Niall James Horan was born on September 13th, 1993, in Mullingar, County Westmeath, Ireland. He is the son of Bobby Horan and Maura Gallagher. His only sibling is an older brother named Greg. Bobby and Maura divorced in 1998 when Niall was five years old. He lived in both parents’ homes before finally settling with his dad. He felt that living in Mullingar was the easiest thing to do at the time, because all of his friends were there.
Niall’s mother remarried. His stepfather is from England, and he has family there. Niall was a pupil at Coláiste Mhuire, Mullingar, a boys’ Christian Brothers school. He got 3 B’s, 3 C’s and 3 D’s in his Junior Certificate(x). He has been playing guitar since he was around eleven years old, and performed around his homeland, including as a support act for Lloyd Daniels, in Dublin. Niall has a little nephew Theo.
In 2010, at sixteen years old, Niall auditioned for the seventh series of The X Factor UK in Dublin. He sang “So Sick“, and received mixed comments from the judges. Louis Walsh was in his favor, but Cheryl Cole and guest judge Katy Perry, felt he needed some time to grow. Simon voted to let him through, Cheryl said no, and Louis quickly added in his yes, and left Niall’s fate up to Katy. She decided to vote yes, and Niall was put through to bootcamp.
At bootcamp, Niall sang “Champagne Supernova”, but failed to qualify for the “Boys” category. After a suggestion from guest judge Nicole Scherzinger, Niall was put into a group with four other boys, who also failed to move on in the competition, but since they were too good to let go the judges decided to agree with Nicole. Niall, along with Harry, Liam, Louis, and Zayn formed One Direction. Harry came up with the group name. They began competing every week until the finals where they received 3rd place, closely behind Rebecca Ferguson, who came 2nd, and Matt Cardle who won the competition.
Following The X Factor, One Direction signed a record contract with Sony Music subsidiary Syco Music . They released their first studio album, Up All Night, which became a big hit around the world and came out first. In November 2012, One Direction released their newest album Take Me Home, starting with Live While We’re Young. Their third album, Midnight Memories, was released in 2013 and FOUR is their most recent album, released November 2014.
Father: Bobby Horan
Mother: Maura Gallagher
Stephfather: Chris Gallagher
Brothers: Greg Horan
Sister-in-law: Denise Horan
Nephew: Theo Horan
Up All Night
» “Taken” — writing
» “Everything About You” — writing
» “Same Mistakes” — writing
Take Me Home
» “Live While We’re Young” — additional guitar
» “Kiss You” — additional guitar
» “Heart Attack” — additional guitar
» “Change My Mind” — additional guitar
» “Back For You” — writing
» “Summer Love” — writing
» “Still The One” — additional guitar
» “Irresistible” — writing
» “Don’t Forget Where You Belong” — writing
» “Story of My Life” — writing
» “Fool’s Gold” — writing
» “Night Changes” — writing
» “Change Your Ticket” — writing