Donna Taggart balancing family life and Music ahead of biggest ever show, viewing figures soar past 106 million!
The fabulously talented Donna Taggart has undoubtedly been one of the “dream” stories of the music world when it comes to a Tyrone artist in the past couple of years and the brilliant Omagh singer is continuing to delight as part of her Irish Tour.
This Saturday night will see Donna perform in her biggest Show of all so far as she takes to the stage in the illustrious Ulster Hall in Belfast and the online “Viral Singing Sensation” could taste even more global success down the line, such has been the remarkable global interest in her online.
“There has been a lot of interest and demand from across the Atlantic and indeed across the world. I have a very young family and it takes quite a bit of planning, with quite a few logistics involved so, at the moment, I’m taking it month by month and week by week and trying not to think too far ahead. I’m concentrating on the Irish Tour for now and seeing what comes up in 2018”.
With plans to perform in the USA in 2018 for a two-week period with Phil Coulter, prior to an engagement in Nashville where the plan is to meet up with writers and create some new material, Donna clearly has an exciting time ahead but of course her family is clearly very much at the forefront when it comes to discussing such plans.
“I’ll see how I fare being away from the kids for that length of time. The last album was recorded in 2013 and was mostly covers and my focus is to develop my style and produces more material to reflect who I am, what I’m about and some of my own stories that I want to tell. That would need to happen first before I can undertake a tour.”
Donna currently has two young children, 3-year-old Grace and her 21-month-old brother, Matthew, and is presently on a year-long career break, where she works with children on the autism spectrum. Donna is married to Augher man, Colm McCaughey, an IT Manager.
Both Donna’s Mum, Martina, and Dad, Mark, are talented singers and Mark, in particular, has made a living from touring England and Scotland and of course, would be well known in that field in County Tyrone too.
“Growing up I would never had aspirations to be a singer. I would have been a quiet and quite reserved child and wanted to be a teacher. I worked for five years in a Women’s Refuge with women and families affected by domestic violence and then for five years as a behaviour therapist for children on the autism spectrum. I have also been recording for the past seven years.”
Donna is very much a home-bird at heart and has clearly kept her feet very much on the ground since shooting to stardom with her amazing version of Jenn Bostic’s song “Jealous of the Angels”. Donna has also struck up a close friendship with Jenn Bostic and the American artist has travelled over and performed on stage with Donna on many of the shows as part of the Irish Tour.
The fact that the song and video release almost two years ago by Donna has reached in excess of 100 million views online tells of the profound impact it has had on so many people and Donna still receives huge numbers of emails and messages from people every day on how it has resonated with them.
For now, there are literally 1000s of excited fans savouring her shows at venues throughout Ireland and further afield as part of her ‘Jealous of the Angels Tour’ and the next big date is that eagerly awaited one in the Ulster Hall in Belfast.
If you haven’t seen Donna yet in concert, where she is joined by a number of other artists including her extremely talented sister and former Tyrone Rose of Tralee, Sinead Taggart, it will be well worth checking out the dates below and going along.
For now, we can continue to enjoy the music and certainly look forward to that potential new album and new songs in the years ahead!