Meteor Award and Tatler Award Winner singer-songwriter Luan Parle has had numerous hits and accolades throughout her career including Meteor Ireland Music Award for Best Irish Female.
After spending the past many years touring extensively with renowned guitarist Clive Barnes in Germany, the USA, the UK, Finland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Ireland Luan returned to the studio to record her fourth studio album ‘Never Say Goodbye’ which was released to critical acclaim on 7th February 2020. The album which she co-produced with Clive Barnes, features 10 original tracks including two co-writes and productions with Dire Straits guitarist Hal Lindes. ‘My Something Beautiful’, was the first single release from the album on 17th January 2020, kicking off Luan’s nationwide sell out tour. Unfortunately due to Covid-19 the tour was brought to a halt & dates rescheduled.
Never Say Goodbye made the Hot Press Hot for 2020 Irish albums list and The Choice Music Prize long-list. 'Never Say Goodbye' received glowing reviews from The Sunday Times, The Irish Independent, Broadsheet.ie, The Sunday World, 4/5 Stars from Folk & Tumble, 8/10 stars from Hot Press , RTÉ Lyric FM - Album Of The Week, PLAYIRISH Album of The Week & RTÉ Radio 1 - Recommends playlist. Since the album's release, 'Never Say Goodbye' has received over 1,500 Irish radio plays reaching an audience of over 3 million listeners.
Upon it's release, ‘My Something Beautiful’ hit the No.2 spot on the iTunes charts. Luan released three further singles from the album 'Change Your Mind', 'The Ghost of Martha' and the title track 'Never Say Goodbye'. All 4 singles were playlisted Ireland's national radio station RTÉ Radio 1.
"With a voice pure and true, Luan Parle sings from the heart but aims for the gut. From lovelorn country ballads to gothic Americana to hard-hitting social commentary, with this album Luan's songwriting has matured to the point where she can rightfully claim to be the Emmylou of the Emerald Isle." Nick Kelly - Music Editor, broadsheet.ie
“With ‘Never Say Goodbye’ Luan Parle has delivered her finest collection of songs to date” - Colm O’Hare - Hotpress
The Wicklow born songstress signed her first record deal at just 12 years of age and has written and recorded with some of the worlds’ most successful songwriters and producers including Bill Bottrell (Sheryl Crowe, Michael Jackson, Prince, Travelling Wilburys, Elton John), Chris Kimsey (The Rolling Stones, Duran Duran, The Proclaimers), Stephen Lironi (Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Jon Bon Jovi, Black Grape, Hanson) and Billy Steinberg (Madonna, Roy Orbison, Cyndi Lauper, The Pretenders, Whitney Houston, The Bangles, Celine Dion). Parle signed with Elton John’s Management Company ‘Twenty First Artists’ and, following a signing with Sony Records, released her critically-acclaimed album ‘Free’ in 2007.
Her Top 10 hit single ‘Ghost’ spent three months in the Irish Charts and was the most-played Irish single in the same year, also featuring on numerous Number 1 compilation albums.
To-date Luan Parle has released four studio albums and an EP. Her début album, First Impressions, was released after she signed to Anim Records at the age of 12 following an appearance on The Late Late Toy Show. In 2002 Luan signed to Sony Music Ireland and released her first single - a Diane Warren penned cover titled ‘When I See You Smile’ - followed by a self-penned single ‘More Than A Ghost’. Parle later went on to re-record the song, changing the title to ‘Ghost’. ‘Ghost’ became one of Luan’s most successful singles; spending 12 weeks in the Irish Charts, peaking at No. 10. Luan recorded ‘Ghost’ in her native language (Irish) ‘Taibhse’, for a charity album which reached No. 1 in the compilation Irish Album Charts. Luan joined James Blunt on his UK & Irish tour and opened for Elton John for three nights at London’s Hammersmith Apollo.
Luan recorded an album with Grammy Award-Winning producer Bill Bottrell in Mendocino, California. To-date the album has yet to be released. She holds the Meteor Ireland Music Award for ‘Best Irish Female’, other accolades include; ‘Tatler Woman Of The Year Award’ and ‘Big Buzz Award Most Stylish Female’. In 2010, Luan released her album ‘The Full Circle’ to critical acclaim with one of the tracks ‘Sita’ featuring on ‘A Women's Heart Then & Now’. In 2012 ‘The Little Match Girl’, a co-write with Gavin Ralston, featured on RTÉ Radio 1’s album release ‘A Murray Christmas’ which went to No. 1 in the Official Irish Compilations Chart.
In 2013 ‘My Hero’, a song written by Luan and Gavin Ralston with a group of Secondary School students was released. The song topped the iTunes charts and reached No. 7 in the Official Irish Charts. It featured on many entertainment news sites while also making The Journals’ top stories that year. Paddy Power was even taking bets for a Christmas No. 1!
November 2014 saw Luan release ‘Day Is Done taken from Luan’s EP ‘Roll The Dice’. Further single releases ‘Roll The Dice’ and ‘You’re Not Here’ followed, which all topped the iTunes Chart; ’Day Is Done' peaked at No. 8 in the Irish Radio Airplay Chart reaching an audience of almost 8 million listeners.
February 2017 Luan released ‘Give Me Shelter’ from her ‘Songs From The Vault Collection’. ‘Give Me Shelter’ was the first release from a series of monthly digital releases and topped the iTunes Chart on the first day of release.
