A music video directed by a Waterford man is plucking at heartstrings following its release alongside a track by singer-songwriter Susie Q.
“Sometimes we need to just hold on when we feel like giving up,” says musician Susie Q whose new song ‘hold on’ offers a message of hope for all who are struggling.
The music video for the chart-topping track is directed by Waterford man Elijah Egan. Egan is from Woodstown and was educated in Killea and Waterpark and has been making music videos for several years. He has previously worked with artists such as Cathy Davey, The Pattern and New Forest and he has done onstage visuals for Celtic Woman.
Egan was asked by Susie Q to direct this video, which has been seen by thousands online. "The video charts the rise and fall of a couple's relationship. I built the idea around showing the ups and downs of their life over the years. The idea of relationships intrigues me and I'm fascinated by those that last a lifetime," he said.
This is the second release for Co. Clare based musician Susie Q, also known as Susan Quirke. She has been making her mark on the music scene since launching her debut track ‘Home’ earlier this year. The track, about the global refugee crisis, has received extensive national radio airplay and she has performed at Electric Picnic and other festivals throughout Ireland. She has been praised by people such as RTÉ's Ray D'Arcy who described her voice as having "Echoes of Sinéad O'Connor and Dolores O'Riordain.
Susie Q is also a meditation teacher and has worked in the area of mental health for several years. She says her work in this area has given her huge insights into many of the issues faced by people, something that has inspired much of her songwriting. With this latest release ‘Hold On’, written in Spanish Point in Co. Clare, she says she felt called to offer a message of hope to those who are struggling.
“I originally wrote the song for friends of mine who were struggling in their relationship and then I realised it also has a more universal theme that applies to most of us when the going gets tough. The song is a reminder for when we’re in our darkest hours that hard times do pass."
"It's important to remember that many new moments of joy, peace of mind, connection and love are ahead of us. There is so much good waiting for us if we can hold on, and reach out for support when we need it. Life can be hard but also wonderful all at once, this is the dance of our shared humanity.”
‘Hold On’ features Colm Quearney (co-production, guitar, mandolin), Colm Mac Con Iomaire (violin), engineered by Ruth Kennington and mixed and mastered by David Odlum. The video for ‘Hold On’ is directed by Elijah Egan of Seven Figure Films.
You can watch the video on YouTube or Facebook, and listen on Spotify, iTunes, Bandcamp and on Susie Q’s website.
Susie Q's debut album 'Into the Sea' including 11 tracks is coming later in 2019.