Sparkle are a five-piece pop/rock band based in Cork, Ireland. They consist of Caroline Bailey (Lead Vocal) who came second on RTE’s Last Singer Standing, Jen Bowler (Acoustic Guitar/Backing Vocals), Greg Murphy (Drums/Percussion), Ian Carey (Bass) and Tadgh Sheehan (Lead Guitar). The female fronted outfit have developed a melodic yet fierce and engaging sound. They like to set the bar higher by incorporating a wide range of influences into their music to make their music unique and stand out from the crowd. They take these influences and blend them to create their distinctive and unforgettable sound.
Sparkle originally started out as a two piece making videos online in 2017, one of their first covers was Ed Sheeran’s ‘Castle on The Hill’ which went viral and gained them radio support from Cork’s 96fm. The band have performed on the stages of Whelans, Electric Picnic, National Concert Hall, Dublin Pride, Cork Pride which allowed them to perform alongside acts such as Kodaline, Gavin James and Stephanie Rainey. With previous support from RTE 2FM, RTE 2XM, IMRO, Shannonside FM, HotPress, Planet Radio, Cork’s 96fm and Cork’s Red FM to name a few, Sparkle are definitely a band to keep all eyes and ears on.
Whether we like it or not, the music industry is dominated by men. Therefore coming across a female-fronted band is like a breath of fresh air. And the lead singer Caroline Bailey does a really good job in carrying it all. Catchy pop melody of their new single "Run" serves like a vehicle for her crystal clear vocal. The powerful line "fight the dark find the light" says it all. Nothing isn't as bad, there's always the next day and the hope and brightness. It takes strentgth and courage to realize that but it's also a brave thing to aim towards that.
"Won't stop now I'm not giving up
Don't stop now I've been through enough"