Irish pop singer and songwriter Taylor Mas has released her debut single, Bad News. We asked her the BIG questions . . .

Speaking about the song, she says, "Bad News was written at a time in my life where I felt absolutely everything was going wrong for me. My career, my health, my relationships were all treading on thin ice, and I was simply waiting for what would happen next to push me over the edge.

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"I saw hope in nothing and felt like everyone was fine except me. I believe there are moments and times like this in every person's life. I hope many people will relate to the song's lyrics, especially now with how uncertain the world is.

"This song really highlights the importance of mental health and I hope people will listen and realise they are not alone in how they feel."

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Tell us three things about yourself?

My favourite thing in the world is nature, I am always outside hiking in the mountains, and I have a license to do bird ringing. What is bird ringing you ask? You catch wild birds and put a metal ring on their leg and record information about them such as their age, weight, wing length etc. If the bird is caught again elsewhere, we can see how far it has travelled and if any of its biometrics have changed. This information contributes to the conservation of bird species.

I started song writing when I was 15 and taught myself chords on the guitar and piano from YouTube. I did a four-year music degree in BIMM Dublin and I learned a lot there and made amazing friends.

I have a dog called Molly, she's a Cavalier King Charles and is 13 years old. She's obsessed with food and sleeps a lot AKA living her best life.

How would you describe your music?

My music is definitely pop and commercial, I always try to make my melodies interesting and catchy. I feel like that is my biggest strength as a writer, but I also make a conscious effort to make the lyrics meaningful.

Who are your musical inspirations?

My biggest musical inspirations are always artists who write their own music. I look up to songwriters such as Taylor Swift, Halsey and Julia Michaels because they can write in so many styles and their music is always raw and personal to them. I never get bored of their music.

How did you occupy yourself during the coronavirus lockdown?

I felt really lucky during lockdown that I had an endless amount of time to create music to entertain me. I have a lovely set up at home to record and produce my own demos which I spent a lot of time doing. I also read some books I've always wanted to read and walked every inch of the Phoenix Park as I live right next to it.

What’s your favourite song right now?

Midnight Sky by Miley Cyrus. I constantly have it on repeat it's so uplifting with a great Girl Power vibe. I also love how influenced by the 80s it is.

Favourite lyric of all time?

This is impossible to choose, but I am going to pick the opening verse to Fix You by Coldplay. It's one of my favourite songs of all time and means so much to me.

'When you try your best, but you don't succeed, When you get what you want but not what you need, When you feel so tired but you can't sleep, Stuck in reverse'.

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If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life what would it be?

I'm going to pick Complicated by Avril Lavigne because it's an early 2000s classic and it just reminds me of being a kid putting on black eyeliner and nail varnish and wanting to be her.

Where can people find your music/more information?

Spotify, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter.