Aslan front man Christy Dignam has released new song High, ahead of the release of his debut solo album, The Man Who Stayed Alive, this Autumn.
Described as "a legacy solo album by Christy Dignam", the record sees the Finglas man team up with songwriter and regular Aslan collaborator Don Mescall to write songs inspired by Dignam's long and often turbulent career.
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Dignam contacted Mescall, who had previously worked with Aslan as the writer of the number one song Too Late for Hallelujah and the top five single Catch Your Fall, during the pandemic last year to discuss the possibility of recording a solo album.
With the help of former MD of EMI Ireland Willie Kavanagh, the pair started putting together a collection of songs that personally expressed where Christy felt he was in his life.
The album was written and recorded predominantly at Don’s Quivvy Church Studio in Cavan, but quite a few of the vocals were recorded in Christy’s kitchen at his house in Dublin when he was well enough in between chemotherapy sessions, which he is currently receiving for a terminal illness.
Speaking about the new album, Dignam said, "I can't tell you how much making my solo album has lifted my spirits."
"It's been such a joy to work on this record with one of the most iconic singers this Country has ever produced," added Mescall, who has also penned hits for Rascal Flatts, Geri Halliwell, Backstreet Boys, and Cliff Richard.
"Willie Kavanagh said, "Working with Christy and Don again is a labour of love, and we have been blessed to have distribution and guidance from Annette Donnelly and the great team at Sony."