Eurovision 2015

IRELAND : ‘Sunlight’ Comes Courtesy of One Direction, Taylor Swift & Westlife Collaborators

Sunlight Composers

IRELAND – Nicky Byrne hopes that Eurovision will be blinded by his ‘Sunlight’ in Stockholm, so we better take a look at the songwriters behind his entry.

‘Sunlight’ is the musical love child of Nicky himself, renowned songwriter Wayne Hector and award-winning composer Ronan Hardiman.

Wayne Hector is one of the world’s most sought after song writers. He has written for some of the world’s most successful artists like One Direction, Britney Spears, Nikki Minaj and Jason Derulo. He and Nicky already had a very close working relationship as Hector wrote 7 of Westlife’s number 1 songs including ‘Flying Without Wings’, ‘Swear It Again’ and my favourite ‘World Of Our Own’.

Ronan Hardiman comes from another musical genre and has worked on stage and TV productions. Since 1990 he has worked on the soundtrack of Michael Flatley’s ‘Lord of the Dance’ and ‘Feet of Flames’ and more recently he composed the score for the TV series ‘Neverland’.

The song was produced in Ireland by Ronan Hardiman and Nicky Byrne and mixed in LA by Serban Ghenea. Ghenea is a #legendary name who has mixed over 140 songs that have gone to #1. Some of these include Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’ and ‘Uptown Funk’ from Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars.

Wait – it doesn’t stop there! The creative team for ‘Sunlight’ is headed up by Tim Byrne who was the former Creative Director of Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment at Sony Music. Also involved will be Lee Lodge whose production credits include the 2015 Oscars and the MTV Music Video Awards. This team will work with RTÉ’s Head of Delegation Michael Kealy to produce ‘Sunlight’ in Stockholm.

So is this a winning team for Ireland at Eurovision? Can Nicky Byrne bring us another win at the contest? Let us know.


Author/Editor in Chief Garrett Mulhall

Source : RTE




5 replies »

  1. There’s an official extended version of the song if you purchase the single. It has 38 more seconds extra than the 3 minute version that we have

  2. It sort of begs the question: how could such a strong songwriting pedigree produce an entry as bland and forgettable as this? They could have at least livened up the track with some strings or something. It’s just so stunningly banal that it confirms my suspicions about the spoofers in RTE not caring one solitary iota about Eurovision.

    It’s at times like this I wish I was Swedish.

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