The first lady of Celtic music, Moya Brennan, returns with an album that continues to push the boundaries, that inspires and intrigues. Signature, which will release through EMI CMG/Sparrow on September 25, 2007, looks back over a life less ordinary and portrays her experiences through a collection of twelve superb and personally introspective tracks.
Musically sharp and finely tuned, the album cleverly treads a fine line between the contemporary and the traditional while Moya emerges, showcasing her talent as a skilled songwriter with a global ear.
In true Irish tradition, many of the songs have an unmistakingly bittersweet flavour, making this project no rose-tinted retrospective. Signature encompasses a series of snapshots of Moya’s life, with each chosen moment launching a lyrical reflection, which, when woven together, produce a tapestry of contrasting colours and emotions.
Moya’s personal life offers plenty of scope for such material and she approaches the project with honesty, integrity. As one of the most alluring voices around today, from song to song Moya takes the listener on a rocky road toward a place of beauty, hope and encouragement.
Having been feted by a generation as the lead singer of Clannad, Moya’s life has witnessed plenty of highs. She remains one of Irelandï¿½s most respected cultural icons, having had her music grace international film soundtracks (most recently with “King Arthur”) as well as Christian recordings, several television series and even dance anthems.
As Signature makes clear, Moya’s life is not void of hardships and difficult times. Tracks like “Black Night” and “No One Talks” approach the subject matter with honesty and clarity, drawing the listener in alongside the singer as only Moya can do.
“When I share things about my life with people I am sometimes amazed at the reaction,” says Moya. “I have been really moved in the way that my experiences have brought encouragement to others. Even though we can all feel broken at times, we can all be put back together again. I felt that translating some of that into song was a natural progression. I am what I am and here it is!”
Throughout it all, Moya’s voice and lyrics are beautifully complimented by impeccable melodies and emotive arrangements. Without doubt, Signature is one of the most engaging, personal releases of the year. Find out more about Moya Brennan at www.moyabrennan.com.
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