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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Childhood dream for rising country star Nathan Carter as he gets set to support childhood idol Brooks in Croker

Anita McSorley

Published 19/06/2014 | 18:21

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Rising country star Nathan Carter has said he is honoured to support his childhood idol Garth Brooks in Croke Park next month.

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The 24-year-old singer will support the country music superstar for the last two nights of his five sold out shows in Croke Park this July.

Ex-Westlife singer Shane Filan will be the support act for two of the first three nights.

“I’m an incredible fan and have been since this age [motions small height] and all my family are big fans of country music and Garth Brooks in particular," Nathan said.

"I remember as a kid watching the video of him flying in on these strings on to the stage and it was, you know, just as a kid watching this was incredible,” he told Lucy Kennedy and Martin King on TV3’s Late Lunch today.

Carter, who is originally from Liverpool but now living in Ireland, said that while he knew he was in with a chance of supporting the Friends in Low Places singer, it was only confirmed yesterday.

“I had an inkling the last couple of weeks but it was never guaranteed so I only found out yesterday that it was definite.

“We got news from Aiken Promotions that he would like us to do two nights of the five nights that Garth Brooks is doing which is incredible that someone is doing five nights at Croke Park, but we're doing the last two nights,” he said.

Just twelve months ago, Carter was mostly unheard of outside of Ireland’s country heartland of the midlands and north west. He has since released two number one albums and sold-out Dublin’s Olympia Theatre.

While he admits he gets embarrassed by the attention that comes with such success, he wouldn’t change it.

“I would get embarrassed yeah but I wouldn't change it for the world. I get to do what I do and when I get on stage, I love it. I suppose I get more confident when I get on stage,” he said.

The country music sensation, who recently headlined a night at Cork’s Live at the Marquee, also said he plans to expand his success by releasing music all over the world.

“I just signed a record deal in England with Décor Records who are part of Universal Music Group so hopefully going to release albums in Europe and Australia over the next year and England is the main target over the next few months. I'm going to release a single in England at the start of August,” he said.

Brooks is set to perform at his much anticipated sold-out concerts on 25, 26, 27, 28 and 29 July.

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