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Nicky Murray's Song For Sara remembers a family friend who influenced his life in music

By Margaret Chrystall

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THE death of a friend who influenced a future career in music is the subject of Highland-based musician Nicky Murray’s latest single Song For Sara out today (Friday, June 5)

Nicky said: “I spent two weeks recording the song at home, and taking advantage of the recent lockdown – and I managed to collaborate remotely with two wonderful musician pals.”

The single artwork of Song For Sara.
The single artwork of Song For Sara.

Singer Kaela Rowan and percussionist James Mackintosh – best-known for their work with Shooglenifty – can be heard on the single which was written, recorded, mixed, and released, independently.

The song will be available on June 5 across all of the major streaming platforms (Spotify etc).

It is also available on Bandcamp which is waiving its fees so that artists get 100 per cent of the sales on the single’s release date, Friday June 5.

Nicky explained why he had written the song.

“Sara was a family friend and she was very special and had a big influence on me as a young person.,” said Nicky.

“She took me to my first festival and snuck me in in a campervan.

“It changed the game for me, I had never seen anything like the festival and it opened a door for me.”

The single is available on Bandcamp which is waiving its fees so that artists get 100 per cent of the sales on Friday June 5

Nicky explained that writing the song had helped him express his grief when he heard of his friend’s loss.

“We all process grief in different ways, though everyone experiences it.

“For me, music is communication in its rawest form and when you express something like that in the unique manner of a song, it helps to process it.

“It’s one of the first things I do if I experience something profound like that – I write about it.

“I actually wrote the song the day after Sara died.

“You say things with the song, the arrangement and the lyrics that you may not be able to say in the conversation.

“For me, writing the song was just something I had to do.”

Singer songwriter Nicky Murray.
Singer songwriter Nicky Murray.

Nicky chose to work with Kaela Rowan and James Mackintosh as musicians he has admired since he got to know them.

Nicky said: “We met a few years back and they are part of the Scottish music scene, really.

“We just came across each other and clicked, we really got on.

“Sometimes if they were up the road, they would stay with me and my partner Chloe. And we would put them on at gigs. If we got together, we always jammed.

“I’ve got a great deal of respect for these two.

“I hate to sound like a total superstar, but for me it really matters who plays on my songs.

“And Kaela’s voice is so soulful and charismatic, there is just something about it – and James is just so meaningful in his playing.”

Nicky, who released his last single Atypical just a few weeks ago, has found this latest single is inspiring more songwriting.

He said: “I’m in the groove, so I might try and do a few more singles, if not one a month. I hope a lot of these songs will be going on an album this year if I can get the funds together."

Song For Sara is now out on the main platforms and on Bandcamp, where today the fee is waived so 100 per cent of the money paid goes to the artist.

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