The Irish singer turned actor Damian McGinty, has partnered with Billboardto share the new music video for “You Should Know”, the second single off his debut EP, No More Time . “You Should Know” is a confessional love song, where Damian confronts that feeling of not being able to put words to an emotion. In the video, he finally finds the courage to lay it all on the line and tell his true love how he feels.
Twenty-five is an age at which most people hope to find themselves comfortably into their first career. But for Damian McGinty, 25 already marks the start of his third act.
The Irish-born, now L.A.-based singer-songwriter got his start at just 14 years old, when he became the inaugural member of popular Irish vocal group Celtic Thunder. At that point, though, it was less about a career path and more about following a passion.
“I was just thinking about, ‘I get to get out of school and I get to do what I’ve always wanted to do,’” McGinty admits with a laugh. “The only thing that I sort of realized and recognized was that I loved singing and I wanted to sing. My mom and dad were huge supporters of that, [but] we just never really considered it like, ‘In 10 years from now, I’m going to be doing this as a career.’”
After spending his most of his teenage years touring the world with Celtic Thunder, McGinty started thinking more career-focused and decided to go out for the Oxygen competition series The Glee Projectin 2011. The show allowed him to further explore his interests as a singer as well as his acting chops, and upon winning The Glee Project just months later, McGinty then began his second major career move with a role on Glee.
The hit Fox musical series highlighted McGinty’s Irish roots, as he played foreign exchange student Rory Flanagan. What was supposed to be a seven-episode stint turned into 19 in the show’s third season — as well as a return for Season 4’s Christmas episode — proving that McGinty was as captivating on screen as he was on stage.
As his time on Glee was coming to an end, McGinty had the opportunity to return to his beginnings Celtic Thunder, an offer he was quick to take, as he missed performing. All the while, he had been writing his own music for four or five years, and in March, he launched his third career venture with the upbeat debut EP, No More Time.