Mary Byrne (singer)

Mary Byrne (singer)

For other people named Mary Byrne, see Mary Byrne (disambiguation).

Mary Byrne
Birth name Mary Byrne
Born 3rd November 1959
Ballyfermot, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Genres Pop, rock
Occupations Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2010–present
Labels Sony Music Ireland, Universal Music Ireland
Associated acts The X Factor Finalists 2010

Mary Byrne (born November 1959 [1]) is an Irish singer-songwriter from Ballyfermot, Dublin.[1] She rose to fame in 2010 after becoming a finalist on the seventh series of The X Factor in 2010. Following her elimination in the live semi-final, she signed a record deal with Sony Music Ireland.[2] Byrne and her fellow The X Factor finalists gained a number-one single on the UK Singles Chart and the Irish Singles Chart after releasing "Heroes" a cover of David Bowie, in aid for Help for Heroes.[3] Her debut single, "I Just Call You Mine" was released on 4 March 2011. Mine & Yours, Byrne's debut album was released 28 March 2011 in the UK. The album was produced by hit-maker Nigel Wright.


Early and personal life

Byrne currently lives in Ballyfermot, Dublin with her 23-year-old daughter Debbie, as she is a single mother.[4] She suffers from arthritis in her knees which she says can sometimes stop her from performing.[5] Before The X Factor, she worked for supermarket chain Tesco, leading to her referral as "Tesco Mary"[citation needed]. She quit singing at 28 because of low self-esteem after a failed relationship.[6] However, she later returned to perform pub gigs in 2005 to give her musical career a try[7] where she also performed with her brother, Tommy, under the name The Tommy Lee Experience.[8] In 2008 she won the Irish television singing contest Nollaig No. 1 using the name Mary Lee and released the single "Siúil Leat".[1][9]

Music career

2010: The X Factor

Byrne entered reality television show The X Factor in 2010. In her audition, she said that she wanted to be a singer all her life but had very low self esteem holding her back but 'got the confidence to go out and do it in the last 5 or 6 years'. She impressed the judges with her performance of "I (Who Have Nothing)" and was put through to the next round. At the judges' houses she performed "Fix You", and was put through to the live finals, even though she forgot a few words to the song.[10] Her employer, Tesco Ireland, started a campaign to persuade all staff to support her.[11] On the first live show, Byrne gained the most public votes by singing It's a Man's Man's Man's World.[12] The audience gave Byrne a standing ovation after the performance and the longest round-of-applause of the series.[13] Mary was in the 'Final Showdown' twice. The first time she was in the Bottom 3 with fellow contestants Wagner, and Katie Waissel. As Waissel received the fewest votes she was automatically eliminated leaving Mary to battle against Wagner in the Final Showdown. The following week she was in the bottom two with Cher Lloyd. This was when Mary was eliminated from the show by the judges. This later became controversial, as the show stated that the contestant with the fewer public votes would be eliminated, but it turned out that Byrne in fact received more votes than Cher.[14] Mary performed a total of 13 different songs, on 15 occasions in front of the judges:

When Performed Song Result
Audition I Who Have Nothing Through to Bootcamp
Judges Houses Fix You Through to live shows
Week 1 It's a Man's Man's Man's World Safe
Week 2 You Don't Have To Say You Love Me Safe
Week 3 I Who Have Nothing Safe
Week 4 Could It Be Magic Safe
Week 5 There You'll Be Safe
Week 6 Can You Feel the Love Tonight Safe
Week 7 Something Safe
Week 8 All I Want Is You & Brass in Pocket Bottom three
Final Showdown (Week 8) This Is My Life Saved by judges vote
Week 9 Never Can Say Goodbye & The Way We Were Bottom two
Final Showdown (Semi-final) It's a Man's Man's Man's World Eliminated by judges vote

