“The Summer of 69, like I was there myself.” Damian McGinty’s new single, dropping July 10 worldwide, is the perfect song for a pandemic summer: while the world has stopped spinning, our imaginations can still take us everywhere. “Paradise Cove” is a catchy, upbeat bop that will transport listeners to summertime at the beach, unrestrained and free. With a melody reminiscent of waves or a tropical breeze, “Paradise Cove” is a tune that brings to mind the light and joy of summer and of adventures yet to come. Fans of Bryan Adams’ “Summer of ’69” will recognise a lyrical homage to Adams’ hit song, released in June 1985.
Due to pandemic restrictions, the recording of “Paradise Cove” became a global effort, with Damian writing in Los Angeles on a zoom session, with Ryan O’Shaughnessy in Dublin and Roseanna Brown in the UK. Andrew Dixon produced the track from Los Angeles, with Damian doing vocals there, socially distanced six feet apart. “I wasn’t sure how it would work out,”Damian says, “but Andrew did a great job. Even with the unusual circumstances we recorded under, this song is one of my favorites I’ve written. The creative process was really fun, bouncing ideas back and forth on voice memos, and it seemed like the perfect song for this summer, so we turned it around in super quick timing. We’re all making do and learning new skills.”
If all had gone as originally planned, Damian would currently be completing a summer Another Town Acoustic Tour in North America. As fate kept musicians around the world grounded in their hometowns, Damian has used the unexpected time off to write a plethora of songs, with plans to release an EP and full-length album in 2021. Damian hopes to return to solo touring in 2021.
“This pandemic has challenged all of us. I wasn’t sure what to expect,” Damian says. “I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how much songwriting I am doing, and I’ve done several online concerts, which have been a great way of staying in touch and entertaining people in this hard time and have proven to be really popular. It’s a completely different format and feel, but it gives me a chance to stretch my creativity and connect with fans in ways I wouldn’t have normally been able to. I can’t wait to get back to live shows; it’s what I love most. But so long as this pandemic lasts, I’ll be doing everything I can to continue to create music and to stay connected. My fans have been amazing. I’m so grateful for their understanding and support, and can’t wait until I can see them all again.”
Fans first met Damian through the internationally renowned show Celtic Thunder, then through The Glee Project, Glee, and his first movie as the lead actor, Santa Fake. Damian continues to work on both his singing/songwriting and acting, and looks forward to much more of both.