"lockdowns have helped create an equal inclusion in the Scottish Music Industry" - Mayah Herlihy
Hello and welcome to this week's interview with the amazing Mayah Herlihy! We chatted all things Mayah's new single 'Your Fight' which is raising money for The Beatson Cancer Charity who do incredible work across the country and what we can look forward to seeing from Mayah in the future!
Let's jump into it....
Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with me Mayah! Your most recent single ‘Your Fight’ is such a beautiful song. Can you tell us about the inspiration behind the song?
I wrote ‘Your Fight’ for my cousin Mel who was sadly diagnosed with Leukaemia in 2019 to give her some hope and let her know that we were all going to be there for her throughout her fight with cancer and as a celebration for Mel being 1 year in remission I decided to release ‘Your Fight’ on all digital platforms and have all the proceeds from the single sales go to The Beatson Cancer Charity where Mel got her treatment.
2021 so far has been such an exciting year musically for you! From reaching number one on the UK Country Charts to being single of the week on the Janice Forsyth Show! What would you say has been your highlight so far?
My highlight of 2021 has definitely been putting my music out there into the world and fundraising for The Beatson Cancer Charity along with my single as it’s been an amazing physical and mental challenge for me personally.
I would love to hear about your process for writing ‘Your Fight’! Can you tell us about the journey of writing and recording the track?
We’ll to start with ‘Your Fight’ was just going to be a personal thing just between me and Mel but as soon as we let Mel and her mum hear it they loved it and as I said it was a great way to celebrate Mel being 1 year in remission so I got it recorded in Main St. Studios and got it released on Main St. Records.
Do you feel that we are heading in the right direction towards creating a more equal and diverse community within the Scottish music industries?
Yes definitely, personally I think the lockdowns have helped create an equal inclusion in the Scottish Music Industry from male and female artists but also the younger musicians who definitely need noticed for some of their amazing talents.
Do you have any dream collaborators that you would love to work with?
I would love to work with Dolly Parton or Rod Stewart, they both seem so kind and are both amazing artists.
What else can we look forward to seeing from you throughout the remaining duration of 2021?
I am currently writing my debut album that I’ve just started recording so hopefully that will be released later this year. And I’ve also got lots of bookings for gigs and festivals that you can find on all my social media’s.
Lastly, I was wondering what female or non-binary Scottish artists are you most excited about right now?
I’m really looking forward to seeing what Robin Ashcroft has coming up because she’s such an amazing powerful vocalist who I know will go very far with her music career. Another amazing singer is Anna Muir (Annastaisyar) who I’ve only recently heard of and she is such an incredible performer so I’m really looking forward to seeing what the future holds for Anna.
Thank you so much to Mayah for taking the time to chat with me! Make sure to go and check out her social media to stay up to date with future releases and gig announcements! Also check out The Beatson to stay up to date with the amazing work that they are doing and how you can get involved!
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The Beatson - https://www.beatsoncancercharity.org/