The Guardian has published an article written by pop singer Ronan Keating and member of boy band Boyzone, where he talks about his musical mentors. Among the first he mentions is Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam).
Cat Stevens (now known as Yusuf Islam) has been in my life, in musical terms and then in person, for a long time. When I was very young I regularly sang Cat’s song Father and Son at home and when I went for the audition for Boyzone, that’s what I sang. Boyzone had a No1 hit with it and then I recorded it on a solo album.
I finally got to meet Cat when he came to a recording of Top of the Pops with his son and we’ve been in touch ever since. He’s an amazing person; very calm, incredibly intelligent and knowledgeable and we’ve had some great conversations. We don’t meet up often, so I like to make the most of it.
He’s humorous and wise and his music leaves a mark on you. From him I’ve learned the importance of asking other people for their advice, but ultimately to believe in yourself and that if you feel something, you should follow your heart. I’ve tried to follow this advice in all areas of my life.