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Ronan Keating

Ronan Keating

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Ronan Keating
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Ronan Keating in January 2012
BornRonan Patrick John Keating
3 March 1977 (age 39)
OccupationMusician, singer-songwriter,television/radio personality, actor
Years active1993–present
Yvonne Connolly (m. 1998–2015)
Storm Keating (nee Uechtritz) (m. 2015)
Musical career
Associated actsBoyzoneLeAnn Rimes
Ronan Patrick John Keating[1] (born 3 March 1977) is an Irish recording artist, singer-songwriter, musician, and philanthropist. He debuted in 1994, alongside Keith DuffyMichael GrahamShane Lynch, and Stephen Gately, as the lead singer of Irish groupBoyzone. His solo career started in 1999 and has spawned nine albums. He 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 countries. As a solo artist, he has sold over 20 million records worldwide alongside the 25 million records with Boyzone,[2][3][4] and in Australia, he is best known as a judge on The X Factor.[5]
Keating is active in charity work and has been a charity campaigner for the Marie Keating Foundation, which raises awareness forbreast cancer and is named after his mother, who died from the disease in 1998.




1993–99: Early career, Boyzone and marriage[edit]

Boyzone performing at the tour with Ronan Keating as the lead singer.
Ronan Keating was born on 3 March 1977, the youngest of five children. He grew up on the Northside of Dublin and County Meath. His father Gerry Keating was a lorry driver; his mother Marie was a mobile hairdresser. He has one sister: Linda, and three brothers: Ciaran, Gerard and Gary.[6] He was a track and field athlete and represented Ireland in several tournaments, winning the All Ireland under-13 200m title. He also worked as an assistant in a shoe shop just as his siblings emigrated to the United States.[7] Also, Keating auditioned for Stars in Their Eyes.
Keating joined the band Boyzone in 1993. Keating, Keith Duffy, Richard Rock, Shane Lynch, Mark Walton and Stephen Gately were chosen as Boyzone members. Walton and Rock would later leave the group before being replaced by Michael 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 51[8] from breast cancer,[9][10]resulting in the establishment of the Marie Keating Foundation. At the age of 21 years, 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). The couple are now divorced after Keating had an affair.[11]
From 1994–1999, Boyzone released 17 singles, 3 studio albums and 1 compilation album before disbanding in 2000 selling 27 million records and 3 million records from 4 singles, 1 compilation and studio album since their reformation.

Ronan and When You Say Nothing at All: 1999–2000[edit]

In 1999, while still a member of Boyzone, Keating recorded a version of "When You Say Nothing at All" for the motion picture Notting Hill. The single peaked at number one in the UK charts, leading to a successful solo career.[12] Keating released his debut solo album, titled Ronan, in 2000, which peaked at number one in the UK Albums Chart. The album was given several negative reviews, although it sold over 750,000 copies and became one of the top selling albums of the year in the United Kingdom. It debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart, and has been certified four-times platinum by the British Phonographic Industry for sales of 1.2 million copies. In the singer's native Ireland, the album debuted at number two. The album also became a commercial success in other European countries, where it charted within the top ten of eight countries. In 2001, Ronan was certified two-times platinum by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry for shipments of two million copies inside Europe.[13]
The album produced four UK and Irish top-ten singles: "When You Say Nothing at All" (originally recorded for the soundtrack of the 1999 film Notting Hill), "Life Is a Rollercoaster", "The Way You Make Me Feel", and "Lovin' Each Day", the latter of which was featured on the re-release edition of the album, and later on Keating's second album, Destination(2002).Also the song "Lovin each day" is from a movie "Summer catch".

1999–2007: Destination, touring and 10 Years of Hits[edit]

After the successful debut album Ronan Keating continued on with his solo career and has since 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 JohnLuluLeAnn Rimes and the Bee Gees, for these albums.
Keating and Paul Brady co-wrote the 2001 hit single "The Long Goodbye",[14] 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 notableposterior.[15] 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 forChristian Aid and had sales in excess of 22 million albums worldwide. In 2007 he released two fragrances, the range consists of a female fragrance, 'Hope By Ronan', which is based upon musk and amber scents and a male scent; and '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 forCosmopolitan magazine's 10 Years of Naked Centrefolds. On 9 May 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.

