‘Hey Cinderella’ is the new single by Dublin artist and songwriter Paul McDonnell. A respected songwriter and performer, Paul has toured with Celtic Woman and has had 15 of his songs recorded by major label artists including Leah Mc Fall (The Voice UK- signed by will.i.am), Tommy Fleming (10 songs via Universal UK) and traditional Irish luminaries De Danann.
‘Hey Cinderalla’ was written by Paul in April 2020 and recorded in Cellar Club Studios, Northern Ireland. Produced by longtime collaborator Dave Molloy and mining influences of Jack Johnson and John Mayer, Paul describes the song as a funny reflection on a love that could never be “If I had a superpower it would be falling for women who aren’t available.” The lyrics tell the story in a tongue in cheek way “Hey Cinderella, how’s your fella? When you gonna say goodbye. To that old Prince or frog, give this old dog a try.”
‘Hey Cinderella’ is the first new material released by Paul since his 3rd solo album ‘A Sweeter Confusion’ which gained glowing reviews from The Irish Mail on Sunday and Hot Press in 2016. A sublime live performance on the Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk received huge reaction from listeners, leading Pat Kenny to enthuse that Paul’s music is “Lyrically very clever & musically beautiful.” The album was ‘Album Of The Week’ on Ocean FM and received great support from RTE Radio One, Newstalk, BBC Ulster, WLR FM, Galway Bay, Tipp FM, KFM, Beat FM, RnaG, Shannonside, Highlands, Midlands Radio and others.
Paul McDonnell first came to prominence as the singer and main songwriter for Cellar Club – a collective of musicians who released several recordings together and were described as “a mix of Steve Winwood and Steely Dan”. Paul went on to join De Danann as lead vocalist and guitarist. Since then, he has written in the songwriting epicenter of Nashville and had his songs placed in films, on TV and used in advertising campaigns internationally. He co-wrote the theme song ‘Be All You Can Be’ for the 2014 US movie ’37 A Final Promise’. Paul is the only double winner of the IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest, beating over 400 artists to the top prize in 2011 and 2014.
‘Hey Cinderella’ is released 16th April.