5 Famous Singers You Didn’t Know Were Irish

Edit: Many of our users know by now, but MyMusicCloud has officially become eMusic as of 09/25/17. 

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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.

Music for Your Morning Commute

 

Is your morning commute a chore filled with stop-and-go traffic, obnoxious fellow drivers, or jam-packed trains or buses? Here at MyMusicCloud, we want to enable you to hit the mute button on those pesky distractions, and transform your commute into a pleasant, dare we even say – joyful? — experience.

With MyMusicCloud, you can shut out the traffic and noise wherever you are, and bliss out to your favorite songs. MyMusicCloud streams your favorite pop tunes, dance singles and workout mixes wherever you are, even offline. Your music library is always at your fingertips with our cloud-based music delivery service. So you can pump up the jams anywhere from any device—mobile phones, Macs, PCs, tablets and more – without fumbling for CDs or worrying about interruptions.

Start your day at home with a cup of coffee and your favorite get-up-and-go jam, then utilize our smart queue to seamlessly pick up the same song in your car or on your mobile phone at the gym. It doesn’t matter whether you take the subway or the bus, your music is always with you: online or off.

Now that you’re excited for that morning commute, what will your morning playlist look like? Here are some mood-boosting tunes from our MyMusicCloud staff:

10. It’s a Beautiful Day [U2]

9. Walking on Sunshine [Katrina and the Waves]

8. Fantasy [Earth, Wind and Fire]

7. Get What You Give [New Radicals]

6. Sing for the Moment [Eminem]

5. Good Morning, Good Morning [Beatles]

4. Gonna Fly Now (“Rocky”’s Theme) [Bill Conti]

3. Wake Up and Live [Bob Marley & the Wailers]

2. Titanium [David Guetta featuring Sia]

1. Make It Happen [Mariah Carey]

Post a comment about your favorite adrenaline-pumping morning songs!