Podcast Episode 16 - Lesley Roy

The IIMS podcast brings you the latest ideas in music from all over the world.

The Irish Institute of Music & Song (IIMS) podcast hosts conversations with performers, academics and educators from all over the world. The podcast is curated by Dónal Kearney in Dublin, Ireland.

In our IIMS Song Series, we speak to composers, songwriters and singers about their lifelong affair with song.

In episode 16, we called Irish songwriter Lesley Roy in her Manhattan apartment where she has living in lockdown.

Lesley Roy is a songwriter and performer from Balbriggan, County Dublin. She has co-written with Katy Perry and two of her songs have appeared on hit reality TV show “The Hills”. In 2012, her co-write “Pop That Lock” featured on a chart-topping album in the USA, and her voice can be heard every time WWE wrestler Ember Moon enters the ring.

Lesley Roy was also Ireland’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 with her own song “Story of My Life”.

In this episode, Lesley tells us about her experience of writing with Katy Perry, touring her début album across the USA at the age of 21, and she explains the different songwriting approaches in LA and Nashville.

The songs featured in this episode were all written and co-written by Lesley. In order, they are:

  • "Story of My Life" - Ireland's entry for Eurovision Song Contest 2020

  • "Here For You Now" from Unbeautiful LP (2008)

  • "Slow Goodbye" from Unbeautiful LP (2008)

  • "Gold" (2020)

In episode 17, we welcome County Tyrone's Fra Fee, star of Broadway and the West End who featured alongside Hugh Jackman and Helena Bonham Carter in Tom Hooper's 2012 feature-length musical film of "Les Miserables".

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