“Inside Out” – A Musical Journey
Life is truly a journey of discovery and history recounts the many discoveries that people have made, quite often those that at first seemed impossible to reach. When people looked at the moon, who would have believed that one day, mankind would walk there. The collapse of the Berlin wall will forever be remembered as a mark of liberation for a people set apart, yet it became possible when people believed in a better future and an acceptance of each others traditions and beliefs.
Today, as I pen these words, I am all too aware that even now, people throughout this world are still seeking acceptance and fighting for freedom. Yet I have discovered that the only way that we can achieve our dreams is by first looking within ourselves, embrace who we are, and then move forward. Internal freedom and acceptance is the key to making a difference, not just in our own lives, but also in the lives of those with whom we meet.
In choosing the songs to feature on the album, I wanted to create an atmosphere that would achieve two objectives. Firstly, many friends have been asking me to let the big voice out, and so not to disappoint them, I do believe there are songs here that will show the range that I possess and also the emotion in the voice. Secondly, I have become very aware that everyone needs hope and direction, and that can only be found if they first find the light shining within themselves. I do hope these songs will evoke that light to shine, and let the world know, that we are all here for a reason, to be the best we can be.
I am so excited to have been able to put together songs on this album from some of the finest songwriters I have ever met or worked with. And the key to making this a reality has been the chance to work with some astounding musicians who are truly world class.
While I really love every song on this album, there is one song that has a special meaning to me. I first heard The Impossible Dream performed by the late Matt Monro, and to discover that he was once nicknamed “The Singing Bus Driver”, well I think it makes sense for me to perform this too. That song and Matt’s golden voice really touched me, and I hope that this interpretation and that of every other song on the album will evoke many emotions in those who hear them, as they already have for me.
My wish for the future is simple: For all people to see each other as equal, regardless of their background. For people to find hope and peace from within their hearts, and then when they are ready, allow that which is on the Inside…..Out!!
About Darragh McGann
Darragh McGann hails from Cobh, Co. Cork and has been singing for many years both in Cobh and the East Cork area. In recent years he has received wide acclaim both for winning local and regional singing competitions but also through his exploits as a champion Public Speaker with JCI – Junior Chamber International.
As well as being a former runner-up in the JCI World Speaking Competition, Darragh has also held lead roles in stage shows such as Philadelphia, Here I Come staged in Thurles Co. Tipperary and in Jesus Christ Superstar staged in Carlow.
In 1995, Darragh got his first real break when he was hired to be Stand-In and Double for the late Marlon Brando during the filming of the comedy movie “Divine Rapture”. While the movie itself was never completed due to financial difficulties, Darragh received great advice from “The Godfather” himself. While singing one evening on the set of the movie in Ballycotton, Co. Cork, Marlon Brando suggested to Darragh that he should consider recording some music and taking a chance. Now, some fourteen years later, Darragh has taken this advice from a true legend to heart and with a great sense of joy he presents this album to you.
Following the well intentioned advice from Mr. Brando, Darragh enrolled in Voice Coaching with the late Maeve Coughlan at the Cork School of Music and from there he has been in great demand singing at Wedding, Funeral and Liturgical Services.
While providing a taxi service in his native Cobh, Darragh built up a reputation as the “Singing Taxi Driver” and featured in the All Ireland Talent Show regional final in the South and has appeared on RTE’s afternoon television magazine programme “Seoige” where he was presented with the challenge of both learning and performing the Irish National Anthem. Under the mentorship of Internationally Acclaimed Irish Soprano Cara O’Sullivan, Darragh performed The Irish National Anthem at the commencement of the St. Patrick’s Day Festival in Westmoreland Street, Dublin before a crowd of almost 50,000 people gathered for the Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Ireland’s Capital City.
Influenced by various great singers such as Russell Watson, John Denver, Ronan Tynan, and Josh Groban, Darragh has currently put together a show that demonstrates his unique vocal range covering songs from Contempory, Irish and Classical Genres.
Darragh has just completed filming for RTE as part of a documentary about the movie “Divine Rapture”, which was never completed, and his role as Stand In for Marlon Brando. This documentary will air over the Christmas Season on RTE and will also feature Darragh singing “The Contender”.
In March 2010, Darragh was invited to perform at various functions in New Orleans and Baton Rouge for the St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations. The highlights of his performances included singing The American and Irish Nationals Anthems for the Parade and also performing at the AOH Annual Dinner in New Orleans. From there, Darragh travelled to New York where he was a guest on Radio Hofstra University where he was joined by singer, Andy Cooney.
March 2011 saw Darragh return to Louisiana where he performed in New Orleans for the No Aids Task-Force and Forum for Equality, and he then performed in Baton Rouge on March 17th in the Manship Theater.
Darragh also performs at various Charity events and his music has been in much demand at various LGBT Pride events.