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Nathan Carter: "Carrie Underwood would definitely be my dream girl"

Wagon Wheel singer also reveals he's spending his down time on a boat on the Fermanagh lakes.

By Laura Dunlop

Country music heart-throb Nathan Carter has taken to the high seas — well Lough Erne at least!

The 25-year-old Wagon Wheel chart-topper has revealed he is spending his days off at his Enniskillen home on a boat he has bought.

While the singer hasn’t had time to find love due to his hectic schedule and imminent bid to break the American market, he knows who his ideal woman would be — Grammy award-winning country singer Carrie Underwood.

He told Sunday Life: “I don’t get much downtime in between gigs and touring, but when I do I love going to the cinema, I’m a complete movie buff. I’m not a big drinker, either, as I rarely have time off to relax, but you can’t beat a Guinness every now and then.

“When I do get a bit of time off I like to go home to Enniskillen and go out on my boat.

“There’s nobody special in my life right now, unfortunately, but I’m always on the lookout.

“Carrie Underwood would definitely be my dream girl; she’s a perfect 10 in every way.”

The 25-year-old Liverpool-born star, who now calls Fermanagh home, is looking forward to performing at the very first Irish TV Country Music Awards in Armagh on Monday, August 24.

“I am really looking forward to it, especially as it’s the first one of its kind here. It’s nice to be involved with such a prestigious night.”

Nathan has had an incredible year after signing a five-album deal with American music giants Decca and his album Beautiful Life, featuring the single of the same name, went straight in at No.1 in the Irish charts and stayed there for three weeks.

“I signed with Decca last year after one of their guys heard me sing in Derry’s Millennium Forum. He invited me to a meeting in London and signed me there and then,” explained Nathan.

He is striving for longevity and has the ambition and talent to take him there. His reworked version of Bob Dylan’s Wagon Wheel made him a country superstar.

Nathan is working on his new album and will perform new single Good Luck to the Girl at the Irish TV Country Music Awards.

“I wrote the song with Joe McShane from Chicago and it’s one of 12 songs I hope will feature on my new album out next year. I am also launching Beautiful Life in Australia and Europe,” he said.

It also means he will be spending time in the US next year, but he has assured his fans that he’ll be back.

Nathan told us: “I will be moving there next year to tour and do some TV work, but don’t worry, it won’t be for long. My fans are a devoted bunch and I’m very grateful to them.”

- The Irish TV Country Music Awards are on at Armagh City Hotel on Monday, August 24. For more details or to buy tickets visit:

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