DANIEL O’Donnell is to have a new rival in the charts – his own wife.
Majella McLennan, who married the housewives’ favourite in 2002, is to release her own album of country classics.
But unlike the prolific touring her husband undergoes to promote his own million-selling albums – the 45-year-old has no intention of setting foot inside a tour bus. The album is due out at some stage in the summer and will be released here, the UK and in the US.O’Donnell’s manager Sean Reilly told The Irish Daily Mail: “I never knew she could sing until recently.
“I’m not too sure who persuaded her to record an album.
“But one thing that’s for certain is that she got a terrific voice and we are very confident her album is going to do very well.”
Recorded a month ago at a studio in Athlone over just “a few days”, it has been produced by O’Donnell’s lead guitarist, Kevin Sheerin.
At least two of the tracks are duets with O’Donnell , who has sold more than six million easy-listening albums.
One of the tracks on the as-yet untitled album is “Crazy”.
Reilly added: “Majella will be promoting the album in around April and May but is insisting she will not be touring.
“She just doesn’t want to do it and as far as I know, it is unlikely she will even appear on stage with him when he goes on tour.
“But you never know. That’s not down to me.”
Ms McLennan was unavailable for interview last night as she is in the middle of a two-week break with husband Daniel in Tenerife.
It’s the holiday island where he met the divorced mother-of-two in 2000 – the same year they got engaged.
Ms McLennan had her marriage annulled and the couple married two years later in the same small parish church of St Mary’s in Donegal’s Kincasslagh village where he had been baptized.
Thousands of fans lined the roads around the church, even serenading the couple with a rendition of It’s a Long Way to Tipperary.
The launch of Ms McLennan’s music career couldn’t be more different to the route O’Donnell – who was awarded an honoury MBE in 2002 for his services to music – began his.
Renowned for the annual tea parties he hosts at his home for thousands of fans, he started by touring the Irish clubs in the UK week after week.
Although it’s an aspect of a recording career his new rival is insisting she has no intention of emulating, it has certainly paid off for O’Donnell.
The 45-year-old – who recorded his first hit song My Donegal Shore with £600 of his own money in Big Tom’s studios in Castleblaney in County Monaghan in 1983 – regularly sells out concert halls all over the world.
Indeed, it’s little wonder his wife is balking at the prospect of touring her new album.
On March 16, he kicks of a gruelling 92-date world tour to promote his own album From Daniel, with Love – taking in the US, Australia, the UK and Ireland.
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