Exciting UK based solo americana/pop/rock artist releases second single from her
new EP, off the back of a trip to Nashville to record and write for her debut album.
Inspired by her musical heroes, Roisin has crafted her songwriting skills according to the
rock/pop legends she looks up to as a young woman. As such, determination and passion
are key attributes to Essex based Roisin O’Hagan’s success as a singer-songwriter. Her
upcoming single Road From Nevada, the second release from her Summer EP, bursts with a
lust for life, love and the things that inspire Roisin. The lyrics are sprinkled with references to
personal moments and inspirations that have shaped Roisin as an artist and person:
“I dreamed of New York, of being twenty one and one day” - turning twenty one years old in
New York City.
“Sunday nights in London town” - a nod to the huge amount of time Roisin has spent in
London, gigging in every small venue and being endlessly inspired by the city.
“Pictured Dancing in the Dark” and “I was Born to Run and screaming I’m on Fire” - Bruce
Springsteen, who Roisin was brought up listening to and takes a lot of inspiration from.
“If all my heroes learned to fly then why can’t I?” - a nod to Tom Petty, another musical
“The road from Nevada took me straight to California” - a 2018 trip from Nevada to
California, on which Roisin met and began a friendship with Matt Malley of her favourite band Counting Crows.
The emotive lyricism of Road From Nevada illustrates a fire inside a woman in her early
twenties discovering who she is, what inspires her and the things that are shaping her into
who she is going to be.
Roisin, 23, has been surrounded by music since an early age, her father is an avid record
collector and her mother a singer. The musical osmosis clearly started when she began to
accompany her parents to local gigs and the recording studio, where she sat in the corner
drawing, crippled by shyness. Her love and understanding of music and its creation led to a
private exploration into songwriting from her teenage bedroom floor. When eventually brave
enough to share her songs with her parents, they took her to the studio and introduced her
to their producer David Booth, a key figure in Roisin O’Hagan the artist’s formative years.
Booth served as a mentor to Roisin during her early years as an artist and it is through him
that she was introduced to the live music scene. Having released her first song aged 13yo,
she worked her way around gigs across Essex and London, progressing to several BBC
Introducing appearances and support slots for Chris Shiflett (Foo Fighters) and Olivia Lane.
Roisin performed at Tennessee Fields Festival last Summer, which she will be playing a
mainstage, full band set at in July 2022, after which Roisin was approached by Strategia
Management. In partnership with Neal Handforth of Strategia, Roisin has collaborated on the
production process of her new music, working with experienced session musicians Tim
Galloway, Brian Allen, Miles McPherson and Wes Little from Nashville, yet still retaining
creative control. In April, Roisin took a trip to Nashville, where she spent time writing with
published artists, including on Music Row’s Riser Publishing, and recording in studios
including John McBride’s Blackbird Studio.
Roisin’s musical influences cover a broad spectrum of artists such as Bruce Springsteen,
Counting Crows and Tom Petty, and most notably, the broad range of writing styles of Taylor
Swift, whose story-telling abilities have inspired the more personal nature of Road From
Nevada. Roisin’s songwriting belies her young age and her ability to be objective about her
own shortfalls and weaker areas stands her in great stead as she progresses from the less
personal songs of her earlier years to a more focused, intimate and emotional sound. Having
always previously written with just herself and a guitar in mind, her new approach brings into
play the possibilities for full band sets and songs with larger production.
Roisin O’Hagan has not only fallen in love with the creative elements of music but, having
graduated from a Music Journalism degree from BIMM London in 2020, has a keen eye for
the business side of the industry also. Her analytical approach to her own writing and
musicianship spurs her on to continue to improve and progress her own style and follow her
own path as she enters an exciting new stage of her career.