Niall James Horan was born on September 13, 1993, in Mullingar, Ireland. Niall grew up in Mullingar and attended St. Kenny National School, where he performed in school plays and sang in the school choir. He rose to fame as a member of the band One Direction. In 2010, Horan auditioned as a solo contestant for The X Factor. After being eliminated as solo performers, Niall, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, and Harry Styles were put together in a band.