Méav is a multi-million selling Irish singer and recording artist. Raised in a family where every event was celebrated with music, Méav was educated through the Irish language and studied classical voice, harp and piano while completing her law degree in Trinity College, Dublin. Her professional career was established with Riverdance, when she performed at the US premiere in Radio City New York. Méav has performed regularly with the National Chamber Choir of Ireland from Sweden to Brazil. With the Irish choir Anúna, she sang with many diverse musicians such as Elvis Costello and the Chieftains. Méav has starred in Lord of the Dance and has toured widely as a soloist in Europe, North America, Japan and Korea where her singing is known as healing music.
Méav’s three US tours as the guest of the RTE Concert Orchestra brought her to the attention of Celtic Collections. They released three successful Méav solo albums including Celtic Journey with EMI, which debuted in the Billboard World Music top 10.
In 2004, Méav was invited to be one of the five founding members of female supergroup Celtic Woman, who have sold six million records in the US and worldwide. Remarkably, every album Méav recorded with Celtic Woman reached number 1 in the Billboard World Music Charts. During her time touring with Celtic Woman, Méav performed live across America in such prestigious venues as Radio City, New York and Red Rocks, Colorado. Her performances in the Helix and Slane Castle were also recorded and broadcast to tens of millions of viewers across the PBS network in the US.
Méav left Celtic Woman in 2008 to start a family and resumed her solo career in 2010, performing to a sell-out crowd with the New York Pops Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.
Her bell-like voice is featured on several celebrated TV shows and film soundtracks. To the great delight of her two young daughters, she performs Where the Sunbeams Play in the Disney Movie Tinkerbell and the Lost Treasure. She created the Love Theme for the popular BBC TV series The Aristocrats.
In 2012, Méav met legendary producer Craig Leon in Abbey Road Studios, London while working together on the score of a space film in collaboration with NASA. Despite their different musical backgrounds in pop and world music, they quickly realized that they shared a love of song-writing and ethnic music. This resulted in The Calling, a contemporary pop treatment of new songs and folk classics from Ireland, England, Scotland, Brittany, Galicia and America, which was released in August 2013. The album entered the Irish Charts to rave reviews at number 3 and is available for HD download format in the US on the Warner Music label.
Méav frequently performs as a guest soloist with international orchestras. Notable recent broadcasts include Friday Night is Music Night with the BBC Concert Orchestra in London for BBC Radio 2, and The Emerald Screen with the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast broadcast by BBC Ulster on St Patrick’s Day 2014.
Méav returned as a guest member of Celtic Woman on their TV special, Home for Christmas, which aired across the US on PBS. The accompanying album, featuring Méav, is Billboard Magazine’s Top World Album this year, and once again Celtic Woman has been named Billboard World Artist of the Year.
Méav was voted Best Female Vocalist 2013 in the Irish Music Awards, hosted by the Irish Music Association.
She made a welcome return to the National Concert Hall, Dublin in December 2014 as the special guest in ten sell-out family-friendly festive concerts with orchestra.
Méav and her band joined folk legends Steeleye Span in a Festival at De Doelen concert hall, Rotterdam on February 21st 2015.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Celtic Woman, Méav joined their US tour in Syracuse on March 6th and performed with them across the US through to April 4th 2015.
Méav was subsequently appointed vocal director of Celtic Woman.
She has co-arranged new material for the album Destiny with Gavin Murphy and is also featured as a soloist member on the album and TV special. Destiny is the first Celtic Woman album to be nominated for a Grammy in the Best World Music Category.
She has also co-arranged for and is featured on their most recent album, Voices of Angels, which holds the Number 1 spot in in both the Billboard World Music Chart and Classical Charts. This is Celtic Woman’s 12th consecutive debut at No.1 on the Billboard World Music Charts.