Thursday and it is that time of the week where we look at potential artists for Eurovision 2014 from Ireland. This week we have 2 men and a lady, each with their own distinctive style
- Damien Dempsey
- Lucia Evans
- Damien Rice
Damien Dempsey is not your typical male singer with a guitar. He is a master lyricist and is uniquely Dublin in his songs and singing voice. His début album in 2000, ‘They Don’t Teach This Shit in School’ signaled the start of a successful career at home and abroad. Immediately the Irish Music industry had found a unique talent and voice. Many stars from Sinéad O’Connor to U2 were quick to applaud his talent. His second album ‘Seize the Day’, was released in 2003 and established a strong musical relationship with producer John Reynolds. Touring became Dempsey’s passion. Commercial and critical success was to further follow with his #1 album ‘Shots’ in 2005, and then ‘To Hell or Barbados’ in 2007, which debuted at #2 in the Ireland.
Damien’s fans include Brian Eno, Sinéad O’Connor, Bob Dylan and U2 to name but a few. Morrissey had him play support on his US tour. Damien has won countless awards including the Irish Meteor Awards for Best Irish Male and Best Traditional Folk Award. His albums have topped the charts and gone Platinum, and received praise from publications like Rolling Stone, The Guardian, Billboard, MOJO and The Sunday Times.
Dempsey is a uniquely Irish singer and would breathe life into a Eurovision Stage.
Lucia Evans is a stunning Irish-Zimbabwean singer and winner of the 2006 season of the RTE talent show “You’re a Star”. Originally from Bulawayo in Zimbabwe, Evans lives in Galway in the west of Ireland, working as a full-time vocal coach. The Judges on the “You’re a Star” show included none other than Eurovision Winner Linda Martin who had tipped Lucia for the title.
Evans’s first single was “Bruised Not Broken”, written by Don Black, Wayne Hector and Phill Thornalley and produced by Paul Staveley O’Duffy. It was released on Universal Records and entered the Irish Singles Chart at #5 and remained in the Top 10 for 3 weeks.
In 2007, Evans released her self composed song “The Other Man” which peaked at #17 in the Irish Singles Chart which was very successful considering that it was only available on iTunes download. This was Lucia as an independent artist and gained critical acclaim. Evans is a trained vocal coach using SLS (Speech Level Singing) Technique which she now teaches as a full-time career.
Well with performances as above – it is time for Lucia to come back and take center stage at Eurosong 2014. She has an amazing voice and stunning presence that would work so well at Eurovision.
Damien Rice has been the soundtrack to many a cinematic moment that you will be familiar with. Rice comes from Celbridge, County Kildare,and began his musical career as a member of the 1990s rock group Juniper. After leaving the band he worked as a farmer in Tuscany and busked throughout Europe before returning to Ireland in 2001 where he began work on his solo musical career with the help of his second cousin – the famous James Bond music composer David Arnold.
In 2002 his début album “O” reached No. 8 on the UK albums chart and won him the “Shortlist music prize”. The album also gave Rice three top-30 singles in the UK. His follow-up album came in 2006 and was titled “9”. It went to #1 in Ireland, #4 in the UK and #22 in the USA to name just a few countries where it was successful.
At the recent South Korea “Seoul Jazz Festival 2013” he announced to the audience that he is back writing new material. His songs have been featured on the soundtrack to many tv shows and movies from – “American Idol, True Blood, CSI and The Inbetweeners” – and on several movies including “Closer, I am David, Stay, In Good Company, The Girl in the Café and Shrek the Third”.
Once you hear Damien sing you know exactly who it is. His songs are poetic and intimate and would certainly light up a Eurovision stage.
So there are our suggestions for Eurosong/Eurovision 2014. Who would be your choice? Take our poll
In last week poll you selected Sinead O’Connor as your preferred choice for Eurovision with 52% of the vote, followed by Dolores O’Riordan on 36% and in thurd place Melanie McCabe on 12%. Who will be your choice this week.
Author/Website co-founder and Editor in Chief Garrett Mulhall
Source – Eurovision Ireland