Declan Galbraith, 15, und seine Familie leben in England, in dem Städtchen Hoo. Vater Alec ist Elektriker mit einer langen, schottischen Ahnenreihe. Die Familie von Declans Mutter Siobhan hat ihre Wurzeln in Irland. Großvater Poppy Ben spielte selbst mehrere Instrumente und nahm Declan häufig mit, wenn er Konzerte gab. Diese brisante Mischung aus schottischen und irischen Traditionals inspirierte Declan sehr früh. Er erinnert sich daran, schon mit zwei Jahren gesungen zu haben. „Es sind meine allerersten Erinnerungen an das Leben – ich singe.“
Mit Sieben hatte Declan seinen ersten Auftritt beim Charles Dickens-Festival in Rochester. Er schlich heimlich von den Eltern weg – und ging schnurstracks auf die Bühne. Es wurde ein überwältigender Erfolg. Danach überredete er seine Eltern bei einigen Musik-Contests (Talentwettbewerbe) teilnehmen zu dürfen – und gewann alle. Damit war klar, dass er seinen zweiten Karrierewunsch, Kicker bei Arsenal London, begraben musste. „Ich konnte bis heute meinen Traum, Musik zu machen, verwirklichen, das steht an erster Stelle. Und das ist auch mein Wunsch für die Zukunft – zu singen, Musik zu machen.“
Sein erster Studiosong wurde „Walking in the Air“ für ein Christmas-Hits-Album, wo unter anderem Stars wie Elton John und Westlife mit dabei waren. Zum Jubiläum der Queen Elizabeth II. war Declan eingeladen, in der St. Paul’s Cathedral „Amazing Grace“ zu singen. Als Specialguest von Elton John trat er vor mehr als 22.000 Menschen auf. In der Odyssey Arena, Belfast, sang er im Dezember 2002 simultan verbunden mit 80.000 Kindern aus aller Welt – das war einen Eintrag ins Guinness World Records Buch wert.
Sein phänomenales Talent und die außergewöhnliche Stimme beeindruckten letztendlich sogar Medienmogul Haim Saban, der Declan für seine Saban Music Group unter Vertrag nahm. Am 1. Dezember erscheint beim Label Starwatch (Warner Music Group) Declans erstes internationales Album „Thank You“. 15 namhafte Songs, u.a. "Tears in Heaven“, „Nights in White Satin“ oder „An Angel“, die Declan auf seine spezifische Art und Weise meisterhaft interpretiert.
Wenn große Philosophen sagen, dass das Leben ein Traum ist, warum sollten nicht auch Träume zum ganz realen Leben werden können?
Declan Galbraith and his family live in England, in the small town of Hoo, near Rochester, Kent. His father, Alec, is of Scottish descent, while his mother Siobhan comes from a large Irish family. She is a twin and one of 14 children in her family. Declan’s grandfather whom he affectionately called ‚Poppy Ben’ sang in a band and played several instruments and often took Declan along to the ‘Fleadhs’ (concerts) he was playing in.
“I would sit there for hours watching Poppy Ben and the musicians, and listening to their music“, says Declan. The explosive mix of Scottish and Irish musical traditions inspired Declan and became his early musical influence. He remembers himself already singing at the age of two. He adds, “These are some of my very first memories in life – always singing.“
His talent was publicly acknowledged for the first time when at just 7 years old he insisted on performing spontaneously at the annual Rochester Dickens Festival, a two-day extravaganza where people were invited to dress up in Victorian costumes to celebrate the life and times of the famous author Charles Dickens and his links with their town. Little Declan, dressed up as a chimney sweep, started singing and the crowd went wild. Soon after this he started to enter local talent contests and within a year he had won 15 titles and more than £1,000.00. He wisely put most of it into a savings account, but he did spend some of it on computer games, a basketball and a brand new football.
Now, some five years later, Declan has made music and singing his full-time career. Siobhan Galbraith: ”As parents, it has always been the biggest concern to ensure that irrespective of his talent and success, Declan would not lose touch with the real world, and to remain a normal young man. We know he has an extraordinary talent and he has set himself a very high goal.”
As a result of his success in the talent shows, the major recording companies soon heard about Declan and he was signed to his first recording contract in England. His first recording was ‘Walking in the Air’, which was released on a special Christmas Hits album, also featuring Westlife, Elton John and Elvis Presley. Declan loves to sing to live audiences and among some of his most memorable performances are, the Queen’s Jubilee at St Paul’s Cathedral, when he sang ‘Amazing Grace’ accompanied by the St Paul’s Choir and an unforgettable experience when singing in front of more than 22,000 people at an Elton John concert.
Declan says: “So far I have been able to realize my dream of making music and singing. I am now playing guitar and the piano and have also started to write my own songs, which hopefully I will record on future albums. One day I would also like to develop other skills and perhaps do some acting as well."
Declan is determined to keep his feet firmly on the ground and knows that it is important to keep up with all of his schoolwork and education. He finds time to practice his music every day.
His first album with Irish traditional songs and some specially written material became a big success and charted in the U.K. and Ireland. Another big success came during a nationwide tour of Young Voices concerts when breaking the Guinness World Record. It was at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast in December 2002 when he sang live with some 10,000 children and was also simultaneously linked, by radio and satellite, with more than 80,000 children in their schools all over the UK, who accompanied him in achieving the world’s largest choral sing.
Of his new album Declan says: “I like to record songs that are meaningful to me and the audience. I have recorded many different types of songs, such as “Tears in Heaven”, “Love of my Life”, “Nights In White Satin” and “An Angel”, songs that demand vocal performance and interpretation. I love that kind of music "
Declan’s extraordinary talent and reputation came to the attention of media mogul Haim Saban and his music President, Ron Kenan, who signed Declan to Saban Music Group’s new record label. They have chosen Germany to be the very first territory in the world to launch their first produced album, via the Starwatch Music label. Declan has interpreted an impressive list of great songs in his own unique style. „This album is a collection of some of my favourite classic songs. My greatest thanks go to the amazing songwriters who were responsible for these wonderful works of art and to the original artists who provided their everlasting stamp. I feel privileged to have been given the opportunity of presenting my own personal interpretation.” He adds, “My greatest wish is simply to make music that people enjoy.“