Paul Byrom is often hailed as Ireland's premier tenor, and with good reason. From an early age, his special vocal talent brought him the attention of music coaches and talent spotters. The Dublin-born tenor was a professional singer by his early teens and recorded his first album as a boy soprano at 14. His second release, titled Velvet, came out in 2005 and reached No. 2 on the Irish music charts. The success of this album led to many appearances on Irish television and radio, including Celebrity Jigs and Reels, where he reached the grand final.
In 2007, Byrom was invited to join the ensemble Celtic Thunder, known for its concert specials on public television. "I was thrilled to join Celtic Thunder and get the chance to work with [music director] Phil Coulter again," says Byrom. "I have had a lot of fun making the shows, and it was very exciting bringing them to new audiences around the world." Fans took to calling Byrom "The Swanky Tenor" for his suave and romantic style in performing, which is stamped on such numbers in Celtic Thunder as "Remember Me (Recuerdame)" and "She."
Byrom's talent as a tenor has taken him far and wide. Some of the many highlights of his career to date include performing for many dignitaries, including Irish President Mary McAleese, Emperor Akihito of Japan, Former Irish President and UN Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson, and President Barack Obama. Recently, Byrom left Celtic Thunder to pursue his solo ambitions, releasing his latest album This Is the Moment in 2011. The album debuted at No. 1 on the World Billboard Chart. Considering the success of the album and his supporting North American tour, it's safe to say Byrom has gone from strength to strength. "I am truly excited about what lies ahead for me, but I know I've made a lot of friends along the way who will never let me walk alone," he says.
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