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Michelle Grimes Announces New Single ‘Never True’ Set For Release Feb 3rd

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Irish Pop singer and multi-instrumentalist Michelle Grimes returns in 2023 with a powerful vocal ballad ‘Never True’ which is set to be released in early Feb. It is her 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 including a truly epic set at King Johns Castle in Limerick as part of the Denise Chaila crew last summer.

“Hailing from Limerick, Grimes has emerged as one of the country’s most promising pop acts of recent memory. After the release of her first batch of singles, Hotpress nominated Grimes alongside the likes of Dermot Kennedy and Denise Chaila for Irish artist of the year and one to watch. Michelle’s music has wowed Irish radio and she went straight onto playlists across the country from Fm104, Live95, LMFM, Corks 96, and C103 as their Select Irish Artist of the Month as well as gracing the airwaves across BBC (Track of the week), 2FM, Spin and many more.

Michelle smashed it at the overall International Radio Charts in Ireland landing on the Top 20 most-played Artists on Irish radio alongside Ariana, Joel Corry, Dermot Kennedy, Dua Lipa, and other stars. The track reached #3 in the breakers charts on Irish radio too.

With a sound that’s already been compared to the likes of Ariana Grande, Jessie J, and Dua Lipa, the Irish star-in-the-making blends elements of pop and R n’ B, in her feel-good music.

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Imelda Kehoe Announces New Single ‘Ohio’ Set To Be Released Feb 10th 2023

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Imelda Kehoe is an Irish Contemporary Folk singer-songwriter who has created her own style, which is influenced by Folk, Blues, and with elements of Soul. Her songs are melody-rich, weaving a tapestry of stories, and life experiences written with the listener at heart and with a definite World music feel.

‘Ohio’ is the first release from Imelda’s forthcoming Album and brings the listener through America’s troubled past from the Indian War to the American Civil War, with lyrics that are relevant today.

Imelda comments on the song:

“Ohio was inspired by Sebastian Barry’s ‘Days Without End’ which I read in the summer of 2021. I fell in love with the story and his brilliant writing and I read it a few days whilst on holiday. Once I had finished it, I read it again. I love to write Songs that are inspired by human stories and have elements in them that everyone can relate to. 

I think it is the greatest compliment when someone says that a Song you wrote really connects with their own life story because that means that you’ve done something right in revealing enough of yourself to make it genuine but have focused on the listener’s experience, which is always my starting point. If someone is going to invest a few minutes of their precious time listening to my Song, I want it to be worth it.

The pre-chorus to Ohio is inspired by Barry’s reasoning for why they were good at Soldiering: “How we were able to see slaughter without flinching. Because we were nothing ourselves, to begin with,” This line inspired the Pre-Chorus of Ohio:

“By the Holy River wide, Do we live, or do we die?

We are nothing anyway.”

Other themes from the book that inspired Ohio were the savagery of the American Indian War, Starvation, Boredom, and the Economic devastation of the Civil war. Another significant theme is Identity. The main character, Thomas McNulty is more comfortable when he is dressed as a female and ultimately wants to be John Cole’s female wife, not his male lover. This inspired the lyric:

“If we could rebuild a life, Find a star too great for the sky. For a life not approved, what have we got to lose?”

Musically, Ohio is structured in the traditional folk style but with a contemporary edge, thanks to Larry Hogan’s production and the Lead Guitar played by Horacio Valdivieso, an Ecuadorian Guitar player, who I have worked with on a number of projects”.

The song is also reminiscent of Emmylou Harris Pancho and Lefty with a hint of The Eagles Tequila Sunrise and was produced by Irish producer, Larry Hogan.

It was written and inspired following several visits to Redbooks Independent Book shop in Wexford where Imelda spent many hours among the labyrinth of Second hand-books.

Ohio was recorded at Windmill Lane Studios and produced by Larry Hogan and Mastered by Michael Egan.

Editors Notes

From a big Irish/English family, spending most of her childhood moving around and living in beautiful locations, while her parents renovated old properties. There would always be gatherings, campfires, and music and she describes these early influences as shaping her love of good melody, nature, and travel, which is a recurring theme in her music.

Imelda trained as a Nurse and worked in inner City A&E and Intensive Care Departments and cites these experiences as being influential in her Song Writing.

Video: Recorded at Red Books, Independent Book shop, Wexford, with the kind permission of Wally O’Neill and was filmed by Roberto Forte.



Chris Kabs Announces MCD Show in Academy Dublin + New Single ‘Nobody’

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Known for his success as an influential award-winning (Virgin Media Gold Award) Dublin-based producer and musician, Chris Kabs has been hotly predicted to become one of Ireland’s most promising breakthrough artists in the near future. MCD just announced the Dublin joint headliner Chris Kabs X Loud Motive in Academy Dublin, Green Room, on April 22nd. Tickets are on sale now:

In addition to producing artists such as Tolü Makay, Coolio, and JyellowL, he has also produced many other artists of local and international repute. Additionally, he has contributed to the soundtrack for FIFA 20 and the TV series ‘Normal People’ to name only a few of his musical credits.

He has gained the credibility and recognition required for becoming a regular performer on shows such as Hard Working Class Heroes through his extensive experience as an artist. In addition to Longitude Festival, he has performed along with other talented artists at the legendary Dublin venue Whelan’s, RTE Live, SoundHouse, and Cyprus Avenue in addition to other venues.

Speaking on his new single, which will be released in Feb, Kabs commented: “My new single, Nobody, is about expressing love for a significant other. Remind him/her of their worth and how much they mean to each other… My purpose here is to give everyone an opportunity to use this song as a source of inspiration for their significant other(s). And hopefully, it’ll spice things up on their romantic journey the way music can.”

2023 draws a new chapter for Kabs as his focus is put on his own artistry and solo career, with new music and singles dropping from early 2023, starting off with single ‘Nobody’ set for Feb 10th release, exclusively via Rough Bones in the UK, ahead of his eagerly anticipated Ep in April 2023

Find out more and follow Chris Kabs on the platforms below:

Instagram / Facebook / Twitter   

Spotify / YouTube / Website


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Singer-songwriter Dotts O’Connor Announces New EP + Single

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Best known as the guitarist of Choice nominated band Come On Live Long and Dirty Dreamer, Dotts O’Connor’s new solo project is a departure from his previous work with the aforementioned groups. Having spent the past decade performing and collaborating with his bandmates, it was moving from Dublin to Cavan that provided him with the freedom to work on his own material.

On his solo project, Dotts found himself working alone in a spare room following his intuition. Thus allowing himself to be guided by small thoughts and daily observations in his approach to songwriting, a departure from working alongside the collective of a band.

His upcoming solo EP, ‘The Coney E.’P, is a culmination of this solitary time spent working on his craft. Throughout the writing process, he had only one rule. Does the song stand on its own with vocals and guitar? 

What If? is the first single from the EP set to be released on March 2nd.

Dotts comments on the song:

What If is a song about moving out of your comfort zone, taking a chance and ignoring that negative voice which so often makes the decisions in our daily lives. Told through humorous ‘What If’ scenarios The song is underpinned by Dotts’ subtle guitar fingerpicking which allows the vocal to ask the question, What If? The song was recorded at Wolfhound Sound in Dublin with Ken McCabe. The song was produced by Dotts with additional production from Stephen Kelly who also mixed and mastered the song.

The E.P. was recorded in Wolfhound Sound Studios with his bandmate and friend Ken McCabe. Every Sunday for 3 months Dotts would travel to Dublin and record for the day. He used the time spent in the car to decide which direction he wanted each song to take without overthinking the process. The result is a 5-song project dealing with themes of sense of place, longing, and death with Dotts’ distinctive guitar playing creating a safe place where each song can tell its story. 

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Under Starling Announce New Single ‘Trick Of The Light’ Set To Be Released Feb 17th

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Bringing a unique brand of alternative rock to the Irish music scene, Under Starling hail from the Viking City of Ireland. The band’s reverb-soaked melodies and dark distorted riffs, euphoria envelops the listener. A powerful rhythm section provides a rocky undertone to their pop-laden music. Sonic influences include Biffy Clyro, Foals, and The Japanese House.

