Northern Irish songstress, Máiréad, returns from the lockdowns and her recent marriage with a new single all about the music industry. And it is brilliant!

 

Written virtually in one of the myriad lockdowns over the last 18 months with Jess Thristan, Belong to Me, is all about life, the music industry, the things that stand in the way or hold us back, and realising that being us is enough. Vocally reminiscent of the country music icon Reba McEntire, this is wonderful song to the industry and her listeners alike, encouraging empowerment and breaking down of the barriers that stand the way of achieving dreams – you and your ideas belong to you. It’s a powerful message and powerful vocals are required. Thankfully Máiréad delivers this in spades.

 

This recording is produced by Robert Gulston (one half of Essex based country duo Holloway Road) and Máiréad’s vision was that the track builds and pushes, as metaphor for real life. It really does achieve this and the music really works well with Máiréad’s voice. I know this is a single review, but one thing I’ll interject with at this point is that every reader of this review should try and see her live – she possesses one of the best voices in the UK and Ireland (and realistically further afield) and her live performances are so stunning they’re hard to describe (I’m sure I’ll be trying to for Country Lowdown at some point soon though!!). So as well listening to this excellent song please do try and see her live – you will not be disappointed.

 

Máiréad’s previous releases are excellent pop-country tunes, and this new track is definitely an excellent addition to her catalogue. I’m sure it will do really well, following the success of Crying on the Dancefloor (one of my favourites), If You Loved Me Once (with Johnny Brady) and her Christmas single from 2020 This Time of Year, which have amassed over 75,000 streams across the platforms. This Time of Year also managed 24,000 video views in under a week.

 

Belong To Me is out this Friday – 12th November.

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