For me, the song "The Prayer"--which I recorded on my first and second [solo] albums--is a very beautiful track. Every time I sing [it], I sing it for my mom and my little sister back home, who I know, if they're not with me, are praying for me. It's lovely to hear other people say that [our music] means something very special to them, and that people can find something in our music to help them escape at the end of a busy day.

Do you have any specific stories of a fan telling you that your music touched them spiritually?

Because I'm the youngest in the group and my music appeals more to a younger age group, I get a lot of child and teenager fans. But one girl in particular, whose family came to the show, was abused as a little girl. The minute I read her letter, I just burst out crying. I had to bring her backstage and meet her. She was very badly bullied as a child in school (she's only a little bit younger than me), but she hadn't actually spoken for four years.

Her family was very worried that she living a very sad life. She saw Celtic Woman on TV, and she bought my solo album. She said that when she heard me sing, it inspired her to learn music. The following Sunday she was singing a solo with the local choir in her church. That was just so beautiful to hear.

Her mother said to me, "You'll never know what you've done for my daughter." To hear that brings tears to your eyes. It's just such a beautiful story and makes you appreciate what you do at the end of the day, when all the blood, sweat, and tears don't matter any more. You realize what you're doing is really fantastic, and it's a gift--so you use it to your best potential.

Are people around the world starting to become more interested in Celtic culture and music?

 

Celtic music and

Ireland itself, for such a small little island, has really made its mark all over the world. Obviously that's thanks to fantastic groups like U2, Riverdance, and the legends who've gone before us.

 

America and PBS opened up a golden gate for us and gave us great support. People were open to a new show like this, something that hadn't been done before. When people see you making it here, they jump on the bandwagon and want a little piece of you.

 

And it's been fantastic for women. A lot of the people who have gone before us in

Ireland, like U2 and The Chieftains, are all mainly men. For five women to be making their mark in Irish music and Irish history is something fantastic.

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