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'Voice' star Kiera to release single

Fintan Lambe

Published 01/04/2014 | 05:34

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Kiera Byrne from Gorey.

TWO years after appearing on RTE's 'The Voice', Gorey singer Kiera Byrne has finally given her fans what they've been looking for – her first original single.

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TWO years after appearing on RTE's 'The Voice', Gorey singer Kiera Byrne has finally given her fans what they've been looking for – her first original single.

Kiera appeared on the first series of the RTE show, reaching the quarter finals of the competition.

'After The Voice, you go through amazing highs, and extreme hard lows,' she said. 'Even though you're getting gigs, it's as if your body is in an ultimate low all the time.'

After the show, Kiera moved back to Gorey, and was no longer working as a beauty consultant in the fast pace of Dublin. 'We as a group from The Voice travelled all over Ireland with gigs,' she said. 'But a year after The Voice, I wasn't feeling great, and I wrote a number of songs around that time that will be on my EP, and then I'll build up to an album.'

The first song from the EP, is a song called 'Daddy', a song she describes as a 'country, contemporary pop song'. It will be available for download from iTunes in the coming weeks. The EP, with four songs, is then due for release towards the end of July.

Her new song was first aired on South East Radio last week, and Kiera says she was 'blown away by the reception' to it. 'When you're a musician, and it's your first song that you've written yourself, you can be really nervous. But I have been inundated with messages of support,' she said. 'People are saying they can hear the pain and the heartache in it, and it really touches them.'

The EP came about after Kiera met a producer called 'Stano'. She was introduced to him by Fair City's Tommy O'Neill, who met her while she was judging a Gorey's Got Talent competition.

He lined up various musicians to play on the tracks, including Billy Farrell on keyboards; Eoin Scott on guitar; Derek Harrison on drums; Sean Conlon on bass; and Andy Coogan on electric guitar; all of whom are very well respected in the Irish music industry.

Kiera also sent a big thank you to Gorey Credit Union as without their help, the recording and the CD wouldn't have been possible.

Kiera is also planning to make a video to accompany the song.

'I can't believe the amount of support I've had since it was first played on the radio,' she said. 'I've had text messages coming in saying "you're an inspiration".'

'I'm putting my heart out there, and for compliments to come back is amazing,' she concluded. 'I have the fire back in my belly now, and I feel like I'm back.'

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