The Biography of Mickey Harte
Singer songwriter Mickey Harte has been a mainstay of the Irish contemporary music circuit for well over 10 years. Career achievements include multiple Platinum records, Meteor Awards, regular RTE TV appearances, plus hundreds of concerts for audiences large and small across Ireland as well as Germany, France, Spain, Sweden, The UK, The Netherlands, and the USA.
From County Donegal, Ireland, Mickey grew up in both a musical culture and a musically-appreciative family. During his formative years as a musician, Mickey was always well regarded as an exceptional songwriter. His new album, “Forward to Reality” well-represents the evolution and maturity of Mickey’s talents.
Recorded in The States, in Chicago, the finished work is rootsy and up-front with a wide-variety of compositions and sounds. Mickey’s strong vocals and intricate acoustic guitar work are delightfully accompanied by various backing instruments and teasing percussion. Released on Mickey’s own Swerve Music label.
Long-time fans recall that Mickey’s career velocity accelerated dramatically in the early years of the last decade. Mickey signed a major record deal with Sony Music UK Ltd. The first single under Sony, “We’ve Got The World” shot straight into the No. 1 spot in the Irish charts and it remained there for 5 weeks going quadruple Platinum with sales of over 60,000 units. It was the fastest-selling song of that year.
A debut album followed, “Sometimes Right Sometimes Wrong,” done in London produced by Jon Kelly (Paul McCartney, Chris Rea, Kate Bush, etc.). The title single from the album hit the No.1 spot for three weeks on its release in Ireland, with double platinum sales figures after only 5 weeks of release. Additional songs from the album also charted, reaching as high as #2.
Mickey’s second album, “Live and Learn” also received critical acclaim as well as chart success. Released on his own label, Swerve Music Ltd., the first single “New Way to Fly” started @ #14 and garnered huge national airplay. Titles including “Wish You Well,” “Live and Learn,” and “Sound of the Summer” all charted.
As for other career highlights, Mickey has performed at major Irish venues, upwards to 80000 attending, at Croke Park and Phoenix Park/O2. Other prestigious gigs have included Vicar Street, Olympia, INEC, Whelan’s, The Button Factory, and more. Mickey has performed at major festivals including Popkomm Germany, Eurosonic (NL), Midem (FR) and South by Southwest (USA). Mickey has supported and collaborated with other artists including: Paul Brady, The Sawdoctors, The Chieftains, Shane MacGowan, Francie Conway, Jack Tempchin (Eagles), Phil Jones (Tom Petty), Rick Ross (Neil Young), Ronnie Wood (Rolling Stones), Rob Burke, and Rory Gallagher (Revs).
Earlier this year Mickey teamed up with one of the writers again, his idol Paul Brady for a new project called “the Subztitutes” releasing a song for the Irish team called “Bring It on Bring It on” on the Swerve label.