Through their energetic live shows, this gritty four-piece is rapidly growing its fan base. Recent singles Arrows and Icarus from their Mongrel EP have been praised by the likes of Hot Press and RTE. 

From high-octane crowd-surfing, energetic mosh pits, and frontman Danny’s interaction with his fans during the show, the band is one to watch for 2023. The escapism offered by their music and live shows brings people together like a flock of starlings. “We are like murmurations”

The first musical offering from the band of 2023 is the new single “Trick of the Light” which is a metaphor for the fantasies of a hopeless romantic, set to be released on Feb 17th, 2023. 

“Throughout the song, we tether the line between the dream world and reality. Rather than following the classic Hollywood trope, the underdog does not get the person of their dreams. The closing message is one of self-growth and learning how to move on”.

The song was a result of Danny’s involvement in Charlie Puths Monthly course. One of the tasks was to challenge yourself by creating a composition out of your comfort zone. And so, this alternative synth-pop song was born.

While creating the record the band used a number of vintage recording techniques. A Roberts 770x tape recorder brought a retro effect to electronic samples, while a Hammondorgan paired with the timeless Leslie speaker introduced a warm analogue feel to the track.

Recorded in Monique Recording Studios, Cork.

Recorded, produced, and mixed by Christian Best.

Mastered by Tony Fitz.


Duran Duran Announce Dublin Headline Show At The 3 Arena For May 7th 2023 Tickets On Sale NOW!

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The FUTURE PAST Tour Continues Across 2023! Headline UK and Ireland Arena Tour Dates Begin Saturday 29th April!

Tickets On Sale now Here

+ Feature-Length Docu-Concert Film ‘A Hollywood High’ To Air Globally! Watch On Streaming Platform Veeps From December 18th – January 2nd

Tickets On Sale Here | Watch Trailer Here

Fifteenth Studio Album, ‘FUTURE PAST (COMPLETE EDITION)’ Out Now

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Duran Duran have announced their Irish, Dublin Show for May 7th 2023! Closing out a landmark year for Duran Duran, last week the band announced that the FUTURE PAST tour will extend with five huge headline arena shows across the UK and Ireland through the Spring of 2023.  The dates have been met with phenomenal demand.

Duran Duran’s six headline FUTURE PAST arena shows will begin at Manchester’s AO Arena on April 29th, marking the band’s first-ever performance at the venue, followed by two dates at London’s The O2 Arena, Leeds’ First Direct Arena, Birmingham’s Utilita Arena, and the 3 Arena in Dublin. More activity is soon to be announced.

Simon Le Bon said:

“2022 has been an extraordinary year for Duran Duran – mainly down to the incredible fans we have around the world. In July we celebrated our years together at Hyde Park as part of the British Summer Time Festival. Next Spring we will be back on home soil once again to continue the party. It’s remarkable to me that as a band, we are still hitting new milestones, still able to introduce the sound of DD to new generations of music lovers. We are truly grateful that we get to do what we do on a daily basis, and that we still love our job as much as we did when we started out some four decades ago.”

2022 has seen Duran Duran celebrate a landmark year. The band have just been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, a career peak that follows a summer live season of epic proportions – headlining London’s Hyde Park, performing at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace, closing the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in their home town of Birmingham, a headline tour across North America which included sold out shows at New York’s Madison Square Garden and three nights at the Hollywood Bowl, and the cinematic release of new docu-concert film, ‘A Hollywood High’. All this after the huge success of new studio album FUTURE PAST, hailed as Duran Duran at their best by critics and fans alike, four decades into their rich and storied career.

Tickets On-Sale from now from here.

Following an exceptional run of cinema screenings across 35 countries, with spectacular premieres at the legendary Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles and the Vue West End Cinema in London, Duran Duran’s feature-length docu-concert film ‘A Hollywood High’ will stream exclusively on-demand globally via Veeps from December 18th – January 2nd.

