Born in Mullingar, Westmeath, Irishman Niall Horan got his start in music when he learned to play an unwanted guitar that his brother got for Christmas. Following a promising start as a solo artist, Horan found fame at the age of 16 as a member of the hugely successful boy band One Direction. Following the band’s 2016 hiatus, Horan – who was one of the main songwriters in the band – followed the example of his bandmates and struck out on his own.
Horan’s first single ‘This Town’ earned comparisons to chart-toppers such as Ed Sheeran, but his debut album, Flicker, found the singer-songwriter exploring more of a Laurel Canyon sound, inspired by the likes of The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac, and featuring a guest appearance from country phenomenon Maren Morris. It went straight to No.1 in Ireland, Canada and the US and was certified platinum in the US, Ireland, Canada and Norway.