PAUL MCDONNELL’s new single ‘BE ALL YOU CAN BE’ is the third single & video from his acclaimed current album ‘A Sweeter Confusion’. Catch Paul & his band live on Wednesday November 16th upstairs at Whelans, Wexford Street, Dublin €12 WAV Tickets/ 1890 200 078.
The song is no stranger to high praise – in 2014 ‘Be all you can be’ won the IMRO Christy Hennessy Award for Songwriting, an award which Paul McDonnell has won twice in a 15 year songwriting career – Paul is the only double winner of that award. ‘Be all you can be’ is also the theme song for the acclaimed US film ‘37’.
‘BE ALL YOU CAN BE’ was written by Paul with long time collaborator Dave Molloy (Cellar Club) & American film music composer Cathleen Flynn who will be performing with him at Whelans. A deeply poignant song, Paul outlines the theme “When a loved one is saying goodbye to you & the world, their parting wish is that you find a wonderful new life without them. I lost my parents in recent years & after the pain subsided I found a sense of release in saying goodbye, even though a part of me felt ashamed by the freedom it created”.
His third album ‘A SWEETER CONFUSION’ was released in August and chronicles Paul’s search for love, connection & truth. The album received acclaim with Hot Press calling it “instantly appealing”. Previous singles ‘Storm Chaser’ & ‘Lovers on the lawn’ were playlisted on Radio One and Ocean FM and the album was selected by BBC Radio Ulster’s Late Show as ‘Album of the Week’. Over his 15 year songwriting career, Paul has written in the songwriting epicentre of Nashville and composed for DE DANANN, TOMMY FLEMING, LISA LAMBE, LEAH MCFALL. His songs have been placed in films, on TV and used in advertising campaigns internationally.
“Lyrically very clever & musically beautiful – terrific” Pat Kenny, Newstalk
“This is simply stunning!” Paul Power, KFM Radio
“instantly appealing…classy stuff” Hot Press
“Heartfelt” *** Irish Mail on Sunday
“Every song on the album is such an eloquent story so wonderfully told” Musician.ie
‘Album Of The Week’ Late Show, BBC Radio Ulster
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