16 July, 2012

15. New Artist of the Week: Lisa Hannigan

Every week at TOPICALISE we look at a new artist, you may or may not have heard of the artist, but the article will provide information on the artist as well as songs to check out and where to find out more. This week’s new artist of the week is Lisa Hannigan: Currently, the world of music is saturated with young, hopeful and indeed talented producers, singer-songwriters and the like, all based around a very electronic feel generally speaking. However, one of the reasons why this week's artist was chosen was to give a wider view of the music of today! TOPICALISE, being an up-to-date, fully informative website, aims to provide a well-rounded view of music and talent from all over the world, and what better place to start than Ireland? Dublin-born, 31-year-old Lisa Hannigan is County Meath's shining star; singer-songwriter and keen musician, Lisa was first brought to the forefront of our consciousness in 2002, having met and performed with Damien Rice the year previously in Dublin's Temple Bar. A year later, Lisa featured heavily on his album O, and thus began a 6-year collaboration between the two. Breaking away from the 'Rice Franchise' in early 2007, Hannigan then went on to persue a solo career, releasing her debut album 'Sea Sew' in 2008. As well as this, she supported singer Jason Mraz on his 42-date tour of the US in the same year. Most recently, Lisa's album 'Passengers', was released in October of last year, receiving wide acclaim from The Scotsman, The Irish Times and on 7digital, as well as being given 4/5 by entertainment.ie. Brought to our attention was the catchy, woodsy folk song 'What'll I do', a tuneful, upbeat hit with a video featuring the lovely red-cheeked, fresh-faced Hannigan swaying in time on a fairground ride to her music. The song, featured most recently on TOTP, was also uploaded on to YouTube in February of this year, and has nearly reached 1,000,000 views. Track to check out: What'll I do, and O Sleep featuring Ray LaMontagne Want to find out more about Lisa Hannigan: http://lisahannigan.ie, http://www.youtube.com/user/lisahannigan, http://www.myspace.com/lisahannigan

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