Cork-born and Dublin based Alternative R&B Soul artist, songwriter, producer and vocalist Helen Murray has just released her debut single ‘Thank You’ on the 17th September 2021. Drawing on experiences of past relationships, Helen wrote and produced ‘Thank You’ in her small bedroom in Dublin City on a cold winter’s day in January 2020. Helen wanted to write an anthem about breakups that was empowering and freeing and that didn’t dwell on heartbreak.
Helen explains that;
“This song explores self-acceptance, self-confidence and gratitude that comes when you remove yourself from a relationship that isn’t good for you anymore. I suppose it’s a twisted love song thanking the person who entered my life because when they left I realised I deserve so much more than what they gave me.”
The final touch of magic was added by talented producer rvstless (Tomike, Melina Malone, Tobi-A), who Helen has been collaborating with since early 2020 and co-produced this track. Helen also worked alongside producer Adam Shanahan (Nealo, Bobbi Arlo, Shiv) who recorded and edited the vocals for ‘Thank You’. It’s impossible to listen to Helen Murray’s music without hearing the influences of late 90’s early 00’s pop, r&b. Influences such as N.E.R.D, Christina Aguilera, No Doubt, and Destiny’s Child and more recent influences such as Lianne La Havas, Beyoncé, and Jessie Ware, through these inspirations Helen found her unique, bold and progressive sound. A sound that merges neosoul, r&b, and electronic music to create an energetic, honest and enticing experience.
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