There is no doubt that LYRA is on the rise. Having just performed at the second stage at Electric Picnic, she has sold-out recent headline shows in London and Dublin and supported the likes of Jess Glynne, Dermot Kennedy and James Bay.
The Cork singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist earlier this month released her anthemic new single ‘Mother’, an ode to LYRA’s Mum’s powerful words of encouragement to forget your insecurities and rise above the haters.
“Writing this one with Phil Cook (Birdy, Ellie Goulding), was special - it came together in one day. I feel very at ease in the studio with him - there I am, wailing away - not afraid of singing a wild note, and he’s really open and encouraging of those wilder things - it really helps me shape the song,” explains LYRA.
“The song is about growing up and wrestling with who I was - something I think we all go through at one point or another in this crazy thing called life! Growing up I was teased about my appearance quite a bit and then, as I began to sing, also my voice. It definitely got me down - especially about the singing because I felt like I’d found my passion but was ashamed of doing it.
My mum always told me to rise above it all, accept myself as I was, to be proud of that and enjoy life… It’s not always easy - I still have insecurities and worry about all sorts of things - who doesn’t - but this song’s a reminder to pick your ass up, give it a big old shake to get the dust off & go hell for leather with anything and everything you want to do - and always remember to encourage others to do the exact same!”
The release of ‘Mother’, chosen by Virgin Media for their new campaign in Ireland, follows on from recent singles ‘Falling’ and ‘Never Let Go’. The singles have caused a real stir, particularly here in Ireland where she has already been playlisted across national radio 2FM, with support from Today FM and Spin and earlier this year Lyra performed ‘Falling’ live on the Ireland’s Got Talent Final. ‘Falling’ has been a hit across Irish National radio, chosen as both Eoghan McDermott’s Record of the Week and Nicky Byrne’s Song of the Week on 2FM. The hit single also entered the Spotify Viral Daily 50 and the iTunes pop charts in Ireland.
LYRA also recently caught the attention of Hulu’s Four Weddings and a Funeral by Mindy Kaling who featured LYRA’s cover of ‘I Only Want To Be With You’ on the OST alongside Emeli Sande, Nina Nesbitt, Bishop Briggs, and Naughty Boy.
A perfect blend of dark electronic pop, LYRA’s creativity manifests itself in songs, stories and art. Her love of vocal talents such as Kate Bush, Lykke Li and Bat for Lashes is obvious: part vintage, part contemporary, she exudes a sense of being free from the constraints of time and era.