Castledermot-man, Michael English is one of Ireland’s top Country singers. Coming from a musical family, Michael began studying the piano formally at age 9 at the Hennessy School of Music in Carlow. At age 11, he appeared on Gay Byrne's The Late Late Show. He continued his musical studies the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin before launching an Irish country music career. Henry McMahon of The Mainliners offered him one of his own compositions, "The Nearest to Perfect" that became a hit for English in 1999. Signing a contract with Ritz Records, English won Best International Entertainer at the Irish National Entertainers Awards ceremony in both 2004 and 2005. He went on to record a number of albums and a number of hit single hits with Dolphin Roscas Recordings.