Northern Ireland artist CeeV (pronounced like 'Key' but with a 'V' on the end) is releasing her new single Lonely Night. CeeV, who's real name is Caoimhe McAleavey, is based in Newry but began her music career in Manchester studying songwriting at BIMM. Although immersed in music in one of the most creative and music rich cities in the world, CeeV was reluctant to showcase her own songs and instead took a more backseat role while playing in several bands in some of the most recognisable venues in the city. Although she didn't perform her own songs live while in Manchester, CeeV plucked up the courage and shared her work with real live people on Soundcloud and was astonished when her music reached over 30,000 listens.
With her confidence growing, CeeV moved home to Newry and began performing her own songs, slowly building a loyal following. Now with her craft as a performer and songwriter improving, CeeV decided for an adventure away from the safety and security of home and moved to another city rich in music and creativity, Ottawa, Canada. Determined to improve her craft she performed in every bar, cafe and restaurant that she could, learning every time she stood on stage. She is now back home.
The new single Twenty Three starts gently with just guitar and the soft vocal, it later develops when more instruments join in. When CeeV sings her remarkable accent comes across nicely and she does not try to hide it. The strings play a special part on the track, calming everything down, turning the table of the song into a retrospective. The lyrics seem autobiographical (see the the example we highlighted). The end comes too soon, you expect the story or at least the melody to go on for a bit longer.
"I am only 23, got my whole life ahead of me, don't wanna waste it"
Artwork: Eric Cheung