Newry country star Nathan Carter gives fans festive treat
Country music heart-throb Nathan Carter is set to give his army of Northern Ireland fans an early Christmas present by releasing his first Yuletide-themed album crammed with festive favourites.
Recorded in October, the singer said he was looking forward to promoting it in the run-up to December 25 and revealed: "I love Christmas".
Earlier this year Nathan (24) signed a five-album deal with Decca Records which will see the young star head off on tour across Europe, America and Australia in 2015.
He said: "I'm really excited about my new Christmas album called Christmas Stuff. I recently finished work on it and we have a release date for December 5.
"I'm absolutely delighted with the album, it contains some real old classics and we've recorded some really cool arrangements.
"The album was recorded at the world-famous Grouse Lodge Studios, where huge stars such as Michael Jackson have recorded as well as UK artists such as Paolo Nutini."
As this is Nathan's first album with his new record label Decca, the pressure is on.
He says things are really looking up and he has even contributed to some of the song-writing on the forthcoming CD.
"This is my first ever Christmas album and my first album with Decca records, so it's an exciting time," he said.
"I've co-written two of the tracks Christmas Stuff and Christmas Kiss myself with my manager and songwriter John Farry."
Nathan is one of the country's fastest rising stars, with five hit albums and DVDs already under his belt. According to some promoters he's the biggest attraction on the Irish country music scene and some have even dubbed him the 'Westlife of Irish country' because of his legions of new generation country music lovers.
He said: "I suppose for a long time the country tag was considered uncool. Then I came on the scene and I suppose I'm young and because of that we have attracted a younger fan base to the music, which is great.
"I suppose you could say I'm trying to make it a slightly cooler image and music style and we try to put on the best show we can."
Nathan spent his childhood years in Liverpool, with his family originally coming from Newry, He became a head chorister in the Liverpool boys choir and even sang for the Pope in Rome. He made many trips to Ireland to compete in Fleadh Ceoils before his career in the Irish country music scene.