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Dublin-born Róisín O is one of the most promising new artists to emerge from the competitive Irish music scene in recent times. In a relatively short timespan she has shared stage and studio space with some of Ireland's leading artists, and proved that combining a collaborative songwriting style, the warmth and depth of her expressive voice, a hot band and a commitment to hard work is still the best way to progress.
23-year-old Róisín O's career took off almost immediately after she left school. She started airing her own songs at every chance she got, whether as a solo artist, a guest performer or with her band. Her song 'Drifting' was singled out for special praise when it appeared on the Woman's Heart Then And Now album in 2010, and where it shone in the company of such illustrious contemporary Irish female artists as Lisa Hannigan, Wallis Bird, Gemma Hayes, Heathers and Julie Feeney.
She was further encouraged by the response from the music media and fans alike when she released the EP The Thrill in 2011. The positive reaction to the EP was reinforced by the release of her debut single 'Here We Go' in May 2012. The song was inspired by the Electric Picnic, and it was selected by Ian Dempsey as his song of the week on Today FM among other fine reviews. Its video also scored an impressive number of YouTube hits, and the single's overall impact placed Róisín O firmly at the forefront of emerging talent in Ireland.
Support slots with artists across a wide range of styles, including Imelda May, The Coronas, Mary Black, and Brad Paisley, proved that Róisín O was born to perform. She guested on recordings with Paul Brady and Mary Black and her nationwide fan-base grew when she was invited to perform live on the Pat Kenny Show on RTE 1 and Ireland AM on TV3. Last year she was proclaimed by Hot Press as "One To Watch" for 2012, and has already justified that prophecy.
Róisín O's debut album The Secret Life of Blue is due for release in September 2012. As work on the album progressed it became clear that it was developing into a collaborative effort involving the rest of her band, rather than a purely solo work. As a result, the name Róisín O now encompasses the band as well as the lead singer.
The Secret Life of Blue was recorded in the Studio Black Box in France with Grammy Award-winning producer David Odlum, and as Róisín herself explains, "After rehearsing and writing together for so long, we knew there was pressure on us to get the album out so people could hear all the new songs, but we didn't want to fall into the trap of rushing headlong into it. David has a terrific reputation and has worked with The Frames, Gemma Hayes, Josh Ritter and lots of others, so his advice was invaluable in helping me and the band realise our musical vision for the album."http://roisino.com/
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