It’s been a long time since I’ve discovered a new artist that moved me. Rosie Carney‘s music doesn’t scream for your attention. It’s probably not going to hit some charts. It’s quiet, but penetrating. It’s soft, but her songs invites you in.
I am so taken by her music.
I first hear this track that she did called Thousands. In this track, she had the backing vocals from someone she looks up to, fellow Irish singer Lisa Hannigan (formerly singing with Damien Rice)
Here’s a live performance of the song, Thousands.
I wanted to learn more about her. The Web isn’t sprawled with information about Rosie Carney.
I was surprised that she’s only in her early twenties. At the age of 16, Donegal’s Rosie Carney signed a record deal that guided her away from the unadorned and honest songwriting that she wanted to pursue. After that false start, Carney knuckled down and got even more real and began to address her battles with anxiety, depression and an eating disorder that occupied her teenage years. “I lost so much weight. I don’t know how I didn’t die.”
Here’s a short documentary about her battle with anxiety at a young age:
In the video above, she said that the catalyst for change was when her grandmother, who was suffering with dementia.
“One day, (my grandmother) asked my mother if I had cancer, as I was so thin…. that’s when I realised I need to completely sort myself out.”
Music really became a form of therapy for her. The song “Thousands” speaks about her grandmother
Carnie Rosey’s music reminds that our life is not about comfort, but about courage. It not about living an anesthetic life, but to be awaken each day to the aesthetics around and within us.