She was one of the names rumoured to be in the mix. And now it’s official — Lesley Roy will sing for Ireland at Eurovision 2020. Her song is called “Story Of My Life”.
Lesley Roy “Story Of My Life” (Ireland Eurovision 2020)
“Story Of My Life” — Songwriters
“Story Of My Life” was co-written and co-produced by Lesley herself, along with Nashville writers Robert Marvin, Catt Gravitt and Tom Shapiro. Her trio of songwriters have worked with artists ranging from Ilse DeLange to Kelly Clarkson.
Lesley says “We wanted something uptempo and triumphant, which centres around overcoming your difficulties in life and getting back up again”.
Speaking in the official press release, Ireland’s Head of Delegation Michael Kealy says “We are extremely excited about Lesley Roy and this year’s Irish entry, Story of My Life. The song is fresh and uplifting, it’s a banger, and we are very much looking forward to working with Lesley and THISISPOPBABY in preparation for our performance on the biggest music stage in the world in Rotterdam in May.”
The official music video is directed by Kate Dolan. Lesley describes the shoot as fun — “[Kate] came up with a treatment that would work in showing the triumphant energy that here we are shining bright and ready to have fun. It completely captures what I wanted to create in the song. Kate understood that it wasn’t supposed to show people being angry or sad, but show that we can and we will defy them, rise up and throw a massive dance party to celebrate! She also cast individuals that truly did have their own story. Kate stayed true to the song and I think it will really shine through in the video.”
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Who Is Lesley Roy?
Currently living in New York’s East Village, Lesley Roy is originally from Dublin. Roy is relatively unknown in her homeland, although she achieved modest success with her debut album Unbeautiful in 2008. Released by Jive/Sony Records, the LP was executively produced by the renowned hitmaker Max Martin.
However, since then, Lesley has focused more on songwriting. She’s penned tracks for artists such as Adam Lambert (“Pop That Lock”), Miss Montreal (“I Am Hunter”), Medina (“Waiting For Love”) and Jana Kramer (“Goodbye California”).
Recalling her early Eurovision memories, Roy says:
“I’m very lucky that I am from the era of Niamh Kavanagh, Paul Harrington, Eimear Quinn, Riverdance years. I feel like the back to back years watching it live from the Point Depot with Gerry Ryan hosting and the explosion of Riverdance left a very deep impression on me as a kid. I definitely made a mental note that this is something I would love to do for Ireland when I grew up. I think I have a very high standard of what a Eurovision song should be because of those memories and that definitely informed the type of song I would send.”
Looking forward to her own Eurovision journey, she adds:
“My mindset for the coming months is to train, rehearse, prepare, perform, execute and hopefully bring Eurovision glory back to Ireland once again.”
Ireland at Eurovision 2020
Ireland’s Eurovision 2020 process began in the autumn when RTÉ invited established songwriters and artists to submit a song for consideration. Together with the broadcaster’s dedicated pop music radio station 2FM, the delegation came up with a shortlist. And from this “Story of My Life” was selected.
Once the song was picked, acclaimed theatre and events production company THISISPOPBABY came on board to work on staging and the entry’s creative direction.
“Story Of My Life” will receive its live TV debut on Friday’s edition of The Late Late Show on RTÉ One. However, Lesley will actually perform the song for the first time on Thursday evening at Dublin’s The George. The song will be performed yet again at Mother on Saturday, also in Dublin.
What do you think of Ireland’s entry? Is it a return to form for the Emerald Isle? Let us know in the comments below.