2007–10: Boyzone reformation and Stephen Gately's death[edit]

On 5 November 2007, Keating confirmed that Boyzone would reunite for a special appearance on the BBC's annual fundraiser, Children in Need, performing a medley of hits, although had not yet commented on the possibility of a new tour or album. Soon, the Boyzone went on a 29-date tour. The tour, taking in cities such as Cardiff, Newcastle, Liverpool, London at the O2 Arena and Wembley, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Sheffield, Newcastle, Nottingham, Edinburgh Castle and the RDS in Dublin. A greatest hits collection was released and two new singles in 2008 selling 700,000 copies.
Stephen Gately, close friend and bandmate of Keating, died on 10 October 2009 of a pulmonary edema, or fluid in the lungs. This left Keating devastated.
In 2009 Keating co-wrote the song "Believe Again" sung by Niels Brinck, who won the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix and represented Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 in Moscow where it qualified for the final from the second semi-final and finished in 13th place with 74 points.[16] Following the success of Ronan Keating's album Songs for My Mother,[17] he has recorded another entitled Winter Songs. Teaming up again with Songs for My Mother producer Steve Lipson, Keating pulled together eleven songs that evoked memories of winter and Christmas for him. Winter Songs is a mix of traditional and modern festive classics, including tracks from artists such as Simon & GarfunkelJoni Mitchelland Sugarland along with perennials "Silent Night" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas". The album also includes two brand new songs, "Its Only Christmas" and "Scars".[18]
In March 2010 the new Boyzone album "Brother" was released and went to number one in UK and Ireland selling 500,000 copies with very little promotion to add to the singles which sold 175,000 copies.
On 12 November 2010, Keating released his seventh studio album entitled, Duet in Australia and New Zealand.[19] "Believe Again" was released as the lead single from the album and features guest vocals from Australian singer, Paulini

2010–2015: The X Factor (Australia) and Fires[edit]

Keating performing "When You Say Nothing at All" in August 2012
Keating joined the judging panel of The X Factor (Australian TV series) in 2010, where he remained for five seasons. He was the winning mentor on two occasions; in 2010 with Altiyan Childs and in 2014 with Marlisa Punzalan.
He joined Boyzone on their tour of the UK and Ireland during February and March 2011 with a 21 date tour of the Ireland and UK with their arena-based Brother Tour, each of the band members received £1 million from it. Ronan and the rest of the lads said it was a tour dedicated to their brother 'Steo'.[20] Singer/songwriter Guy Sebastian from Australia appeared as the support act.[21] On 21 March 2011, Ronan released an album of covers produced by Burt Bacharach titled When Ronan Met Burt.[22] In April he began shooting scenes for his film debut in Australia;[23] the film, Goddess, was released on 14 March 2013.
He performed at the Westfalenhallen in Dortmund, Germany in front of a crowd of 16,500.[24]
Keating performing in Klaksvík,Faroe Islands, in August 2012
Keating toured Australia and New Zealand in the beginning of 2012 at the state theatre in Sydney, Brisbane convention centre, Melbourne Regent Theatre, Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Canberra Royal Theatre, Wollongong Entertainment Centre, Adelaide festival theatre and at Perth Kings Park in front of 29,000 in all making 1.6 million pounds.[25]
His fifth studio album named Fires was released on 3 September 2012 in the UK and 30 August in Ireland, Germany, Australia and worldwide.[26] It was released through Universal Music and was produced by Greg Wells and co-written by Keating and Gregg Alexander. To promote the record Keating embarked on a short promotional tour on 3 August at the Summarfestivalur in the Faroe Islands in front of 14,000 fans,[citation needed] 5 August at the Þjóðhátíð festival in Iceland and on 17 August at Festas Mar in Portugal as well as appearances in Germany and Australia.[27]
A tour of the UK and Ireland in 2013 saw Ronan perform at Colston Hall in Bristol, The O2 ArenaCardiff International ArenaBrighton CentreNottingham Royal Concert HallLG Arena in Birmingham, Bournemouth International CentreSheffield City HallBlackpool Opera HouseLiverpool Echo ArenaManchester ApolloNewcastle City HallClyde Auditorium and AECC in Scotland and The O2 in Ireland to an audience of 80,000 fans, which was predicted to make £3,000,000.[28]
On 21 July the single from the album, also named "Fires", was given its first worldwide release on BBC Radio 2. The video premiered onYouTube on 1 August 2012 at 9 am. It was released as a digital download and CD on 24 August worldwide and 27 August in the UK.[29]"Wasted Light", is the second track on the album and premiered on 3 December 2012. The music video part live, part animated.
Keating said: "Now I have a new lease of life and I'm ready to write and record, I'm working on a new studio album, which I hope to release later this year. It will feature brand new songs."[30] "It's not folk. It's a mix! It's a pop album. Gregg Alexander and I are working together again. It's got that 'Life is a Rollercoaster' feel again. I'm having fun with it again, it's been five years since I've done a studio album. I'm a little bit nervous, I just want to make a great record, for me, rather than for anyone else."
In September 2013, Keating teamed up with X Factor judge Dannii Minogue to record a duet of Christmas classic "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" for department store chainMyer's "The Spirit of Christmas 2013" compilation.[31]

