- 22 Aug 22
Hannah Horan on her superb debut single ‘Holy One’.
What did releasing your debut single, ‘Holy One’, mean to you?
I’ve always wanted to be able to share stories and emotions through music. Growing up, I turned to music as an outlet. Being able to release my own music, with my own experiences behind it, feels beyond special. Seeing the response has also been incredible, I feel really lucky.
The song aims to capture the queer experience.
The song stems from a place of emotion and hurt within myself as a queer woman. It’s hard to avoid writing from experience as a songwriter. On the one hand, ‘Holy One’ is a queer track because I am. However, I wanted anyone who has felt societal or religious pressures, due to their sexuality, to feel seen and heard. It is so isolating to wade through feelings of internalised homophobia. It’s so often said that we have moved on from a time of bigotry and contempt towards the LGBTQ community in Ireland, when really we are still shadowed with this hurt.
There have been numerous hate crimes carried out in broad daylight in Dublin in recent weeks - how can we say we have progressed?
Homophobia still lives in our country and I wanted to write a song that showcases this. I think that LGBTQ issues will always be a feature in my writing. My own feelings won’t represent the whole community, but I do hope that queer people listen to this song and realise they aren’t alone.
What is your biggest goal for the future?
My biggest goal at the moment is to put on my debut headline gig and be able to sell it out. Again, I love being able to play live and it would be so much fun to play my own headliner. Although, I’m still on the high from my debut with ‘Holy One’ and feel so grateful for the reception.
I’m aiming for more releases over the next year-and-a-half. I’d love to put out a second single during the winter before releasing an EP. I’m also playing an acoustic set in Crowbar in the Button Factory on August 3 with lowlight sessions!
• ‘Holy One’ is out now.