The film immortalises Duran Duran’s peerless live show with a stunning rooftop performance taped in Los Angeles and brings to life the band’s deep and important relationship with the city through exclusive new interviews, behind-the-scenes video and unseen archival footage, charting their rise to becoming one of the most successful and influential bands of all time.

Fans around the world will be able to experience the film from the comfort of their homes via a premium, ultra-high-definition viewing experience through or the Veeps app on Apple TV, Roku, iOS, and Android.

‘A Hollywood High’ is the first Veeps show to be enabled with 4K / UHD, Dolby Digital & Atmos (the highest possible quality, cinema-grade sound and vision available), as well as closed captions and subtitles. Tickets for the stream are available at

With each stream ticket sold via Veeps, special bundle packages are available, including A Hollywood High Cap, T-shirt, an exclusive poster, and a very special limited-edition movie program ‘magazine’, complete with two 7-inch Flexi discs, which feature ‘Ordinary World’ and ‘Tonight United’ live audio from the movie.

Closing an extraordinary year for Duran Duran, a deluxe edition of new studio album ‘FUTURE PAST (Complete Edition)’ is out now via BMG. The 2LP set includes all 15 tracks from FUTURE PAST plus Duran Duran’s cover of David Bowie’s “Five Years”. The first LP is red, the second is green. The gatefold package features a new silver/grey version of the cover art and also includes two 12″ x 12″ art booklets. Listen/order here.

April / May 2023 UK Headline Arena Tour Dates

April 29 – The AO Arena, Manchester

May 1 – The O2, London

May 2 – The O2, London – Extra Date Added Due To Huge Demand

May 4 – First Direct Arena, Leeds

May 5 – Utilita Arena, Birmingham

May 7 – 3 Arena, Dublin


MICHELLE GRIMES Brings Disco Back On New Single ‘Servin It Up’ – set to be released Nov 25th

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Irish Pop singer and multi-instrumentalist Michelle Grimes arrived on the scene with a voice, panache and Pop / R’n’B sensibility that instantly set 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.

“Hailing from Limerick, Grimes has emerged as one of the country’s most promising pop acts of recent memory. After the release of her first single ‘Going, Going, Gone’, Hotpress nominated Grimes alongside the likes of Dermot Kennedy and Denise Chaila for Irish artist of the year and one to watch. Michelle’s debut single wowed Irish radio and she went straight onto playlists across the country from Fm104, Live95, LMFM, Corks 96 and C103 as their Select Irish Artist of the Month as well as gracing the airwaves across BBC (Track of the week), 2FM, Spin and many more. 

Michelle smashed it at the overall International Radio Charts in Ireland landing on the Top 20 most-played Artists on Irish radio alongside Ariana, Joel Corry, Dermot Kennedy, Dua Lipa, and other stars. The track reached #3 in the breakers charts on Irish radio too.

With a sound that’s already been compared to the likes of Ariana Grande, Jessie J and Dua Lipa, the Irish star-in-the-making blends elements of pop and R n’ B, in her feel-good music.

Grimes comments on her latest track ‘Servin’ It Up’:

Is a fun, cheeky, sassy track from Michelle. This song is a celebration of love! “I love love and this song is about being able to love yourself for exactly who you are”.

 ‘Love is love is one of the most important lyrics in the song. We should be able to love freely regardless of sexual orientation or gender. and as Mama Ru says “If you can’t love yourself? How in the hell are you gonna love somebody else?”

Produced: Danny Lanham, Dry Lane studios 

Additional production and Mix: Chris O Brien, Graham Murphy, The Production Suite Dublin 

Brass: Damien Moore

And Mastered: Richard Dowling, Wav Mastering, Limerick

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Irish pop artist KEHLI releases an original holiday track ‘This Christmas (All I Want Is U)’ Nov 25th

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Irish pop star on the rise, KEHLI” – EUPHORIA

“‘One Last Kiss’ wouldn’t feel hugely out of place on Mabel’s Ivy to Roses mixtape, Dua Lipa’s self-titled album or Mahalia’s Seasons EP – the dancehall feel makes it a fitting soundtrack for the summer months.” – OFFICIAL CHARTS

“One of the country’s leading pop prospects” – THE LINE OF BEST FITS

After releasing her highly praised acoustic pop banger ‘Not Ok’ which went on to win notable mention in the International Songwriting Award this year, Irish pop starlet KEHLI now returns with this poptastic, acoustically driven holiday tune aptly titled: ‘This Christmas (All I Want Is U).

