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Busy Northern Ireland mum Donna Taggart top of pops in the US as song racks up 27 million views

By Cate McCurry

Published 16/09/2016

Donna Taggart, from Omagh, with her album
Donna Taggart, from Omagh, with her album

A Co Tyrone singer who topped the US Billboard World Album Music Chart thanks to a song she recorded three years ago has been "overwhelmed" by the response to her music.

Busy mum-of-two Donna Taggart's version of Jealous of The Angels has been viewed 27 million times since she put it on Facebook last month.

While Donna, from Omagh, first released the song - originally performed by singer-songwriter Jenn Bostic - three years ago, there was a huge reaction when she posted it.

And now her album, Celtic Lady Vol 2, has climbed to the top of the US world music album charts.

Her cover of Jealous of The Angels peaked at number one in the iTunes USA Easy Listening Chart and also rose to the top in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and the UK.

The song has also become one of the Top 50 in the US Download Chart, alongside singing superstar Beyonce and Adele.

The talented singer works in children's education, providing behavioural support to youngsters on the autistic spectrum.

Donna, who began singing when she was 22, said: "I have been completely overwhelmed by the response to the post.

"We had no idea it would take off the way it did. It's been a few weeks now and it's still going - it hasn't stopped. I recorded the song three years ago, but in that time I've been busy and have had two children and I never had the opportunity to promote it.

"It sat on YouTube for a long time, so we decided to post it to Facebook and then it quickly took hold."

The song was written by Canadian Jenn Bostic following the tragic death of her father.

"It has a worldwide appeal," Donna said. "The lyrics are honest and very raw, and they are words people connect with when they lose someone they love as none of us escape grief.

"Every day we are taken aback by the volume of views and the people getting in touch with us.

"I am very much an ordinary mummy at home doing all the ordinary stuff, so it takes a bit of adjusting to all that's happened.

"In the meantime, we're just enjoying the success of the song, particularly how many people it has touched all over the world. We're absolutely delighted."

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