Before you slide on your shamrock sunglasses and gulp down that green food and drink this St. Patrick’s Day, remember to make a MyMusicCloud playlist of songs by your favorite Irish singers: Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, and Bruce Springsteen. What? You didn’t know they’re Irish?
It’s true. They’re just 3 of 5 famous singers we’ve uncovered who are secretly Irish. Read about their Emerald Isle roots (and watch their performances) below …
Mariah Carey: “My mother’s white — she’s so Irish, she loves Ireland. She’s like, ‘Yay, Ireland!’ Waving the flag and singing ‘When Irish Eyes Are Smiling.’ And that’s great. I appreciate and respect it,” Mariah told the British newspaper The Guardian in 2009. Yes, Mariah’s mother, opera singer Patricia Carey (born Hickey), is indeed Irish American. (Mimi’s father, Alfred Roy, is African American and Venezuelan.)
Watch Mariah Sing the Holiday Favorite, “O, Come All Ye Faithful,” with Her Mom Here:
Christina Aguilera: “The Voice” coach has long played up her Latin roots, but Christina was primarily raised by her Irish-American mum, Shelly Kearns. After her parents’ stormy split, Christina lived with Shelly and grandmother Delcie Dunfee, who hails from Ireland’s County Clare. “Irish customs have always been a big part of our lives,” Shelly told British newspaper “The Mirror” in 2001. “We’d put candles in the windows, especially at Christmas, as a symbol of welcome to Mary and Joseph (a totally Irish custom). And we’d decorate the house for St. Patrick’s Day with shamrocks and leprechauns.”
Watch Christina Dedicate the Song “Oh, Mother” to Her Mom
Kurt Cobain: The Nirvana singer wasn’t just a grunger, he was also a Greenie. Cobain hailed from Northern Ireland, where his family was originally named “Cobane.” Kurt’s ancestors Samuel and Letitia Cobane reportedly left their Irish farm five generations ago to start anew as shoemakers in the state of Washington. Kurt’s Irish cousin, Fionnola O’Reilly, discovered this and their family ties while researching her family’s heritage over six years, according to Irish Central.
Watch Nirvana Perform “Come As You Are”
Macklemore: You might know the Grammy-winning rapper from his hits, “Thrift Shop” and “Same Love,” but in “Irish Celebration,” Macklemore gives props to his Gaelic homeland. “Heart, blue collared workers and family, My heritage, proud to be a Haggerty,” he raps. That’s because the Seattle musician’s real name is Ben Haggerty. “The song is about celebrating life. It celebrates my ancestry and culture,” he tells Rap Ireland.
Watch “Irish Celebration”
Bruce Springsteen: Can’t detect an Irish lilt in the Boss’s New Jersey growl? While touring Ireland in 2013, he spotted a fan’s sign that read: “Bruce O’Hagan.” “O’Hagan, that’s right,” Springsteen told her and the crowd. “I come from the O’Hagans. We’re related somehow.” In fact, he’s descended from Martha O’ Hagan, who married Bruce’s grandfather. Later, he accepted a giant, red Irish passport from another Irish fan.
Watch The Boss Get His Irish Passport Here:
So celebrate Ireland this St. Patrick’s Day with songs from your favorite pop artists on MyMusicCloud, the only cloud-based music storage service that lets you mix and listen to your music anywhere, on any portable device – computers, smartphones, tablets, and smart TVs.