The Irish Tenors
The Irish Tenors are three of the few vocalists capable of the beautiful, ringing tone and high C performance skills that qualify them as tenors. In 1998, three Irish tenors were called upon to sing together at the Royal Dublin Society. The three were Anthony Kearns, John McDermott and Ronan Tynan, and they were backed by a 60-piece orchestra. Future Irish Tenor, Finbar Wright, was the first to be approached but was unable to participate due to previous professional obligations.
Soon afterward, a recording of this landmark concert was broadcast in the United States on PBS. The response was overwhelming. In March of 1999, the group announced their first stateside tour, drawing 15,000 fans to Madison Square Garden during their New York City stop, and selling out other major venues as they traveled west. The lasting nature of their appeal was made clear when "The Irish Tenors" and "Home For Christmas" each spent more than two years near the top of Billboard's World Music and Classical charts.
In February of 2000, John McDermott left the group following the death of his mother. Finbar Wright was then available to step into the line-up. The newly reconstructed Irish Tenors went on to record "Live From Belfast", on which they were accompanied by the 67-member Warsaw Symphonia, and surprise guest John McDermott. Then, in 2001, they were recorded live at "Ellis Island", which was an album based on the history of immigration in America that featured narration from actor Martin Sheen.
By the fall of 2004, after the albums "We Three Kings" and "Heritage" reached success, The Irish Tenors had nearly become a household name, possibly due to many appearances on "The Today Show", "Good Morning America", "Live With Regis And Kelly", "20/20" and "A&E Breakfast With The Arts", among other popular television programs. Soon it was announced that John McDermott would rejoin The Irish Tenors, replacing Ronan Tynan, who had departed to focus on his solo career. Since they first began in 1998, The Irish Tenors have made countless traditional Irish songs come back to life. They have also proven themselves gifted interpreters of a wide range of material, with such songs as "My Heart Will Go On", made famous by Celine Dion; "Fairytale Of New York", previously recorded by Kirsty MacColl and The Pogues; and even Jimmy Kennedy's "South Of The Border"(Down Mexico Way). These songs live in their repertoire alongside "Danny Boy", "My Wild Irish Rose" and "Fields Of Athenry". In September 2005, Razor & Tie released their latest album, "Sacred, A Spiritual Journey", consisting of a wide range of spiritual and inspirational songs. When John McDermott announced he was going to concentrate on solo engagements, a search was started for a third tenor. Karl Scully is the newest member of the group.
The magic they have captured on "The Irish Tenors"(1999), "Home For Christmas"(1999), "Live In Belfast"(2000) and "Ellis Island"(2001), and the Razor & Tie releases "We Three Kings"(2003), "Heritage"(2004), and "Sacred, A Spiritual Journey"(2005), has resulted in millions of albums sold. The Irish Tenors tour constantly, thrilling old fans and winning new ones all around the globe. In the United States, they are one of the most successful Irish touring acts ever, second only to U2.
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