Acclaimed UK singer songwriter and BBC Radio 2 favourite Callaghan returns this summer to release her new self-titled album ‘Callaghan’ on August 31st. And ahead of that will be performing at Barclaycard British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park July 15.
Moving further towards pop than ever before, whilst maintaining the honest emotion which has already won the singer-songwriter an army of fans, ‘Callaghan’ is the culmination of Callaghan’s three EP project – which she’s been recording in LA and releasing over the last year.
Since the release of her last studio album, ‘A History of Now’ Callaghan has been developing her sound in California working with producers likeAnthony Resta(Elton John, Duran Duran and Blondie) and Starr Parodi and Jeff Fair, who have made music for some of Hollywood’s biggest films including Harry Potter, Mission Impossible and James Bond. “Working in LA has allowed me to embrace elements of modern pop and cinematic soundsinto my song writing,” says Callaghan. “Working with these producers encouraged me to dig deeper as a performer and artist and as a result, this album reflects me more than anything else I’ve ever recorded.”
“I feel like the move to Los Angeles offered new inspiration in a lot of different ways,” says Callaghan on the new album, which sees her playing with brass sections, a 30 piece orchestra, and a gospel choir for the first time. “I decided to record the album in sections and it felt a lot more liberating, continuing to write as the year went on, and collecting my 4 favourite songs together every few months, rather than being in the studio working on 12 songs in one go.”
Highlights include the opening ‘Silence’ inspired by Sia and Florence and The Machine, and the thought provoking The End of the World which features guest vocals from Louis Price (ex lead singer of The Temptations and The Drifters). ‘Better Together’ is an uplifting love song celebrating unity written with Jeff Silbar (who co-wrote Wind Beneath My Wings), ‘Skin on Skin’ is Callaghan’s call for face-to-face contact rather than living life through a screen, and there’seuphoric pop in tracks like ‘The Other Side’ – written in reaction to the state of world politics.
Elsewherethere’s the uplifting Celtic influenced ‘Solid Ground,’ the understated ‘Surrender,’ which illustrates the beauty in a simple vocal led ballad and the raw emotion of “I Don’t Know How To Lose You” – a powerful song about grief and losing someone you love. There’s also that full30-piece orchestra on the heartfelt ‘Broken’ and ‘All Through The Night’ – Callaghan’s lullaby from a parent to a child and her favourite song she’s ever recorded. “Writing it was one of those rare moments where you feel like someone has planted a complete song in your head and it just falls out.”
And don’t miss the album’s closing song, the feel good new single, Summer Days “I wanted to write a song that was full of happiness and optimism and I was reminiscing about the long, care-free days of summer you enjoy as a kid.”
Originally from Lincolnshire Callaghan moved to the USA in 2010 to tour and record with Atlanta based Grammy nominee Shawn Mullins. In 2015 she recorded her second album A History of Now in Nashville and, after five years of building her audience across the USA, returned to Britain to tour. Since then she’s seen her profile build substantially in the UK. Highlights include three singles playlisted on BBC Radio 2, and two appearances at the massive C2C festival, multiple headline tour dates and festival appearances at Cornbury, The Secret Garden Party andCambridge Folk Festival. She’s also played live sessions for BBC Radio 2’s Bob Harris and Good Morning Sunday and BBC London’s Gaby Roslin and Robert Elms. She recently finished her biggest UK tour to date, including a show at London’s prestigious Bush Hall, where she was introduced by Bob Harris. Callaghan returns to the UK on July 15 to play in Hyde Park as part of Barclaycard British Summer Time, where she joins the likes of Paul Simon, James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt.