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Sara Rose launches her debut record on Loughshinny label


A 17-year-old student from Malahide is taking her first steps into the world of recording with the release of her debut LP which has been recorded under the guidance of Loughshinny singer-songwiter, Ryan O'Shaughnessy who first came to everyone's attention as a contestant on Britain's Got Talent.

Ryan was once signed to Simon Cowell's giant record label but these days prefers the independence route and has started his own record label, Bayview Records, to release his material as well as give other talented local musicians an outlet for their music.

Sara Rose from Malahide is the first musician to sign to the label and recently, she launched a six-track, self-titled EP.

Sara Rose met Ryan through mutual friends and the pair had a writing session together in January that kicked off the collaboration that has resulted in the Malahide girl's debut release.

Sara Rose told the Fingal Independent said: 'I played him some of my stuff and then we wrote a song together and that became the first song on the EP. It was the first time I've every collaborated with someone and it was really cool - we work really well together.'

Through the writing and recording process, Sara Rose said her style changed. The self-confessed Taylor Swift fan said that her songs had a 'folky' feel but as she worked with Ryan, the music took on a more alternative edge.

The tracks were recorded at Ryan's studio in Loughshinny and the O'Shaughnessy used the experience he has gained in the studio, to produce the EP.

Sara Rose said she is 'over the moon' with the results. 'I can't even explain how happy I am with it,' she told the Fingal Independent.

Alongside getting used to the recording process, Sara Rose has been garnering experience in front of a live audience with regular gigs in local venues like Gibney's where you can often find her on a Monday night and Oscar Taylor's on Friday nights.

The EP had already risen to number seven in the Google Play alternative charts in Ireland as the Malahide singer/songwriter spoked to the Fingal Independent but she is relaxed about what happens from here on in - 'I'm just going to take it as it comes,' she said.

The talented musician has other things to worry about in the year ahead as she takes on her Leaving Certificate year at Scoil Íosa in Malahide but her ambitions for the long-term are to become a full-time musician. 'This is what I want to do for the rest of my life,' she said. Fame is not a motivation for Sara Rose who says she has learned from Ryan that finding her own creative voice is what counts. 'Ryan talks about finding an 'honest voice' and how being yourself is more important than fame,' the young musician concluded.