Cork singing sensation Clodagh O’Sullivan from Macroom released her new single ‘All You Do Is’ at the end of March and today she follows it up with a stunning acoustic version of the song.
The song song produced by fellow Corkonian Cian Sweeney (1000 Beasts), shows how much Clodagh has grown as a songwriter over the past two years.
Just recently, Clodagh completed a songwriting camp with Ben Folds and this July she will fly to LA for the exclusive VocalizeU intensive summer retreat.
The single has already received attention from RTÉ Radio 1’s Liliam Smith, who called it ‘glorious’ when she played it on RTÉ Radio 1’s Late Date. Clodagh also impressed Hot Press Magazine, who invited her to showcase her music as part of their Y&E Series in conjunction with the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.
In a live report, Hot Press noted “her set was a moving showcase of her talented vocal skills and songwriting abilities.”
Clodagh will be working Cian Sweeney, who is regarded as ‘one of the brightest prospects in Irish pop’ (Irish Examiner), on a series of releases planned across the next 12 months. She has also continued to work with renowned vocal coach Gemma Sugrue as her mentor in preparation for these releases.
“This feels like the start of a new chapter and a new era for me,” she says. “Over lockdown I was getting frustrated by stupid things like not being able to leave the house and you can hear that all in the track. I was doing guitar lessons over Zoom with Jake Curran and he was giving me something to work on and it’s him playing those chords you hear on the track.”
Clodagh says that listening to the likes of Lianne La Havas, H.E.R. and Sza also helped to develop her sound. “It was a much cheesier song but I switched it up after listening to some of those artists,” she says.
Clodagh is an incredibly accomplished musician. Born Clodagh O’Sullivan in Rhode Island in the States, Clodagh moved back to Ireland with her father when she was very young. A big fan of Lianne La Havas, Tom Odell and Jessie Ware, Clodagh’s love for layered harmonies has already seen her compared to the likes of Lisa Hannigan and Wyvern Lingo.
Her 2020 single ‘You Got Me’ received over 1200 spins on Irish radio, gaining over a million impacts for the song. The single was remixed by The Control Freakz, leading to over 20,000 Spotify streams. She has over 1,700 monthly listeners on Spotify. Nialler9 called ‘You Got Me’ a “smart and soulful pop track”.
In addition to completing the Commercial Modern Music degree at BIMM Dublin, Clodagh has also trained under renowned vocal coach Gemma Sugrue (RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Chic, Billy Ocean, Jerry Fish, Lee Fields). She was also chosen for a specialist jazz course in Izola, Slovenia, where she worked with Emilia Martensson, her sister In 2019, she was selected to do a residency at Attica Audio, as part of Donegal Arts Festival, with producers Tommy McLaughlin (Villagers, Soak, Ailbhe Reddy) and Rocky O’Reilly (Gary Lightbody, And So I Watch You From Afar, The Wood Burning Savages). She was also chosen for a specialist jazz course in Izola, Slovenia, where she worked with Emilia Martensson, her sister Marina Martensson (from the band Laibach) and Femi Temowo (guitarist for Amy Winehouse).
“I’ve been waiting for so long to release this song and get the ball rolling, so I can’t wait to be able to jump at opportunities to perform it for people whenever I can,” Clodagh says.
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