John McDermott

John McDermott

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“…a word of mouth favorite around the world, with almost two million recordings sold since he began singing professionally.” The Toronto Sun

Biography

John Mc Dermott Biography
"Legend" is not a title John McDermott would readily embrace, but his accomplishments have become legendary in recording industry lore. Part of John's legend has always been his remarkable work ethic, releasing at least an album a year, and averaging more than 100 performances a year over the last decade (263 in 1997 alone). So when John announced that he was taking a break from solo touring through 2005-06, some might have found it unexpected, but no one would call the break undeserved. John has worked tirelessly since he burst onto the scene with the million-selling Danny Boy Collection in the 1993, and he would like to take this opportunity to pursue business and philanthropic pursuits, as well as quality time with his family, all things he has had to put off while touring over the last decade.
John sums up his feelings: "First and foremost I would like to send a message to the fans and friends who have been the reason for my success since day one – Thank you! Words alone cannot express my gratitude".
John's "legend" is the story of a hard-working everyman who found a home as an international recording star and household name – known as much for his successful musical career as for his commitment to veterans' causes. An international touring presence, as well as an entrepreneur, producer, and head of his own label, John is a long way from the man for whom singing was a hobby little more than a decade ago.
John's first album, Danny Boy, was originally recorded as a very private and personal 50th anniversary tribute for his parents. Its quality could not be ignored and it eventually found its way into the hands of EMI Music Canada. Danny Boy subsequently garnered strong sales for a debut release in the U.S. and Canada; it even reached number one on New Zealand's album charts, and was certified double platinum in that country. This success, in addition to a fast-growing North American fan base, won through a tireless touring schedule, led to his participation in the PBS phenomenon The Irish Tenors. John's presence helped generate a US gold record, three US tours and a high-profile media schedule including appearances on 'Good Morning America' and 'The Today Show'.
The outcome of that fateful performance has catapulted him into a musical career that, not even ten years later, includes nine full-length albums, three Canadian platinum records, five Juno nominations and a solid international touring schedule.
In November 2001, John taped John McDermott - A Time to Remember at the Living Arts Centre outside Toronto. This, his first solo television special, has been broadcast on PBS affiliates across North America beginning in March 2002. Angel Records and EMI Music Canada released the companion CD and cassette on February 26, 2002. There will also be a DVD and VHS of the special released in June 2002. As a viewing and listening experience, John McDermott — A Time To Remember is unlike anything that has come before. Always a generous performer and mentor to emerging artists John shares the stage and screen with a huge cast, including the explosive music and dance troupe, Chanda Gibson and Pulse, and Cape Breton Celtic prodigies, The Cottars.
John could have easily rested on his laurels, but in recent years he has only stepped up his productivity. 2003 saw the release of no less than 3 new products: Great Is Thy Faithfulness, a collection of John's favourite spiritual and inspirational music; Legacy, a CD Single to be used as a fund-raising tool for veterans organizations; and Stories Of Love, a dream project on which John interpreted the music of two of his great heroes Frank Sinatra and bossa-nova king Antonio Carlos Jobim.
In 2004, John has been on a creative tear, in and out of the studio working on four separate projects, that should keep loyal fans occupied throughout 2005: A new Christmas album, a contemporary folk project and two albums that will return him to his foundations – Songs Of The Isles: Ireland and Songs of the Isles: Scotland. The Songs Of The Isles recordings were released in the fall of 2004, with Just Plain Folk to hit in 2005 and a new Christmas CD for fall 2006, all of his new projects are controlled by his own Bunnygee Music label.
As if that were not enough, in October 2004, John announced that he would be rejoining old friends Finbar Wright and Anthony Kearns as part of The Irish Tenors. As an original member, this reunion brings him full circle with the Tenors. They toured 11 U.S. cities in November 2004, with additional European dates in late December. A new Tenors recording entitled DEUS MEUS will follow in 2005.
John recently completed a live recording with folk legend Michael P.Smith , Michael and John have been trying to collaborate for a number of years, they completed the recording "Just Plain Folk" in March of 2005, the release is slated for a September 2005 and a tour to support the release will happen in October of 2005.
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