Vol.17 No.4

Niall Horan

Still moving in the right direction

Prepare

Have the class read Niall Horan: Still Moving in the Right Direction (page 28 of the student edition). In this latest chapter in the tale of a One Direction member embarking on a solo career, we follow singer/songwriter/guitarist Niall Horan from his earliest days in music to a path that has taken the artist from success to success, but not without anxiety and the trials of dealing with modern celebrity.

Key points in the article:

  • Niall’s brother was given a guitar when he was 11, but didn’t want to play it so gave it to Niall, who taught himself using YouTube tutorials
  • Auditioned for British singing competition TV show The X Factor, but received mixed feedback
  • He moved forward as a member of the band One Direction, and was signed to Simon Cowell’s record label
  • The band was a sensation, they toured around the world and their music topped the charts
  • After Zayn left the band in 2015, the group fell apart and they each pursued solo careers
  • His debut single “This Town” put him into the spotlight he deserved as a vocalist and songwriter

Review vocabulary words from the article below:

DU JOUR — enjoying great popularity

HIATUS — a pause or gap in a process

SUBLIME — of such excellence as to inspire great admiration or awe

PHILANTHROPIST — a person who seeks to promote the welfare of others

PERSONA — the aspect of someone’s character presented to others

UNDERSCORE — emphasize

Hear Simpson’s music in the videos below: