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Mia Yermeche and Chris Kabs Soar Together with the R&B storyteller’s Debut Single “Butterflies”

The past year may yet be remembered as a time when artists were born. Mia Yermeche is ready to make her claim to be one of them. From Bettystown, Co. Meath, Yermeche always loved writing, and always loved music. But it was only in the summer of 2020, with her final year of secondary school ahead of her, and a drastically reduced ability to go out with her friends, that she was drawn to finally bring these two elements of her life together.

“I’ve always loved English in school. I used to record voice notes of little musical ideas that came to me.” Yermeche explains.

Chris Kabs, the Irish producer – best known for his recent work on the critically acclaimed ‘2020 D|Vision’ for JyellowL – got in touch after spotting one of Yermeche’s Instagram covers. Kabs recorded and produced ‘Butterflies’ with her at TEMO Universal, Dublin, in August 2020.

Shimmering organ synths paint a sweetly imaginative backdrop from the outset of the track, quickly punctuated by Yermeche’s crisp vocal style. The result is a ‘hovering’ quality to the overall sound, reflective of the thrill and magic of infatuation, and the anticipation of a date – as well as of course, butterflies. All of this makes it difficult to believe that ‘Butterflies’ is, in fact, the first song that Mia Yermeche has ever written.

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Her songwriting approach is reminiscent of the tight pop stylings of Mahalia and Kehlani, but with the sensitive authenticity of a young Alicia Keys. These elements come together to create a satisfyingly smooth pop ballad, yet with heart and depth upon repeated listens. And in the capable hands of Kabs as producer, the track’s arrangement charts a thoughtful path to the repeat button.

“There’s a lot of things I want to say, songs I want to release. This one is me being girly, sugar-coated, poppy,” Yermeche says about the track. “I envision someone getting ready for a night out to it, in anticipation of the day that we can all do that again.”

With this serving of sonic fantasy for her listeners in the meantime, Mia Yermeche seemingly effortlessly asserts herself as an R&B songwriter to watch. With a level of quality and attention to detail rarely seen on a debut, ‘Butterflies’ is the sound of an artist taking flight.

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James Arthur Announces Headline Belfast Show

James Arthur today delights fans by announcing tours of both UK & Ireland and North America in 2022.

The tour includes dates at Ulster Hall on 28th March and Olympia Theatre on 29th March.

Today’s announcement lands on a special day –  the fifth anniversary of the release of James’s global smash hit ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’.

James  will be performing songs from his upcoming new album ‘It’ll All Make Sense In The End’ alongside his classic hit singles and fan favourites.

James says: “I’m beyond happy about getting back on the road and seeing everyone again. Playing shows for my fans gives me life and that’s been taken away for the best part of two years so needless to say I’m itching to get back out there and perform for them again. Coming to a stage near you soon!

James has sold over 30 million records worldwide and has to date released three hugely successful albums ‘James Arthur’ (UK No.2), ‘Back From The Edge’ (UK No.1) and ‘YOU’ (UK No.2), alongside nine solo UK Top 40 singles. He has had two No.1 smash hits and was awarded a disc for reaching a billion streams on Spotify with ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’, the No.1 global hit that brought the singer-songwriter from Middlesbrough back from the edge (it currently has 1.7 billion streams on the platform). James recently dominated the airwaves and charts with his storming collaboration with Sigala ‘Lasting Lover’. The track was a No.1 airplay song in the UK, No.1 on iTunes and Top 10 on the Official Singles Chart.

James recently signed a new record deal in the UK with Columbia Records, a co-deal with Columbia Records Germany, and announced his new album  ‘It’ll All Make Sense In The End’,  his 4th long play release, is coming later this year.

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Foy Vance Set For SSE Arena Concert

Singer-songwriter Foy Vance is pleased to announce his largest ever headline show at The SSE Arena, Belfast on Saturday 02nd April 2022. Foy’s second studio album on Ed Sheeran’s Gingerbread Man Records and the follow-up to 2016’s The Wild SwanSigns Of Life will be released on September 10 on CD, LP and digital formats and is available to pre-order. 

Signs Of Life is the sound of a beloved singer-songwriter at the peak of his powers. It’s also the sound of a man – a husband, a father, a sinner, a drinker – belatedly coming to terms with his demons. Driven by powerful percussion, “Time Stand Still” features a soaring, emotive vocal from Vance, who was struggling with an addiction to alcohol and painkillers at the time of writing.

“I had my first extended period off the road after twenty years of constant touring,” says Vance. “And I realised: wow, I drink two bottles of wine and at least a half bottle of vodka a day. I’d start the day with codeine to get myself sorted, and I’d smoke joints throughout the day. So I realised: I have so many incredibly bad habits here. I’m showing all the signs of death, getting ashen, grey, smoking more, drinking more, smoking more…I hit a wall.”

“It was my manager that made me get help,” Vance continues. “And in those moments, you do wish time would stand still. Can’t I just stop here and sit in this moment before I have to take up that mantle?”

Signs Of Life was recorded in three locations: Vance’s Pilgrim studio at home on the shores of Loch Tay in Highland Perthshire, another recording set-up in a nearby Dunvarlich House, and at Plan B’s Kings X studio in London. The album was written and played more or less entirely by Vance, with able assistance from young Northern Irish producer Gareth Dunlop. Serendipitously, Dunlop had been inspired on his career path by a chance encounter with Vance many years before.

“When I was around 14 years-old I wandered into a coffee shop in Belfast and saw Foy playing in the corner,” Dunlop explains. “I was completely spellbound by what I heard. It was a lightbulb moment that sent me on the road of wanting to discover my own voice and musicality. I would never have imagined that I would be co-producing a record with him 18 years later, and that I would be just as inspired and spellbound by what he does.”

Created out of the grimness of 2020, Signs of Life is an album of dawn after darkness, hope after despair, engagement after isolation, uplift after lockdown. It comes in bold sleeve artwork that reflects Vance’s desire to embrace all sides of everything, all humanity’s textures. Shot on a 160-year-old camera which does arresting things with colours and shading, the back image is of Vance as a bare-chested, bare-knuckle boxer. On the front, he’s in a dress, blonde wig and theatrical make-up.

“They’re just mad, striking images, and I loved the fact that it was male and female. You know, life’s extreme, life’s volatile, life explodes into reality sometimes, and stops just as quick. So to be struck by images on the cover made sense.”

At any time, Foy Vance’s new collection of songs would be a tonic. At this particular time, they can’t arrive a moment too soon. “That’s a huge part of it,” says Vance. “Signs of Life is about re-emergence – me in my own soft revolution, the world re-emerging in what we’re about to see as we hopefully go back to some semblance of normality. But just life in general – flowers growing through the cracks in Chernobyl. Life finds a way, doesn’t it?”

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