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Chloë Agnew at Macquarie Shopping Centre, Sydney, in August 2012
|Birth name||Chloë Alexandra Adele Emily Agnew|
9 June 1989 |
Knocklyon, County Dublin, Ireland
|Genres||Celtic, Adult Contemporary, Soundtrack, Classical|
|Associated acts||Celtic Woman
Chloë Alexandra Adele Emily Agnew (born 9 June 1989 in Dublin, Ireland) is an Irish singer who is a former member of the Celtic music group Celtic Woman, as well as its youngest member. She comes from Knocklyon, County Dublin where she lived with her mother Adele "Twink" King and younger sister, Naomi. She sings in English, Irish, Latin, Italian, and German.
Agnew was born to Irish entertainer Adele "Twink" King and Irish oboist David Agnew. She made her first television appearance on her mother's programme aged four weeks old, and later sang on the show at the age of six. She attended Notre Dame des Missions Junior School for her primary school education, followed by Alexandra College girls' school.
In 1998, Agnew represented Ireland and was the winner of the Grand Prix at the First International Children's Song Competition in Cairo with a song called The Friendship Tree. She then began to perform pantomime at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin and continued in that role for four years.
In 2000, aged 11, Agnew approached director David Downes about recording a song to raise money for the children of Afghanistan. With his help, she recorded Angel of Mercy for the album This Holy Christmas Night, which raised over £20,000 for the Afghan Children's Charity Fund in 2001. That same year, she joined the Christ Church Cathedral Girls' Choir, and remained a member for three years.
In 2002, she was signed to Celtic Collections, and with the backing of Downes she recorded her debut album Chloë. In 2004, she released her second album, Chloë: Walking in the Air. She also recorded a companion DVD for her second album, released in Europe in 2004 and in North America in 2007. She appeared as part of the group Celtic Woman at The Helix in Dublin in 2004. As of August 2013, she has recorded eight albums with the group and has taken part in several world tours. On August 5, 2013, the Celtic Woman website announced that Agnew would be taking a break from Celtic Woman to focus on solo projects. Her position was filled by Derry-born singer Máiréad Carlin. Agnew has a soprano vocal range.
According to the Souvenir Program for Celtic Woman's 2010 North American tour, in 2009, Agnew was invited by Italian tenor Alessandro Rinella to sing with him on his debut album.
During an interview by BeliefNet.com, Agnew commented on Irish music:
"Irish music was bred into us from the day we are born. Looking back to our ancestors and our heritage, it was always in our culture. Even through the hardest of times Irish people always turned to music. They have a song for everything--for drinking, for depression, for famine. I remember a song growing up that was for milking the cows."
After leaving Celtic Woman, she is chosen to be the special guest of the Celtic Thunder cruise. She, along with former Celtic Thunder member Paul Byrom, was also a special guest of Lisa Kelly's concert called The Voice of Ireland. Agnew is also part of Ethan Bortnick's concert with another former Celtic Thunder member Damian McGinty.
Title Release Record Label Chloë 2002 Celtic Collection Chloë: Walking in the Air 2004 Manhattan Records Chloë 2008 Valley Entertainment Love Is Christmas 2013 Sony / ATV Tunes LLC
Group Performer - Title Release Record Label Celtic Woman 2005 Manhattan Records Celtic Woman: A Christmas Celebration 2006 Celtic Woman: A New Journey 2007 Celtic Woman: The Greatest Journey 2008 Celtic Woman: Songs from the Heart 2010 Celtic Woman: Lullaby 2011 Celtic Woman: Believe Celtic Woman: Home for Christmas 2012 Celtic Woman: Silent Night EMI / CMG Distribution Celtic Woman: Emerald - Musical Gems 2014 Manhattan Records
- Cosel, William (Director) (2000). The Messiah XXI (Television production). Dublin: NDB TV. Retrieved 2007-04-15.
- "Members of the Girls' Choir". Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin. September 2004. Archived from the original on 27 March 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-15.
- "Chloë" bio in Celtic Woman: Songs from the Heart Souvenir Program (2010), pp. 6-7 (paraphrased information is on p. 7).
- "Interview with Agnew". BeliefNet.com. 2007. Retrieved 2009-02-05.
- "Chloë". Valley Entertainment. Retrieved 16 June 2010.
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