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From One Direction to The Voice: Looking Back at Niall Horan's Incredible Career

The multitalented Coach is bound to bring it for Season 24. 

By Jessica White

The Voice Season 24 will feature second-time Coach Niall Horan, who got his start on The X Factor and One Direction but since 2016 has etched out a massively successful solo career. Below, we recap the last few years of his illustrious music stardom. 

Niall Horan: biggest hits

Niall launched his solo career with singles "This Town" and "Slow Hands" from 2016-2017

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After One Direction, Horan released his first two singles, "This Town" and "Slow Hands," which would end up on his first solo album, Flicker. The album was well-received, landing in the number-one slot in the U.S. and Ireland, boasting an eclectic folksy sound. 

Who is Niall Horan? He's collaborated with some of the greats

Niall performed with both Taylor Swift and Lewis Capaldi during 2018-2020

Swift hit up Horan for help performing at Wembley Stadium for her 2018 Reputation tour, where they both sang "Slow Hands." Later, in 2019, Horan and Lewis Capaldi became friends online and hit it off so well, they decided to collaborate on some projects, leading Horan to join Capaldi on stage for several performances.

Niall Horan in the judges chair.

Niall Horan released his sophomore album, Heartbreak Weather in 2020

This album produced singles like "No Judgement," "Nice to Meet Ya," and "Put a Little Love on Me." While discussing Heartbreak Weather with BuzzFeed, Horan revealed, “I didn’t wanna write an album that was just very selfish and all about me. I kinda wanted to write an album from different angles of a breakup or of a relationship.”

Niall Horan released a documentary with Lewis Capaldi in 2022

Horan and his buddy Capaldi joined creative forces for the documentary, Homecoming: The Road to Mullingar. The film centers around Capaldi and Horan's friendship as the two young men venture off on an epic road trip throughout Ireland.

Niall Horan announces new music is coming

Horan took to Twitter in October 2022 and shared, "I've got new music coming in the new year, that I'm really, really proud of. I appreciate you being so patient with me while I've done it. I have a whole new album too, and something that I've wanted to do forever is festivals... and I've never really had the opportunity to do it, so I think we will be announcing some festivals in the next couple of days and weeks and months, for next year, which I'm really excited about."

The Voice reveals Niall Horan will be a Season 23 Coach

"I’m excited to be joining this season of The Voice as a Coach," Horan said in a statement. "I’m looking forward to meeting and mentoring the new crop of talent while we battle it out with the other teams!” He returns in Season 24 as a Coach, too. 

Niall Horan nationality: 

Horan is Irish!

In 2023, Horan actually performed at the White House in honor of St. Patrick's Day. "It’s an honour to be invited and represent my country. Looking forward to performing and celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at the White House tomorrow," he tweeted at the time. 

Niall Horan playing the guitar

What talent show was Niall Horan on?

He competed on The X Factor UK, where he became a member of a pop group. 

What group was Niall Horan in?

One Direction! One Direction didn't win The X Factor but went on to achieve massive global success, releasing five blockbuster albums over the course of six years. The group consisted of Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, and Louis Tomlinson. They parted ways in 2016. 

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