Londonderry-born singer and songwriter Martin McCafferty is bringing ‘his boys’ home to Northern Ireland for a special one-off show at Belfast’s opulent Café Vaudeville on September 27.
Martin is one-fourth of swing pop group Jack Pack, who rose to prominence as finalists on Britain’s Got Talent.
“This is definitely a big moment for me,” the 34-year old singer said.
“I cannot wait to bring the boys to Belfast and finally show everyone back home what we’ve been working on. So, just a tiny bit of pressure.”
Since joining the suave vocal quartet last year, Martin and his band mates Andrew Bourn, Alfie Palmer and Sean Ryder Wolf have secured a record deal with Syco Music - the imprint of music mogul Simon Cowell - made a bona fide album, and performed for Prince Charles.
“It’s all still a bit surreal to me,” Martin said.
“My life now, and all the wonderful experiences we’ve had, couldn’t be further from what I thought I’d be doing this time last year.”
The last two summers could not have been more different for Martin and Jack Pack. In 2014, while his future band mates were competing on a talent show watched by millions across the nation, Martin was in the midst of a career change.
Having previously performed as a solo artist, he was re-training to become a school teacher when he received a call to join Jack Pack.
“It was a chance to be part of something special and perform the kind of music I grew up with,” Martin said.
Music has always been a part of Martin’s family – his grandfather recorded with Bing Crosby and his grandmother’s choir performed for two different American Presidents at the White House.
Now Martin is proud to add to his family’s impressive list of accolades. Jack Pack recorded their debut album with a live 72-piece orchestra, produced by music heavyweights Future Cut (who have written and produced for Sir Tom Jones and Olly Murs).
The album is a mix of swing covers such as ‘Mack The Knife’ and ‘My Way’. and three original tracks including ‘Forever’, which was written by multi Academy and Grammy Award winner Randy Newman.
Jack Pack is set to support Katy Perry at an exclusive show at Dubai Airports in November. The boys recently rounded off a busy summer of gigs by playing BBC Proms in The Park at London’s Hyde Park on 12 September, supporting The Jacksons.