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Declan John Galbraith (born 19 December 1991, Hoo St Werburghmarker, Kentmarker) is an English singer of Irish and Scottish origin. He and his family are now living in South East England. His grandfather was in a band, played several instruments, and took Declan to Fleadhs (concerts) he was participating in, and the mix of Scottish and Irish musical traditions inspired Declan and became his early musical influence.

Career

When 7 years old he insisted on singing spontaneously at the annual Rochester Dickens Festival, a two-day event where people were invited to dress up in Victorian costumes to celebrate the life and times of the famous author Charles Dickens and his links with their town. Little Declan, dressed up as a chimney sweep, started singing. Soon after this he started to enter local talent contests and within a year he had won 15 titles and more than £1,000.

As a result of his success in the talent shows, the major recording companies soon heard about Declan and he was signed to his first recording contract in England. His first recording was ‘Walking in the Air’, which was released on a special Christmas Hits album, also featuring Westlife, Elton John and Elvis Presley. Declan loves to sing to live audiences and among some of performances included the Queen’s Jubilee at St Paul’s Cathedralmarker, when he sang ‘Amazing Grace’ accompanied by the St Paul’s Choir and singing in front of more than 22,000 people at an Elton John concert.

His first self-titled album, Declan, with Irish traditional songs and some specially written material became charted in the U.K. and Ireland. Within the year of release it had 200,000 copies in Germany.

Another success came during a nationwide tour of Young Voices concerts when breaking the Guinness World Record. It was at the Odyssey Arenamarker, Belfastmarker in December 2002 when he sang live with some 10,000 children and was also simultaneously linked, by radio and satellite, with more than 80,000 children in their schools all over the UK, who accompanied him in achieving the world’s largest choral sing.

Declan’s came to the attention of media mogul Haim Saban and his music President, Ron Kenan, who signed Declan to Saban Music Group’s new record label. They chose Germany to be the first territory in the world to launch their first produced album, via the Starwatch Music label.

Fame

Although Declan is a British citizen and singer, Declan is better known abroad, especially in China where his songs were chosen as part of the Chinese education curriculum for learning English. Declan's songs are used to help Chinese children learn English. In May 2008, Declan undertook a successful two cities tour in China, the cities included were Beijing and ShenZhenmarker.

Latest News

Although Declan is writing new material for future albums. On 24 July, 2009, Declan announced on his official forum that he will not be committing to long tours in the near future, but he is available to consider doing occasional one-off gigs.

Discography

Albums



Singles



References

  1. Declan Galbraith Official website
  2. Declan Galbraith Message Board
  3. Declan Galbraith Message Board


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