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Ruth Brosnan Celebrates The Covid-19 Frontliners With Song of Hope that Provides an Escape in Uncertain Times with new Song ‘Electric Gold’

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Cork singer-songwriter Ruth Brosnan returns with a new single ‘ELECTRIC GOLD‘ set for release Friday the 20th of November. The song is a high energy, up-tempo, pop dance track, heavily influenced by 80s style music combined with modern electronic elements.

Says Ruth:
 
I was inspired to write the song during the global COVID-19 pandemic. It is a song of hope and provides an escape in uncertain times. It is a song of survival through social isolation.
 
An animated music video will accompany the song and it will take you on a journey of discovery. It’s about realizing that we are all our own heroes and will overcome these tough times and emerge together stronger.
 
It is a shot of adrenaline to all of those obeying the rules so far to keep on going and a thank you/acknowledgement to frontline staff.
 

After completing her BA in Popular Music at CIT Cork School of Music, where she graduated with First Class Honors in May 2018, she set off to LA on a graduate visa to learn more about the music business. While in LA, she entered an online competition called The Great American Song Contest and was chosen as a finalist with her debut single, Good Enough, which she says was a great honour. It was also something for which she has had a lifetime of training.

“I always wanted to be a performer. I did a lot of acting and singing with The Performers in the Firkin Crane with Irene Warren, I had been in The Monforts and I was in the Cork School of Dance with Sinead Murphy. I was in pantos with Bryan Flynn and I’m so delighted I got to work with him. These people were all very influential when I was growing up.”

Ruth writes anecdotal songs of the pop/rock genre and has a unique quirky style & personality which shines through in her own songs and performances. Her influences include Kesha, Katy Perry, Gwen Stefani and Sigrid.

Ruth has experienced more than her fair share of heartache already. Having tragically lost her mother and a number of her close friends to suicide, Ruth wrote her previous song ‘Good Enough’ which was released to critical acclaim last year as a message for those going through a tough time and to remind them that they are good enough.

‘ELECTRIC GOLD’ will be available on various different platforms such as Spotify, iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Play, Tidal, Deezer and Apple Music from Nov 20th 2020.

Michelle Grimes Wows Across Irish Radio With Single ‘Going Going Gone’

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Hailing from Limerick, the Irish city that is producing some of the top talents in the country at the minute, multi-instrumentalist (piano, accordion and guitar!) Michelle Grimes arrived on the scene with a voice, panache and Pop / R’n’B sensibility that instantly appeals to the repeat button.

So much so that she went straight onto playlists across the country from Fm104, Live95, LMFM, Corks 96 and C103 as their Select Irish Artist of the Month aswell as gracing the airwaves across BBC (Track of the week), 2FM, Spin and many more.

No stranger to the stage, Michelle has performed in Trafalgar Square to over 20,000 spectators as part of ‘Pride in London’, has sung for the King and Queen of Belgium as well as singing for The Taoiseach and the U.S Presidential party in June last year when they visited Ireland.

Michelle just smashed it at the overall International International Radio Charts in Ireland landing at #17 on the Top 20 most played Artist on Irish radio right now sitting up there with Ariana, Joel Corry, Dermot Kennedy, Dua Lipa and other stars. She is also #8 in the Top 20 Fm104 Irish Charts across the Dublin Radio station. And in the at #3 in the breakers charts on Irish radio!!!

Michelle also counts well known celebrities as fans, the likes of Denise Van Outen described her vocal tone as simply ‘gorgeous’. Louis Walsh described her as a pure popstar who ticks all the boxes and Simon Cowell gave her the thumbs up himself!

Sounding like a hybrid of her musical influences Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Dua Lipa and Beyoncé, Grimes delivers a pop gem on her new single ‘Going Going Gone’.

This song is about being deeply in love. It speaks about finding a love so strong it is almost transcendent. ‘Going Going Gone’ refers to going past the point of no return in a relationship, where you realise you are completely head over heels for this person.

Grimes says: “I absolutely love ‘love’! and writing this song was such a fun and creative experience. To me, this song is essentially a modern-day love song with a strong beat and good vibe”.

‘Going Going Gone’ was Mixed by Ben Wanders and mastered by Richard at Wav Mastering and is out now, across all digital platforms.

Link to Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/michellegrimesofficial/

Link to YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdoV2fOmW-XTlYIwPyY33rA

Eleanor McEvoy Announces New Single ‘Scarlet Angels’ Out Nov 12th

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Irish Chanteuse Eleanor McEvoy, who is best known for her songs ‘Sophie’ and the Irish standard ‘Only A Woman’s Heart’, has just announced a brand new single titled ‘Scarlet Angels’ set to be released on Nov 12th.

