Damian McGinty

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Damian McGinty
Damian McGinty, singer and actor, promo photo taken fall 2014.jpg
Background information
Birth name Damian Joseph McGinty, Jr.
Born (1992-09-09) 9 September 1992 (age 23)
Derry, Northern Ireland
Occupation(s) Singer, actor
Years active 2006–present
Website www.damianmcgintyofficial.com

Damian Joseph McGinty, Jr. (born 9 September 1992)[1] 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.[2] 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.[3]

Early life[edit]

McGinty was born into a Catholic family in Derry, Northern Ireland, the son of Damian McGinty, Sr., and Joanne McGinty. Damian has two siblings, Emmett 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.


Celtic Thunder[edit]

McGinty joined the newly formed Celtic Thunder in 2007 as a boy soprano at 14, and as he aged, developed a rich baritone, 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.[4] In 2015, McGinty returned as the Special Guest in the "Very Best of Celtic Thunder Tour." [2]

The Glee Project[edit]

In 2011, McGinty was selected as one of the top twelve finalists, out of 40,000 contenders in a Myspace audition search,[5] to be on the Oxygen reality show, The Glee Project. The O visa arrived at the last moment,[6] allowing him to compete. He became very popular with viewers due to his humor, talent, and hard work.[7] Although his friend Cameron Mitchell, who quit the show, (thus saving McGinty who was in the bottom three that episode) won the Bing Fan Favorite, they sang Michael Bublé's "Haven't Met You Yet" together for the Bing video.[3] 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.[8] He announced that he was leaving Celtic Thunder for Glee.


In the third season of Glee, McGinty played Rory Flanagan, a foreign exchange student staying with Brittany S. Pierce's family and befriended by Finn Hudson.[9] During his first episode "Pot o' Gold" McGinty sang two solos: "Take Care of Yourself" which showcased his "beautiful range" and "Bein' Green" his "simple, clear-voiced ode to being an outsider rang true and was hauntingly beautiful."[10][11] His initial seven episodes were extended to the end of the third season and he returned for the fourth season Christmas episode (18 episodes). His "smooth and lovely" rendition of "Blue Christmas"[12] was also on the Glee Christmas album, and he sang "Home" as a solo, as well as numerous group and duet songs. McGinty appeared in a humorous sketch about his Irish accent on a MTV “Glee-Cap”[13]

The popular singer has over half a million fans on Twitter.[14]


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. [15] 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 in 2014.[16] She also sang her song with them during the multi-star Oceana Partners Awards Gala in Beverly Hills, Ca.[17]

PBS TV specials. Between 2008 and 2011 McGinty was in five PBS specials as a member of Celtic Thunder: The Show, It’s Entertainment, Christmas, Heritage and Storm. 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. [18] The other special The Power of Music with Ethan Bortnick was also a 2014 US tour. [2]

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. [19] He also has done all sized venues as a solo artist and is currently performing shows.[20] [21]

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.[2] Various reviewers made note of his "smooth crooner voice," "rich tones" and his "golden pipes."[10][22] Recently he has been writing songs for his first album.[23]

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,[24] The Trevor Project,[25] Kids Beating Cancer,[26] Oceana,[27] and local charities.

Cultural Ambassador[edit]

McGinty served as "Cultural Champion" for Derry, Northern Ireland, when the city was named the UK City of Culture 2013.[28]

Walled City Records & Audio Booth[edit]

McGinty and his childhood friend Oran O’Carroll co-own the music companies Walled City Records and Audio Booth recording company.[29]


Year Title Role Notes
2008 Celtic Thunder: The Show Himself PBS Special; filmed August 2007, released March 18, 2008
2010 Celtic Thunder: It's Entertainment Himself PBS Special; filmed October 1-2, 2009, released February 9, 2010
2010 Celtic Thunder: Christmas Himself PBS Special; filmed September 17, 2010, released October 12, 2010
2011 Celtic Thunder: Heritage Himself PBS Special; filmed September 17, 2010, released February 22, 2011
2011 Celtic Thunder: Storm Himself PBS Special; filmed October 1-2, 2009, released September 20, 2011
2011-2012 The Glee Project Himself Winner; Special Appearance on Season 2 (11 episodes)
2011–2012 Glee Rory Flanagan Recurring role (18 episodes: 17 in Season 3, 1 in Season 4)



Celtic Thunder concerts DVD/CD[edit]

  • Celtic Thunder (2008)
  • Act Two (2008)
  • Take Me Home (2009)
  • It's Entertainment! (2010)
  • Christmas (2010)
  • Heritage (2011)
  • Storm (2011)[2]
  • The Very Best Of Celtic Thunder (2015)

Glee Cast[edit]

Main article: Glee discography


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  15. ^ "McGinty and Carlin represent Derry". Irish Music Daily. 16 January 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2015. 
  16. ^ "Carly Simon Official Website - News". Web.archive.org. Retrieved 22 June 2015. 
  17. ^ "Let the River Run: Derry duo’s City of Culture Anthem goes global". Derry Daily. 18 January 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2015. 
  18. ^ "Irish Duo, Paul Byrom and Damian McGinty, dazzles us with Sinatra". Kansas City Live. 1 July 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2015. 
  19. ^ "Damian McGinty Knocks It Out of the Park with Stunning Performance of National Anthem". Huffington Post. 29 May 2015. Retrieved 22 June 2015. 
  20. ^ "Damian McGinty set for solo US tour". Irish Music Daily. 23 April 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2015. 
  21. ^ "Damian McGinty talks life after “Glee”". Irish Central. 26 January 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2015. 
  22. ^ Futterman, Erica (November 2, 2011). "'Glee' Recap: 'Glee Project' Winner Debuts in a Flatline Episode". RollingStone. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  23. ^ Lawler, Crista (19 March 2015). "He’s not just the guy from ‘Glee’". Duluth News Tribune. Retrieved 22 June 2015. 
  24. ^ "Damian McGinty talks about his future and ‘bromance’ on Ryan Murphy’s ‘Glee’ – VIDEO". Irish Central. 6 December 2011. Retrieved 22 June 2015. 
  25. ^ "Watch! Damian McGinty Is a Glee Guy With a Cause". Wetpaint. 5 November 2011. Retrieved 22 June 2015. 
  26. ^ "‘Glee’ Star Damian McGinty Promotes Kids Beating Cancer". Socialite life. 14 August 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2015. 
  27. ^ "Let the River Run: Derry duo’s City of Culture Anthem goes global". Derry Daily. 18 January 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2015. 
  28. ^ "Damian’s Glee over 2013". Derry Journal. 17 February 2012. Retrieved 19 August 2015. 
  29. ^ "Walled City Records update". Ravenmount- Celtic Corner. 4 February 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2015. 

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