EXPIRED: 11/22/09 – Haydain Neale, 39, was a Canadian singer songwriter who came back from a coma to make one last album.
The leading force behind Jacksoul, a Toronto-based R&B group, died of lung cancer on Sunday just a week before the release before his new album marking his return to the music biz after years of physical therapy after the Vespa scooter he was riding was plowed down in a traffic accident. Neale was left in a coma.
That was in the summer of 2007. He had already started his most recent album and was able to get thru final post production over the last six months with the support of his band mate.
Unfortunately, he was also diagnosed with lung cancer seven months ago. That’s far too young to die from lung cancer, in my opinion.
Jacksoul’s hits included “Can’t Stop” and “Still Believe in Love.” In 2001 and again in 2007 they won the Juno Award for R&B/soul Recording of the Year. Neale also received an Urban Music Award for songwriter of the year in 2004 and a SOCAN award in 2005. In 2006 he acted as president of the Songwriters Association of Canada in 2006.
The new album, “Soulmate,” will be released in on December 1st. The first single, “Lonesome Highway’” touches on his recovery and rehabilitation process. All proceeds from “Soulmate,” will go to a Haydain Neale Family Trust.