Now based in Wexford, Dublin-born McEvoy’s career originally started as a session musician, which included a long stint with The Irish National Symphony Orchestra and with The Mary Black Band McEvoy decided to develop her own career, and quickly had the title track on The Woman’s Heart compilation and a U.S. record deal with Geffen Records.

McEvoy was soon touring the world to promote her eponymous debut album for Geffen, which went on to sell 250,000 copies. At the same time, ‘A Woman’s Heart’ entered the Irish charts, selling over 750,000 copies – and remains one of Ireland’s biggest selling albums of all-time. These successes established McEvoy as one of Ireland’s biggest stars, launching a career that has since seen her release twelve studio albums and tour the world. 

Described by BBC Radio 2 as “one of the few artists who can do no wrong whatsoever”, McEvoy wrote the new single as a homage to the healing power of music:

An homage to the healing power of friends and music. Many people believe in beings that guide us from above, but I have found that most times in life, it’s the incredible friends and good souls that mind us here on earth that make a difference.

 I wrote this song just after the “Woman’s Heart Orchestrated” concerts in the National Concert Hall in Dublin and the National Opera House in Wexford with Maura O’Connell, Wallis Bird and the RTE Concert Orchestra.  The concerts were amazing. We wore red on stage and raised the roof, a thousand voices sang along. It was a joy. 

For more information see: www.eleanormecvoy.com 

Indie Jazz Band ‘Eves Record Box’ is Set To Release New EP “Solo Heroes” 13.11.20

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Limerick, the city that is harvesting some of the best raw talent in Ireland in the last year, has just gone and done it again. Perhap’s it is in the water? If so, then Indie Jazz Soul band, Eve’s Record Box, have it on tap as they present their debut EP, ‘Solo Heroes’.

Fronted by Jane Fraser, (session singer and backing vocalist with Peter Andre, Oritise Williams (JLS), Whinny Williams & Five Grand Stereo) who holds a BA in Songwriting from The Institue of Contemporary Music Performance. Janes songs have been signed to Sony U.S.A, Good Solider, Viper Recordings an Elixir recordings and a number of E.D.M youtube channels.

During the summer of 2019 Jane rekindled her love of jazz and soul and began working on an original jazz project with Paddy Shanahan – the result of which is Eve’s Record Box…

Paddy Shanahan (lead guitarist) studied jazz at New Park Music Centre and has all the trade marks of a well versed solo jazz guitar player. Danny Lanham (Bimm Graduate and MD & composer on PX Music label) is on bass providing a tasty lock in with Ben Wanders Drummer/producer who’s brave choices make for a sound that at times is menacing and alternatively ethereal.

Soaring flutes, cityscape samples, explosive drum solo sections and even a speech from Martin Luther King gives this body of work an edge and a sense of experimentation while managing to maintain a narrative across the political and deeply personal. 

Written in 2019 and recorded in a two day live session just before lockdown, the band have created a sound on the EP which is highly crafted yet manages to retain a rawness that can be heard in much of the output from the Limerick music scene at the moment. 

‘Solo Heroes’ is a classic break-up song with a straight up hard hitting lyric and a smokey vocal delivery from lead singer Jane Fraser reminiscent of early Amy Winehouse or Melody Gardot.  

Making an impressive entrance with their first single ‘London’ being featured on ‘The London Jazz Review’, 2XM, Totally Irish and WWFM, they describe their music as Indie Jazz. Drawing inspiration from traditional jazz as well as acts such as Kamaal Williams, Hiatus Kaiyote, Jordan Rakei, Flying Lotus etc..

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Ragerra Announce New Single ‘B R U T A L’ Set For Release Oct 30th!

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Ragerra; Ragaire (RA-GERRA) – a “Ragaire” is a late-night rambler or someone who stays up talking into the early hours… are an Alternative Rock trio from Dublin, who cite influences such as Queens Of The Stone Age, Tame Impala Foals, Idles, Kings of Leon, Elvis, and LCD Soundsystem have just announced their brand new single B R U T A L, set for release on Oct 30th.

The track, is an emotive Alt-Indie rock offering, showcasing the band’s wide appeal and musicality along with highlighting and dealing with the subject of passion and the fragility of human suffering and the society we are in.

This is the single from their much-anticipated debut album ‘Primal Features’, set to be released in early 2021. The new music was recorded at Sonic Studios, Dublin and co-produced by Stephen Dunne. 

