Biography 2017-07-30T03:27:21+00:00

Kevin McCarthy

Singer/Songwriter & Professional Musician & Entertainer

With almost 20 years of living his dream of being a full-time, professional musician & being inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame in 2009, he feels very blessed to be doing what he loves as his career.

Kevin’s family will tell you he was singing before he could talk and began entertaining at the tender age of 3! Armed with a broom for a guitar and his fist as a microphone, he would sing his favorite Irish Rover songs to the delight of friends and family.

He began writing songs in middle school and his first band in 1985 was called “Outlet”. As the lead singer, Kevin and his band rocked his talent show playing to over 1000 enthusiastic friends and peers. That show made a HUGE impression on him. He began realizing he loved singing and performing. His goal was to someday make it his living. As a senior in high school, Kevin’s new band “Hollywood” played bigger parties and events, and Kevin began putting his studio together and increased his songwriting.

Kevin co-founded McCarthyizm with his brother Joe in college and they quickly became one of the top bands in Western New York. Known for tight harmonies & high energy shows, they shared the stage with biggest acts at the time Goo Goo Dolls, 10,000 Maniacs, The Proclaimers, Lowest of the Low, and countless others as well as headlining major shows themselves in Western New York and all over the northeast.

He left the group after 10 years. It was a difficult decision, but it finally allowed him to reached his goal of becoming a successful full-time musician. (They reunited for the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame induction Ceremony in 2009 & again in 2010).

Since then, he has developed into one of northeast’s top singer-songwriters and is one of the most sought-after entertainers in WNY.

A 4-Time winner at the Buffalo Music Awards, Kevin was twice voted Top Solo Artist (’00 & ’01), his former band was also twice voted Top Original Group (’95 & ’96).

He has performed throughout WNY, U.S., and Canada. For four 4 years,he was selected to play on the Labatt Blue Outfitters Tour (’02, ’03, ’04, ’05) which traveled to many cities, festivals, and venues throughout the U.S. and with the tour played before Dave Mason – Seven Springs, Pennsylvania, Coldplay – Darien Lake, New York, and Lynyrd Skynyrd – Cleveland Grand Prix, Ohio among many others. Some highlight shows included stops in Greenwich, CT, The Bahamas, Windmill Pt, CA, the Chicago Convention Center, & also recently performed solo at Thursday at the Square one the largest outdoor venues in Western New York!

Playing energy-driven live solo shows at festivals, colleges, companies, schools, and at the top clubs in WNY, Kevin played bi-weekly for over 11 years at one of the top venues in WNY, Mr. Goodbar. He now has had weekly and monthly shows shows in Buffalo, Batavia, & Rochester at places including TC Riley’s, Gordon’s, Malones, Batavia Downs Casino, Froghair, Buffalo Canoe Club, among others.

In the past few years, Kevin has performed through the eastern USA – Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York. He recently opened for Rick Springfield at University at Buffalo Stadium.

He’s is an active songwriter – he released numerous CDs with McCarthyizm and received high marks with his first solo CD “High On You” with singles “Love to Love”, “High On You”, “Take Them Back”, & “Bellyring”. He is currently working on his next release and working on his goal of having songs placed in TV shows & movies.

Kevin’s Major Sponsors – InBev – Labatt Blue, House of Cotton, Rainbow Air, Scanlon, & The Advantage Company