|Years active 2012–present|
|Name Pat Byrne|
Labels Universal Music
|Origin Borris, County Carlow, Ireland|
Occupation(s) Singer, musician, actor
Instruments Vocals, guitar, harmonica, drums
Similar People Niall Breslin, Keith Hanley, Brendan McCahey, Brian Kennedy, Kian Egan
Record label Universal Music Group
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Pat Byrne is an Irish singer and recording artist from Borris, County Carlow. In 2012, Byrne was crowned the winner of the first series of The Voice of Ireland.
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- Early life
- 2012 The Voice of Ireland
- Performances on The Voice of Ireland
- Debut album
In 2007, Byrne formed a three piece Pop Punk band called Mr Lightweight with his close friend Des Foley, where his main role was playing drums. They were joined by Ronan Donahue on bass guitar. After recording a six track EP in the summer of that year at Manor Park Studios, Co. Antrim, the band later recruited former Scuba Dice bassist Eoin 'Spud' Murphy, and Ronan was replaced by Kristian McGrath on guitar. The band toured, wrote and recorded music for another year before Des eventually left in early 2009 to start a new band, Jody Has A Hitlist. Pat, Spud and Kristian continued for several more months before quiting in Autumn. The following year Pat joined a new band called 'Moses Moorhouse and the Dinosaur Palace' with his friend, Jack O'Leary. He played drumsagain. The band eventually split up after several members moved to London.
A desire to pursue music beyond these ventures led Byrne to audition for The Voice of Ireland.
2012: The Voice of Ireland
Byrne entered The Voice of Ireland in 2011, singing Bruce Springsteen's "The River" at the blind auditions. All four coaches turned around but Byrne ultimately chose Niall "Bressie" Breslin as his coach. During the battle rounds, Byrne was pitted against Dara Molloy; they sang "If It Makes You Happy" after which Bressie decided to send Byrne through to the live shows. For the first live show, Byrne sang "You Do Something to Me" and was saved by the public vote. In week three, he sang "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" and was safe. For the fifth live show Byrne sang "The Day We Caught the Train" and was sent through to the quarter final by public vote. Before the final, his version of "What a Wonderful World" topped the iTunes charts in Ireland. Louis Walsh said he could crack America. On 29 April 2012, Byrne was crowned the winner of the first series.
Performances on The Voice of Ireland
Pat Byrne released his album's debut single, titled "End Of The World" on November 2 2012, following the release of its music video on October 30 2012. The single reached No.61 in the Irish Singles Charts. The album, titled "All Or Nothing", was released on November 22 2012 and reached No.10 in the Irish Album Charts. A second single from the album, also titled "All Or Nothing", was released on March 15 2013 and reached No.80 in the charts. This followed the release of its music video on March 8 2013.
Since the release of End Of The World, Byrne has confirmed that he is still constantly gigging and writing new music in an interview in April 2015. He also announced in the same interview that he is no longer recording with Universal since 2014, and that he hopes to self-release an album in 2016. However, this was never released.