Download Songs:

'Heartbeat' (WAV) can be downloaded here:

WAVs of the Morlando Music remixes of 'Heartbeat' ('Club Mix' and 'Eurovisionary Mix') can be found here here.

 

Images:

Hi Res Images are available from the Can-Linn Facebook Page (below):

 

Social Media Links:

Can-linn Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/canlinn2014

Can-linn Twitter:

https://twitter.com/can_linn

@can_linn

Can-linn on Youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCY6AwUACNih7V9y_m6Ny6fA

Kasey’s Facebook Fan Page:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kasey-Leeann-Smith/255854087784187

Kasey’s Twitter:

https://twitter.com/kaseykaysmith

@Kaseykaysmith

Hazel Kaneswaran Youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/user/KAZKAZ113

Hazel Kaneswaran Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hazel-Kaneswaran-Fanpage/177643912272176

Hazel Kaneswaran Twitter:

https://twitter.com/Hazelkaneswaran

@hazelkaneswaran

 

Additional Information:

 

About Can-linn, Kasey Smith and 'Heartbeat':

Being a mentor on Eurosong has opened up my eyes to the music industry in Ireland from a managerial perspective. As a singer you are given times and dates and places to be and you just turn up looking fabulous and you don't have to think about all the work that goes into its preparation behind the scenes.

I've been part of the music scene since 1996. When I first started singing for DOVE things were a bit different. We had to do all of our media and press work on a shoe string. I also had a full time job working in a fridge factory, just to make things interesting. We didn't have a record deal back then and I was still living at home with my seven siblings and the bills had to be paid.

Nowadays everything is on iTunes and most people don't really buy a full album or even a CD single. Instead, they just go for the individual songs they like. This means we can focus on making and promoting one or two really good tracks. It all sounds easy when you consider that you don't need to physically make a whole bunch of disks and go out visiting record shops in order to flog them. That's all been replaced by a totally different kind of work now. There's now this enormous social media aspect of a commercial release. It's 24/7 and doesn't let up for a moment.

I've learned a huge amount in the last few months as a mentor and I know when this competition is over I'll be ready and happy to do it all again if I ever decide to step into a management role.

After becoming a mentor I thought about a concept for my act. I wanted something that would really be able to show the world what we are so good at here in Ireland. We have our traditional Irish music and dance, as well as a thriving modern pop scene. This year, I wanted to add a little bit of Irish dancing to remind people that its been 20 years since the standing ovation in 1994 when we lifted the roof off with Riverdance and took home the Eurovision Trophy.

I was fortunate enough to find an amazing writing team in Sweden:

 

  • Jonas Gladnikoff – wrote two successful Irish Eurovision entries including “It’s For You” by Niamh Kavanagh in 2010.
  • Rasmus Palmgren – writer of the current Swedish Idol winning song.
  • Patrizia Helander – Swedish Idol 2007 finalist and experimental artist.

 

I didn't need to go too far from home to find my singer, Kasey Smith. She hails from Donaghmede (not to far from where I grew up) and makes up 1/5th of Louis Walsh's girlband Wonderland. She has already put in a lot of ground work to become the phenomenal singer/entertainer she is today.

She has a wealth of experience in the studio and after hearing the song for the first time you could tell that she was really excited.

Kasey had competed last year in Eurosong, but we didn't get to hear her vocal range on the night as the song was an uptempo number which didn't really allow her to flex her vocal chords properly and show us what she was capable of. We think 'Heartbeat' will complement Kasey's fantastic vocal range perfectly.

Her vocals where recorded in my brother's studio in Swords called End Music and everything was put together by Chris O'Brien and Graham Murphy in the Production Suite in Dublin where it was blended with the traditional Irish instruments like the bodhrán, the fiddle and the Whistle. Chris and Graham are excellent producers and they know how to add that essential bit of magic that turns a good song into a great one!

When I received the final master I was jumping up and down with excitement. The vision had become a reality and I know we have a great song to be proud of.

I feel the song is very poignant for time we are living through in Ireland . It is an anthem written to help people see the light beyond the darkness of the last few years [the recession] - that we will be braver and start anew and we will rise up out of all the negativity that we have been forced to endure.

Its a song that I would have loved to have sang myself, but Kasey has done it true justice. She has really put her heart and soul into it. This shines through and will hopefully resonate with the Irish people . If we do win Eurosong it will be a bonus as this experience for me has been a wonderful one.

About Kasey Smith:

Kasey Smith first appeared on the music scene in 2008 when she successfully auditioned for Louis Walsh and Kian egan’s new girl band, ‘Wonderland’. The band went on tour with the likes of Westlife, Boyzone and Olly Murs and were officially launched via the ITV2 reality TV show Louis Walsh & Kian Egan’s Next big Thing.

Wonderland’s self titled debut album saw three singles released from it. The bands style was something of a fusion between pop melodies and a fun and cheeky ‘rocky’ edge. Wonderland were nominated for Best band at the Glamour Woman of the Year Awards and Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the BT Digital Music Awards

Kasey competed in last year’s Irish Eurosong competition where she finished third place with the song ‘Kiss Me’ – a fast and up tempo number. This year, Kasey is joined on the stage by Can-linn, a concept act which features a blend of traditional Irish elements such as bodhrán and Irish dancing and Kasey’s own style of urban styled vocals. Kasey’s mentor, Hazel Kaneswaran, believes that Can-Linn’s song, Heartbeat, will allow Kasey to make use of a greater vocal range than we have heard from her before, while the support from Can-linn will provide the icing on the cake for a top notch Eurosong routine.