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. 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.

 

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.

To-date Luan Parle has released three 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, 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 also joined the Elaine Show panel on Virgin Media One. She has been on the IASCA (Irish Association of Songwriters, Composers & Authors) Board of Directors since its inception in 2009. After spending the last few 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 on 7th February 2020. The album features 10 original tracks including two co-writes with Dire Straits guitarist Hal Lindes. ‘My Something Beautiful’, the first single from the album, was released on 17th January 2020, kicking off Luan’s 2020 nationwide tour.

AWARDS

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)

 

DISCOGRAPHY

Albums

First Impressions (1993)

Free (2006)

The Full Circle (2010)

The Bottrell Session's (Unreleased)

Never Say Goodbye (2020)

 

EP

Roll The Dice (2015)

 

Singles

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)

 

Compilation Albums

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)