I recently had the privilege of interviewing soloist Damian Mcginty. We were able to talk about what started his interest in music, Celtic Thunder, his upcoming tour, and everything in between.
As most of you know Damian has traveled with the renowned group Celtic Thunder. Being one of the first members when the group started in 2007, he left for a little while to pursue other interests, and then (to the elation of many fans) returned to the group in 2015.
He now continues with them, while also being a very successful solo artist. He's starting on his "Young Forever" tour very soon, but now I'm getting ahead of myself; more about that later.
It's such a pleasure to share this interview with you guys so, lets get started!
Mercy: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Damian: I am Damian McGinty. I sing, I write songs, I act, and now and then I dance terribly.
I’ve been performing since the age of 14, I am now 26.
I am an Irishman currently based in Los Angeles,
Mercy: What started your interest in music?
Damian: One of my earliest memories of loving music is listening to a cassette tape of Michael Jacksons ‘Bad’ record. I would rewind the tape to play my favorite parts over and over again, and I would fast forward past the parts that I didn’t like. As a 5 year old I did a decent amount of fast forwarding. But it really ignited that interest of music in me. I went from that to impersonating Chris De Burgh and Freddie Mercury for a few years. I was always kind of musically an old soul, to be honest. I still am, I love the old stuff. But in terms of building a career and brand, I’ve tried to do that musically in a fresh way.
Mercy: Favorite place you’ve ever visited?
Damian: This changes frequently for me. I went to Hawaii for the first time last year, and it piqued my interest. Typically, I wouldn’t be a touristy guy, seeing landmarks etc isn’t really my thing, but Hawaii changed that for me. Exploring the islands, hiking. It really blew me away. I want to go back when my schedule allows, for sure. So right now, I'd say Hawaii. Ask me next year and it’ll be different!
Mercy: What is one of the most important things you’ve learned in your career?
Damian: Without question, the drive to get better at a craft. I’ve learned that this past 4 or 5 years honestly. I’ve really only centered myself as an adult, this past 3 or 4 years. A big thing for me, was getting off of Glee. I really enjoyed my time there, but as a young adult, I lost my way a little in the sense that I forgot why I was doing this. Why I was chasing this career. I was introduced to the world of Hollywood with nothing but the morals my parents instilled into me at a young age as protection. I didn’t even drive at the time! Naturally, I found it really difficult to center myself. I finished the show, and grew up, a lot. I had the fame, the walking the streets and being recognized every other minute. That’s how it was for me. Having it allowed me to realize what I want. I want to be a brilliant artist. I want to write and perform songs that people will listen to. For that to happen, in the long haul, I had to get better at the craft of songwriting first. I also had to become a better singer. Actor. Grow into myself. All of those things. Thats what I’ve been doing, and what I'll continue to do. I’ve learned a great song will do so much more work for you than anything else. So, I’ve become the most disciplined I’ve ever been, and i am really centered and focused. Not for anything other than making great art.
Mercy: Any hobbies or things you like to do in your free time?
Damian: I love watching and playing football. (Soccer) I lead a very normal life outside of my job. My job never ends, is what I will say. As in independent artist/brand, I always have to be ahead of the game. I normally know what I will be doing, or the plan for 12 months from now. I hang out with my fiancé a lot. Travel. Golf. Tennis. Running.
Damian: Ohh my Gosh. There are literally so many. Too many. You know, I really look at CT in 2 chapters. The first chapter was my apprenticeship.
I struggle now, at this point in my life, to relate to any of what happened between the age of 14-18. I am thankful for moments that made me grow, or scared, or tired, or weak or any of those things. They really hardened me in the best way. CT taught me how to work for things the hard way. My first promo trip I was 15 years old, first time in America, and I did 21 flights in 18 days. With Tv appearances every single day. It was a tough, hardening time. Amongst all the brilliant things. Singing at The Whitehouse was incredible. The second chapter is really when I returned and kind of experienced the world and had a reasonable amount of success as a young singer and actor. I now look at the second chapter more favorably, I'll be honest. The last 3 years was chapter 2 for me, and I now look at those lads as genuine lifelong friends. I can’t begin to tell you how much we just love everyday on the road. We never stop laughing. And, naturally, people come and go and it hasn’t always been that way. I am old enough now to appreciate it. So not one significant memory, but more the last 3 years as a whole.
And before you ask, I think there will be a chapter 3, eventually. We just don’t know what that looks like yet.
Mercy: What are 3 things you can’t live without?
Damian: Coffee. Headphones. People?
Mercy: Since you’re marrying a Disney Princess, 😀 which Disney Prince would you be?
Damian: Haha, oh dear. We get called Rapunzel and Flynn a lot. So probably that.
|Photography: Frank Maldonado|
Damian: I’ve been fortunate as a performer to this point, that I feel like I’ve gotten to perform a lot of great songs. Puppy love, I'll always remember. Jessies Girl was a moment. I also think people look at Come by the Hills, a Bird Without Wings, Falling Slowly, as stand outs. My favorite? There’s a song on my new album called Saltwater, and I think people will really gravitate towards it. I think it could potentially be mentioned in that same breath as those others songs, when people look at songs that have defined parts of my career.
Mercy: Tell us about your new album.
Damian: It is called ‘Young Forever.’ It really is an algorithm of everything people have seen me do in my career so far. Hence, that’s why I decided to call it Young Forever. It defines so much of my earlier and current days. It is released March 22nd and I truly can’t wait for people to hear it. It has a modern sound, but every single song on that album has a purpose and tells a story. I had so many songs, I had to cut away a lot of the fat, and this is what I was left for my first original, full length album.
I start my tour in Philadelphia March 19th and I go to 30 cities in North America and Canada. I can’t wait to get on the road and see all the fans. It is going to be incredible. Tickets are available on damianmcginty.com
Damian, thank you so, so much for taking the time to be on my blog. It was an honor. Readers, be sure to make plans to go see Damian on his upcoming Young Forever Tour. It's sure to be an incredible experience! P.S. make sure to also pre-order his new album. Which again, is sure to be amazing!
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Thanks for stopping by for a chat!