Ronan Tynan is truly a modern day "Renaissance Man." Introduced to international audiences as a member of the Irish Tenors, Ronan quickly became known for his unique voice and irresistible appeal. Ronan launched a solo career, and has achieved the fame and adoration that could have existed only in the farthest reaches of his dreams. Ronan's debut solo album instantly hit #2 on Billboard's Classical Crossover Chart and was a huge success that showed Ronan is more than just an Irish Tenor.
Born May 14, 1960, in Dublin, Tynan spent three years in the hospital after a difficult birth that claimed the life of his twin brother. Raised in Johnstown, County Kilkenny, his lower legs and feet never completely developed, leaving him disabled; worse, at age 20, Tynan was forced to have both lower legs amputated after complications arising from a car accident. Undaunted, Tynan was walking capably on prosthetic limbs just weeks afterward; he graduated from medical school with a specialization in orthopedic sports injuries, and also designed prosthetic feet.
In addition, Tynan became an accomplished athlete, setting numerous world records in track-and-field events for his amputee class. In the meantime, he began to study music in earnest, and developed rapidly; in 1994, he was accepted into England's Royal Opera School. Tynan issued his first solo album, My Life Belongs to You, in Ireland in 1998, and it was a best-selling hit. Later that year, he was invited to participate in the Irish Tenors project, Ireland's answer to the Three Tenors; the trio achieved international popularity through several recordings and TV specials shown in America on PBS, and Tynan was profiled on the news magazine 20/20. Splitting time between Dublin and Manhattan, Tynan published his autobiography Halfway Home in 2001.
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