Christian Collins’ Debut Single – ‘Sweet Divine’
BIMM graduate Christian Collins has just released his debut single, the earthy, folk-pop ‘Sweet Divine’. The track has been garnering plenty of attention from national radio stations owing to the lush production of the instrumentals, alongside the strength of Collins’ vocal performance.
The young singer-songwriter subscribes to the Wildean belief that emotion should trump narrative when it comes to creating art and this is apparent from the rousing nature of the song. ‘Sweet Divine’ begins quite gently, with a controlled vocal from Collins, before swelling toward a more unrestrained display of emotion. Strings and backing vocals are employed to particularly good effect, complementing the growing power of Collins’ voice as the song hurtles towards its climax. The careful production of the track ensures a rich medley of sounds throughout the three-and-a-half minutes, notably in the richly textured final chorus.
Collins grew up in the sparsely populated village of Shillelagh in County Wicklow, where he developed an affinity for nature and a love of Jeff Buckley. Both of these elements are quite apparent in ‘Sweet Divine’, and they serve to influence his music, without ever threatening to overwhelm his own personal expression.