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Northern Irish Singer-Songwriter, CeeV, Releases Stunning New Single

Co. Down artist CeeV (pronounced like 'leave') is releasing her new single 'Twenty Three'. CeeV, who's real name is Caoimhe McAleavey, is based in Newry but began her music career in Manchester studying songwriting at BIMM.

Although immersed in music in one of the most creative and music rich cities in the world, CeeV was reluctant to showcase her own songs and instead took a more backseat role while playing in several bands in some of the most recognizable venues in the city. Although she didn't perform her own songs live while in Manchester, CeeV plucked up the courage and shared her work with real live people on Soundcloud and was astonished when her music reached over 30,000 listens.

With her confidence growing, CeeV moved home to Newry and began performing her own songs, slowly building a loyal following. Now with her craft as a performer and songwriter improving, CeeV decided for an adventure away from the safety and security of home and moved to another city rich in music and creativity, Ottawa, Canada. Determined to improve her craft she performed in every bar, cafe and restaurant that she could, learning every time she stood on stage.

"I wrote this song as a lighthearted reflection. With influences from musical story tellers like Picture This and The Jezebels, I felt this meaningful story was best told along side uplifting melodies and heartwarming lyrics." said CeeV “I’m writing lyrics for the people that can’t express their feelings.”

CeeV grew up surrounded by a musical family and this year will see her support the likes of Liam Ó Maonlaí, Lisa Hannigan and Gloria Gaynor on Irish stages.

During her teenage years she used music as her voice. Writing lyrics about the ups and downs of her own life experiences proved to be her way of expression. Throughout the years the songs she wrote, such as ‘The Line’ and ‘Old Lover’ helped her develop not only as a songwriter, but as a young person in todays world.

In 2015 ‘CeeV’ moved to England to study Songwriting at BIMM Manchester. Spending most of her days with other like minded musicians really excited her to pursue her own musical dreams. So she began to post original and cover songs on Soundcloud and to her surprise has reached over 50, 000 listens.

With her platorm growing, this gave CeeV the confidence boost she needed. She began gigging all over Northern Ireland and this eventually saw her reach as far as Canada performing her songs and renditions of famous songs by artists who influence her. Dean Mar)n and Jonny Cash, to today’s artists such as Billie Eilish, MaY Corby and Hudson Taylor have all played a part in CeeV’s musical journey.

Most recently CeeV is working on recording, releasing and performing her original music. Her last single ‘Lonely Night’ was supported by radios all over the UK and Ireland and CeeV made a memorable debut on BBC Introducing. CeeV prides herself on writing everyday topics. The likes of mental health, growing up and all types of heartbreak in hopes to help others feel comforted through relatable lyrics and catchy folk-pop melodies.


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