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Leen, mean music machine!

Wednesday, 13th February, 2019 4:58pm

Cork singer-songwriter Jess Leen has today launched her new single, recorded by Irish Eurovision star Ryan O’Shaughnessy.

Produced and recorded at Bayview Studio in Loughshinny by O’Shaughnessy, Ireland’s 2018 Eurovision entry, ‘Boys’ is released today 14 February as the first single from Douglas singer Leen’s upcoming EP of the same name.

An upbeat, soul-infused pop number, ‘Boys’ pays homage to Leen’s ‘80s and ‘90s influences like Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, and will be launched at Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin tonight.

Further dates in Cork, Dublin and London are to be announced in late spring to coincide with the release of the EP.

Speaking about the single, Ryan O'Shaughnessy said: “It was a pleasure working with Jess on her track. When I heard the acoustic version, it reminded me of Christina Aguilera with a hint of Bruno Mars. A really fun project to work on with a true artist!”

Having toured previously with Irish artists including Hermitage Green and Tiz McNamara, Leen is no stranger to the live music circuit, and will be accompanied by her live band, Dylan Howe, Kevin Herron, Philip Dunphy, Luke Howard, Jacob Fry and Hallie Smythe on tour.

As well as her music, Leen is also a keen actor, having graduated from the Gaiety School of Acting in 2017. Her play ‘Two of Clubs’, about a young woman from Cork in the 1940s who dreams of being a singer, was shown Leeside during last year’s Guinness Cork Jazz Festival.

Tickets for the Smock Alley gig are available online at smockalley.com.

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