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Birth name: Ronan Patrick John Keating
Born: March 3, 1977 in Dublin, Ireland.
Ronan Keating biography (bio):
Ronan Keating grew up in Bayside Dublin. His mother Marie died on February 2, 1998 from breast cancer, and his family have set up a charity in her name which helps women fighting breast cancer. Ronan married Irish model Yvonne Connolly on April 30, 1998, on Nevis Island. They have three children - Jack (born March 15, 1999), Marie, known as Missy (born February 18, 2001) and Alice (born September 7, 2005).
He joined the band Boyzone after being spotted by Louis Walsh when he turned 16; and later briefly co-managed fellow Irish boy band Westlife. Although Boyzone never officially disbanded, they have not released a single since 1999 and he has continued with his own solo career, clocking up a total of 14 UK top 10 singles as well as three UK Number one albums in addition to his previous success with the group.
In 2003, Ronan was awarded with a prestigious "BMI European song-writing award" for his song The Long Goodbye, which enjoyed success in the United States as a number one single on the US country charts when it was covered by Brooks & Dunn.
In January 2004 it was reported in the Irish newspapers that Ronan had sold less than half the tickets for his UK tour and fewer than 2,000 for his only Irish concert at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast. "Ronan spent the New Year playing the South African leg of his world tour, which provided some solace away from his troubles back home. A sell-out show in Sun City to 4,000 fans, followed by two others in Cape Town, gave a timely boost to his ego" it was reported in the Irish Independent. His album 'Turn It On' released in 2003 slid out of the charts after just two weeks in the Top 40.
In October 2004, Ronan released 10 Years Of Hits to celebrate his first decade in the music industry. The album went straight to number one in the UK and to date has sold nearly two and a half million copies worldwide. Also in October Ronan was entered in the Guinness Book of Records for being the only artist ever to have 30 consecutive top 10 singles in the UK chart.
His fourth studio album Bring You Home was released on June 5, 2006 and entered the UK album charts at number three eventually going Gold of sales 100,000+. It reached the top ten in Germany and several other territories across the world.
In June 2004, Ronan made a trip to Ghana as his first job as a Fair Trade ambassador for Christian Aid. Ronan spent a week visiting farmers and families across central Ghana to see first hand how unfair trade laws are destroying livelihoods.
On July 6, 2005, he performed at Murrayfield Edinburgh for 50,000 people at the called "The Final Push", it was the final concert of Live 8, to raise awareness for the plight of Africa.
In October 2005, Ronan went to Rome where he was appointed as a UN Goodwill Ambassador via the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO). This came out of his work started in 2004 with Christian Aid and the Trade Justice Campaign.
On June 6, 2006, Ronan sung at the World Cup opening party at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin Germany in front of an audience of nearly 250,000 people.
Ronan presented the Eurovision Song Contest in 1997, presented the MTV Europe Music Awards in 1997 and 1999, and co-presented the MTV Asia Awards in 2002 with Mandy Moore. He has hosted the Miss World contest, dueted with Elton John at Madison Garden in New York and has sung for the Pope twice. He performed for Prince Charles at The Prince's Trust 30th Birthday which took place at the Tower of London. He performed on stage for the Swedish Royal family at the Crown Princess Victoria's Birthday Celebrations, and he was at the Opening Cermony of 19th European Athletics Championships in Gottenburg.
Over the years he has won Smash Hits best solo male. He was also given a tree in London's Hyde Park this was given to him for performing for The Prince's Trust. He also has a World Music Award for the best selling Irish artist.
Ronan is now set to go back on the road with Boyzone, they are doing a 21 date arena tour of the Uk and Ireland starting in Belfast on the 25th May 2008.