Raised on a family farm in County Cork, Ireland, Mags McCarthy (MAGS) is an eye-catching and captivating vocalist, dancer and multi-instrumentalist. MAGS began her musical arts pursuit as a four-year-old studying Irish dancing. Catering to an undeniable musical hunger, MAGS expanded her curriculum to explore and learn a variety of dance styles as well as musical instruments with her primary focus on violin. Courted by the world-renowned Irish dance troupe, Rhythm Of The Dance, the UCC (University College Cork) student became a global performer almost overnight. The young singer-songwriter has since canvassed 40-plus countries, performing before millions as a principal lead in the dance troupe and as a solo-touring artist.
Embracing the talents of the extraordinary artists who influenced her, MAGS infuses energy and sounds from Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Shania Twain, Bruce Springsteen, Charlie Daniels, Johnny Cash and Garth Brooks into her live performances. She received welcoming invitations to perform before notable dignitaries such as President and First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House, the President of Ireland, the Mayor of Shanghai, members of the British Royal family, the young Prince of Luxembourg in Chelsea, England and the European Parliament in Brussels as well as numerous majestic locations--Dublin Castle, Lismore Castle, Waterford Castle, Blarney Castle, Ashford Castle and Blackwater Castle in Ireland. Since laying stake in Nashville, Tennessee in 2018, the former high school music teacher has taken center stage at the Wildhorse Saloon, the Hard Rock Café, 12th & Porter and many other historical Music City venues. In the past two years, her show schedule has tallied more than 600 shows.
"Mags is a very talented singer and amazing musician…" ~ Rebecca Young (Midday DJ- WTDR Thunder 92.7FM - Birmingham, Alabama
"Mags is an amazing, multi-talented and beautiful artist. Her songs are full of fun!" ~ Al Spry (102.5 WFLA, Florida)
“I've been a 'Mags fan' for a number of years; she is an amazing talent, an awesome singer, songwriter, musician and dancer. Mags exudes a refreshing, magical and fun energy not often found today." ~ Gnarly Charlie, Host of "Saturday Night Party USA"-- Radio Buzz101
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 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
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.