and streaming sites, such as Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, Pandora, Amazon Music, YouTube, and more.
Besides his work as a recording artist, Conor currently hosts the podcast Walsh Wednesday: The Reflective Series. The podcast focuses on music and motivation. On it, Conor strives to have conversations towards unity and understanding, while being a platform for creators and storytellers of all kinds. People can stream the podcast on Castos, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Amazon, Google Play, Overcast, and YouTube.
Conor is an avid believer that music is the universal language because it expresses emotions better than any other form of communication he can think of. Though his own experiences are unique, he believes that his emotions and ability to feel are shared amongst everyone on earth, and art is his way to connect with one another. There is a long, rich history of writing and performing music, and Conor feels lucky and honored to embrace a life in which he can be a part of that tradition.