Declan was exposed to music throughout his childhood. His grandfather, who he called Poppy Ben and to whom his first album is dedicated, used to perform in local pubs playing the tin whistle and Irish drum, and often took Declan along. At the age of eight Declan began to enter local talent competitions, where he won 16 titles in 14 months.
Declan has appeared on television on many occasions and has recently signed a three album contract with EMI, the first released in 2002 and the second as a young teen released in 2006. He was the star of the Young Voices Concerts in the UK for two years. He also sings at numerous charity and other public events in and around his home in Kent, England.
The official biography of Declan John Galbraith:
This is the story of a boy with an extraordinary voice
Declan Galbraith and his family live in England, in the small town of Hoo, near Rochester, Kent. His
father, Alec, is of Scottish descent, while his mother Siobhan comes from a large Irish family. She is
a twin and one of 14 children in her family. Declans grandfather whom he affectionately called
Poppy Ben sang in a band and played several instruments and often took Declan along to the
Fleadhs (concerts) he was playing in.
I would sit there for hours watching Poppy Ben and the musicians, and listening to their music,
says Declan. The explosive mix of Scottish and Irish musical traditions inspired Declan and became
his early musical influence. He remembers himself already singing at the age of two. He adds,
These are some of my very first memories in life always singing.
His talent was publicly acknowledged for the first time when at just 7 years old he insisted on performing
spontaneously at the annual Rochester Dickens Festival, a two-day extravaganza where
people were invited to dress up in Victorian costumes to celebrate the life and times of the famous
author Charles Dickens and his links with their town. Little Declan, dressed up as a chimney sweep,
started singing and the crowd went wild. Soon after this he started to enter local talent contests and
within a year he had won 15 titles and more than £1,000.00. He wisely put most of it into a savings
account, but he did spend some of it on computer games, a basketball and a brand new football.
Now, some five years later, Declan has made music and singing his full-time career. Siobhan
Galbraith: As parents, it has always been the biggest concern to ensure that irrespective of his
talent and success, Declan would not lose touch with the real world, and to remain a normal young
man. We know he has an extraordinary talent and he has set himself a very high goal.
As a result of his success in the talent shows, the major recording companies soon heard about
Declan and he was signed to his first recording contract in England. His first recording was Walking
in the Air, which was released on a special Christmas Hits album, also featuring Westlife, Elton
John and Elvis Presley. Declan loves to sing to live audiences and among some of his most memorable
performances are, the Queens Jubilee at St Pauls Cathedral, when he sang Amazing Grace
accompanied by the St Pauls Choir and an unforgettable experience when singing in front of more
than 22,000 people at an Elton John concert.
Declan says: So far I have been able to realize my dream of making music and singing. I am now
playing guitar and the piano and have also started to write my own songs, which hopefully I will
record on future albums. One day I would also like to develop other skills and perhaps do some
acting as well."
Declan is determined to keep his feet firmly on the ground and knows that it is important to keep up
with all of his schoolwork and education. He finds time to practice his music every day.
His first album with Irish traditional songs and some specially written material became a big success
and charted in the U.K. and Ireland. Another big success came during a nationwide tour of Young
Voices concerts when breaking the Guinness World Record. It was at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast
in December 2002 when he sang live with some 10,000 children and was also simultaneously linked,
by radio and satellite, with more than 80,000 children in their schools all over the UK, who
accompanied him in achieving the worlds largest choral sing.
Of his new album Declan says: I like to record songs that are meaningful to me and the audience.
I have recorded many different types of songs, such as Tears in Heaven, Love of my Life, Nights
In White Satin and An Angel, songs that demand vocal performance and interpretation. I love
that kind of music "
Declans extraordinary talent and reputation came to the attention of media mogul Haim Saban and
his music President, Ron Kenan, who signed Declan to Saban Music Groups new record label.
They have chosen Germany to be the very first territory in the world to launch their first produced
album, via the Starwatch Music label. Declan has interpreted an impressive list of great songs in
his own unique style. This album is a collection of some of my favourite classic songs. My
greatest thanks go to the amazing songwriters who were responsible for these wonderful works of
art and to the original artists who provided their everlasting stamp. I feel privileged to have been
given the opportunity of presenting my own personal interpretation. He adds, My greatest wish is
simply to make music that people enjoy.