Mine & Yours

After the elimination from The X Factor, Byrne signed a record deal with Sony Music Ireland and begun work on her debut album.[2] The album, Mine & Yours, was released in the UK on 28 March 2011, and 25 March in Ireland.[15] Byrne released her debut single, a cover of Martina McBride's "I Just Call You Mine", due to phenomenal demand when the track was debuted from her album Mine & Yours on Irish radio. The fan reaction was so positive that Sony Music Ireland were 'inundated' with requests to make the song available to the public and 'eager fans' prior to the album's release.[16] After little to none promotion, the song peaked at number 12 on the Irish Singles Chart.[17] Byrne revealed her album would be sold on QVC like Susan Boyle did to help sell a few more copies.[18] In an interview with Digital Spy Byrne stated;

Recording this album was a dream come true. I'm so grateful for all of the support I received both during and after the show. Nothing I'm experiencing now would have been possible without the wonderful people who picked up their phone each weekend and voted for me! I hope you enjoy listening to the album as much as I enjoyed making it.

—Mary Bryne in an interview with Digital Spy[19]

The album was produced by hit-maker, Nigel Wright[20] and contains tracks which Mary performed on The X Factor. However, the songs on the album are not her performances from the show.[20] Byrne is currently on the 2011 The X Factor Live Tour, but Sony Music are planning Byrne's first solo concert tour.[21] Mine & Yours debuted at number-one on the Irish Album Charts on 31 March 2011.[22]


In June 2011, Byrne was asked to perform for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at a special gala performance in Dublin to mark The Queen's first official state visit.[23] She was also Neil Diamond's special guest at the Aviva Stadium, where she performed in front of 55,000 people.[24] August 2011 saw Byrne appear in GREASE The Musical at the Grand Canal Theatre in Dublin.[25] She has been working on an autobiography 'This Is My Life' which is set to be released on October 21st in the UK and Ireland.[26]

On September 13th 2011, it was announced that Mary Byrne had asked to end her record deal with Sony, and asked to switch to Universal.[27] It was later announced that she had started working on a second album, produced by Phil Coulter, to be released in Ireland by Universal Music Ireland, and in the UK by Decca UK.[28][29] On November 2nd Mary Byrne stated on her facebookpage that her new album, which is called "...With Love", will be released on November 25th.


Studio albums

Year Album details Peak
2011 Mine & Yours 6 1


Year Single Peak Album
2011 "I Just Call You Mine" 12 Mine & Yours
As featured artist
2010 "Heroes" (as part of The X Factor finalists) 1 1[31] Non-album single


  1. ^ a b Cara Lee (30 Aug 2010). "Simon is really attractive, who wouldn't want to be his girlfriend". The Sun. 
  2. ^ a b "'X Factor' Mary signs record deal". Irish Times. 8 December 2010. Retrieved 20 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "Newsbeat - X Factor: Finalists cover David Bowie for charity". BBC. 15 October 2010. Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
  4. ^ Niamh Walsh (7 November 2010). "X Factor 2010: Mary Byrne's daughter Debbie speaks out about her father | Mail Online". Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "Arthritis pain stops Mary Byrne dancing on The X Factor". Unreality TV. 24 October 2010. Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
  6. ^ Lisa Sewards (25 March 2011). "X Factor Tour: Why Tesco Mary Byrne's over her heartache | Mail Online". Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
  7. ^ Jenny Friel (5 September 2010). "Mary Byrne: I don't mind being likened to SuBo but please call me MaBy | Mail Online". Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
  8. ^ McBride, Caitlin; Feehan, Conor (28 August 2010). "'We always knew Mary would be X Factor success'". Evening Herald. 
  9. ^ "Mary Lee, TG4’s Nollaig No.1 winner, releases her Christmas single Siúil Leat". TG4. 
  10. ^ Connolly, Lucy (9 October 2010). "X Fagtor". The Sun (London: News Group Newspapers). Retrieved 9 October 2010. 
  11. ^ Ken Sweeney (5 October 2010). "Tesco text factor mobilises for Mary". Irish Independent. 
  12. ^ "Revealed: The X Factor 2010 voting percentages and detailed results - X Factor 2011 | The X Factor 2011 by TellyMix". 12 December 2010. Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
  13. ^ Simon Cable. "X Factor 2010: Cher Lloyd and Mary Byrne have a battle of the divas | Mail Online". Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
  14. ^ Sara Nathan (15 December 2010). "X Factor 2010: Mary Byrne had higher vote share than Cher Lloyd at semi-finals | Mail Online". Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
  15. ^ "Louis Walsh backing Mary Byrne's career". The List. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
  16. ^ "Sony Music Ireland Latest News". Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
  17. ^ a b c "MARY BYRNE". Retrieved 4 April 2011. 
  18. ^ "X Factor: Mary Byrne to sell 'Mine & Yours' on QVC". Unreality TV. 3 March 2011. Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
  19. ^ Thursday, 17 February 2011, 09:58 GMT (17 February 2011). "Music - News - Mary Byrne announces debut LP details". Digital Spy. Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
  20. ^ a b "Mine & Yours The Debut Album From Mary Byrne". Outside Organisation (London: Outside Organisation). 18 February 2011. Retrieved 18 February 2011. 
  21. ^ "X Factor: Mary Byrne is planning her own tour". Unreality TV. 18 March 2011. Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
  22. ^ >> IRMA << Irish Charts - Singles, Albums & Compilations >>
  23. ^ Queen Elizabeth tells former X Factor contestant Mary Byrne she never misses an episode | The Sun |Showbiz|TV|X Factor
  24. ^
  25. ^ Music Interviews, Pop & Rock Gossip, Videos, Irish Single & Album Charts, with Eddie Rowley
  26. ^ This Is My Life: Mary Byrne: Books
  27. ^ X Factor's Mary Byrne moves from Simon Cowell's Sony Music to Cheryl Cole's Universal label | Unreality TV
  28. ^ Showbiz, Entertainment, Gossip & News: Irish and International Celebrities
  29. ^ Wild ride for Celtic Thunder’s ‘Storm’ and composer Phil Coulter - VIDEO | Off The Record | IrishCentral
  30. ^ Chart Stats - Mary Byrne
  31. ^ "X FACTOR - THE FINALISTS 2010". Retrieved 4 April 2011. 