2019 saw the release of their debut EP “Big Men, They Fall” which was well received. The band played numerous headline shows across Ireland & the UK, including Sold Out Shows in Whelans and Bello Bar in Dublin.

With the massive change in recent months with the COVID_19, the band is embracing modern technology and will be hosting a series of at-home gigs where they extend an opening welcome to their fans, old and new, to emerge themselves in the process of the new album. From each band member, the band will host a series of IGTV footage from each band member with interactive workshops and sessions dismantling the album and speaking about the recording process.

Ragerra is made up of Mark Boyle (Vocals & Guitar) Barry Monahan (Bass & Keys) and Luke Alford (Drums).

You can follow the band on their Instagram page below:

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Victoria Johnston’s Debut Singles Shortlisted for upcoming Grammy Awards and her New Single release ‘Land of Hope’ reaches No.1 on iTunes World Charts

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She is already being hailed as the next Enya” – HotPress Magazine

“A stunning Irish talent spreading a powerful message that is needed now more than ever” – 98FM’s Rebecca Shekleton 

“It’s a rare gem of a song, like a full moon on a clear night it holds your attention and the memory stays with you.” – Martin Bridgeman KCLR

‘Land of Hope’ is the new single by #1 Chart-Topping Irish singer and award-winning composer Victoria Johnston, and was released on Friday 9th October 2020 across all digital platforms.

Land of Hope spent four days at No.1 in the World Charts on iTunes and reached No.3 in the overall TOP 10 iTunes Charts in Ireland.

The single follows on from Victoria’s Debut Double ‘A’ Single release (March 2020) ‘Tar Liom’ and ‘You Are The Peace’. The songs reached National acclaim and were played across Irish Radio on BBC Radio Ulster, Rte Radio 1, Rte RnaG, Spirit Radio and many more stations. Both debut singles also went straight to #1 in the overall iTunes Charts in Ireland, and are now both shortlisted for ‘Song of the Year’ in the upcoming 63rd Grammy Awards. 

Victoria Johnston’s latest single ‘Land of Hope’ is co-produced by GRAMMY nominated Producer Denis Woods (Clannad, Enya, AC/DC), Ferdia Walsh-Peelo (Sing Street, Vikings), and multi-instrumentalist Oisín Walsh-Peelo/ O Deer (Hudson Taylor, and also support act for Hozier on his US tour).

Speaking about her new single ‘Land of Hope’, Victoria Johnston states that

“Even in our darkest hour, when we find ourselves journeying through times of immense uncertainty, loss and grief, there is always hope, peace and a brighter future to be found.”

On launching her solo career at the start of 2020, Hotpress Magazine double-featured Victoria Johnston as ‘New Artist’ and ‘New Music’ to watch for in 2020.

Victoria Johnston’s new single ‘Land of Hope’ is OUT NOW on all digital platforms.

Additional information:

Victoria, a classically trained singer, pianist and composer from Dublin, Ireland, began her classical music training at the Royal Irish Academy of Music at the age of 9 where she received annual scholarships. She continued her music training in college and holds a BMus Degree in Composition from DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama and also an MPhil in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship from Trinity College Dublin.

Online social media links below:

www.victoriajohnstonofficial.com

Instagram: @victoriajohnstonofficial

Facebook: @victoriajohnstonofficial

Lewis Barfoot Announces New Single ‘Fisherman’ To Be Released Nov 6th

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Fisherman is the new single by Irish/English singer and multi-instrumentalist Lewis Barfoot, set to be released on 6th November 2020. The lead single is taken from upcoming album Glenaphuca due in March 2021.

The ethereal song weaves a splendid tapestry of storytelling at its very finest and is accompanied by a stunning animated music video made by acclaimed Korean visual artist Narae Kim, which will premiere at the prestigious Cork International Film Festival in November 2020.

Fisherman is an autobiographical song that speaks of Lewis’ call to Ireland and her wish to unearth the legacy of her family. Setting her luminous voice against a backdrop of gently interweaving cello and clarinet, the song is intended to represent a siren-like call to Ireland with an ethereal phrase from the traditional Irish song Dúlamán.

The use of the traditional tune hypnotically captures the mystery of the ocean’s ancient call before building into a joyous finale, with multilayered evocative vocals and a playful reprise of the air Dúlamán as performed on fiddle by Scottish musician Elisabeth Flett.

Fisherman was produced by Lewis, recorded at Soup Studios, London and mastered by Pete Maher and features guest musicians Elisabeth Flett (Fiddle) Matt Dibble (Clarinet) Hannah Thomas (Cello) and Ansuman Biswas (Percussion).

