KATIE O CONNOR
SINGLE: ‘JUST TOO YOUNG’ out on iTunes from Oct 10th
“IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE MOLLY MCNALLY MIRACLE TRUST”
Listeners and supporters of the song can also text MOLLY to 57802 texts cost €2 with a minimum of €1.38 going to the Molly McNally Miracle Trust.
Sixteen year old Katie O’ Connor began singing at the age of five years old. That was the beginning of her journey in performance arts, as by the age of seven, she joined up to a stage school called ‘Live Wire’ where she remained up until the age of 10, an environment that nurtured her love for singing, dancing and acting. Which lead her to her first ever performance, when she was nine in the Olympia Theatre, Dublin. Where she sang a solo in the production of “Whistle down the wind”. She later performed as a dancer in two of the Jedward pantos in the Olympia theatre, recording backing vocals for most of the songs that were used in the Panto in a studio owned by David Hayes the was musical director of the show. She also recorded backing vocals with David for two songs on the legendary RTE’s Late Late Toy show!
She recorded her first song professionally with Producer Ivan Fitzpatrick when she was 12 and has been working with Ivan since then, recording a lot of covers and original songs along with Ivan’s original compositions. Katie plays Guitar and is self-taught. Her musical influences include Beyoncé, Ben Howard, Ed Sheeran, Christina Aguilera, Stevie Wonder, Ella Fitzgerald Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Johnny Cash and Dean Martin.
When Katies younger cousin became ill with Cancer, she wrote the song ‘Just Too Young’ which will be out in Oct 10th and all proceeds go towards the trust which has already raised over €120,000 towards further treatment for little Molly. Katie wrote the song when she was 15 and explains her reason behind it below:
“When you are told something that changes everything, you really don’t know what to do. You can cry, be angry, feel guilty, but doing that won’t change anything. When someone you love becomes ill, and not just ill like a flu, ill as in “this is serious”, what do you do? There are no words to describe how you feel. There is too many emotions, but all I know is you could never feel worse when you get that news. At first I didn’t know what to do, but who would? Her life now revolves around a hospital. She has lost all of her beautiful red hair. She has never lost that big smile on her face. When something like this happens you want to do every thing possible to help. This is why I wrote this song…When I started I didn’t know what to write? What to say? How to say it? As I wrote it, it seemed to just come to me, like I was telling a story and not a song. I want people to listen to this and understand what Molly is going through, and what my family is going through. It’s not fair what has happened, but now that it has, we need people to know about it. We need help. We can’t do this alone.”