It’s not every day that a 17 year old schoolboy from Dundalk writes a song and it is included on a number one top selling Irish album.
Keenan Copas from Avondale, Dundalk along with Paul Walsh from top Irish band Royseven and John Gaughan from the ‘Voice of Ireland’ co-wrote ‘Song for You’ that appears on Bressie’s charity album ‘Simple Things’
The trio met in Achill, Co Mayo while on a surfing holiday where they collaborated on a number of songs.
‘Song for you’ was picked by Bressie to appear on the album and Keenan wrote the melody for the song and plays acoustic guitar on the album.
He even had lunch with Matt Cardle of X-Factor fame while recording the song in Windmill Lane.
The album has reached number one on the iTunes Charts and went straight in at number two last week on the IRMA charts.
Keenan, who is currently in his final year at the Marist in Dundalk, has been writing and playing songs for a good few years and has demonstrated an extraordinary song writing talent for such a young age.
Local musician Gerry Larkin took him under his wing two years ago and he recorded Keenan’s first EP in his home studio.
The EP was launched in ‘The Spirit Store in July 2012.
“He has made an awesome start to a wonderful musical career”, said Gerry.
This year alone he has opened shows for Mundy, Ben Reel, Stewart Agnew, Finnian Kelleher and Sinead McNally.
He has also recently played ‘Song for You’ live on the ‘Colm Hayes Show’ on 2FM.
Keenan expects to release his next EP in early 2014 and will be releasing acoustic versions of his songs on YouTube.
You can check out his song ‘I’ll never give up on you’ at www.youtu.be/1cgKrqHhn7M.