Irish singer-songwriter Kolumbus has announced a new single ‘I Hope You Find Happiness’ from his forthcoming debut EP ‘Give Them Life’ on the back of an enthusiastic reception for the first single ‘Leave The Light On’. Kolumbus is a musical project representing the solo journey of Irish songwriter Mark ‘Cappy’ Caplice.
‘I Hope You Find Happiness’ was written as a lament regarding the droves of Irish people that left the country to find better lives, while looking forward to happier times. “They had to leave family, friends loved ones behind to fly half way across the world. So many of my own friends and close family were among them and I saw first hand how difficult it is, both for those who leave and those who stay,” explains Kolumbus. “I would never hold it against anyone for leaving. Life is too short to dwell on anything.”
Earlier, Kolumbus’ Christmas single ‘You Know It’s Christmas’, featuring the West Wicklow Voices and Chorus Kids Choir, hit No.1 on the Google Play Music Charts and Top 20 on iTunes, ahead of heavy hitters Adele and Justin Bieber. All proceeds went to Inner City Helping Homeless and Baltinglass Lions Christmas appeal. Born in Kilkenny, Ireland, at a young age Mark Caplice moved to Wicklow, where he still resides. His performance name Kolumbus derives from the fact that he has always had a passion for travel and exploration, even from a young age. The 26-year-old believes life is too short to dwell, so his philosophy is to lead an active life. Kolumbus was also influenced by artists such as Ben Howard, Elbow and Fleetwood Mac. His output exhibits clever craftsmanship both lyrically and melodically, blending several different styles to create his own unique brand of energetic captivating music. Of course it helps that this track was produced by Gavin Glass, the music director for John Carney’s new film “Sing Street”, and engineered by Scott Halliday, previously a guitar tech with Prince and James Vincent Mcmorrow. Several other notable musicians make contributions here: drummer Graham Hopkins, who plays with Irish folk legend Glen Hansard, and organist Conor O’Reilly, who has recorded with U2 and has had his music performed in Carnegie Hall.
2016 is proving to be a very busy year for Kolumbus, having already toured through Germany and Austria, traveling over 4000 km on 2 planes, 17 trains and 1 bicycle. This year, Ireland, England, Germany and the U.S.A are all set to figure on his tour schedule.
Kolumbus currently has several tracks on his website for free download. “At this point, I just want to get my music out there as much as possible. Ideas are thought’s with potential. I have hundreds of songs. Now it’s time to Give Them Life”.
“Full of hope and good-heartedness… Clever well-crafted lyrics and instrumentation and a feel-good element that lingers on well after the song ends” – The Spill Magazine
“Optimistic and hopeful lyrics and music against the background of a tragic situation. This formula is one that is inspiring“ – Overblown Magazine
“A sound that’s simultaneously stirring and soothing. The whole thing maintains a mellow mood as it paces placidly towards a pleasant but powerful climactic chorus before fading out faintly” – Pure M Magazine
“Fantastic show. Great songs. Great voice. Highly endearing and remarkable spirited performer with Class A songmanship and wise lyrics” – The Record Stache
“Filled with vibrant musicianship and a stomping crescendo that goes all out on hooks and melodies” – The Last Mixed Tape
“‘Succeeds where many songs about heartbreak fail. From the opening guitar riff and gentle weaving lyrics the listener is pulled into the song” – The City Dublin
“A remarkable single… This melody is so emotional that it caresses the soul upon first listen. A single that helps connect with the deepest memories of our mind” – Zone Nights