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Neil Finn Biography
Neil Mullane Finn (b. May 27, 1958) is a singer and songwriter and one of New Zealand's foremost musicians.

Born in Te Awamutu, New Zealand, he left school in 1977 and immediately joined a band formed by his elder brother, Tim Finn. By 1981, Neil was sharing lead singer's duties in Split Enz, and they had their first international hit with the Neil-penned I Got You.

When Split Enz broke up in 1984, he formed Crowded House, a band which went on to enormous success worldwide, with two major hits, Weather With You (U.K.) and Don't Dream It's Over (U.S.). After recording four albums, Crowded House, Temple of Low Man, Woodface, and Together Alone, the group broke up in 1996, and Neil Finn went solo.

As of 2004, he has produced two solo albums, Try Whistling This (1998) and One Nil (2001) (the US release in 2002 with added bonus material was called One All), as well as a joint album with his brother Tim. He is particularly admired for his live performances, often in small venues. In recent years he has persuaded leading musicians such as Johnny Marr and Sheryl Crow to perform with him on tour or for one-off concerts. One of his greatest contributions to the popular music scene has been the "Band of Strangers" phenomenon, in which he invites local musicians to join him in a band for one night, after a single day's rehearsal. In April 2001, he played five nights this way in Auckland with Johnny Marr, Eddie Vedder and members of Radiohead to packed houses. The event was recorded as a CD/DVD titled 7 Worlds Collide.

He has also released two albums with his brother Tim as the Finn Brothers, Finn (1995) and Everyone is here (2004).

Neil and his wife Sharon own and run a pub in Auckland, called Tabac. The couple have two sons, Liam and Elroy. The former heads a band of his own, "Betchadupa".
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