Ronan Keating

Ronan Patrick John Keating (born 3 March 1977) is an Irish recording artist, singer-songwriter and philanthropist. Keating made his debut, alongside with Keith Duffy, Mikey Graham, Shane Lynch and Stephen Gately, in 1994 as the lead singer of Boyzone. His solo career started in 1999, and resulted in 7 studio albums. Keating gained worldwide attention when his single “When You Say Nothing at All” was featured in the film Notting Hill and peaked at number one in several charts. As a solo artist, Keating has sold over 20 million records worldwide, and in Australia he is best known as a judge on The X Factor.[1]

Keating has worked as a charity campaigner most notably for the Marie Keating Foundation, a foundation that raises awareness for breast cancer. It is named after his mother, who died of the disease.

Ronan Keating was born on 3 March 1977, the youngest of five children, Keating grew up on the Northside of Dublin and Westmeath. His father Gerry Keating was a lorry driver; his mother Marie was a hairdresser. Keating has one sister: Linda, and three brothers: Ciaran, Gerard and Gary.[2] Keating was a track and field athlete and represented Ireland on several tournaments, winning the All Ireland under-13 200m title.[3] Keating also worked as an assistant in a shoe shop just as his siblings emigrated to the United States.[4] >

Keating is also godfather to Mackenzie Bannatyne. Keating joined the band Boyzone on 1993. Keating, along with Keith Duffy, Richard Rock, Shane Lynch and Stephen Gately were chosen as Boyzone members. Rock would later leave the group before being replaced by Mikey Graham. The group performed in various clubs and pubs before being signed by PolyGram in 1994 and released a cover version of “Working My Way Back to You” by The Four Seasons. The group also released a cover version of “Love Me for a Reason” which would peak on several charts. In 1998, his mother died at the age of 54[5] from breast cancer,[6][7] resulting in the establishment of the Marie Keating Foundation, a charity to raise breast cancer awareness. Keating married Yvonne Connolly in April 1998 and together, the couple have three children: Jack (born 15 March 1999), Marie (born 18 February 2001) and Ali (born 7 September 2005.

From 1994-1999, Boyzone released 3 studio albums and 1 compilation album before disbanding in 2000.

After the successful debut album Ronan, Keating continued on with his solo career and since has released four more studio albums: Destination (2002), Turn It On (2003), 10 Years of Hits (2004) and Bring You Home (2006), four of which peaked at number one in the UK Albums Chart. Keating collaborated with several major stars, including Elton John, Lulu, LeAnn Rimes and the Bee Gees, for these albums.

Keating and Paul Brady co-wrote the 2001 hit single “The Long Goodbye”,[9] one of Keating’s most loved hits amongst fans and a huge hit for Brooks & Dunn in the United States. Keating and Brady won the “BMI European song-writing award” for the single. In 2003, Keating was named Rear of the Year – an award given to celebrities with a notable posterior.[10] In October 2007, Keating was listed in the Guinness Book of Records for being the only artist ever to have 30 consecutive top 10 singles in the UK chart, beating the likes of Elvis Presley. Keating also embarked on two world tours, won the Ivor Novello and BMI songwriting awards, released an autobiography, had a role as ambassador for Christian Aid and earnt sales in excess of 22 million albums worldwide. In 2007 he released 2 fragrances,the range consists of a female fragrance, Hope By Ronan, which is based upon musk and amber scents and a male scent, Believe by Ronan, based on Sicilian Lemon, Lavender and Clary Sage smells. All proceeds go to the Marie Keating foundation.

Keating performed at the 2006 FIFA World Cup opening party at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, in front of an audience of nearly 250,000 people, and posed nude for Cosmopolitan magazine’s 10 Years of Naked Centrefolds. On May 9, 2007, Keating became the first international number-one selling foreign artist to perform a concert in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Keating also performed at the Olympic Stadium Indoor Arena. Keating has dueted with Elton John at Madison Garden in New York and has sung for the Pope twice and performed for Prince Charles at the Prince’s Trust 30th birthday, which took place at the Tower of London. He performed on stage for the Swedish Royal family at Crown Princess Victoria’s birthday celebrations, and at the opening ceremony of the 19th European Athletics Championships in Gothenburg.

Ronan Keating said on the 26th November 2010 that the next Boyzone tour may very well be the last thing the Irish act ever does together. “We will be touring in February and March. With Stephen passing away last year I don’t know if it can ever be the same again,” he tells undercover.fm. “I don’t know if there will be a life for Boyzone. The tour will tell us a lot, if the void is too big or if we can move along as a four piece. We haven’t done a whole lot of work together this year because it hasn’t felt right. The tour will show us everything and it could be the last thing we ever do together as a band”. This year Ronan has been living in Australia and working as a judge in X Factor. Before that, the four surviving members of Boyzone recorded a released a new album featuring vocals from Stephen. “Stephen passed away in October and we recorded the album in December and January. We were still very numb,” he says. “We were around each other constantly, we kind of rallied around each other. The energy in the studio, it felt like Stephen was with us all the time. We were on this buzz. It was a strange buzz but it kept us going. We knew we had to make this album. We had recorded some of Stephen’s vocals earlier in the year so we used those as well. We very much felt like he was part of the album. Then as the year has gone on it has just been different. We have done the odd little performance but it hasn’t felt right. The tour will be a real guide for us whether we can go on”. [15]

Background information
Birth name Ronan Patrick John Keating
Born 3 March 1977 (1977-03-03) (age 33)
Swords, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Genres Pop, dance pop, folk rock, country electropop
Occupations Singer, songwriter, actor, composer, television-radio personality
Years active 1993–present
Labels Polydor
Associated acts Boyzone, Take That, Westlife

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