|Recording a song for Nana leads to major record deal for 11-year-old Lancashire schoolboy… CORMAC|
|Hear My Voice Released 4th December 2020 A simple act of kindness from an eleven-year-old grandson to his beloved ‘Nannie’ – performing her favourite song for her on YouTube as they could not be together due to lockdown – has led to him being signed by the legendary Decca and playing Freddie Mercury’s piano! |
When Cormac’s heartfelt performance of ‘Danny Boy’ came to the label’s attention by chance on social media, they immediately signed him up and his album ‘Hear My Voice’ will be released on 4 December 2020.
Cormac is from Lancashire and his maternal grandparents live in Northern Ireland. Due to the Covid travel restrictions, they could not see each other and so he had the idea to perform a song virtually. Now, since the song was shared and people far and wide fell in love with his wonderful voice, he finds himself label mates with the likes of Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo and Lisa Minnelli!
Not only that, but he started work on the album at the Metropolis Studios where everyone from Queen to U2 to Adele has created masterpieces. Cormac even got to warm up by using Freddie Mercury’s piano [he played it wearing gloves so that he could keep them as souvenirs!].
Cormac’s ‘Nannie’ (Colleen) said, “I could never have imagined that his little pieces, sung for me, would have led to this amazing opportunity. My husband and I are so very proud of Cormac, and we hope that his singing will give much pleasure. We also hope that it will help to shed a little light during these dark times we are all having to endure.”
‘Hear My Voice’ features fifteen brand new recordings that showcase the pureness and clarity of Cormac’s voice. The material included ranges from his own takes on songs like Snow Patrol’s ‘Run’, to evergreen classics like ‘Pie Jesu’ and [35 years after the original!]; and there is a very contemporary take on the Christmas classic ‘Walking in the Air’.
Thematically there is a nod towards missing loved ones, distance and the Gaelic tradition. Of course, the album features Nannie’s favourite, ‘Danny Boy’.
TRACKLISTING 1. Pie Jesu (Lloyd Webber) / 2. Run (Snow Patrol) / 3. How Can I Keep from Singing? / 4. Fields of Gold / 5. Walking in the Air / 6. You Raise Me Up feat. Secret Garden / 7. Shenandoah / 8. Tomorrow (from Annie) / 9. Be Thou My Vision / 10. Danny Boy / 11. I Have a Dream (Abba) / 12. Wexford Carol / 13. A Gaelic Blessing (Rutter) / 14. O Waly Waly / 15. O Holy Night
Whilst this has been an extraordinary adventure already for Cormac, and one that he could never have expected when he first decided to cheer up his grandma, he is a very down to earth boy. Singing live, perhaps performing his music in a Cathedral seems a slightly remote possibility at the moment. Cormac will have to content himself with the virtual world – as an 11-year-old he would love to do a show on Fortnite like Marshmello, Travis Scott or Dominic Fike! Whilst that may be a stretch, what is for certain is that Nannie couldn’t be prouder, and the whole nation will love ‘Hear My Voice’.
YouTube clip of ‘Danny Boy’