Programme Notes: CTMT 2015
“Chloë Agnew is an Irish singer who was one of the original members – and the youngest – of the internationally acclaimed music group Celtic Woman since she was just 14 years old. Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, and born to parents in the entertainment industry – Irish entertainer Adèle ‘Twink’ King and Irish oboist David Agnew, Chloë was practically born on the stage. She has enjoyed professionally acting, singing and dancing since an early age.
She made her first television appearance on her mother’s TV program at just four weeks old, and went on to make her singing debut on National Television at the age of six. She won the Grand Prix at the First International Children’s Song Competition in 1998 in Cairo, Egypt, representing Ireland.
Chloë performed as part of Handel’s Messiah on PBS television in 1999. This special featured legends, such as Gladys Knight, Chaka Khan, Roger Daltrey and Aidan Quinn.
In 2000 she joined Christ Church Cathedral Girls’ Choir, where she spent many wonderful years being musically trained. Her first album at age 12 and her second at 14 were both produced by David Downes.
Shortly after her second album was released, she was approached to join the music ensemble, Celtic Woman. Their debut show was taped on 15 September 2004 at The Helix, Dublin, Ireland, in front of a sold-out audience; it was broadcast on PBS television in the United States during March 2005. Within weeks, the group’s eponymous debut album, Celtic Woman, reached number one on Billboard’s World Music chart, breaking Andrea Bochelli’s longstanding record of chart-topping longevity on 22 July 2006, by having stayed at number one for 68 weeks.
The album held the top position on the Billboard World Music chart for 81 weeks in total. The release of the second album, Celtic Woman: A Christmas Celebration, released on 19 October 2006, knocked their first album to the second spot on the World Music chart.
In 2006, Shizuka Arakawa represented Japan in the Torino Winter Olympics and went on to win a gold medal skating to Celtic Woman’s record-breaking version of You Raise Me Up. To date, Chloë has featured on a total of 14 of Celtic Woman’s albums. She has recorded in English, Irish, Latin, Japanese, Italian and German on their various albums, which have sold more than eight million copies worldwide; all of them have debuted at number one on Billboard’s World Music chart. She has had sold-out concerts in prestigious venues around the world: Carnegie Hall, Red Rocks – Colorado, Radio City Music Hall and several O2 Arenas in Europe, performing for nearly three million fans. She also performed with Celtic Woman on US television shows, such as Dancing with the Stars, Regis and Kelly, The Today Show and Good Morning America.
In 2013, they made a guest appearance on the hugely successful show Bold and the Beautiful. Chloë has also had the incredible privilege of performing for the last three consecutive US presidents before reaching the age of 20. In 2009, she collaborated with renowned Italian tenor, Alessandro Rinella and Warner Chapel Music producer Leo Z on the song L’assenza. Chloë also had the pleasure of collaborating with many other artists through Celtic Woman over the years, including Chris De Burgh, Anne Murray and Selim Kagee, to name but a few.
She was named best female vocalist at the Irish music awards 2012. In August 2013, after almost 10 years with Celtic Woman, Chloë decided to move on and to pursue a solo career.
Since then she has performed to over 15 000 people as a special guest at Croke Park’s Stars Choirs and Carols, a Guinness Book of World Records concert for the most carol singers singing together. She has also performed alongside Paul Potts, Jack L and Claudia Boyle as part of the Mooney Tunes concert series held in the Bord Gáis Energy Center in Dublin, Ireland. After performing on the Saturday Night Show Live in December 2013, she released her first solo single Love is Christmas, which debuted in the Top 10 on the iTunes charts.
In recent years, Chloë has enjoyed working on several collaborations and focusing on recording some of her own material for release. She has shared the stage for three sell-out concerts with her dear friend and long-time colleague Lisa Kelly in The Voice of Ireland concert, at The Fred Amphitheatre in Georgia. On the same evening, she also performed with esteemed Irish tenor Paul Byrom. In June 2014, she made a guest performance in The Power of Music presented by PBS Television with Ethan Bortnick and Damian McGinty live at The Grove, Anaheim. She was the vocalist with The City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra for the hugely successful Sound Of Hollywood tour throughout Germany and Austria in 2014. She was honored to be the Star Vocalist at the 2014 Hero Show – Colorado International Tattoo Convention, performing with hundreds of the world’s best military bands. She performed to more than 100 000 spectators at the Basel Tattoo 2015 in Switzerland. She has appeared as a special guest on shows, such as Lisa Kelly’s Christmas Celebration live in Peachtree City, Georgia, and An Evening with Emmet Cahill (formerly of Celtic Thunder), and she was on tour with Eamonn McCrystal for The Music Of Northern Ireland show in North America in the Fall 2015. Chloë has also been busy performing her own show An Evening with Chloë Agnew and Special Guests in theatres across Ireland, and she is currently busy working on upcoming solo projects and planning out this exciting new phase in her career.” (CTMT 2015)