Mickey Joe Harte

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Mickey Harte
Birth nameMichael Joseph Harte
Also known asMickyJoe
Lifford, County Donegal, Ireland
Pop rock
Years active1993–present
LabelsSwerve Music Ltd.

Michael Joseph "Mickey Joe" Harte (born 1973), is an Irish singer-songwriter. He represented Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2003 with the song "We've Got the World".

Early life[edit]

Harte hails from Lifford, County Donegal. As a teenager during the 1980s Harte had an epiphany – "Because the moment I lifted a guitar and wrote my first song I knew I was creative", he has said. He started playing guitar at the age of 13. His first song, called "Candlelight", was inspired by Operation Desert Storm, the 1991 U.S invasion of Iraq. He later paid for the recording of his first extended play (EP). His mother, a poet, has had her work set to music by her son.[1]


By the mid-1990s Harte was frustrated by the progress of Boyzone and Louis Walsh in "turn[ing] Ireland more into a country for boy bands". He has described this period, "Yet at times like that I felt I'd never get a break and was desperate because during the boy band era no one wanted singer-songwriters. It would have helped if, say Boyzone, had recorded songs by Irish songwriters, but most of their songs were written by songwriters from abroad, so we didn't even get a chance to have a song covered. If I had, that certainly would have paid the mortgage for a few years! Although, at first, like most Irish singer-songwriters I was totally anti-boy bands until I realised we had to try and work our way through it".[1]

After years of struggle, Harte entered the Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ) television show You're a Star. The show set records for Irish TV ratings over the period of November 2002 to March 2003 and Harte came out on top, earning the opportunity to represent Ireland at Eurovision Song Contest 2003 in Riga.[2] In Riga he performed "We've Got the World" (written by Martin Brannigan and Keith Molloy). He finished in eleventh place in the competition.[1] "We've Got the World" reached number one on the Irish Singles Chart.

In 2003, Harte recorded a cover version of Beyoncé's "Crazy in Love" for Even Better than the Real Thing Vol. 1, and in 2004 a cover version of Eamon's "Fuck It (I Don't Want You Back)" (albeit without the "Fuck It" part).

In 2006, Harte released his second studio album, Live and Learn.[1]

In 2007, Harte appeared on Celebrities Go Wild, an RTÉ reality television show in which eight celebrities had to fend for themselves in the wilds of rural Connemara.[3]

In 2011, Harte released his third album "Forward to Reality". The album was recorded in Chicago (USA) and produced by John Condron.

He performed at Croke Park during half-time in the 2012 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship semi-final between Cork and Donegal. After Donegal won the Sam Maguire Cup the next month, he performed at their homecoming in Donegal.

In 2016 he played Louise Ryan & Úna O Boyle's birthday party to a rapt[citation needed] audience of 60 friends and family on a boat on the river Liffey, Dublin. He also played surprise set for close fans such as Robert Smith in a local Dublin nightclub in late 2016.

Currently Mickey is recording some new material in Bedburg (Germany) which will hopefully released in Autumn 2016. In September he opened up the "12. Musikmeile Bedburg" as support act for singer-songwriter Milow (30,000 people attending the festival).

Mickey's new single "For the Broken Hearted" is out on 5 October 2017 and is available via iTunes, spotify, etc. The song was recorded in Bedburg, Germany and produced by Dieter Kirchenbauer.


Harte recorded an interview with the Irish podcasting site "Podcasts.ie" on 29 January 2012 in Ballina.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Harte is married to Louise Harte. The couple have four children: Kayleigh, Kyle, Ceola and Cristian


  1. ^ a b c d Jackson, Joe (10 September 2006). "Mickey has lived and learnt". Sunday Independent. Independent News & Media. Retrieved 10 September 2006.
  2. ^ Barclay, Simon. Eurovision Song Contest – The Complete & Independent Guide 2010. Simon Barclay. pp. 116–. ISBN 978-1-4457-8415-1. Retrieved 24 June 2011.
  3. ^ "Celebrities". Celebrities Go Wild. Raidió Teilifís Éireann.
  4. ^ Podcasts.ie: Mickey Harte Archived 28 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Gary O'Shaughnessy
with "Without Your Love"
Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Chris Doran
with "If My World Stopped Turning"
Preceded by
No one
Winner of You're a Star
Succeeded by
Chris Doran