POP sensation Lyra has taken the industry by storm, being described as “Beyonce with a strong Cork accent”.
But who is she? Here’s everything you need to know about superstar Lyra.
WHAT IS LYRA’S REAL NAME?
Popstar Lyra’s real name is Laura McNamara.
The songwriter’s name is a constellation name, taken from the lyre of Orpheus that contains the star Vega.
It’s typically a name given to women and derives from the Latin word for harp.
Lyra told the Independent: “[Lyra] is one of my names. You know the way Irish people have, like, 15 names.
“When I became an artist, I didn’t want a fake name. I wanted to keep it real, and my music isn’t about things that haven’t happened, but I didn’t want to be just Joe Soap, either.
“So I thought, ‘I love this name, I’m going to use it’. And then everyone started calling me Lyra, and now that’s it. Even my family call me Lyra.”
HOW DID HER CAREER START?
The 27-year-old grew up in west Cork until her late teens, when the family moved to Rochestown in Cork city.
She loved west Cork, but her older brother and sister had already moved away, so she was happy to embrace a change after finishing school.
Lyra sang all the time as a child. She wrote songs and entered poetry competitions, and loved to perform.
An early inspiration was Enya, and she was heavily influenced by the likes of Kate Bush, Lykke Li, and Bat for Lashes growing up.
She describes her music as “a perfect blend of dark electronic pop, manifesting itself in songs, stories and art, part vintage, part contemporary and exuding a sense of being free from the constraints of time and era.”
The star moved to London to start her career but realised the big city life was not for her, so settled in Brighton.
IS SHE SINGLE?
There is currently no sign that Lyra is in a relationship.
After suffering heartbreak last year, Lyra said she was swearing off love and channelled her pain into her music instead.
In 2019 she said: “People said that it could be a turning point for me, creatively.
“They were saying this, and I couldn’t believe that anyone could be so cold. My heart had been ripped out of me. I couldn’t write.”
WHAT ARE HER BIGGEST HITS?
The Cork native self-released her debut EP W.I.L.D, which was produced by Rupert Christie who has worked with the likes of Kate Bush, Coldplay and Aurora.
Lyra then signed with Universal, who released the hugely popular single Falling.
The song was featured in the massive hit TV series Grey’s Anatomy and was nominated for Single of The Year 2019 at the RTE Choice Music Awards.
Lyra performed on Dancing With the Stars in 2017 and Ireland’s Got Talent with winners RDC in 2018.
In 2019, she played at Electric Picnic Festival , the 2FM Christmas Ball and sold out shows across London and Dublin.
She has supported big names including Jess Glynne, Dermot Kennedy and James Bay.
Falling is one of Lyra’s biggest hits as well as Never Let Go, Emerald and Mother.
The popstar recently performed Mother on The Tommy Tiernan Show earlier this year.
The song is an ode to Lyra’s mum and her powerful words of encouragement to forget your insecurities and rise above the haters.
The hit single Mother is on Spotify’s A Breath of Fresh Eire playlist, and also featured on the Spotify Viral Daily 50 and the iTunes pop charts in Ireland.
WHEN WILL SHE PERFORM AGAIN?
Lyra has concerts scheduled for 2021 in a number of spots in Ireland and the UK.
She will be performing on June 17, 2021 in Seaclose Park, Newport for the Isle of Wight Festival.
Then on July 9, 2021, Lyra is scheduled to play at TRNSMT in Glasgow.
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On August 27, 2021, the singer will then be heading to Reading and Leeds to perform.
And on September 3, 2021, Lyra will be in Stradbally, Laois to perform at Electric Picnic.
Lyra will be appearing on the Late Late Show tonight.