Trinity Laban vocal alumnus Mairead Carlin is experiencing a career high like no other. The Derry-born singer was announced in 2013 as the newest member of smash hit US phenomenon, Celtic Woman.
This is just the latest in a long line of achievements for this inspiring youngl woman. Although still in her early 20s, Mairead was announced as the latest signing to legendary music label Decca Records; and supported legendary 'American Pie' singer Don McLean on the extensive UK leg of his world tour, including a sellout concert at the Royal Albert Hall.
Most recently Mairead joined Carly Simon and Glee's Damian McGinty in LA for Save the Whale, with none other than Hilary Clinton as the guest speaker.
Mairead said: "I'm a big Trinity Laban supporter. I don't believe there is anywhere else I could have grown as naturally as a performer as I did there. Linda Hirst is a very special person, who allowed me to stay true to who I was during my training there, instead of forcing me into a box which could easily have happened."
Celtic Woman is the all-female Irish musical ensemble conceived and assembled by Sharon Browne, who also helped create Celtic Thunder, and David Downes, a former musical director of the Irish stage show Riverdance. To date, Celtic Woman has sold six million albums and now, with Mairead alongside, they'll tour Europe, Australia and the USA.
Mairead's life has been immersed in music since her early days, coming from a family whose love of song was passed down to her generation: "Derry, my hometown, is a very cultured and very musical place, wherever you turn there's always music," she enthuses. "That was especially true in my family… We'd just sit around the fire, sing and drink tea - there was no alcohol involved, despite what people always think about the Irish."
Mairead released a single ofLet The River Runwith Damian McGinty, and earned herself a five star review from Carly Simon, who wrote the song: "I just played it and cried my eyes out and am still crying. It's absolutely stunningly wonderful."
Mairead's own debut album, Songbook, is due out in 2014 on Decca Records.