2016: The Voice (Australia) and Time of My life[edit]

On 24 December 2015, Keating was announced as Ricky Martin's replacement on The Voice Australia. Keating will join Jessie JDelta Goodrem and The Madden Brothers on the show.
Keating will release his tenth studio album Time of My Life in February 2016.

Boyzone 2013[edit]

Boyzone reunited in 2013 to celebrate their 20th anniversary as a group. Keating said in February 2012, "Next year Boyzone will be 20 years gone, so we'll be doing something. We have plans to get various other artists in the mix as well, I know Rizzle Kicks are interested and I have plans to get my nephew Will on a track somewhere in the album"[32]
The new album, BZ20, was released in the summer of 2013. It features 10 new songs and 10 songs re-recorded, with two singles and the band will tour at the end of November till the end of the year around the UK and Ireland. In January 2013, it was announced the new CD is likely to include three songs with Stephen Gately's vocals on it. However, there is a row over who owns the singer's estate and currently these songs will not be allowed to be released yet.[33]

Charity work[edit]

In October 2005 shortly after joining Christian Aid and the Trade Justice Campaign in 2004, Keating went to Rome where he was appointed as a UN Goodwill Ambassador via the Food and Agricultural Organisation.[34]
Keating ran in the London Marathon on 13 April 2008 to raise money for Cancer Research, with a personal best time of 3hr 59min.[35] He has also walked the length of Ireland twice, each time raising money for the Marie Keating Foundation, now linked to Cancer Research in the UK. Each year the foundation holds charity balls and various events, raising funds to keep their mobile units on the road.
In 2009 Keating climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for Comic Relief; joining him were Gary BarlowChris MoylesBen ShephardKimberley WalshDenise van Outen,Fearne CottonAlesha Dixon and Cheryl Cole.[36]
In June 2009 Keating received a Special Achievement Award from Cancer Research UK – he was singled out for his work with them since 2006. He, along with the Marie Keating Charity, has helped to raise over £1.7 million for the UK charity. This money is used to fund three special mobile units which raise awareness throughout the UK.[37]
In October 2009 he pulled out of the Chicago Marathon due to the sudden death of his bandmate Stephen Gately; he had intended to run in memory of his mother.[38]
In September 2011 he swam the Irish sea 90 km stretch from Dublin to Holyhead with a team of celebrities to raise money for cancer charities and set a new Guinness World Record for open water swimming with an 11-member celebrity team. They raised £1 million for Cancer Research Britain and the Marie Keating Foundation.[39]
In July 2013 he and Brian McFadden joined golf veteran Gary Player at Wentworth in London to play in the annual Gary Player Invitational Charity Pro-Am golf tournament to raise funds for underprivileged children's education.


Over the years he has won Smash Hits Best Solo Male. He was given a tree in London's Hyde Park for performing for The Prince's Trust.[40] He also has a World Music Award for the best selling Irish artist.[41]

Other work[edit]


