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2004 The Celtic Tenors - Past, Present and Future

From ''The Word's Greatest Tenors'' Souvenir Programme
written by Pat Egan

 

The Celtic Tenors are now four years in existence. Since they were signed by EMI Classics in 2000, their rate of development has been steady if not spectacular. We have never stopped moving forward, creating and entering new markets, building a fan base and generating repeat business.

 

The nature of the entertainment business today, which is controlled by television exposure, meant that this was never going to be an overnight success. Long-term careers are not created by television talent shows. They are about apprenticeships, learning your trade, playing before 20 as well as 20,000 people, building a constituency of your own which remains loyal and supportive throughout your career. Beyond all else it is about believing that the Celtic Tenors are a unique act, capable of entertaining at the highest level and selling records across the world. I have never wavered in this belief for a moment and I have spent the last four years attempting to pursue the industry's decision makers that the Celtic Tenors is an act that will eventually return all opportunities given ten fold! Most of the time it is like banging your head off a wall but because of blind belief you carry on. I have no hesitation in saying that the Celtic Tenors will conquer the world - mark my word!


2005 will be a landmark year for the Celtic Tenors. The development phase is almost complete. We have finally been signed by a major American agency who are creating US opportunities unlike anything that we had previously.


I am happy that EMI Classics, their international record company, took up its third option and will release a new album in spring 2005. This will be their first 100% classical crossover album without any traditional Irish songs. However, the album will feature a number of songs from Irish writers including Brendan Graham: "You Raise Me Up", Jimmy MacCarthy: "Bright Blue Rose", Liam Lawton: "Deep In My Heart" and Willies Hughes: "TV Wars". The album will include duets with Brian Kennedy "Non Siamo Isole" (We Are Not Islands), Samantha Mumba "You Raise Me Up" and Air Supply "All Out Of Love".

 

The Celtic Tenors successes to day include:

 

A number one classical hit in Germany. A German classical Grammy for crossover album of the year. A number two in the U.K. classical chart. They entered the U.S. billboard chart for the first time. Scored three platinum albums in Ireland. They have toured Germany, performed for Ex President Clinton, and toured the U.K. with the American Legend Dionne Warwick. They played their first North American concert dates accompanied by a coast-to-coast PBS Special. They have also sailed the seven seas as a star attraction on some of the world's greatest cruise liners including the QE2. They have visited Hawaii, Tahiti, Auckland, Santiago, Buenos Aires, Capri and Tenerife. The headlined the St. Patrick's Day London Festival. This year, the boys have toured in Ireland, US, Germany, South Africa and Holland.

 

Thank you for supporting us. I can assure you, on behalf of the boys, it means a great deal.

 

Yours sincerely,

Pat Egan