Born in Belgium but now based in Dublin, Pop/ R&B artist ORLA is an exciting new addition to Ireland’s music scene. Growing up in a musical family, she was surrounded by music of all genres from a young age. From the Irish trad music her father played to the French songs she grew up listening to in Brussels, she was always exploring new styles of singing.
After moving from Belgium to Ireland at seventeen, she started performing as backing vocalist and quickly moved on to writing and performing her own songs in venues all around Dublin. Combining both elements of Pop with R&B, ORLA channels her emotions into her vocal delivery, and embellishes her music with textured harmonies, vocal runs and layers. The result is a dreamy vocal line telling her stories over a powerful pop driven beat.
Following the success of her debut single ‘Close to me’, ORLA released ‘Lazy’ in 2021 which has since received positive feedback from both Irish media and radio. It also landed a spot on Spotify editorial playlists such as ‘New Music UK’ and ‘R&B Fresh Find’ and has so far gained over 30,000 streams.
2022 is set to be a busy year for ORLA. Fresh from supporting Irish band Royseven at main stage Whelan’s she will be releasing her highly anticipated follow up single ‘Carry Myself’ on the 31st of March. Working once again with producer Alex O’Keeffe, ‘Carry Myself’ shows a new level to ORLA’s lyricism, vocal ability and further solidifies her place as an artist to watch for 2022.
‘Carry Myself’ was written by ORLA and produced by her regular collaborator Alex O’Keeffe. It is a song about rediscovering your independence after the end of a relationship.
“Carry Myself is a song I wrote after a relationship had come to an end. It’s about realising that even though you once adored this person so much of what you believed about them was not true. Without them, you start to see qualities in yourself that you had missed. Essentially, it’s a celebration of yourself and knowing that sometimes you are better on your own.”
‘Carry Myself’ will be available on all streaming services on the 31st of March.