Chloë Agnew

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Chloë Agnew
Chloë Agnew at Macquarie Shopping Centre, Sydney, in August 2012
Chloë Agnew at Macquarie Shopping Centre, Sydney, in August 2012
Background information
Birth nameChloë Alexandra Adele Emily Agnew
Knocklyon, County Dublin, Ireland
Years active1998–present
Associated acts

Chloë Alexandra Adele Emily Agnew (born 1989)[1] is an Irish singer and songwriter, best known for being an original and current member of the Celtic music group Celtic Woman.

Early life and career[edit]

Agnew was born to Irish entertainer Adele "Twink" King and Irish oboist David Agnew in Knocklyon, County Dublin, where she lived with her mother and younger sister, Naomi.

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 1999, she appeared in The Young Messiah, a modern adaptation of Handel's Messiah. In this production, she played one of the children and performed sign language.[2]

Musical career[edit]

Agnew has sung in English, Irish, Latin, Italian, and German and has a soprano vocal range.

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.[3]

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, the youngest member at the time. Agnew has been featured on 14 albums with the group, recording songs in multiple languages and taking part in several world tours.[4]

In 2009, Agnew was invited by Italian tenor Alessandro Rinella to sing with him on his debut album.[5]

In 2012, Agnew was named Female Vocalist of the Year at the Irish Music Awards.[6]

On 5 August 2013, Celtic Woman announced Agnew would be taking a break from Celtic Woman to focus on solo projects. Her position was filled by Derry-born singer Mairéad Carlin.

After leaving Celtic Woman, Agnew was 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 concerts called The Voice of Ireland and A Celtic Christmas. Agnew was also part of Ethan Bortnick's concert with another former Celtic Thunder member Damian McGinty.

On 22 January 2020, it was announced that Agnew was returning to Celtic Woman for the US Celebration Tour to fill in for Éabha McMahon, who was taking a leave from the group. However the tour was postponed shortly after due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On 21 April 2020, Agnew announced that she would be rejoining the group for the rescheduled Celebration Tour.[7][8][9]

During an interview by Beliefnet, Agnew commented on Irish music:[10]

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.

Agnew is a member of the Roman Catholic Church. She often says prayers just before going on stage to "Calm her nerves".[10]


Title Release Record Label
Chloë 2002 Celtic Collection
Walking In The Air 2004 Manhattan Records
Chloë 2008 Valley Entertainment[11]
Love Is Christmas[12] 2013 Sony / ATV Tunes LLC[13]
The Thing About You (EP) 2018 Spachtula Music Group[14]
"Reimagined" 2019 Chlover Records
With Celtic Woman
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
Celtic Woman: The Best of Christmas 2017
Celtic Woman: Celebration 15 years of Music & Magic 2020


  1. ^ Costello, Emma (18 July 2018). "Chloe Agnew honestly opens up on parents Twink and David Agnew split". RSVP Live.
  2. ^ Cosel, William (Director) (2000). The Messiah XXI (Television production). Dublin: NDB TV. Retrieved 15 April 2007.
  3. ^ "Members of the Girls' Choir". Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin. September 2004. Archived from the original on 27 March 2007. Retrieved 15 April 2007.
  4. ^ Admin, Abhaile – Site. "CHLOE AGNEW". Retrieved 20 May 2016.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Chloë" bio in Celtic Woman: Songs from the Heart Souvenir Program (2010), pp. 6–7 (paraphrased information is on p. 7).
  6. ^ "Irish Music Awards". Irish Music Association. Retrieved 20 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Special Guest Artist Returns". Celtic Woman. Retrieved 23 January 2020.
  8. ^ "Tour Rescheduling Announcement 2020". Celtic Woman. Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  9. ^ "Chloe Agnew announces that she will tour with Celtic Woman again for rescheduled tour". Facebook. 21 April 2020.
  10. ^ a b "Interview with Agnew". 2007. Retrieved 5 February 2009.
  11. ^ "Chloë". Valley Entertainment. Retrieved 16 June 2010.
  12. ^ Love Is Christmas was released as a single track.
  13. ^ "Love Is Christmas – Single by Chloe Agnew on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved 27 March 2016.
  14. ^ "The Thing About You - EP by Chloe Agnew on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved 14 June 2018.

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