|Birth name||Damian Joseph McGinty, Jr.|
9 September 1992 |
Derry, Northern Ireland
Damian Joseph McGinty, Jr. (born 9 September 1992) is an actor and singer from Derry, Northern Ireland. McGinty has been performing for over a decade, and was a member of the group Celtic Thunder for four years starting when he was fourteen. On 21 August 2011, McGinty won the Oxygen reality show The Glee Project, earning him a seven-episode guest-starring role on the hit Fox television show Glee which was later extended to 18 episodes.
McGinty was born into a Catholic family in Derry, Northern Ireland, the son of Damian McGinty, Sr., and Joanne McGinty. Damian has two siblings, Emmet and Gemma, and is an avid Manchester United fan. He has been performing for over a decade, winning his first singing competition when he was just five years old. In 2006, McGinty won another competition and the following year, he made a CD which was recorded for charity. It was then passed along to Celtic Thunder Producer Sharon Browne and Music Director Phil Coulter, who invited McGinty to sing for their first show.
McGinty joined the newly formed Celtic Thunder in 2007 as a boy soprano at 14, and as he aged, developed a surprisingly low voice, while still singing tenor and able to hit the high notes. During the four years he was a member, the group did four tours of the US and Canada, six PBS TV specials, performed at the White House and sold over a million recordings, with McGinty on nine of the concert CDs and DVDs. For three of his four years, Celtic Thunder was named Top World Album by Billboard magazine. In 2015, McGinty returned as the Special Guest in the “Very Best of Celtic Thunder Tour.” 
The Glee Project
In 2011, McGinty was selected as one of the top twelve finalists, out of 40,000 contenders in a Myspace audition search, to be on the Oxygen reality show, The Glee Project. The O visa arrived literally at the last moment, allowing him to compete. He became very popular with viewers due to his humor, talent, and hard work. Although his friend Cameron Mitchell, who quit the show, (thus saving McGinty who was on the bottom that episode) won the Bing Fan Favorite, they sang Michael Bublé's "Haven't Met You Yet" together for the Bing video. McGinty’s rendition of "Beyond the Sea" impressed the judges who selected him as co-winner with Samuel Larsen for a seven episode arc on the third season of the Fox series Glee. He announced that he was leaving Celtic Thunder for Glee.
On Glee, McGinty played Rory Flanagan, a foreign exchange student staying with Brittany S. Pierce's family and befriended by Finn Hudson. During his first episode "Pot o' Gold" McGinty sang two solos: "Take Care of Yourself" and "Bein' Green". His initial seven-episode stint was later extended to the end of the third season (17 episodes) and he returned for one more episode - the fourth season Christmas episode. He sang as solos "Blue Christmas" which was also on the Glee Christmas album, and "Home," as well as numerous group and duet songs. McGinty appeared with Jim Cantiello in a humorous sketch on a MTV “Glee-Cap,” about his Irish accent.
Let the River Run. Damian McGinty and Máiréad Carlin sang the Derry City of Culture anthem "Let the River Run" at the BBC TV Gala Concert Sons and Daughters.  Carly Simon, who felt their rendition of her song was "absolutely stunningly wonderful," released it as a single by her Iris Records and McGinty’s Walled City Records company. Plus, Simon sang the song with them during the multi-star Oceana Partners Awards Gala in Beverly Hills, Ca.
PBS TV specials. In 2013, McGinty appeared in two PBS specials. He joined former Celtic Thunder member Paul Byrom on his This is the Moment, show, and later they did a short tour.  The other special “The Power of Music,” with Ethan Bortnick and Chloë Agnew, was also a 2014 US tour. 
National Anthem and solos. McGinty gave a "stunning performance" of the national anthem before the Kansas City Royals vs. Cincinnati Reds baseball game on May 19, 2015.  He also has done all sized venues as a solo artist and is currently performing shows. 
Charities. McGinty has lent his support to various charities including Concern Worldwide in a public service video on the need to get the children back to school in Haiti following the earthquake, The Trevor Project, Kids Beating Cancer, and local charities.
Recordings. His first EP ("Run," "This Is Your Song," "With or Without You," "Yellow,” and "That's What Friends are For") was released in December 2012 and at one point was #3 on the iTunes chart for US, and #1 in Ireland, Mexico, and Peru.  McGinty and his childhood friend Oran O’Carroll co-own the music companies Walled City Records and Audio Booth. Recently he has been writing songs for his first album and performing.
|2011-2012||The Glee Project||Himself||Winner; Special Appearance on Season 2 (11 episodes)|
|2011–2012||Glee||Rory Flanagan||Recurring role (17 episodes in Season 3, 1 episode in Season 4)|
EPs and Singles
Celtic Thunder concerts DVD/CD
- Celtic Thunder (2008)
- Act Two (2008)
- Take Me Home (2009)
- It's Entertainment! (2010)
- Christmas (2010)
- Heritage (2011)
- Storm (2011)
- Voyage (2012)
- The Very Best Of Celtic Thunder (2015)
- Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Volume 2
- Glee: The Music, Volume 7
- Glee: The Music Presents Glease
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- "McGinty and Carlin represent Derry". Irish Music Daily. 16 January 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
- "Carly Simon Official Website - News". Web.archive.org. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
- "Let the River Run: Derry duo’s City of Culture Anthem goes global". Derry Daily. 18 January 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
- "Irish Duo, Paul Byrom and Damian McGinty, dazzles us with Sinatra". Kansas City Live. 1 July 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
- "Damian McGinty Knocks It Out of the Park with Stunning Performance of National Anthem". Huffington Post. 29 May 2015. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
- "Damian McGinty set for solo US tour". Irish Music Daily. 23 April 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
- "Damian McGinty talks life after “Glee”". Irish Central. 26 January 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
- "Damian McGinty talks about his future and ‘bromance’ on Ryan Murphy’s ‘Glee’ – VIDEO". Irish Central. 6 December 2011. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
- "Watch! Damian McGinty Is a Glee Guy With a Cause". Wetpaint. 5 November 2011. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
- "‘Glee’ Star Damian McGinty Promotes Kids Beating Cancer". Socialite life. 14 August 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
- "Walled City Records update". Ravenmount- Celtic Corner. 4 February 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
- Lawler, Crista (19 March 2015). "He’s not just the guy from ‘Glee’". Duluth News Tribune. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
- Damian McGinty official website
- Damian McGinty on iTunes
- Damian McGinty on Facebook
- Damian McGinty on Twitter
- The Official Celtic Thunder website
- Damian McGinty on Youtube
- Walled City Records
- Damian McGinty at the Internet Movie Database