HUNDREDS of teenage girls put the acoustics of the Nerve Centre to the ultimate test today by screaming their appreciation for Glee star Damian McGinty.
Damian and his best friend Oran O'Carroll were launching their joint venture, Audio Booth, a brand new recording studio based in the Nerve Centre.
Damian and Oran hope that they can help young people fulfil their dreams through music and propel them to a global stage by tapping into the vast pool of contacts Damian has made in LA.
"Oran has done a great job with Audio Booth," said Damian. "He has set everything up and worked so hard. I have come in this past few weeks with a bit of investment. He really is a credit to himself and his parents. I am honoured to be here, launching this joint project with a lifelong friend.
"When I was 14 years old I stepped into a recording studio and made an amateur CD with 14 songs on it. Phil Coulter picked it up, said he wanted to work with me and the rest is history. I wanted to give something back to the kids in this city, give them a chance to record their music, have a chance like I did. I hope that Audio Booth will inspire them to keep their head down, work hard, follow their dreams and maybe someday it can happen for them."
Damian and Oran took to the stage for a number of songs. Much to the delight of the teenage girls in the audience, he sang Westlife's 'Home', which brought a tear to many an eye. Watching proudly from the wings was Damian's mother Joanne, his father Damian Senior and his grandmother June.
Damian's mother Joanne says she is very proud of her boy.
"You can see that he is an inspiration to many young people," says Joanne looking around at the queue of teenagers waiting to meet the Glee star. "He is a truly humble gentleman. Despite his fame he has his feet on the ground. He has a Derry Mammy to keep him grounded!"
Fans came from across Ireland to meet the Glee star in his hometown today. A Canadian family who were in Northern Ireland on holiday travelled down from Banbridge to see their favourite TV actor. They even brought a Derry flag all the way from Canada for him to sign.
Damian loves being home and is delighted to be giving something back to his hometown. He hopes that with his contacts in the music business he can help propel local talent to a worldwide stage.
"I will be keeping an eye on the music, the talent that comes througn Audio Booth. I'll definitely be talent scouting. I can use my networks to push and redirect this music worldwide, put them on a global stage. You never know a producer could pick it up from there and we could have the next big thing.
"Down the line we hope to start at record label in the city. That's our dream."
After all the hard work getting Audio Booth up off the ground, Oran and Damian are setting off on a boys holiday.
To find out more info about audio booth contact at Audio Booth7-8 Magazine StreetDerry, BT48 6HJ02871260562