An original holiday song from KEHLI, the track showcases her heartwarming falsetto’s through to her soaring powerhouse crystal vocals as the choruses erupt into a seriously infectious hook.

The refreshing bed of acoustic and electric guitars render a breezy, upbeat, and uplifting song that’s sure to tug at heartstrings and command a few head bobs this Christmas.

Speaking of the track and her reason for releasing it, Kehli says

‘Christmas to me is about being with the ones you love so this is about that one person you wish you could have that means more to you than all the material things. The track comes equipped with easy visuals sure to set the tone for festivities ahead of the season.’

Originally from Dublin, Ireland, KEHLI is a 21year old vocalist and performer with a soulful, passionate and unique interpretation of contemporary pop music. She spent her early years at stage school, where from age 5, she studied music and dance including contemporary, hip hop and ballet.

Her evolving passion for music and performance encouraged 14 year old KEHLI to try her hand on a couple of TV music shows (usual suspects The Voice/X Factor etc.) which, at such a tender age, provided invaluable experience and gained her a small cult online following

It was this experience that led to an introduction with New York / London based songwriter/producer, MSRD, who worked closely with KEHLI along with a few other key collaborators to create her sound.

With 3 original releases over the past year, KEHLI has been hotly tipped as ‘one to watch’ by the Official Charts UK, charted top #5 in 3 commercial charts as listed by Music Week and, has received support from national radio stations including BBC Radio 1, Kiss FM, & RTE 2FM.

Her last single ‘Not OK’ received editorial playlist support from Spotify including New Music Friday UK and was featured on ‘New Pop UK’ for several weeks. It also was used in a nationwide campaign for the Irish charity, Pieta House to highlight awareness about mental health wellness in young adults.

In total, previous releases have received 14 editorial playlist adds including Pop Remix (3Million listeners) on Spotify. The tracks have been added to Apple Music’s New Music Daily, YouTube Music’s Pop Fresh, & Filtr UK’s New Music Weekly playlist, amassing over 1.5Million streams across all platforms and over 13 Million national radio impressions in Ireland alone. KEHLI has been featured in multiple mainstream press looks including Wonderland, Clash, Earmilk, Record of the Day, Irish Times & Hot Press Spotlight.

She made her national TV debut on The Late Late Show with Ryan Turbidy, where she sang with the IWIH (Irish Women in Harmony) group. Playing to crowds of over 4000 people at the likes Independence festival and Sea Sessions festival this year, KEHLI is putting finishing touches to her forthcoming music which is an urban-infused pop EP with edgy ear-catching tunes.

The future is on track to be an exciting one for KEHLI.




Blánid Announces New Single ‘Bad Decisions’ With Ciaran Lavery – Set To Be Released On Nov 18th

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“Completely captivating”
— Sian Eleri Evans, BBC radio 1
“Phenomenal… sometimes you
have a moment where you hear greatness”
— Dominic King, BBC radio kent
“There is an unmistakable buzz about Blánid”
— fresh on the net
“Well on her way to stardom”
— earmilk

BLÁNID’s hauntingly powerful voice and confessional, folk-infused songwriting style have been causing a stir in her native Ireland and beyond. 

Her first two singles were met with critical acclaim, with combined plays on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 6, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Ulster, BBC Radio Kent and RTÉ 2XM. BLÁNID was also the featured vocalist on Netflix’s anime Witcher film soundtrack (The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf). 

