Nathan Carter is the name that belongs to one of the most popular names in the country music scene both here in Ireland and abroad.
The popular 28 year old Liverpudlian star whose parents hail from Newry in County Down made Ireland his home more than 10 years ago when he got on the boat from Liverpool and set up home in Enniskillen.
At the tender age of four, he began to learn to play the accordion and in a few years he had become the head chorister in the Liverpool boys Choir touring the world and even sang for the Pope in Rome.
With trips to Ireland to compete in Fleadh Ceoil`s became a regular feature of young Nathan`s life during his early teens, resulting in All Ireland medals for solo singing and in accordion, all at just 12 years of age. Nathan soon became a member of the Liverpool Ceili band, playing piano accordion and piano,and in no time at all he had began playing solo gigs around Liverpool and London and playing occasional shows in Ireland.
On a trip to Donegal in April 2009,where Nathan was appearing at a concert in Buncrana, he met with songwriter John Farry (who went on to become Nathan’s manager) ho was hugely impressed with Nathan`s performance, and in a few short months Nathan`s dream of performing with his own band became a reality.
Over the last few years, the star has released songs including ‘Wagon Wheel,’ which he credits with catapulting him into the limelight as well as ‘Temple Bar,’ ‘Wanna Dance,’ ‘Liverpool,’ ‘Good Time Girls,’ ‘Two Doors Down,’ ‘Games People Play,’ ‘Good Morning Beautiful,’ ‘Winnie O’Neill,’ and many more.
Nathan spoke with Motors Ireland recently…
“I’m busy touring around Ireland at the minute and I’m touring around America, Germany, Ireland and around the UK between now and the end of the year,” said Nathan Carter.
“I’m also about to release my autobiography which is called “One for the Road,” which is about my story so far. I’ve also got a new album coming out. My new single ‘Winnie O’Neill,’ is out now.
Mr Carter is currently preparing to perform a version of the REM classic ‘Everybody Hurts’ for Pope Francis at the World Meeting of Families in Croke Park which will take place on Saturday, 25th August. This will be the second time he will perform for a Pope, having performed for Pope John Paul II when he was a young boy as part of a choir.
“This will be probably be the biggest gig of my career to date. It’s a huge honour to be asked and even growing up in a Catholic boys school choir, for me to get to sing to Pope Francis is a huge deal,” enthused Mr Carter.
Other than his love of music, Nathan also has a huge passion for wheels and he is currently driving a rather nice vehicle.
“I’m currently driving the Mercedes X Class pickup and it was given to me from Mercedes Van and Truck NI. They have sponsored me with it for 12 months which is brilliant.
“I’m also out and about using my boat on the lake because the weather has been so great of late!”