|Finbar Wright: A world class tenor|
Finbar Wright, tenor, songwriter, and poet, was born in Ballinspittle.
Finbar Wright was born September 26, 1957, in Ballinspittle , County Cork, and raised on a farm in Ballinspittle; part of a large musical family, he began piano lessons at age six. By age 16, he decided his path lay in the priesthood, and was ordained at age 22. Four years later, he finally began his vocal training in earnest, studying at the Cork School of Music. He won several awards at Dublin's prestigious Feis Ceoil singing festival in 1986, and feeling that his commitment to the priesthood had been waning for some time, he left the clergy in 1987 and stepped up his musical studies.
After appearing in Don Giovanni at the Wexford Opera Festival, he turned professional in 1989, giving recitals around Ireland and appearing with several orchestras. Beginning with 1991's Because, Wright released a series of recordings that combined opera and oratorio, Irish ballads, and contemporary pop, and made him progressively more popular in Ireland. In fact, his second album, 1992's Whatever You Believe, topped the Irish charts thanks to the songs' exposure on Music of the Night, the TV show Wright hosted. 1993's live A Tribute to John McCormack, 1995's Lift the Wings, and 1997's I Give My Heart were all successful as well.
He has performed at many historical world events in recent times, including the reading of the Gospel at Pope John Paul II’s legendary first Papal Mass at the Phoenix Park, Dublin, in 1979; the impressive State Dinner given in honour of U.S. President Bill Clinton at Dublin Castle in 1995; and he performed live for ‘Good Morning America’ during its coverage of President Reagan’s funeral on Capitol Hill, Washington in 2004
He has also recorded six albums with the world famous ‘Irish Tenors’ who have enjoyed phenomenal success all around the world, dominating the American Charts for the past five years
Finbar celebrates 20 years of singing and music making this year.