Maggie Young began singing at the age of four in church and school choirs. Aged 11, she starred in the role of Joseph before an audience of 500 in a school production of the stage musical. At 14 she won her first Music Cup, and went on to win it three years in a row. As a teenager she also performed solos at weddings, youth club contests and talent competitions.
In the early 1990s, Maggie was spotted by an entertainment agent and was one of five female vocalists chosen from 10,000 acts to sing on the BBC/RTE talent show 'Go For It' in 1992. She also sang professionally with a few local bands in Northern Ireland pubs and clubs, made cabaret appearances, compered karaoke shows and sang both lead vocals and backing harmonies on jingles for TV and radio.
Last year Ameritz the first worldwide supplier of music backing tracks held a competition on the internet. It was to encourage singers to be seen and heard on the world wide web, singers using backing tracks recorded by Ameritz. With more than 2 billion views per day on YouTube this was an exciting opportunity for singers throughout the world. The competition was to see who got the most views over the period of two months and Maggie Young did this.
Maggie, as the winner of the competition received 25 free songs of her choice from Ameritz and an exclusive license giving her the right to sing and broadcast 12 of those tracks on YouTube. The video entered for the competition was viewed by her friend Clive Culbertson, a record producer and a former bass player in Van Morrisons live band. After seeing it he suggested to her that she should record that song in his studio.
A few months later Maggie was commissioned to write a song about a 'Massey Ferguson tractor', to be included on the sound track of a farming video for 'Linton Film Productions' (lintonfilmproductions.com/ ). On completion of the recording of the song it was decided it warranted a separate video for the 'Naughty But Nice' song. It was written, recorded, screen-played and co-directed by Maggie who also starred in the video, quite an achievement for a 1st time video maker.
In April 2012 she released an EP entitled ''Cover Up'' dedicated to the memory of her late brother Robert Clint Hamilton Jnr which included a variety of classic ballads and country songs including My Heart Will Go On, Constant Craving, Moonlight Shadow and Run.
One of Maggie's recent single's is a ''Dream Like This'' is a song Joe Navrath originally wrote called 'Nice Girls' which he sent to her late last year. She jokingly remember saying 'but all girls aren't nice ones'. They laughed about it when she suggested changing it around. The song was originally a guy singing about a girl, but she thought it would be more interesting if the song was changed to a girl singing about a guy. Joe thought that was a great idea and let her go with it. Thus the song became 'Dream like this'. Whenever it was being recorded she asked the guitarist to let it rip – he certainly did so; and she says she's sure Brad Paisley would be proud of him.
She is currently writing and recording her own material for her forthcoming album and and has just re-released a big Nashville hit for a top Nashville singer/songwriter & producer. The song is entitled ''Whiskey, Whiskey''. Maggie is the 46th artiste, including well known stars such as Mama Cass Elliot,Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge to record Tom Ghent's song ''Whiskey, Whiskey''. Tom introduces the song...
One night, while feeling rather miserable over a break-up with a long term romance, I drank so much whiskey that I wrote this song and would never have remembered having done so if I had not been singing it into an old reel to reel recorder !!!! I found a rather drunken rendition of the song on the tape when I awoke the next morning.....The full story is fairly long and quite humorous....I often have told it as an introduction to the song over the years.......A few years after I wrote it, Kris Kristofferson heard me sing sing it in a club in NYC, and ended up recording it three or four times.....Thank God, he liked whiskey, too....