Presented by Leslie Fund
Grammy Award winning New Orleans’ Neville Brother, Cyril Neville has been called a philosopher, poet, and one of the last great southern soul singers. In 1970 he released his debut solo single, Gossip backed with “Tell Me What’s On Your Mind,” which included backing music by brother Art’s new outfit, the Meters. It just so happened at this time that the Meters were looking to expand their lineup, and asked Cyril to join in on vocals and percussion contributing to the classic Meter’s albums such as 1972’s Cabbage Alley and 1975’s Fire on the Bayou. Later that year The Rolling Stones invited the Meters to support the bands World Tour and Cyril was included.
Cyril has co-written songs with Bono of U2, Taj Mahal, Tree Adams, Trombone Shorty, and Allen Toussaint to name a few and was the one that Lanois credits as the musical catalyst that led to the Neville’s Grammy Award winning record YELLOW MOON. Recently, he has written with South African artist Ernie Smith, and long time writing partner, Daryl “Dezo” Johnson. He continues to write with his Queen, Gaynielle Neville. Most recently he has fronted and sang for New Orleans Funk band Galactic, the Voice of the Wetlands All-stars, Royal Southern Brotherhood, The Neville Brothers, toured last summer with Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews’, and continues to do shows with his own group Uptown Rulers. His most recent television appearances were on a 2017 episode of NCIS: New Orleans, 2011’s episode of Jimmie Kimmel LIVE and HBO’s hit series “Treme.” Cyril is featured on recordings by Bob Dylan, Robbie Robertson, Dr. John, Tab Benoit, Edie Brickell plus many more. He has performed all over the world including the infamous Amnesty International tour with U2, the Police, Fela Kuti and has sung for Nelson Mandela.
Within the first few vocal notes it is easy to tell that musical royalty runs deep in Cyril’s blood and he remains a percussionist and a drummer to be reckoned with. In 2017 The Neville Brothers received the 2017 Austin City Limits Hall of fame Inductee award. On July 14, 2018 he received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award with The Meters.