Monday, 16 October 2017

Megan O'Neill releases video for latest single 'Why I Need You'


LONDON, UK (Mon 16th Oct 2017): 

Following the recent success of her work with full band The Common Threads, London-based Irish singer and songwriter Megan O’Neill has released her haunting new single ‘Why I Need You’, with the accompanying video out today. Co-written by Megan with Zak Lloyd, and recorded in Nashville earlier this year, this is the first track to be shared from a forthcoming solo album. Describing ‘Why I Need You’, she said “This is definitely the simplest song on the album with just piano and vocal but is quite possibly my favourite... I love how transparent the message is, how bare the track is. I think when you write a song like this with a clear, beautiful message you usually don’t need to build up the track any more than just an acoustic instrument and the vocal. The song is true to my life and about someone who is very important to me.”

Simply Stunning” - Graham Barnes
Country Belles Show (1hr 45)

Check out the video for 'Why I Need You' here:
Mixed and Mastered by Brice Cagan. Music video filmed by Nick Murphy at Coffee Hill Studios. *

Release Date: 13 Oct 2017

Megan O'Neill - Why I Need You (Single; 2017 Megan O'Neill)

Writers: Megan O'Neill & Zak Lloyd.

Genre: Singer/Songwriter | UK Debut UK iTunes Singer/Songwriter Chart #55

Time: 4:04
Available for Digital download: 
Amazon UK - UK iTunes

Megan is currently on tour with fellow songwriters Emma Stevens, James Fredholm and Mark Sullivan as part of an ‘In The Round’ tour across the UK:

Thursday 12 October 2017 - The Brook, Southampton (466 Portswood Rd, SO17 3SD) £10/ £12 Event Tour In The Round: Glasswerk By Arrangement With IAA Presents with Megan O'NeilJames Fredholm & Mark Sullivan
Friday 13 October 2017 - The Slaughtered Lamb, London (34-35 Great Sutton Street EC1V0DX) In The Round: with Megan O'NeilJames Fredholm & Mark Sullivan
Monday 16 October 2017 - Gullivers, Manchester (109 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LW) Event In The Round: with Megan O'NeilJames Fredholm & Mark Sullivan
Weds 18 October 2017 - THE LIVE ROOMS, Chester (Homer House, Station Road, CH1 3DR) Event In The Round: with Megan O'NeilJames Fredholm & Mark Sullivan

Megan will also be appearing alongside Sarah Darling, Gary Quinn, Raintown, Darcy and Simon James at the British Country Music Association (BCMA) ‘Best of British’ concert at the Robin 2 in Bilston, Wolverhampton on 21st October 2017.
Tickets: Members - FREE, Non-Members - £20

‘Why I Need You’ is out now to stream/download via 

Originally from Co. Kildare, Ireland, Megan O’Neill is one of the UK’s most exciting Americana artists, and has shared stages with Miranda LambertKip Moore, and American Young among many others. A long-time musician and songwriter, Megan spent time living in Nashville before moving to London, where she is now based. Her debut EP ‘Coming Home’ was released in May 2015, reaching #1 in the Irish country charts and receiving critical acclaim across the UK.

In 2016, Decca Records released her single ‘Can’t Put a Price on That’, a collaboration with Ben Earle of The Shires; and in February 2017 she followed this with the independent release of her mini-album with six-piece band ‘Megan and the Common Threads’. The project was recorded at Mark Knopfler’s British Grove Studios and produced by the legendary Guy Fletcher (Dire Straits, Roxy Music, Mark Knopfler).

Megan has had songs featured on hit TV Show Nashville, appeared multiple times at C2C Festival at London’s O2 Arena; performed in LA at JJ Abrams’ private A-list Oscar Wilde party; and played many festivals including Nashville Meets London Festival and Harvest Festival in Ireland, alongside acts like Dan + Shay, Courtney Marie Andrews and Catherine McGrath. In February 2017, Megan was recognised as one of the top Americana songwriters in the UK, performing as part of the the Americana Music Awards (AMA-UK) in London.

Regularly travelling to the US for tour dates, recording and songwriting sessions, Megan has played the prestigious Bluebird Café in Nashville three times to date and continues to collaborate with the top writers and musicians between the UK, Ireland and the US. Live radio appearances and performances have included BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio London with Gaby Roslin, 2fm, Dublin City FM, Today FM with Ian Dempsey, BBC Radio Wales, Marie Crichton’s Country Show on BBC, Nevis Radio, Amazing Radio, Chris Country and more.

Brand new single ‘Why I Need You’ is the first track to be released from a forthcoming full-length solo album.

"Current favourites" - Paul Sexton & Baylen Leonard, BBC Radio 2
"The Irish Carrie Underwood" - Irish Times
"Really, really lovely...gorgeous voice" - Gabby Roslin, BBC London
"Style and panache" - Americana UK

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