SJ Talbot is a pop artist from Clontarf, in the capital city of Dublin, Ireland. Her songs feature deep, soulful vocals, intelligently paired with high-caliber pop production. At an early age, Talbot was enrolled in musical theatre school and went on to study at BIMM Dublin, graduating in 2020.
No stranger to the Irish music scene, she has worked as a session singer and keyboardist for various acts over the last four years. In 2017, she began producing her own music and developing her individual sound. In September 2020, she released her well received indie-pop influenced debut single, “Envy”, followed up by her second solo single, ‘Easy for Me’, in 2021 which peaked at no.6 on the Irish Breakers Radio Chart.
On the back of this successful release, SJ was selected by iRadio to compete in the Irish Music Month Local Hero Radio competition which was sponsored by Hot Press magazine. Her latest release, a soft-pop dance anthem ‘Millisecond’, has garnered a lot of attention from the Irish Press, naming her a ‘One To Watch’ on Dublin’s Spin 1038, as well as an iRadio iLoveIrish track for May 2022.
All signs show SJ Talbot to be ready to make her own remarkable contribution to the current Irish springtime in contemporary pop.
Some of SJ Talbot’s life-long influences include Duffy, Amy Winehouse and Nina Simone. Her music is inspired by indie-pop, electronic-pop and disco, and is reminiscent of the work of Agnes, GRACEY, CHIC & Nile Rodgers, La Roux, and Dua Lipa.
On her new single ‘Face It’ SJ visits the softer side of her pop sensibilities and releases a power ballad. Commenting on the song:
“I wrote Face It at the end of 2022 on my living room piano. I asked Eoin Butterfield to play keys on the track and we recorded it in Windmill Lane Recording studios with engineer Kevin O’Reilly in January of this year. It’s a heartfelt pop ballad influenced by the voices of Adele, Emeli Sande, and Lennon Stella to name a few. I’ve always loved power ballads and after writing upbeat tracks for some time, I wanted to produce a more vulnerable, intimate song like this to introduce a different side to me as an artist and songwriter.
The song is an ode to falling in love in your youth. Everything feels magical at the start of a new relationship until one day it doesn’t. I was in a situation where life was beginning to take me and someone else in different directions and neither of us wanted to admit that. This song depicts two people falling out of love for no known reason other than the fact they need room to grow separately”.
Face It, is out across all digital platforms on April 14th.