Mickey Joe (MJ) was embraced by the hearts of the nation, during the popular television show, You’re A Star, and subsequently representing Ireland with his song We’ve Got The World in 2003’s Eurovision. In the years that followed he would justifiably become a key figure on the Irish music scene. We’ve Got The World went on to sell in excess of six times platinum status.
Having signed to Sony Music UK following the We’ve Got The World success, Mickey Joe released the No 1 album, ‘Sometimes Right, Sometimes Wrong’ album with the label. Since then, alongside his manager, Mickey Joe set up his own label Swerve Music. His discography is as impressive as one would expect from someone on the scene for more than 15 years. During this time, he has enjoyed No. 1 chart hits, numerous Top 20 successes, and thousands of live shows. His writing collaborations include working with Paul Brady, Kieran Goss and Jack Tempchin (The Eagles). Indeed, a co-write with Kieran Goss, Like Lovers Do was recorded by the stunning Rodney Crowel. Mickey Joe also writes with and for stunning country music star, Lisa McHugh. One of these tracks Bring On The Sunshine features on Lisa’s No 1 album from 2015, Wildfire.
Mickey Joe is currently recording new material in Germany with producer Dieter Kirchenbauer. For The Broken Hearted is the first single to be released from these sessions. The single sees Mickey Joe leaning a little further toward the Americana Roots genre. This weekend Mickey Joe issued the video For The Broken Hearted. The video is a stunning piece of work and encapsulates the song’s energy perfectly. The video was shot last month in Mevagh Parish and Logues, Carrigart in MJ’s home county of Donegal.
A further single is planned for spring 2018, followed by a new EP. In addition to recording with Dieter, the Donegal native has been spending time otherwise in Germany also, including a period as a featured vocalist on the RTL Television hit dance series ‘Lets Dance’ in 2016, and also live shows. He returns to Germany this autumn for a number of live shows. Having already played at Musik Meile Festival on September 1st and 2nd last, MJ returns in October for further live shows.
Having gigged solo and with a backing band here at home, MJ has played host and performer on the Writers Series, an in the round concept with two very special guest artists featured at each event. Up to this point many of his industry friends, including John Spillane, Nick Kelly, Duke Special and Eleanor McEvoy have featured. Mickey Joe loves to perform live, and we are looking forward to some Irish shows by him from spring of 2018. www.mickeyjoeharte.com
“Mickey Harte Has forged a reputation as a talent to be reckoned with, among the real Musicians” (Hot press).