Following the announcement of the cancellation of Eurovision 2020, I would like to say how terribly I feel for all those involved, and i hope that there can be a silver lining once we are through these surreal times.
Eurovison is an extraordinary event, and one the has been a huge blessing in my life.
But why, when I have an album of New Music, wold I kick off with a song that I’ve been singing for more than two decades?
Because this song has been my gift.
It has taken me to places that I could hardly have dreamed of, and singing it with the RTE Concert Orchestra is an utterly thrilling and uplifting experience. A feeling that I have been enjoying for more than two decades, and continue to enjoy to this day!
So I want to share that feeling with you. It’s is the first ever fully orchestral recording of this iconic song, and I love it!
Yes, I have lots of new, lush and epic orchestral music on the way….. but let me remind you about this one first.
Think of it as a ‘Hello, remember me…. I’ve been wanting to do this for a while’ .
The thing is, after a long and winding road to parenthood, I decided to divide the precious hours in the day between my much longed-for children and LIVE performance. Recording got kicked to the curb for a while.
The past decade has not only been full of personal landmark performances (for HRH Queen Elizabeth 2, Pope Francis‘ visit to Ireland, President Michael D Higgins inaugural state visit to Britain in the Royal Albert Hall, HRH Prince Charles) but also a steady building up of loyal audiences, and annual return-bookings in national venues.
A loyal audience must be deeply respected. The two things that they mostly want from me are 1. New Music, and 2. not to leave the building without performing ‘The Voice’
Hopefully I’ve answered my own initial question; why this song?
It’s a killer song. AND I love it. AND so does my loyal audience.
Here it is – in it’s newest and most powerful form. I hope you’ll love it too.
THE VOICE 2020 (with the RTE Concert Orchestra) Single out March 20th