LaGracia - 'Don't You Ever Leave'
Info: Dublin-based soul and R&B band LaGracia released their debut single, 'Don't You Ever Leave Me', last night at The Bello Bar in Dublin 8, which was also a fundraiser night, details of which you can find here. The band are made up Sligo vocalist Gráinne McCarthy, guitarist/bassist Kevin Healy from Roscommon, and Dublin drummer Adam Kelly.
Gráinne has been singing for a long time in several acts, performing with Discovery Gospel Choir since 2012 and is also a backing vocalist for Danny G & The Major7ths and Emma O'Reilly. Kevin has been gigging for years with rock band The Antics and has been playing bass with Emma O' Reilly for the last year, whilst Adam studied music in Newpark Jazz School, subsequently gigging for a number of years, with a variety of bands including The Actual Mafia.
LaGracia's debut single is a fine piece of not only soul and R&B, but southern gospel music, vocally McCarthy is in the (happy!) half-way house between Dusty Springfield's 'You Don't Own Me' and Aretha Franklin's '(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman', with more than easy on the ear velvet vocals. It's clearly evident on the track also that LaGracia have assembled additional musicians for the track on saxophone and piano who are very accomplished at their trade with the whole song feeling exceptionally tight and flowing with ease from start to finish. I'm already looking forward to hearing more from this band in a set of genres that, alongside rock and blues, are very dear to my tastes.
You can purchase 'Don't You Ever Leave' here http://lagracia1.bandcamp.com/
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