Kolumbus’ New Single ‘I Hope You’ll Find Happiness’ Reflects on Irish Outmigration
Irish singer-songwriter Kolumbus has announced a new single ‘I Hope You Find Happiness’ from his forthcoming debut EP ‘Give Them Life’ on the back of an enthusiastic reception for the first single ‘Leave The Light On’. Kolumbus is a musical project representing the solo journey of Irish songwriter Mark ‘Cappy’ Caplice.
‘I Hope You Find Happiness’ was written as a lament regarding the droves of Irish people that left the country to find better lives, while looking forward to happier times. “They had to leave family, friends loved ones behind to fly half way across the world. So many of my own friends and close family were among them and I saw first hand how difficult it is, both for those who leave and those who stay,” explains Kolumbus. “I would never hold it against anyone for leaving. Life is too short to dwell on anything.”
Earlier, Kolumbus’ Christmas single ‘You Know It’s Christmas’ hit the No.1 spot on the Google Play Music Charts and Top 20 on iTunes, ahead of heavy hitters Adele and Justin Bieber, with all proceeds goint to Inner City Helping Homeless and Baltinglass Lions Christmas appeal. That song also features the West Wicklow Voices and Chorus Kids Choir.
Kolumbus was also influenced by artists such as Ben Howard, Elbow and Fleetwood Mac. His output exhibits clever craftsmanship both lyrically and melodically, blending several different styles to create his own unique brand of energetic captivating music.
Of course it helps that this track was produced by Gavin Glass, the music director for John Carney’s new film “Sing Street”, and engineered by Scott Halliday, previously a guitar tech with Prince and James Vincent Mcmorrow. Several other notable musicians make contributions here: drummer Graham Hopkins, who plays with Irish folk legend Glen Hansard, and organist Conor O’Reilly, who has recorded with U2 and has had his music performed in Carnegie Hall.
‘Leave The Light On’ & The City Dublin interview
Website http://www.kolumbus.ie (includes several free downloads)
“Full of hope and good-heartedness… Clever well-crafted lyrics and instrumentation and a feel-good element that lingers on well after the song ends” – The Spill Magazine
“Fantastic show. Great songs. Great voice. Highly endearing and remarkable spirited performer with Class A songmanship and wise lyrics” – The Record Stache
“Optimistic and hopeful lyrics and music against the background of a tragic situation. This formula is one that is inspiring” – Overblown Magazine
“Filled with vibrant musicianship and a stomping crescendo that goes all out on hooks and melodies” – The Last Mixed Tape
“A remarkable single… This melody is so emotional that it caresses the soul upon first listen. This is a single that helps connect with the deepest memories of our mind. Excellent work” – Zone Nights