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|Birth name||Seán Hegarty|
25 June 1968 |
Crossmolina, County Mayo, Ireland
|Occupation(s)||Singer-songwriter, radio broadcaster|
Marc Roberts is a singer-songwriter and radio broadcaster. He is originally from Crossmolina, County Mayo, and now based in Galway. Prior to 1997, he fronted his own band doing own original work and American country classics. In May of that year, Roberts represented Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest with "Mysterious Woman", finishing in second place. His debut single reached number two on the Irish Singles Chart.
Roberts's debut album was released in 1998. It highlighted his writing skills with six original compositions featured. Producers Chris O'Brien and Graham Murphy produced the album in Dublin. "Meet Me Half Way" and "Once in your Life" (title track co-written with Brian Kennedy) followed.
He performed in a tribute concert to the late John Denver, who is one of his influences along with other singer/songwriters James Taylor, David Gates, Dan Fogelberg, Janis Ian and Carole King. His shows have sold out the National Concert Hall, Dublin, Opera House, Cork and many other theatres in Ireland.
Roberts joined Galway Bay FM as a guest presenter. He has a three-hour afternoon show from 12pm to 3pm, Monday to Friday called The Midday Breakaway and a show from 12pm to 3pm on Saturdays called The Feel Good Factor. He also presented a series on RTÉ Radio 1 called Songmakers.
Roberts was one of six finalists in Eurosong 2008. He performed the final song of the night, his own composition, "Chances". The selection process was made by public vote during a live television broadcast from University Limerick on Saturday 23 February on RTÉ television. The selected entry was "Irelande Douze Pointe" by Dustin the Turkey.
The Promise, the fourth studio album from Roberts, was released on Friday 13 November 2010. It features 13 tracks including the title track, which he co-wrote with Darren Holden of The High Kings.
|Awards and achievements|
with "The Voice"
|Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest
with "Is Always Over Now?"