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Chloë Agnew at Macquarie Shopping Centre, Sydney, in August 2012
|Birth name||Chloë Alexandra Adele Emily Agnew|
|Born||9 June 1989 (age 28)
Knocklyon, County Dublin, Ireland
Chloë Alexandra Adele Emily Agnew (born 9 June 1989 in Dublin, Ireland) is an Irish singer and songwriter who is an original 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 has a soprano vocal range.
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. Agnew featured on 14 albums with the group, recorded songs in multiple languages and took part in several world tours.
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.
In 2012, Agnew was named Female Vocalist of the Year at the Irish Music Awards.
On 5 August 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.
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.
|Walking In The Air||2004||Manhattan Records|
|Love Is Christmas||2013||Sony / ATV Tunes LLC|
- 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|
- 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.
- Admin, Abhaile – Site. "CHLOE AGNEW". www.theceltictimes.com. Retrieved 2016-05-20.
- "Chloë" bio in Celtic Woman: Songs from the Heart Souvenir Program (2010), pp. 6–7 (paraphrased information is on p. 7).
- "Irish Music Awards". www.irishmusicassociation.com. Retrieved 2016-05-20.
- "Interview with Agnew". BeliefNet.com. 2007. Retrieved 2009-02-05.
- "Chloë". Valley Entertainment. Retrieved 16 June 2010.
- Love Is Christmas was released as a single track.
- "Love Is Christmas – Single by Chloe Agnew on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved 2016-03-27.
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