Having cut her teeth on the London folk circuit, appearing regularly for institutions such as Nest Collective, Lewis has recently moved back to her maternal home of Ireland and is happily settled in Cork. Fisherman perfectly echoes the reconnection with Ireland.

To find out more about Lewsi Barfoot please see: http://www.lewisbarfoot.com/

You can follow her on social media here: Instagram / Twitter / Facebook

 

Bernadette Morris Announces New Single ‘These Ruins’ Oct 30th

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Following the success of her widely acclaimed debut album, ‘All The Ways You Wander’, and subsequent release ‘Where the Heart is’, County Tyrone born singer and musician, Bernadette Morris is set to launch her brand new single ‘These Ruins’ on October 30th.

This track was inspired by a trip to Budapest, where old houses have been resurrected as bars and restaurants, the ruin bars – where the remnants of the old houses still remain.   A co- write with Mark McCambridge AKA Arborist, the two imagined an old house with memories and relics left untouched for many years. The song is about knocking the house down and rebuilding on the foundations of good memories and sentiments that remain from the former residents.

With a new album release set for late 2020, Morris has attracted collaborations a group of highly accomplished musicians and songwriters, including co-writes with Eleanor McEvoy, Johnny Brady and Ríoghnach Connolly.

For further information on Bernadette please go to: www.bernadettemorris.com

Limerick Pop R’n’B Songstress Michelle Grimes Set To Release New Single ‘Going, Going, Gone’ On Oct 22nd

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Hailing from Limerick, the Irish city that is producing some of the top talents in the country at the minute, multi-instrumentalist (piano, accordion and guitar!) Michelle Grimes arrives on the scene with a voice, panache and Pop / R’n’B sensibility that instantly sets her apart from her musical peers.

No stranger to the stage, Michelle has performed in Trafalgar Square to over 20,000 spectators as part of ‘Pride in London’, has sung for the King and Queen of Belgium as well as singing for The Taoiseach and the U.S Presidential party in June last year when they visited Ireland.

Michelle also counts well known celebrities as fans, the likes of Denise Van Outen described her vocal tone as simply ‘gorgeous’. Louis Walsh described her as a pure popstar who ticks all the boxes and Simon Cowell gave her the thumbs up himself!

Sounding like a hybrid of her musical influences Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Dua Lipa and Beyoncé, Grimes delivers a pop gem on her new single ‘Going Going Gone’.

This song is about being deeply in love. It speaks about finding a love so strong it is almost transcendent. ‘Going Going Gone’ refers to going past the point of no return in a relationship, where you realise you are completely head over heels for this person.

Grimes says: “I absolutely love ‘love’! and writing this song was such a fun and creative experience. To me, this song is essentially a modern-day love song with a strong beat and good vibe”.

‘Going Going Gone’ was Mixed by Ben Wanders and mastered by Richard at Wav Mastering and is set for release on Oct 22nd, across all digital platforms.

Link to Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/michellegrimesofficial/

Link to YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdoV2fOmW-XTlYIwPyY33rA

 

Sofia Zaros Releases New Single ‘My Tomorrow’ During Lockdown

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From performing in New York’s prestigious Carnegie Hall to being a special guest of the Italian Ambassador to sing the National Anthem at a Gala in Singapore, Irish Italian Sofia Zaros is no stranger to the spot light. However she is an artist and singer who has missed the steady flow of live performances over Covid, which has inspired her latest song ‘My Tomorrow’.

Fellow lumineer’s who inspire her, include Lewis Capaldi, Sam Smith, Imagine Dragons, Ariana Grande, Aurora, Lin Manuel Miranda, Ed Sheeran. Such influences can be heard on her music. She started writing songs at the age of 12 and has written eight songs in English and two in Italian. Through her songs Sofia reflects on the world around her, on her personal experiences as well as universal themes. Her songs express a strong sense of independence and optimism.

In 2020, during the lockdown, she was chosen to sing the “International Dance Teachers Association” (IDTA) anthem along with other select artists. With her unique timbre and a natural vibrato, Sofia enjoys singing both pop songs and musicals.

When she was just 18 months old she walked on a stage, grabbed a microphone and vocalised My Heart Will Go On. She started singing in public when she was 8 and she currently studies singing, piano, songwriting and ballet. She attended lessons with the Japanese soprano Satsuki Nagatome and the vocal coach Cheryl Porter; most recently she has studied with Loretta Martinez.

‘My Tomorrow’ is out now on all digital platforms and was recorded at the AP Recording Studios in Dublin.

For more info please see: www.sofiazaros.com