In September 2017 Luan returned to the classroom alongside IMRO (Irish Music Rights Organisation) to deliver a songwriting workshop to the students of Coláiste Chill Mhantáin. The resulting song, Your Love Still Guides My Way, performed by the students, was released through Luan’s own label LPR Records and was launched by Minister for Health Simon Harris, all proceeds were donated to the Irish Heart Foundation and The Alzheimer Society of Ireland. 'Your Love Still Guides My Way' went straight to No.1 in iTunes and No. 10 in the Official Singles Downloads Chart on Friday 29th September, 2017.
2019 saw Luan make a return to TV, presenting a songwriting series for IMRO & RTÉ's Ireland's Favourite Folk song in which Luan interviewed well-known Irish Singers/Songwriters. Ireland's Favourite Folk Song was launched on The Late Late Show in January 2019 where Luan joined a stellar line up including Eleanor McEvoy and Paddy Casey to perform a rendition of Raglan Road. Luan was a director of IASCA (Irish Association of Songwriters, Composers & Authors) for 10 years.
Since March 2019 Luan has appeared as a regular panelist on Irish Television's 'The Elaine Show' Virgin Media One.
Check www.luanparle.com/tour for tour dates.
Meteor Award Best Irish Female (2007)
Irish Tatler Award Women Of The Year Music (2007)
The Big Buzz Awards Most Stylish Female (2008)
Nomination IMTV Awards (2010)
3 Pure M Music Award Nominations (2015)
Stellar Award Nomination Best Singer (2015)
PPI Radio Award Nomination – interview and live performance on FM104 (2015)
First Impressions (1993)
The Full Circle (2010)
The Bottrell Session's (Unreleased)
Never Say Goodbye (2020)
Roll The Dice (2015)
When I See You Smile (Top 20) (2002)
More Than A Ghost (Top 30) (2002)
Failed Romances (Top 30)
Corporate Culture (Top 30)
Ghost (Top 10) (2008)
My Hero – written by Luan Parle and students of Presentation Secondary School Clonmel (Top 10) (2013)
Day Is Done (2014)
Roll The Dice (2015)
You're Not Here (2015)
Your Love Still Guides My Way - written by Luan Parle and students of Coláiste Chill Mhantáin (Top 10) (2017)
Give Me Shelter (2017)
My Something Beautiful (2020)
Change Your Mind (2020)
The Ghost of Martha (2020)
Never Say Goodbye (2020)
101 Irish Hits – Ghost (2008)
Ceol 08 – Taibhse (2008)
Ceol 10 – Taibhse (2010)
A Women’s Heart Then & Now – Sita (2010)
A Murray Christmas – The Little Match Girl (2012)
RTÉ Lyric FM - Album Of The Week
RTÉ Radio 1 - Recommends
“With Never Say Goodbye, Luan Parle has delivered her finest collection of songs to date…The single, ‘My Something Beautiful', blends jangly pop/rock smarts with country textures…guitar- driven with an insistently jaunty pace, it’s is the kind of song which would sit happily in the repertoires of Emmylou Harris, Natalie Merchant or even The Bangles. There are echoes too of Fleetwood Mac in the seductive chorus and the tune is firmly grounded in that classic, West Coast FM radio sound which has proved so enduring over the years. To put it another way, If Parle guested with [the late] Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers at their peak, the results would sound something like this..”
Colm O’Hare - Hot Press
“With a voice pure and true, Luan Parle sings from the heart but aims for the gut. From lovelorn country ballads to gothic Americana to hard-hitting social commentary, with this album Luan's songwriting has matured to the point where she can rightfully claim to be the Emmylou of the Emerald Isle. Nashville are you listening?”
Nick Kelly - Music Editor broadsheet.ie
"Never Say Goodbye is a slick Country-pop record that owes as much to the likes of Stevie Nicks as it does to Dolly Parton. That’s not to say Parle is in any way a carbon-copy or wannabe country star. ‘Change Your Mind’ in particular features a riff that edges on the rockier side of Americana but this is first and foremost a country record. Parle’s vocal mastery and songwriting skill are pushed to the fore. ‘Falling For You’ is a straight-up country classic with a whiskey-swigging swing. It’s right out of the Patsy Cline playbook and marks one of the more tender moments on the new record. Check out ‘Never Say Goodbye’for surefire songwriting, soul-searching, social commentary, and sweet, sweet country tones."
Scott Edgar - Folk And Tumble - 4/5
“Making the transition from child star to adult contemporary artist is a near impossible task in the arts. Very few have made that progression with any degree of success. Luan Parle has managed to achieve this and has kept her career train firmly on the tracks since recording her debut album FIRST IMPRESSIONS at the age of 12. Her music continues to be radio friendly, easy on the ear with melodies that sit comfortably between country and pop. She has most certainly hit the bullseye once again with NEVER SAY GOODBYE. Regardless of how strong the song writing and musicianship are, the real winner is Parle’s instantly recognisable voice which is as sharp and self-assured as ever. With NEVER SAY GOODBYE, Parle has delivered an album that will retain her standing as one of Ireland’s leading lights in the Country Pop genre.”
Declan Culliton - Lonesome Highway
“The result is her best record yet. Highlights include Running In Circles, a co-write with ex Dire Straits guitarist Hal Lindes that evokes Stevie Nicks"
Steve Cummins - Sunday Times