Fifteen year old Owen Mac resides in Coleraine, Northern Ireland, and began singing just 3 years ago. He is a natural born singer having had no professional lessons and truly demonstrates a God given talent! His musical influence comes primarily from being in a fairly musical family with a Dad who is always singing and a Mother who continually has music on in the house. Owen told me that the music was usually “the good old country singers such as Ray Price, Gene Watson and others”. Owen has two sisters Shauna 18, and Shannon 12, who are very supportive of Owen and also love Country and Country Gospel music.
Owen was given an opportunity at 12 years of age to sing at an outside broadcast of Hugo Duncans (BBC Radio Ulster) and sang a Derek Ryan cover of “Gods Plan”. BBC Radio Ulster put it on their website and it went viral. This inspired Owen and proved to be a real confidence builder for him and an encouragement to keep going.
He said, “especially rewarding to me was reading all the lovely comments from all over the world”. Following this he received a text from Derek Ryan to perform the song on stage with him, which at that time was a huge opportunity for Owen.
Owen went on to explain a major event that really kicked things off for him musically:
“My Mum took a little home video of me one night in the house singing another song called “My Mother”, which I was only learning at the time. I was hoping she wouldn’t send it to anyone but she sent it to Jimmy Buckley who the song belonged to, and who also performed the song. He posted it on social media and it did remarkably well for me. I then was asked to perform the song on stage with him. Since that event I have been gigging all over Ireland and England and have recently just arrived home from Canada which was a huge experience for me. I performed in two Theatres there and I am booked to go back again this year with my own musicians. Big thank-you to Leo Puddester for giving me my first opportunity internationally.”
During the last 3 years Owen appeared in a documentary on television called “Keeping Er Country”, (link may not be available everywhere) where they followed him at home, to shows, and even in to the recording studio just to see what a young person’s life was like who was involved in the Country Music scene. Owen said: “I found this very intense to be honest, as Mum keeps saying I’m a man of few words, but fun at same time”.
Owen also made 3 other television appearances where he had the opportunity to sing some of his songs.
The Fourth Album:
Owen recently recorded his fourth album which is due to be released this month. This is an amazing accomplishment for such a young artist. When asked about his CD launch he said; “I’m really looking forward to my album launch on October 24th where I’ll be joined with other artists during that evening. In addition I have a DVD out that includes all my videos from my songs which were filmed all over Ireland.”
Owen is now in his last compulsory year of high school and studying his GCSE’s. (General Certificate of Secondary Education) While not quite sure at this stage where he will go from here, he professed that he would really like to be singing to larger audiences all over the world.
In closing he added;
“I don’t take anything for granted and we’ll see where this path leads to. Whatever is to be is to be, as my Mum keeps saying”, he said laughingly. “I would also like to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart who has listened or purchased my music and to everyone (loads) too many to mention, who have helped me in any way on this amazing journey…
Also Thankyou Rod for featuring me on your great Rivenmaster website I feel very honored .”
Note from the Author:
This past month I traveled to Scotland for a visit with Torchlight Talent’s Matthew Todd. It was a great time of getting to know each other better and doing what both Matthew and I enjoy the most, (promoting and helping young aspiring talent).
One of the highlights was visiting Northern Ireland and meeting up with Irish Country Artist Owen Mac, his Mom and two sisters. Fifteen year old Owen is not only a charming young man with a great personality but is polite, humble, and extremely professional! We were afforded more than two hours to enjoy a meal together and get to know more about this amazing young artist and his family.
We discussed a variety of subjects with Owen but of course the most relevant was the release of his 4th CD later this month. Most artists take many years to accomplish this task but Owen has done it in just a few short years.
Be sure to ORDER YOUR COPY NOW! You can also use the link on the front page of this website or above. Be assured our copy is already ordered to add to Owen’s other three CD’s that are displayed prominently in my audio library.
CONGRATULATIONS OWEN MAC ON ANOTHER AMAZING YEAR OF SUCCESS AND ON YOUR NEW CD! Rivenmaster