Dublin-based singer/songwriter Graham O’Hara has released his debut single, “Unless I Say.” The song grew from a solo acoustic and voice track into a thumping track laced with upbeat drums, scratchy guitars, vocal harmonies and haunting piano. It is clear from intricate, layered guitar parts that this is Graham’s main instrument.
During the time Graham spent working on original music, the eagerness to release it was always there. With ‘Unless I Say’, Graham has put to words his battles with self doubt and the need to accept that there is no perfect time to get started, you just do or you don’t.
Over the last five years, Graham experimented with recording while continuing to write and challenge himself. However, self doubt and anxiety often managed to assert themselves and for a brief period, he decided to put music behind him. Taking inspiration from the hard work of those around him, he eventually decided to return to music and set about resuming his goals.
Performing in original bands was a goal and he spent three years with Satellite Generals before parting ways to focus on different things. A couple of years later, Graham began writing and performing with Amberfly with whom he won the DIT Battle of the Bands. Amberfly were given the opportunity to record with Wavefarm Studios and through this, Graham met producer Kevin Brennan. After Amberfly parted ways, he continued to record with Kevin, this time pursuing his own music. Graham spent the last decade in different bands and projects before going solo a few years ago. The first release from his solo originals project, “Unless I Say” was recorded in Wavefarm Studios under the direction of producer Kevin Brennan.