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Irish One Direction star turned platinum-selling solo artist
Born in Mullingar, Westmeath, Irishman Niall Horan got his start in music when he learned to play an unwanted guitar that his brother got for Christmas. Following a promising start as a solo artist, Horan found fame at the age of 16 as a member of the hugely successful boy band One Direction. Following the band’s 2016 hiatus, Horan – who was one of the main songwriters in the band – followed the example of his bandmates and struck out on his own.
Horan’s first single This Town earned comparisons to chart-toppers such as Ed Sheeran, but his debut album, Flicker, found the singer-songwriter exploring more of a Laurel Canyon sound, inspired by the likes of The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac, and featuring a guest appearance from country phenomenon Maren Morris. It went straight to No.1 in Ireland, Canada and the US and was certified platinum in the US, Ireland, Canada and Norway.
In 2020, Horan released his second album, Heartbreak Weather, which went to No.1 in both the UK and Irish charts. Earning further comparisons to contemporary solo artists such as Sheeran and Shawn Mendes, the album cemented Horan as a promising act in his own right.
On 7 November 2020, Horan performed a livestream show from London's Royal Albert Hall, with proceeds going towards his touring crew and the #WeNeedCrew relief fund. “I know that live events are something we all miss,” Horan said, “and until we are able to return I want to highlight the incredible people who work in touring that make those events possible and whose livelihoods have been severely affected.”