- 24 Jun 20
The artist has set up a page on his website where fans can send notes to loved ones inspired by his song 'All My Friends' during lockdown.
Inspired by the poem ‘What if 2020 Isn’t Cancelled?’ by Leslie Dwight, Dermot reflected on what the term 'giants' means to him following the COVID-19 outbreak and its negative impact on the music industry.
The poem specifically emphasises the need for change and how this year could serve as a wake up call.
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“What if 2020 isn’t cancelled? What if 2020 is the year we’ve been waiting for? A year so uncomfortable, so painful, so scary, so raw — that it finally forces us to grow. A year that screams so loud, finally awakening us from our ignorant slumber. A year we finally accept the need for change. Declare change. Work for change. Become the change. A year we finally band together, instead of pushing each other further apart. 2020 isn’t cancelled, but rather the most important year of them all.” 🖤
“Change hurts and growing hurts. 'Giants' is a song about just that, steeped in bittersweet nostalgia," Kennedy said about the song.
"It’s about acknowledging our loss of youth and how time inevitably changes things. Yet in the same breath the song is an encouragement to be brave – individually, and collectively. Walking into an unknown future together can be beautiful just as much as it is scary," he added.
"As events have unfolded over the last few months and have at times felt hopeless, this song has carried me through as a reminder that the future is still full of hope and there is opportunity in the darkness and a brighter future can await."
Offering a light during hard times, the talented artist has used lockdown for creative growth.
"I want people to listen to this song and hold on to that thought. Let go of the past and grab the change that is in front of us, and make it for the better. Even if it hurts. The time is now.”
Since releasing his debut album, the singer has reached over a billion global streams, and his single 'Outnumbered' went multi-platinum across Ireland, the UK, Europe and Canada.
He has sold over 300,000 tickets around the world for his sold-out shows, impressing critics and fans alike.
Earlier this year, Dermot announced rescheduled dates for his Irish tour - due to take place this month.
The rescheduled tour will now commence in June 2021, with Kennedy playing St Anne's Park on June 4 next year before heading to Killarney's Gleneagle INEC Arena, Belsonic in Belfast, Dublin's Malahide Castle and finishing up at the Irish Independent Park in Cork on June 26.
Listen to Dermot's new single 'Giants' below: