Liam Lawton and the Vard Sisters for Eurosong 2011
This year Ireland will select its Eurovision hopeful at a special edition of the Late Late Show on February 11th – using a new selection process.
RTE have chosen five mentors, all of whom are top professionals within the Irish Music Industry. The mentors were entrusted with the job of choosing/mentoring the song and the artists that will go on to compete for the honour of representing Ireland at this year’s Eurovision which will be held in Dusseldorf Germany on May 14th.
One of the five mentors chosen by RTE is our own Liam Lawton, who is a multi platinum selling composer/performer and no stranger to the big stage having performed at some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls including New York’s Carnegie Hall, Symphony Centre Chicago, Paul VI Auditorium at the Vatican and many more.
Send me an Angel
Liam was delighted to take on the challenge and set about writing a song that he would always be proud to stand over, he wanted not just a beautiful composition but also lyrics with a message. Liam finished the arrangement with his long time music collaborator and friend Mark Cahill.
Next Liam had to find an artist or artists who could in his mind perform and interpret the song with the honesty and beauty it deserved. Following previous successful collaborations, the Vard Sisters were the obvious choice. Liam and the sisters had been very close to winning the Eurosong in the past, where they were beaten by only 3 points.
Speaking about his act Liam said:
“I’ve really enjoyed working with The Vard Sisters in the past. They have recorded a number of my songs and they were runners-up the only other time that theyentered the competition, with a song that I had also composed. The title of the song I’ve written for the trio is ‘Send Me An Angel’
Life has become very challenging for most people today and we all need support and encouragement . There are hopefully always people around us who offer us this support especially when we find ourselves in difficult circumstances. The song celebrates such people ……..”
The Vard Sisters, who’s album ‘Heavenly’ became of the one of the most successful Irish debut albums ever (Heavenly also included three of Liam’s songs.). They continue to be in constant demand throughout Ireland, UK and America, and have performed for many dignitaries including Bill Clinton, and the Ryder Cup team.
Cathy, Wendy and Lisa remember growing up – every year the family would gather to watch the Eurovision. The young girls dreamed about the day they too would represent Ireland.
Perhaps 2011 is the year their dream will come true and it will be a case of second time lucky for Liam and the Vard Sisters.
On his website Liam has made the following appeal –
So many people around the country have been singing my music over the years so I would love you all to come out and support this venture…. I am asking you all to get behind me with your support and ask others to do the same . It would be a great honour to have one of my songs representing my country in Dussledorf in May. Let’s make it happen!
Thank you to all …… Liam