Country of Origin: New Zealand
Liam Mullane Finn (born 24 September 1983 in Melbourne, Australia) is a musician and songwriter. Although born in Australia, he moved to New Zealand as a child. He is the eldest son of musician Neil Finn (of Split Enz and Crowded House) and Sharon Finn.
Well-known as the frontman of New Zealand band Betchadupa, in 2007 Finn released his solo debut I'll Be Lightning, which draws on his experiences from living in London in recent years. Finn chose to record the album entirely in analog at his father's recording studio, Roundhead Studios, in Auckland. In his concerts he creates an instrumental layering effect by using a looping effects pedal; he is also accompanied by backup vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Eliza-Jane Barnes (daughter of Jimmy Barnes).
Liam and his father Neil covered The Beatles song "Two of Us" for the I Am Sam film soundtrack. Liam Finn also contributed a song, "Lucid Dream", to the soundtrack of 2001 movie Rain, which was directed by Christine Jeffs. Since the reunion of the band Crowded House in early 2007, Finn has become part of its touring band, playing concerts such as Coachella Festival and Live Earth in Sydney. Liam's debut solo album, I'll Be Lightning, was released in July 2007 in Australia and New Zealand on Liberation Music and was released in North America by Yep Roc Records on 22 January, 2008. His album was released by Transgressive Records on 21 July 2008 in the UK. Liam's album is also released by Independent Records in Ireland, Fargo Records in France, Excelsior Records in Holland and Haldern Pop in Germany.
Liam performed in New York at the CMJ Music Marathon on 18 October, 2007 at the Yep Roc Records showcase. Liam was also the featured musical guest on CBS's Late Show with David Letterman on Thursday 28 February 2008, where he played "Second Chance". Liam has also gone on to perform Second Chance on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Later... with Jools Holland.
In 2008 Liam Finn opened for Eddie Vedder's solo tour throughout America. Liam will also headline his first North American tour and head on the road with The Black Keys in November 2008 in the UK and Europe.