James Kilbane

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James Kilbane
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Background information
Birth nameJames Patrick Kilbane
Born (1970-10-14) 14 October 1970 (age 52)
London, England
GenresChristian Country, Gospel, Country & Irish
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, music producer, holiday leader, television presenter.
Instrument(s)Vocals, rhythm guitar
Years active1986–present
LabelsGold Eagle Music, Veritas Publications, Dolphin Music Group, Sony Music, RTÉ

James Kilbane (born 14 October 1970) is an Irish Christian country, gospel, and country and Irish singer. Kilbane was the runner up in the second series of RTÉ One's You're A Star in 2004.[1]


Kilbane finished second in the second series of RTÉ One's You're A Star, a competition to select the Irish entrant for the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest. Kilbane ultimately lost out to Chris Doran in the final.[1]

Since 2004, Kilbane has released a number of albums on the Gold Eagle Music label including King of the Road, Close to You, Hymns of Praise, Divine Love, Life's Miracle, Heart to Heart, Glory and Grace, Mary: The Lord's Servant, The Songs of Faith Collection, The Family Collection, Gravel & Grace and Songs of Ireland, as well as a Christmas album titled The Christmas Collection.[2] Kilbane's albums often feature Nashville and Irish collaborations.

In June 2012, Kilbane and his band performed at the 50th International Eucharistic Congress at the RDS Arena in Dublin.[3][4] Kilbane continues to contribute to other religious events in Ireland, including at Knock.[5][6] In 2018, Kilbane criticized the selection of Daniel O'Donnell to perform for Pope Francis during his visit to Ireland that year on account of O'Donnell's support for a "yes" vote in Ireland's same-sex marriage referendum in 2015.[7][8]

Since 2016, Kilbane has hosted Keltic Country Gospel with James Kilbane on the UK digital TV channel Keep It Country.[9]

In 2019, Kilbane was voted as Irish Gospel Singer Of The Year as part of the Irish Entertainment Awards.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Kilbane was born in Central Middlesex Hospital, Park Royal, London, England and lived for some of his childhood in Harlesden, North West London.[11] He lives in Achill, Co. Mayo.[12] He married his wife Christina in 1989, they have two children.[13]

He is related to Irish international footballer Kevin Kilbane,[14] and is also related to the Stoke City F.C. and Scotland football player Darren Fletcher,[14] as well as 1912-1923 World Featherweight Champion Johnny Kilbane.[14]


  1. ^ a b "Shining star Chris on way to Turkey". Independent.ie. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  2. ^ "James Kilbane,Eurovision Ireland, country singer, irish singer, christian singer". www.jameskilbane.net. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  3. ^ "IEC2012 Discusses Priesthood and Ministry of Service in a Changing World". Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  4. ^ "James Kilbane". Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival. 7 April 2020. Retrieved 28 March 2021.
  5. ^ "All Night Vigil 7th-8th December 2018". Marian Shrine | Knock Shrine | Ireland’s National Marian Shrine | Shrine Mayo. 25 November 2018. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  6. ^ "Westmeath Examiner - James Kilbane to sing Gospel at Walshestown Community Centre". Westmeath Examiner. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  7. ^ Hughes, Brendan (24 July 2018). "Daniel O'Donnell and Nathan Carter face backlash over Pope Francis gig". The Irish News.
  8. ^ Lonergan, Aidan. "Rival singer slams decision to let Daniel O'Donnell perform for Pope Francis 'because he voted Yes in abortion referendum'". The Irish Post.
  9. ^ James Kilbane. Music. (13 June 2016), James Kilbane - Keltic Country Gospel - Television promo - 08 06 16, archived from the original on 21 December 2021, retrieved 1 March 2019
  10. ^ "Home". www.jameskilbane.net. Retrieved 28 March 2021.
  11. ^ "James Kilbane Music". Facebook. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  12. ^ "Singing out for spirit, soul and society". www.mayonews.ie. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  13. ^ "A divine love of their own". Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  14. ^ a b c "Trap's Eye: The Irish Abroad". JOE.ie. Retrieved 1 March 2019.

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