added: 11 May 2014
interviewed by: David Spencer
Irish singer McMahon has an extraordinary story to tell, and as his career progresses he will learn to tell it many many times. The former Irish champion gymnast and roller-blader was left half blind after a near fatal car crash in 2007. The fact that he recovered was a huge achievement, but even more impressive has been his move into music. His debut album Half Blind was released last year and is a wonderful mix of soul and pop. It has been described by Music News as a "gorgeously uplifting experience and genuinely surprising".
We meet Stephen McMahon in London, overlooking the new BBC Broadcasting House on a muggy day in the Capital. He is a delight to chat to - and very honest. The Cork-born singer talks about his love of music - and how that awful accident led him to quit sport and take up music. He begins by talking about the difference between performing in sport and performing on stage.
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