“The first thing you notice about Sandra is how confident and how at home she is on stage. The second thing you see is she can reach those high notes with ease. So many fledgling singers push and strain themselves to reach those heights and the results are never as pleasing. She also does it without flaying about on stage, it comes naturally.”
Music Review Unsigned, Jan 2013
Singer, Sandra Coffey has come a long way from dancing on bales of hay to Michael Jackson as a youngster. The Galway singer kicked off 2013 with a gig in Whelan’s in Dublin singing original material and well chosen covers influenced from a range of artists she listened to as a teenager.
Much of Sandra’s musical inspirations stem from her upbringing on a farm in Athenry, county Galway. Sandra released her first single, Mascara Girl last September. She followed that up in December with her second single, Baby, leave a light on for me. Both singles show a diverse range to Sandra’s voice. They are available as downloads on iTunes and CDBaby.
Sandra is a classically trained soprano and she taps into this element of her voice on occasion.
Sandra’s music is a mix of alternative rock and pop, inspired by Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and Amy Winehouse. She is currently finishing her debut album and will release this with a series of gigs in 2013. She is keen to hone her performances and bring the music to a range of diverse and unusual venues.
The songs were recorded in the Forge Studios in Galway city, a place where many a musical dream began. Snow Patrol and Sharon Shannon are among the diverse artists that have recorded there. Sandra enlisted the help of many Galway based musicians to work on the album.
Shortly after releasing her first single, Sandra was nominated for 3 awards by Music Review Unsigned. Nominated for Best Single (Mascara Girl), Best Newcomer and Best Female.
Sandra has featured in Woman’s Way, Look Magazine, and was profiled by the Connacht Tribune. She has also featured in Galway Advertiser, Galway Independent, Sligo Weekender, Sligo Champion and Western People.
Sandra has previously performed on RTE Show Seoige. As part of her appearance on the show, she got to record in Windmill Lane Studios. Her mentor for the experience was former Eurovision winner, Paul Harrington.
Described by Paul Harrington as having a “soulful voice that effortlessly reaches high notes”, Sandra hopes that 2013 will see her reach some more high points as she continues on her musical journey. In 2013, Sandra will start creating her own videos.
Her gig at Whelan’s in Dublin received this review “It’s clear that Sandra comes from a musical family she has been reared on the great musical legends like, The Beach Boys, Doors and mostly obviously Fleetwood Mac.
“Her set was a mixture of originals and well chosen covers that showed off her abilities. Friday and Mascara Girl (MRU’s Best Single Nominee) showed signs of carefully thought out lyrics and melody, giving off a hint of Jefferson Airplane and Stevie Nicks. Yet her covers were the best part, stripped down soulful renditions of Adele, Neil Young, Amy Winehouse, Declan O’Rourke and Joni Mitchell.” [Music Review Unsigned Jan 2013]
She will release her third single shortly. And is looking forward to performing in the popular Arts in Action series at NUI Galway on March 7. More shows to be announced shortly.
For more details, you can visit her website on http://www.sandracoffey.ie/
You can get a copy of Mascara Girl on iTunes (see link on this page) or CDBaby http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/sandracoffey
Sandra was recently featured on the StyleSearch feature in Look magazine's website. See the photos on her website.