Glee star Damian McGinty came home to Derry~Londonderry this month (June 2012) to launch his new audio recording facility in the Nerve Centre on Magazine Street with his friend and co-founder Oran O'Carroll.
Audio Booth is an affordable studio facility which offers bands the chance to record a song for £50, or three songs for £130, using the latest digital recording equipment. Individual artists can record at lesser prices, and CD printing services are also available.
McGinty, who began his singing career in the hugely successful group Celtic Thunder, hopes that emerging artists from Derry~Londonderry and further afield will avail of Audio Booth in their quest to 'make it' in the entertainment business.
'When I was 14, I recorded an album at the Nerve Centre's Blast Furnace recording studio,' McGinty said. 'And that ended up getting in to the hands of [Derry~Londonderry composer and Celtic Thunder founder] Phil Coulter. So you just never know...'
At the launch, McGinty – who won the American reality television talent show, The Glee Project, in 2011, and went on to play Rory O'Flanagan in Glee, a character whose initial seven-episode run was extended – sang a number of cover songs with O'Carroll playing acoustic guitar.
The event was attended by crowds of fans of the hit musical series, also known as Gleeks, some of whom had traveled from London and Dublin to catch a glimpse of their favourite new cast member.
Mark Durkan, MP for Foyle, and Alderman Maurice Devenney, the Mayor of Derry, also gave their support to the new venture, as did singer-songwriter Cheryl McAvoy and Audio Booth 'graduate' Soak, who both performed a number of tracks.