On 3 May 1997, Keating presented the Eurovision Song Contest along with Carrie Crowley.[42] He presented the MTV Europe Music Awards in 1997 and 1999, and co-presented the MTV Asia Awards in 2002 with Mandy Moore. He also hosted Miss World 1998.[43]
In 1999 Keating presented BBC1 talent show Get Your Act Together for the full 9 episodes.
On 20 April 2009, Keating guest co-hosted The Morning Show in Australia alongside Kylie Gillies, while the show's regular male co-host Larry Emdur was on holiday.[44] In addition, he has stood in for Steve Wright on his Sunday Love Songs on BBC Radio 2.[45] He currently presents a Sunday request show on Magic 105.4 FM.[46]
In a section for the Jeremy Clarkson 2009 DVD Duel, Keating was invited to take part in an off-road race to find "the fastest off-road celebrity", along with newsreader Kate Silverton, Rugby player Matt Dawson, and Clarkson.[47] He came third overall, after being forced to abandon the car with only 20 seconds left to complete the course to disarm the on-board time bomb.
In 2010, Keating became a judge and mentor on the Australian version of The X Factor, joining Guy SebastianNatalie Imbruglia, and Kyle Sandilands for the second season of the show. During the second season, Keating mentored the Over 25s category and his fellow Boyzone bandmembers helped him in the judges' house selection of the contest. He eventually became the winning mentor with his contestant Altiyan Childs. Keating went on to mentor the Groups for two consecutive years, notably with The Collective finishing third in the fourth season. For the fifth season, he was assigned the Boys category and made series history; both his acts, Taylor Henderson and Jai Waetford, reached the grand-finals and finished runner-up and third place respectively. On the sixth season, Keating became the winning mentor for a second time with Marlisa Punzalan, the youngest contestant and first act from the Girls category to win. On 25 April 2015, it was announced that Keating would not be returning for the seventh season of The X Factor.[48]
On Christmas Eve 2015, during the broadcast of Carols by Candlelight on Channel 9 Australia, it was announced that Keating would be returning to Australian TV screens in 2016 as a coach on the fifth season of The Voice Australia, joining other coaches Jessie JDelta Goodrem and The Madden Brothers.[49]
In 2010 the edition of Miss Earth beauty pageant in Vietnam, Keating made a star appearance to sing his solo hits.
He appeared as a guest on episode 7, series 5 of Celebrity Juice along with Kimberley Walsh and Chipmunk.
In June 2015 he filled in as a guest anchor on the morning slot of UK radio station Magic FM.[50]


Keating says he'd like to break into acting but does not intend to stop working as a recording artist.[citation needed] He unsuccessfully auditioned for a role in the The Hobbit. The film is based on the J. R. R. Tolkien novel of the same name.[51][52]
In April 2011, Keating began working on Goddess, a 2013 romantic comedy film co-starring British actress Laura Michelle Kelly. The film is being directed by Mark Lamprell, who wrote Babe: Pig in the City.[53] In May 2014 Keating provided the singing voice of Postman Pat in the film Postman Pat: The Movie.
In November 2014 he took over the part of 'Guy' in Once from David Hunter, at the Phoenix Theatre in London's West End. He was expected to perform though until March 2015. He will be the fourth principal 'Guy' in the West End production, and the first Irishman to have played the role since Glen Hansard in the Oscar-winning original film, on which the musical is based.[54] His performances in Once received positive reviews from critics. [55]


Louis Walsh[edit]

When Keating announced he wanted to take a break from Boyzone, Louis Walsh continued to manage his career. Keating achieved a number one hit with "Life is a Rollercoaster" in 2000 while his album sold 4.4 million copies. Keating and Walsh later agreed to part company and then had a bitter falling out.[56][57] Walsh told the press: "[Keating] wasn't the most talented one – he's not a great singer and he's got no personality."[58] Keating later told Closer magazine: "That man absolutely tried to ruin me and if he thinks we can ever hug and make up he can forget it. I haven't heard from him in three years and I wouldn't have a problem if I never saw him again. He's not a nice character."[59]
The feud between the two men had apparently ended by March 2008[60] after which Ronan helped in selecting the finalists in the Groups category in The X Factor.[61]

Thom Yorke[edit]

Keating criticised Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke several times in the press throughout late 2008 and early 2009, calling him a "muppet" and an "idiot" due to Yorke allegedly ignoring Keating at a hotel.[62] Shortly after Keating's remarks, Kanye West and Miley Cyrus also complained about Yorke's alleged rudeness. In response to the accusations, Yorke left a blog on Radiohead's official site for those who were not among "those people I have managed to offend by doing nothing."[63]

Personal life[edit]

Storm Uechtritz in 2016
In April 1998, Keating married Yvonne Connolly. Together, they have three children: Jack (born 15 March 1999), Marie 'Missy' [64][65](born 18 February 2001), and Ali (born 7 September 2005). The couple separated in 2010 but their divorce wasn't finalized until March 2015.[66][67][68]
In April 2015, Keating announced his engagement to Australian TV producer and model Storm Uechtritz.[69][70][71][72] On August 17, 2015 Keating married Uechtritz in Scotland with Keating's daughter Marie serving as a bridesmaid, daughter Ali serving as flower girl, and son Jack serving as best man. The family's pet pug, Aussie, acted as ring bearer.



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