Press Release via AS Written
LARISSA UP FOR TWO HOT PRESS AWARDS
Singer/songwriter LARISSA TORMEY enjoyed a double-delight last weekend with the news that she had been nominated in two of the most esteemed categories in HOT PRESS magazine’s HOTTIES Awards 2021.
Larissa is among the artists up for Female Artist of the Year, where she joins some of Ireland’s most distinguished performers, including Imelda May, Denise Chaila, Sinéad O’ Connor, Emma Langford, and Mary Coughlan. A prolific writer, and with plans underway for the release of a contemporary album of original material later this year, the Kilbeggan based artist also finds herself in the company of some well-known names for the Best Songwriter prize. Also included in that category are Bono, Hozier, Dermot Kennedy, Lisa Hannigan, Sorcha Richardson, and Niall Horan.
In what Hot Press have described as being a “dazzling diverse selection of talent on offer right across the country, homegrown music has never been so exciting,” the celebrated magazine is inviting its readers to have their say. And in speaking about her own inclusion in two of those categories, Larissa was almost lost as to what to say…
“When I got the message from a friend with the link to the nominations, I couldn’t believe it at first. I didn’t know what to say, I really didn’t. And as anyone who knows me will tell you, I’m not usually short on words! [Laughs]. I saw the Female Artist of the Year category first, and just seeing my name beside such inspirational women as Imelda May and Sinéad O’ Connor, and so many more, it was definitely a shock alright. And definitely a surprise too. But I think more than anything, it’s just such an honour. It’s been such a difficult twelve-months for the music industry, and a very, very challenging time for any artist. Like so many, I’ve been doing my best to keep things going, and keep putting some music out there, and to stay connected to fans. This moment in itself is a lovely recognition of that.”
Larissa’s latest single, Agree To Disagreeis a duet with British singer/songwriter Dave Sheriff. Released in time for St. Valentine’s Day, the track – which was written by Dave and produced by Peter Ware – offered a light-hearted look at love and was the second time Larissa and Dave had teamed up, having previously sung together on the Michael Commins penned Breath Of Fresh Air (together with Scottish accordion champion Brandon McPhee), the title-track of Larissa’s latest album, which was released last November.
The Breath Of Fresh Air collection also includes Larissa’s own songs, You Miss My Smile, Old Fashioned, and Inner Angel, so her nomination in the Best Songwriter category is more than warranted as well. Nevertheless, seeing herself in the company of Bono, Hozier, and Niall Horan was a little hard to take in…
“It made me smile with happiness, because there are so many huge internationally recognised stars in that category, and there I am too, an independent artist living in the middle of Ireland, trying to do as much as I can by myself. Without a record label to back you, and a team that helps to get your name and your music out there, it can be hard sometimes. But what always drives me on is the enjoyment of creating, my passion for music and for songwriting. So it’s a very satisfying moment to even be included in the Best Songwriter category. That too, is an honour, and one I’m very grateful for. I will enjoy this feeling for a few days…then back to work! [Laughs].”
As times change, so too do Awards, with the Hotties now including categories for Live Stream of the Year, as well as one for Non-Binary Artist. And in keeping with the long Hot Press tradition of covering all areas of Irish life and culture, the Readers’ Poll also includes your chance to vote for your favourite comedian, radio DJ, TV show, book, game, hero, villain, and more. Rapper and hip-hop artist Denise Chaila has been nominated for a staggering eight awards.
~ To vote for Larissa, or in any other category, simply go to the official Hot Press website, www.hotpress.com
~ Larissa’s latest single, AGREE TO DISAGREE – her duet with Dave Sheriff – is out now, available on all platforms, and to request from radio.