Michael English (Irish singer)

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Not to be confused with American Christian singer Michael English (American singer). For other people named Michael English, see Michael English (disambiguation).
Michael English
Born (1979-04-23) April 23, 1979 (age 40)
Castledermot, County Kildare, Ireland
InstrumentsVoice, piano
Years active1999–present
LabelsRitz Records, Dolphin Records

Michael English (born in Castledermot, County Kildare, Ireland on 23 April 1979) is an Irish country singer. He was born in a musical family as his father played button accordion with a traditional Irish band, his mother was an Irish dancer, and his two sisters played fiddle and piano.

At the age of nine, English started studying the piano formally at the Hennessy School of Music in Carlow. In 1990, he appeared on Gay Byrne's The Late Late Show television programme at age 11. He continued his musical studies the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin and launched an Irish country music career. Henry McMahon of The Mainliners offered him one of his own compositions, "The Nearest to Perfect" that became a hit for English in 1999. Signing a contract with Ritz Records, English won Best International Entertainer at the Irish National Entertainers Awards ceremony in both 2004 and 2005.[1] He went on to record a number of albums, and a number of single hits with Dolphin / Roscas Recordings.



  • 2006: Best of Friends
  • 2012: This Is Michael English
  • 2015: Dance All Night


  • 1999: "The Nearest to Perfect"
  • 2016: "Tuam Beat"


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