Craig Cooney Rowlette

FRESH: ‘December’ – Craig Cooney and Rowlette

Craig Cooney and Rowlette mark “December”

Irish singer Craig Cooney, who we have been following all year and introduced with his single “Young Forever“, has teamed up with fellow Irish artist Rowlette for a song about this very month, “December”! Produced by Cormac Kavanagh, “December” reflects on this pretty ‘outstanding’ year for all of us, the sacrifices we have all had to make but the bond that exists between all humans keeps us strong and together at Christmas time and a very different one to that we normally celebrate.

Craig provides the rap verses, spelling out what we’ve all had to endure in 2020 while Rowlette’s sweet chorus and overlapping vocals teaches us how we need to come together and support each other but to “raise a glass” and look forward to the year to come, when hopefully, life can return somewhat to normal.

Rowlette tells us: “This might sound a bit odd but I wanted a less optimistic Christmas song! Every year, there’s so much pressure for everyone to have the best time ever at Christmas, but the reality is Christmas can be really hard for people. Whether it’s financial difficulties, an empty space at the table, or just the trials and tribulations of life, we wanted to write a Christmas song that’s a bit more real”.

Craig adds: “We come from different styles of music and I think our sound’s really compliment each other. Most of the process was over zoom, Rowlette and I hadn’t met before we started writing, so it was a unique experience! This year has been crazy to say the least, and I’m sure this Christmas will be different. Despite the tough times, I hope everyone will get to spend some quality time at home with their families and remember what’s really important”.

2020 has, nevertheless, been a strong year for both artists, with Craig’s “Young Forever” catching our eyes and a wider audience, while Rowlette released her first single of this year, “Letters”, followed by “Cucumber & Ice” as well as her “Coffee Hill Sessions” mini EP. I am sure both Craig and Rowlette have more to offer us in 2021…which we will keep you posted on.

Happy Christmas to you both from all of us at talkaboutpopmusic.com!

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!