Music: Nathan's star just keeps on rising
Published 04/05/2016 | 02:30
When Nathan Carter first started performing in country music venues around Ireland seven years ago, the young Liverpool lad of Irish descent was often bitterly disappointed to find a handful of people at the gigs.
Back then, Nathan, who turns 26 later this month, would pack up his gear and close the door behind him as he headed off into the night without singing a note.
What a difference a few years and a 'Wagon Wheel' (his hit song) have made to the young man's life. Today, the doors are also closed early at Nathan's shows - but now it's due to the venues being packed to the rafters.
In scenes reminiscent of Daniel O'Donnell's rise to stardom in the 1980s, Carter, a country and folk singer with pop idol good looks, has become a phenomenon. His albums regularly go to number one. His Christmas show on RTE last season attracted over 530,000 viewers.
And, just like Daniel, Nathan, main picture, meets and greets every single fan who queues up to see him after each show. He is a people person, also like Donegal's famous son. And it's a huge part of his appeal.
Nathan's brand new album, 'Stayin' Up All Night', is out now. It finishes with a track called 'Thank You', which he dedicates to his fans.
"They've put me where I am today and they keep me going," he acknowledges.
There's also a new song on Carter's album called 'Skinny Dipping'. But that's a Nathan story for another day.