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Camden Place release Cary Grant inspired single ‘Ships’ feat. Rachel Akano

January 27, 2023

Camden Place combines the lyrical and compositional talents of Irish songwriter, Seán Silke, and the production, arranging and musical skills of Beardfire Studio.
Working with vocalists and producers, Camden Place have begun making their mark on the dance/pop music scene, covering genres such as dance pop, ambient house, electronica, EDM, hip hop and RnB.

New single ‘Ships’ was inspired by the documentary ‘Becoming Cary Grant’. Cary Grant’s real name was Archie Leach and he grew up in Bristol, England. Behind his debonair screen image, he had a humble working class background as well as lasting issues with his mother, who abandoned the family when he was a boy. The actor fought against depression all his life and was unable to sustain relationships (he was married five times). The documentary shows how, at the height of his career, directors like Alfred Hitchcock were able to tap into Grant’s mental and emotional turmoil to create a fascinating on-screen charisma and persona. The song, “Ships”, tries to convey the sadness behind the celebrity veneer.

The Beardfire Studio producers are David Virgin, Rohan Healy and Al Quiff, who have, in their collective six decades of musical experience, worked on stage or in studio with the likes of Nick Cave, INXS, Leslie Dowdall (In Tua Nua), Mary Black, The Cruel Sea, RUNAH, Patricia Lalor, Cat Power, Billy Bragg and Lloyd Cole, to name but a few.

Seán Silke is a composer and musician with over 500 original songs in his back catalogue. Seán’s output also includes material recorded by Weekend Special (the album “In the heart of the castle”), Chris Kabs (the album “Unlucky in Love”) , and Ellen Cosgrove (the album “Unexamined Emotions”).

Rachael Akano, born in Dublin of Nigerian heritage, is a newcomer to the vibrant Dublin dance, hip hop and RnB scene. Rachael has a background of performing gospel music in church. By the time she was 8, she was singing in front of hundreds of people. She quickly gained the attention of fans and admirers worldwide through her YouTube and Instagram covers and original material. Now working with songwriter Seán Silke and the Beardfire Studio production team, Rachael’s haunting vocals superbly interpret the touching lyrics of “Ships”.

‘Ships’ is the first in a series of six Camden Place recordings featuring Rachael Akano due for release throughout 2023.

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