24-year-old Ciara Lawless from Athlone in Co. Roscommon has just released her debut single titled ‘Half the Man’ on all streaming platforms.
Ciara, a popular DJ with local community radio station RosFM, co-wrote the song with David Owens, Parisch Browne and Italian songwriter Angelo Iossa.
The emotive recording explores the complexities of Alzheimer’s and the impact it has on the father-son relationship.
Influenced by a diverse range of genres, Ciara’s music blends pop, folk, and classical melodies with honest and sharp lyrics, and her unique sound has drawn comparisons with the likes of Kate Bush and Fiona Apple. Her passion for music has taken her around the world and seen her perform live in Los Angeles and Cannes.
Ciara, who trained at the Academy of Music in Tullamore and began her professional career as a funeral singer, performed ‘Half the Man’ at the Black Cat Bar as part of the Galway Songwriting Camp in February 2020 before Covid-19 delayed its release. Co-produced by Luke Delaney and Marian Bradfield, the single was finally released on April 28th of this year.
Now, with her second single and a full album on the horizon, the Roscommon singer could be poised to become one of the most exciting new Irish artists of 2023.