Eamonn McCrystal (born June 1, 1987) is an Irish pop tenor and TV/radio host based in Los Angeles, California.
1 Early life,
2.1 Early career,
2.3 Television and radio,
6 External links,
McCrystal was born to nursing home owners Jim and Ann in Cookstown, Northern Ireland. He attended Holy Trinity College in Cookstown, where he learned to play the piano and the flute. In his late teen years, he seriously considered joining the priesthood, but was advised by local cardinal Sean Brady to pursue his music career instead.
McCrystal's first radio appearance was at the age of nine, on the George Jones Show on BBC Radio Ulster. He released his first album, After the Storm, in 2000, at the age of 13. Over the course of the decade, he independently recorded three more albums, and toured around Ireland with a 15-piece band.
In 2009, McCrystal was working as a stage manager at the UTV Country Fest in Belfast, headlined that year by Randy Travis. McCrystal was driving Travis's then-wife and manager Elizabeth Travis to Dublin, and gave her a copy of Eamonn McCrystal Live. After listening to the album, she gave McCrystal a slot as a guest artist on the Randy Travis tour, signed him to a contract with Elizabeth Travis Management, and brought him to Los Angeles, where he is currently based.
In 2011, McCrystal recorded his first US album, When In Nashville..., produced by Kyle Lehning, composed of six covers and six original compositions by outside songwriters. Later that year, McCrystal collaborated with Randy Travis on "Someone You Never Knew" on Anniversary Celebration, a collection of newly recorded duets in honor of Travis's 25 years as a country musician. In 2012, McCrystal released the single "Under My Wings," a ballad written by Grammy Award winner Walter Afanasieff. McCrystal's musical director Brad Ellis accompanies him on the track.
In 2013, McCrystal released The Music of Christmas & the Stories Behind the Songs, an album of Christmas songs produced by Nigel Wright.
Television and radio:
In 2008, McCrystal founded SMUC Radio, a radio station at St. Mary's University College in Twickenham, England, hosted by students and broadcast 24 hours a day. SMUC Radio debuted on February 19, 2009.
An Internet TV station, The Eamonn McCrystal Network, was launched on October 10, 2012.
McCrystal appeared on season one of The Rosie Show on the St. Patrick's Day special in 2012, and was interviewed on BBC Radio Ulster the week prior.
McCrystal has performed with Randy Travis and Kristin Chenoweth, makes regular guest appearances on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, and is often backed by a 12-piece orchestra.