BY: Music Row
Writers: Mags McCarthy/Michael Anthony/Ryan Martinez; Producer: Michael Anthony; Publishers: none listed; Emerald Fields
-Upbeat in the face of heartbreak. He might be splitting, but she’s a tough cookie. “You took my time, but not my heart.” A stuttering, nervous rhythm track and a propulsive arrangement underscore her survivor mood.
MAGS is ‘Strong Enough’ to make her mark on Nashville
Mags McCarthy, known professionally simply as MAGS, grew up on a farm like many country artists. However, this farm wasn’t in Alabama, Georgia or Tennessee. Her family farm is in County Cork, Ireland.
Recognized at a young age as an accomplished dancer, singer and instrumentalist (primarily the violin) she joined the world-famous Irish dance troupe, Rhythm of the Dance, touring with them all over the world.
Branching out to become a solo performer, she has continued to tour worldwide and has performed before members of the British Royal Family, the President of Ireland and at the White House for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. She has racked up more than 600 tour dates in the past two years, often breaking into a dance as she sings and plays her fiddle, passed down to her by her grandfather. READ MORE
Exclusive Interview with Mags McCarthy
Why country music ?
~ I grew up on a farm in the Country in Ireland. I grew up listening to country music and recordings from Dolly Parton and Patsy Cline. The simplicity of the lyrics and the character of the artists who translated the music of yesteryear just hit home. It's who I am.
If everything would be possible (waking the dead included), which two people should sing the ultimate country duet?
~ Reba McEntire and Garth Brooks--they're both talented, animated and energizing entertainers that know how to captivate an audience. The pairing would win "Entertainer Of The Year" for sure.