Leona launches her debut album

June 8, 2010

By Brónagh Murphy

This weekend a Cullyhanna singer will put her stamp on the music world with the release of her debut CD entitled ‘Here I Am’.

Leona Hoey is well-known in music circles and has graced stages across the country.  The 19-year-old’s captivating voice belies an experience well beyond her tender years and now she aims to take her music career to a new level with the launch of her first album.

The 15-track compilation includes cover versions of ‘When’ by Leona Lewis and Alexandra Burke’s ‘Hallelujah’, along with other well known and familiar classics.

Leona’s rapid rise up the musical ladder comes as no surprise as her family history is steeped in music.  Her parents, Edmund and Sheila, are both established musicians and her elder sister Mary is very well known on the country music circuit and has also released a CD.

However, Leona has taken a different direction with her musical taste and primarily focuses on pop and easy listening.  ‘Here I Am’ is a testament of this teenager’s magical talent and will undoubtedly set her further on the road in pursuit of her dream of becoming a professional singer.

The album will appeal to a wide range of music fans and is available to buy from local shops.


St. Patrick’s GFC in Cullyhanna will host an event this weekend to mark the official launch of Leona’s CD.

Backed by a live band, Leona will take to the stage this Friday June 11th and will perform a number of tracks from the new album.

Several other artists will also perform during the jam-packed night of top class entertainment.  Along with his own individual performance, host and compere Big O will introduce the acts which include: Mary Hoey – sister of Leona; TRT – an up and coming pop band from Armagh city and singer Shauna McStravick from Ardboe, Co. Tyrone.  The evening will round off with music from DMC disco.

Refreshments will be served during the night and everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy this night of musical extravaganza in Cullyhanna.

Little Hearts Matter

All proceeds from Friday’s launch night will go directly to charity and the Hoey family has chosen the ‘Little Hearts Matter’ charity to benefit.

Little Hearts Matter primarily offers support and information to parents of children born with the heart defect Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, commonly known as ‘half a heart’.

The charity’s local representatives in Cullyhanna are Gerard and Mary O’Reilly (nee Sherdian) who tragically lost their newborn son, Eoin Joseph, to the condition in February 2006, when he was just three days old.

As a way of coping with their loss while keeping the memory of their son alive, Gerard and Mary have been actively involved in fundraising for the charity since.  Gerard has undertaken a number of charity runs and in October he plans to compete in the Dublin marathon to raise funds for the charity.  Last year the family also donated proceeds from a surprise birthday party.

Gerard says the family is grateful that Leona has chosen Little Hearts Matter to benefit from this weekend’s event and added that he hopes to see a good turnout in aid of this worthy cause.

Tickets are on sale locally or patrons can pay at the door. The night will include a raffle for spot prizes and all proceeds will directly benefit Little Hearts Matter.