He has outsold One Direction, Pharrell Williams and Michael Buble – but you could be forgiven for asking who is Nathan Carter?
In short he is the cherubic head choir boy turned chart topper and heartthrob of the country music scene.
His second album released last year, Staying Up All Night, pipped Beyonce, Drake and Adele to the number one spot in the Irish charts.
With the dashing good looks of a boy band member paired with the voice of a traditional country star, the young performer is bringing the genre firmly back into the limelight.
Having a huge number of adoring fans across the UK and Ireland, the Liverpudlian now has his sights set on conquering the States.
Continuing his latest tour with a date in Rhyl next week, the singer talks of his humble beginnings on his route to international stardom.
“My family all love country music. I grew up in Liverpool but my mum’s side of the family is from Ireland. I grew up listening to and singing a lot of Irish folk music.
“When I left school, I started playing all the clubs in the North of England. My nan drove me to my first gigs at 16 as I couldn’t drive. She still comes on tour and sells all the merchandise – she’s 77 but still thinks she’s 22. She’s been a great support. She’s my biggest fan.”
He met his manager by chance when performing in Ireland, which then sealed his fate to become one of the biggest names in UK country music.
“I went over to Ireland to do a charity gig where I met my manager John, and I ended up staying. I have been here nine years now. I’ve built a great fan base and it’s just taken off, especially over the last couple of years.
“It was the dream come true to get a number one album – never mind the three. It certified the fact that I was doing the right thing. I wasn’t sure at the start – whether people would like the music or if they’d like me. It’s amazing to think how many people have bought my albums.
“I am starting to branch out a little now – my latest release, Living the Dream is the least country song I have ever written. This new album is a little bit of a departure from what I have done before, but the reason for this is to try and get more airplay on mainstream radio. Fingers crossed it will happen.
Carter’s fan base has a wide demographic of people, from young children to the elderly, many who are regulars at his shows.
“People travel a long way. I get a lot of cakes, And a lot of presents. Once someone bought me some underwear.
“I get given food all the time, for some reason people just want to feed me.”
In May 2016 a Coleraine man was jailed for four months after threatening his neighbour for playing Carter’s hit single Wagon Wheel repetitively, the complainant citing it as ‘psychological torture’.
“I know it’s not funny but I did laugh. The guy played my song on repeat for months. We actually ended up giving him free tickets to our Belfast show. He was a lovely guy. A huge fan.”
Having conquered the UK market, Carter now has his sights firmly set on crossing the Atlantic, with a line up of shows planned for later in the year.
“I’m going to tour in the US later this year – somewhere I’ve never toured. It’s a new step for me and it will hopefully build a new fanbase. It’s such a huge audience.”
Despite having tens of thousands of willing candidates, the singer is currently single – but is on the look out for Miss Right.
“I don’t have girlfriend. I’m young, free and single. I’d love a girlfriend but the lifestyle I lead is quite difficult for a relationship. The music takes up so much of my life.
“But I’m hoping in the next few years I’ll meet the right one and settle down. Hopefully she’ll be able to put up with me. I’d definitely date a fan – if she’s the right one, she’s the right one.”
But the heartthrob has revealed he has his eye on one particular fellow country performer, Shake It Off singer Taylor Swift.
“There’s just something very sexy about Taylor Swift. Especially the fact that she’s her own businesswoman, very in control. There’s something very cool about her. The fact that she’s gorgeous helps too.
“We’d make a great musical pair, her early work is quite country. She could teach me the tricks of the trade – she’s done really well.”
The idea might not seem so far fetched, as Carter was recently seen with Swift’s best pal, superstar Ed Sheeran at one of his UK gigs.
“I met Ed recently when he was performing at the 3 Arena in Dublin a couple of weeks ago. He’s really sound. He’s such a genuine and nice guy.”
Nathan Carter will be performing at the Rhyl Pavillion Theatre as part of his Wanna Dance Tour on Wednesday, May 24.
Tickets are £30.25 and you can book them here now .
Source : DailyPost