The Irish Mail on Sunday

Brian’s just a good ol’ boy

- By Eoin Murphy ENTERTAINM­ENT EDITOR

RTÉ star Brian Ormond has gone a little bit country, recording a four-track demo of Nashville hits.

The Lotto and former You’re A Star host is set to follow in the footsteps of Nathan Carter in the world of country music.

Carter, who has just signed a deal with Universal Music, has kick-started a country music revival in Ireland.

And Brian, who has a one-year-old son, Ollie with his model wife Pippa, is hoping a return to the music world could spark some fame and fortune of his own.

‘I went back into the studio to record a few country tracks,’ he says. ‘They are Nashville country songs with a pop twist, but you wouldn’t have heard them before. There just seems to be an appetite for country music at the moment. Look at Nathan Carter and Derek Ryan, they have kids coming to their gigs and they are selling out venues.

‘I’m not leaving television or anything like that but I just said I would record these four songs and see what they sounded like. You never know what will happen. It could be nothing or it could be something, I just don’t know. But I enjoyed it.’

Brian is no stranger to the music industry. He started his career on the Irish version of Popstars in 2002. He came seventh, just missing out in joining the band Six. He then moved on to series two of Pop Idol in Britain. He was eliminated, but not before Simon Cowell praised his rendition of Lonestar hit Amazed. ‘He told me that my version was better than the original’, recalls Brian. ‘Look, I’m not expecting anything to happen but you never know, it could be something that a record company is interested in.’ Brian is currently being represente­d by Shea McNelis, who also represents Mickey Harte.

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