Her new offering ‘Bad Decisions’, co-written with fellow Northern Irish songwriter Ciaran Lavery, is an arresting indie-folk/indie-pop track, full of drama and darkness. Beginning with soft, delicate vocals from both Ciaran and BLÁNID, the song’s introspective and poetic lyricism rings with the quiet shame and regret associated with the titular ‘Bad Decisions’. With an increasingly intense build throughout the song to a dizzying climax, it culminates in a cathartic almost religious finish, with a beautifully-crafted choral, melodic pay-off. 

I wanted to write about the exhausting and seemingly deterministic experience of self-destruction, the inescapable feeling that you are destined to fail and the overwhelming shadow that a depressive state can cast. But there is a beauty and broken joy in it, even if this can’t be seen when you’re in the throes of it” said BLÁNID of the track.

Ciaran agreed, saying that the song 

“deals with the very self-aware and shameful feelings of self-sabotage, like watching yourself speed headfirst into the burning building because you feel you deserve it, have to, need to – even though you know you are choosing this path.”

Building on the success of her first two singles, BLÁNID releases ‘Bad Decisions’ on November 18th – the same date her UK tour with American folk icon Judy Collins begins. For BLÁNID, this is only just the beginning.

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Classical Crossover Singer Grace Foley Announces Stunning Christmas EP “A Time For Christmas”.

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+ launch dates announced:

Official EP Launch: Sunday November 27th, 6pm, Whale Theatre Greystones, County Wicklow. Tickets here> 

EP Launch and Dinner: Friday December 2nd, 7.30pm. No. 10 Bridge Street, Killorglin, County Kerry (Ticket link coming soon).

EP Launch and Signing: Saturday December 17th, 2pm. St. John’s Theatre, Listowel, County Kerry. Tickets here>

Guest Soloist – Wednesday, December 21st 7.30pm: ‘Christmas Carols for the Winter Solstice’. St. John’s Church Knockainey, Co. Limerick

Classical crossover singer Grace Foley hails from Killarney, County Kerry. At 14, she began vocal training and studied at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Noted for her vocal depth, unique style and heartfelt delivery…Grace released her first EP in 2018 titled “Unleashed,” which became a “Marty Recommends” on RTE Lyric FM. She toured Ireland in 2019 in venues such as the National Concert Hall, the INEC, and the Whale Theatre to critical acclaim.

Throughout the Pandemic Grace continued to record and release music, including her own self-penned song, ‘Together Apart’, a poignant version of ‘Danny Boy’, which received thousands of views worldwide, a Christmas E.P (Vol. 1) and her most recent album, ‘Unmasked’. 

In addition to performing weekly online concerts, the singer performed live on National Television. In April 2021, Grace gave birth to her first daughter, Anna, and was determined to not only tell her to dream but show her how to chase and live it. She performed a song, especially for her baby on RTE TV’s ‘Last Singer Standing’ show in late 2021. Acclaim came in from Nicky Byrne of Westlife fame and judges Samantha Mumba and Nadine Coyle who gave her high praise for her performance.

Grace is a unique artist and largely draws inspiration from within but she is sonically influenced by fellow lumineers such as Glen Hansard, Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, Emer Barry and Mary-Jess Leaverland. 

Throughout 2023, Grace plans to tour around Ireland and the UK, and has just announced Vol. 2 of her Christmas EP, scheduled for release in November on the 27th. The EP includes Christmas classics such as O Holy Night, Noel, Christmas Past and White Christmas. The EP was Recorded in Cauldron Studios and Produced by International renowned artist Bill Shanley.

Grace comments on the new Christmas EP Vol. 2:

It was an easy choice to record these song’s as part of my Christmas EP’s, as they are just so beautiful and universally loved. On Vol.  1 of ‘A Time for Christmas’ my final track was ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ and the words, ‘until then we’ll have to muddle through somehow’ felt so poignant during a time when we were all just trying to survive the pandemic. ‘White Christmas’, which appears on Vol. 2, finishes by saying ‘may your days be merry and bright’. I truly hope we are all going to soon see a world with less pain and less hurt. It has not been an easy few years and it seems the suffering is endless so a song that can take us back to simpler times is one that I hope can give people hope for the future too.

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