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Mary Byrne (disambiguation) — Mary Byrne may refer to: Mary Byrne (1917–2004), Mayor of Galway Mary Byrne (singer), Irish singer, 2010 The X Factor UK contestant Mary Freeman Byrne, American author Mary Gregg Byrne (born 1951), American portraitist, illustrator, and landscape …   Wikipedia

  • Byrne — Clan Coat of Arms Byrne (variations: Byrnes, O Byrne, O Byrnes, Burns, Beirne, Bourne) meaning raven , is derived from the Irish name Ó Broin, and is the seventh most common surname in Ireland today. Contents …   Wikipedia

  • Mary Elizabeth Winstead — Winstead at the San Diego Comic Con International in July 2010. Born November 28, 1984 (1984 11 28) (age 26) …   Wikipedia

  • Mary Celeste — Die Mary Celeste Die Mary Celeste war eine Brigantine (zweimastiges Segelschiff), die 1872 auf halbem Wege zwischen den Azoren und Portugal verlassen im Atlantik treibend aufgefunden wurde. Wie es dazu kam, ist bis heute ungeklärt. Die Mary… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Mary from Dungloe (festival) — A typical scene at the Mary From Dungloe Festival, 2005. The Mary From Dungloe International Festival is a popular Irish music festival held annually, usually at the end of July in the small town of Dungloe, County Donegal. The festival is… …   Wikipedia

  • Maria Lawson (singer) — Maria Lawson Origin London, England Genres R B, soul, rock Years active 2005–present Labels Sony BMG, Metamorphis Music, Universal …   Wikipedia

  • Martha Byrne — Born Mary Martha Byrne December 23, 1969 (1969 12 23) (age 41) Ridgewood, New Jersey, United States Occupati …   Wikipedia

  • Rose Byrne — Byrne in 2010 Born Mary Rose Byrne 24 July 1979 (1979 07 24) (age 32) Balmain, Sydney, Australia …   Wikipedia

  • List of singer-songwriters — Traditional singer songwritersThis list enumerates people who record and perform in the traditional singer songwriter approach. These performers write their own material, accompany themselves on guitar or keyboards, usually perform solo or with… …   Wikipedia

  • Gabriel Byrne — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Byrne. Gabriel Byrne …   Wikipédia en Français

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”