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|Birth name||Seán Hegarty|
25 June 1968 |
Crossmolina, County Mayo, Ireland
|Occupation(s)||Singer-songwriter, radio broadcaster, TV presenter|
Marc Roberts is a singer-songwriter and radio broadcaster. He is originally from Crossmolina, County Mayo, and now based in Galway. Prior to 1997, he fronted his own band doing own original work and American country classics. In May of that year, Roberts represented Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest with "Mysterious Woman", finishing in second place. His debut single reached number two on the Irish Singles Chart.
Roberts' debut album was released in 1998. It highlighted his writing skills with six original compositions featured. Producers Chris O'Brien and Graham Murphy produced the album in Dublin. "Meet Me Half Way" and "Once in your Life" (title track co-written with Brian Kennedy) followed.
He performed in a tribute concert to the late John Denver, who is one of his influences along with other singer/songwriters James Taylor, David Gates, Dan Fogelberg, Janis Ian and Carole King. His shows have sold out the National Concert Hall, Dublin, Opera House, Cork and many other theatres in Ireland.
Roberts joined Galway Bay FM as a guest presenter. He has a three-hour afternoon show, 12pm to 3pm each Saturday, & Sunday 12pm to 1:30pm, called The Feel Good Factor. And each Monday he presents a country show called The Wagon Wheel, from 12pm to 1:30pm. He also presented a series on RTÉ Radio 1 called Songmakers.
Roberts was one of six finalists in Eurosong 2008. He performed the final song of the night, his own composition, "Chances". The selection process was made by public vote during a live television broadcast from University Limerick on Saturday 23 February on RTÉ television. The selected entry was "Irelande Douze Pointe" by Dustin the Turkey.
The Promise, the fourth studio album from Roberts, was released on Friday 13 November 2010. It features 13 tracks including the title track, which he co-wrote with Darren Holden of The High Kings.
Now & Then
Marc's fifth studio album, Now & Then, saw him return to his country roots. The album featured 18 tracks, including a duet with Mary Duff.
A Tribute to the Music of John Denver
Marc's most recent album, released 2015, shows him paying tribute to one of his greatest influences John Denver. Roberts met Denver in 1995. The album went straight in at number one in the iTunes album charts. Roberts still performs his critically acclaimed show 'A Tribute to the Music of John Denver. He was recently invited to perform songs from his album in Aspen, Colorado, Denver's hometown. 2016 sees him doing a nationwide tour in Ireland.
|Awards and achievements|
with "The Voice"
|Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest
with "Is Always Over Now?"