Irish-born singer-songwriter Niall Horan gained his fame as a member of the highly successful boy band One Direction, the 5-piece music group formed in 2010 by participants in the seventh season of The X Factor music competition. One Direction was very successful, releasing several studio albums, touring the world, and winning numerous awards. After the band’s indefinite hiatus in 2016, Niall Horan quickly launched a successful solo career for himself. His debut album Flicker was released in 2017 and was well received in several countries around the world.
Who is Niall Horan?
Niall James Horan was born on September 13, 1993, in Mullingar, Co Westmeath, Ireland. He received his early education at St. Kenny’s National School and attended Coláiste Mhuire, a Catholic school for boys in Mullingar for high school. He learned to play the guitar on his own, using his brother’s guitar. As a teenager, he performed in various places, including the Mullingar Arts Centre and the Academy Club in Dublin.
In 2010, 16-year-old Niall Horan auditioned for the 7th season of The X Factor in Dublin. His performance of Ne-Yo’s hit single “So Sick” had split the jury, but he eventually received enough votes to make it to the boot camp stage. However, his performance at the Bootcamp did not qualify him for the “Boys” category. On the recommendation of guest juror Nicole Scherzinger, the other jurors decided to pair Horan with four other talented boys; Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, and Zayn Malik, none of whom also qualified as solo artists. They formed the 5-piece boy band “One Direction” and together they auditioned and qualified for the “Groups” category of the competition.
One Direction became slightly popular during the 7th season of The X Factor and fascinated fans across the UK with their performances of various hit songs. After finishing third in the competition, the band was signed to Simon Cowell’s Syco Music label with a $2 million recording contract. Their meteoric rise to fame can best be described as a fairy tale, as they rose to become one of the most successful boy bands in the world within a few years. Of the 5 highly successful albums released by One Direction, the first four albums debuted at the top of the US Billboard 200 and only their fifth album debuted at number 2 in the charts. They also undertook 4 world tours during their 6-year career, all of which were massively successful.
Niall Horan quickly began working on his solo career after his band One Direction took an indefinite break in early 2016. He was signed to Capitol Records in September 2016, followed by the release of his debut solo single “This Town” in the same month. He dropped several other singles before he finally released his debut album Flicker on October 20, 2017. The following month, the talented singer began a worldwide tour called “Flicker Sessions” to support his debut album.
The parents of Niall Horan are Bobby Horan and Maura Gallagher. He grew up at the side of his older brother Greg Horan. His parents’ marriage broke up when he was 5 years old. After the separation, Niall and his brother lived between their parents’ houses for the first few years before finally moving in with their father. Interestingly, the music star offered to buy a new country house for his father in 2014. Mr. Horan politely declined the generous offer, however, as he is very happy with his old house.
Niall Horan is known for his relationship with the American actress and singer Hailee Steinfeld. It is known that the two have been friends for some time, but rumors of a brewery romance between the two did not come to light until early 2018. Although they have not yet officially confirmed their relationship, this beautiful couple has continued to feed the public with subtle evidence that they are indeed a couple. Their public appearances have been rare, but on a few occasions, they have been imagined to be ingratiating in public.
Before beginning his solo career, Niall Horan was a very successful member of One Direction for five years. The band released 5 very successful studio albums and undertook 4 world tours. In 2015 and 2016 they were ranked fourth and second among the world’s highest income celebrities.
Horan started his solo career with the release of his first solo debut album Flicker in October 2017 also with a good score. Thanks to his flourishing music career and several other lucrative ventures, the multi-talented star has accumulated net assets of $70 million (approx. £52.9 million).