Local singer ‘overwhelmed’ as cover of pop hit goes viral

May 18, 2015

A young Crossmaglen singer’s performance of Christina Perri’s ‘A Thousand Years’ has reached a global audience after her video was shared online by a national radio station.

Sionan Murphy says she is “overwhelmed” by the reaction to her version of the popular ballad, which attracted almost 90,000 views in just two days after it was shared by Belfast-based Cool FM.

Listeners lavished praise on the talented 21-year-old student, leaving comments such as “as good if not better than the original” and “what a voice!”

Sionan has been singing and playing guitar since her early teens and is fast making a name for herself on the entertainment scene, covering a range of well-known hits as well as her own material.

Enjoying airplay with her most recent original song “Lost Love” on RTE 2XM radio, and invited to gig in Temple Bar, Dublin, she says she is delighted to be given such opportunities to have her music heard.

Earlier this year the talented singer/songwriter appeared on RTE’s The Voice of Ireland show and although unfortunate not to have been selected by the judges, Sionan says the experience gave her the incentive to keep pursuing her dream.

“After taking part in the Voice of Ireland, I found people give up too quickly.  One set back shouldn’t stop you from doing what you want to do, so I created a YouTube account to try and get myself out there.  I know no one is going to come knocking on my door so sometimes you need to do these things,” she told The Examiner.

“Every video I upload attracts a different audience depending on the song.  So when “A Thousand Years” went viral I couldn’t believe it.  I was sitting in the sitting room then the next thing my phone starting going crazy with messages and best of luck wishes.  It was great to hear the positive feedback and to know that people really enjoyed it. I really was overwhelmed!”

Grateful for all the publicity, Sionan says she’s going to continue getting her music out there: “For now I’m just going to continue playing at small, intimate showcase sessions in Dublin, because there is an invited audience who want to be there and want to listen.  It’s also a place were you have a range of people, tourists etc. and even though you don’t get paid, I’m hoping it will all be worth it all in the long run.

“RTE 2XM have more recently air-played some of my own material, which was another great experience for me.  You can check out all my music on my YouTube by simply typing in ‘Sionan Murphy’ and also follow me on facebook to keep up to date on what I’m doing.”

Excited about the future, she added, “You never know what can happen until you try.  Rome wasn’t built in a day!”

We’ve no doubt that Sionan has a bright and successful future in the music industry ahead of her.  Watch this space!