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Cork artiste Lyra releases her debut album 12th April

Featuring former singles ‘Falling’, ‘You’ and new single ‘Chess’

After growing her profile steadily, Cork-born artiste LYRA releases her debut album on 12th April 2024 via Ruby works. Written in LA and London, the album showcases her eclectic style that ranges from ethereal radio hit ‘Falling’ to the dance floor beats of new single ‘Chess’, all of which elevate her powerful vocals that have given her a one-to-watch status.

‘Lyra’ comes after a run of singles released that have earned her radio play and a loyal fan base. In addition to ‘Falling’ – which featured on Grey’s Anatomy and Love Island – the high-energy ‘Edge of Seventeen’, co-created with famed Irish producer John Gibbons, helped build a strong following for her rousing live shows.

Her current extensive Irish tour purveys her musical artistry alongside striking fashion statements, and comes after previous festival appearances at Wilderness, Leeds and Reading, Isle of Wight, Latitude, Lollapalooza in Berlin, the main stage at Electric Picnic, and Brighton Pride.

Lyra’s debut album is a comprehensive reflection of the artist today. Together, the 14 tracks express the broad range of her musicality, journeying from the dark and sultry ‘Chess’ to the pulsating dance anthem of ‘Lovers’ to the empowering ‘Queen’ (“L.O.V.E I don’t need no one to love me / L.O.V.E. I can be my own queen”).

“When I began writing music, I aimed for a specific style,” she explains. “But as I started developing, I wanted to write a ballad when I was heartbroken, or an irreverent song when I had a one-night stand, or an upbeat song about going on the lash with my friends and dancing until three am. To me, music should be fun and evoke different emotions, and you’re not going to do that through one sound.”

Underpinning these textures is Lyra’s commanding voice that effortlessly plays wavers between lightness and depth, and fragility and strength, which immediately enriches the emotion in her words. “When I first began singing professionally, I was asked to change my vocal style because it was too low and brash,” Lyra says. “But my favourite acts have always been the ones that let the personality of the vocals shine through, like Sia, The Cranberries, London Grammar.”

Her raw and powerful vocals are put to exacting use: lyrically, the album offers snapshots of past relationships – specifically one turbulent end and its liberating aftermath. “The first ballad I ever wrote was ‘Someone New’, and it took me a lot of heartbreak and learning to get there,” she says. “But the album also documents when I embraced my single life and went a bit carefree and wild. People will understand much more about me, because all the songs are about my life. Except for ‘Naked’. That’s my alter ego coming out.”

Growing up in West Cork, music was omnipresent in Lyra’s childhood. “All my family were musical and there’s a sing-song everywhere you go in Ireland, that’s just the way it is”, she recalls.

After an encouraging reception to her first EP in 2016, ‘W.I.L.D.’, she picked up a record deal with Polydor and relocated to London. The first Polydor-release single ‘Falling’ garnered great interest, with strong radio play and a Choice Music Prize Song of the Year nomination in 2019 alongside acts like Hozier, Roisin Murphy and Lankum.

To develop Lyra’s craft, manager Caroline Downey (credited for discovering Hozier) put her in contact with Burns (Lady Gaga, Charlie XCX). Enamoured by her promise, he invited Lyra to LA for writing sessions in Max Martin’s studio to kick off the process of making the album. “It was an incredible experience, it was like a whole different world,” she says. “These are people who created Lady Gaga’s sound, they’re masterminds in the industry. That they were interested in working with me gave me the confidence to believe in myself more, which in turn allowed me to experiment and have fun.”

Other collaborators on the album include Dan Priddy (Bastille, Rag’n’Bone Man), The Nocturns (James Arthur, Maisie Peters) and Phil Cook (Lewis Capaldi, Ellie Goulding).

At the same time as readying her debut album, her profile has been increasing in Ireland thanks to her steady stream of single releases like ‘You’, ‘Lovers’ ‘New Day’ (a Jackie Lomax cover) and ‘The Magic of Christmas EP’, plus notable musical appearances on shows like Ireland’s Got Talent, Dancing with the Stars, The Tommy Tiernan show, numerous Late Late Show appearances and The Main Stage with Mark Fehily. Lyra also rang in the new year in 2021 at Dublin Castle.

Her talent extends to TV also: in 2021, she joined Boy George, Jedward and Aston Merrygold on the judging panel for Virgin Media Ireland talent show The Big Deal, and Lyra has also taken part in Ireland’s Celebrity Gogglebox.

Supporting the likes of Pink, Westlife, Blondie and Sting, her sell-out live appearances prove that while Lyra’s music is laden with intensity and drama, her bright personality is irrepressible. Be prepared for plenty of between-song “overshares” with an unmistakably Cork intonation, and strong style choices. “I just love having fun with fashion, and wearing things that are a bit more out there than normal,” she says. “Some people say that you dress for women or you dress for men, but I don’t get that, I just dress for me.”

Though ‘Lyra’ is an accomplishment that surmises her last several years of heartbreak, growth, and musical discovery, it’s also an opening gambit to her musical endeavours, an introductory marker to the path that lies ahead. “I feel I haven’t shown who I am or what I am until now,” she says. “People in Ireland will think that’s a strange thing to say because I’m known there. But as an artist, I feel like I haven’t scratched the surface at all. This feels like just the beginning.”


Lyra & Mark Feehily perform ‘Easy On Me’ on RTE

‘Mother’ on The Tommy Tiernan Show

‘New Day’ on the NYE Countdown Show

Magic of Christmas live at At The Mitchelstown Caves:

Lose My Mind video:



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