'The next Daniel O'Donnell': rising star Simon Peters performing on the 'Late Late Toy Show'

A 10-year-old Donegal boy has become the youngest ever Irish person to be invited to perform in Nashville. Simon Peters, who has been described as "Ireland's next Daniel O'Donnell", performed on Midnight Jamboree, a radio show broadcast to millions of listeners across the US.

Simon also performed and recorded tracks with artists such as Kenny Chesney and Miranda Lambert, and has been invited back to Nashville in the new year.

"I was so surprised to be invited once, let alone twice. George Hamilton [the country singer] sent me a letter which I got when I got home asking me to come back again. Just to work with big names such as Kenny Chesney was a dream come true. They said they were impressed with me and it is the perfect end to such a great year."

Peters appeared on the most recent Late Late Toy Show, and has also featured prominently on Irish country music TV show Hot Country, which is run by his manager Hugh O'Brien.

"Simon Peters is one of the most requested artists on Hot Country," O'Brien said.

"He is destined to be the next Daniel O'Donnell. At the end of the day, he is a talented 10-year-old who was broadcast to millions of listeners from the home of country music in Nashville, Tennessee, and he also performed his own self-penned 'Living My Dream' in front of a live audience and backed by a live band."

The 10-year-old, who wrote his first song two years ago, said he planned to complete his education before he entered the music industry.

"My mam will want me to finish school and I am going to do that, but I will keep on writing new tracks and I will keep on recording over the next few years, and then who knows what will happen? But this is what I really want to do," he said.

His mother, Tammy Peters, said she was "very proud" of Simon and would be "keeping a close eye" on her son because of his early success.