Conor Walsh – ‘Signal to the Sun'
By Matt Wong & Staff
“Signal to the Sun” begins acapella, with Walsh’s soulful lead vocal supported by lush vocal harmonies. The acapella is mixed fairly dry, which creates a sense of connection for the listener to Walsh as he delivers his moving love story. Following the acapella chorus, Walsh is joined by the acoustic guitar, and a string section for the first verse.
The instrumentation, augmented by light cymbals remains consistent through the chorus, afterwards which, the drums enter on the second verse with a energizing tom figure. As the drums segue into a driving rock groove, the song continues to grow towards peak intensity before scaling back for an acapella ending making "Signal to the Sun" highly engaging for the ears.
The lyrics in “Signal to the Sun” are derived from a poem written by Walsh when he was in a long distance relationship. At the time, Walsh would tell his girlfriend to look up at the sunshine filled sky because although they were apart, they would be looking at the same sky. The lyrics, which describe how “her presence is like kryptonite” and how “her kiss is the cure” details the passion in the relationship, and immerses listeners into the love story behind the lyrics.
“Signal to the Sun” by Conor Walsh is the complete package of songwriting, musicianship, and artistry. From the first notes, Walsh shows of his vocal prowess and control in an acapella setting, before blending his sound with his band. The song, with its beautiful melody, and memorable lyrics, is framed perfectly by the song’s arrangement, and helps listeners take in the song’s story. To top it off, Walsh is backed by a stellar group of musicians who perform the song with pristine artistry.
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About Conor Walsh
Conor was born and raised in Poughkeepsie, New York. In May of 2020, Conor graduated with Bachelor’s Degree in Music Industry at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York, where he studied many aspects of the business such as live sound, studio production, publishing, management, and more. In 2018, he was the Troy Division winner of PBS's "Celebration of Music" Talent Competition, and in 2019, he was nominated for three Independent Music Network Awards in regards to his song, "Yes."
Conor is currently promoting his latest album, "Away From Home," which he released back on November 27th, 2020. Illustrating his first three years of college, he dives into stories of love and loss, desperation and inspiration, and his journey towards maturity. This album follows the release of his single "Dance With Me," which was a way to combat the social isolation of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the "Show Them What You Got" EP, which features early, stripped down renditions of three songs which are on "Away From Home" (including "Signal to the Sun). You can find his latest album on all main streaming platforms, and you can also check out his podcast, "Walsh Wednesday: The Reflective Series." "Walsh Wednesday" is all about music and motivation: It is a podcast for conversations of understanding and unity, while being a platform for creators of all kinds.
Distributed by Castos, you can also listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Amazon, Overcast, YouTube, and iHeart Radio. JWill from the JWill Jamboree on KISS 96.1FM once described Conor as a “mix between Shawn Mendes and Michael Buble.” Conor takes many of his influences from 90s and 2000s bands such as Matchbox Twenty, Goo Goo Dolls, 3 Doors Down, Lifehouse, and Daughtry; along with classic rock artists like Journey, Foreigner, Bob Seeger; and country acts such as George Strait, Restless Heart, and Zac Brown Band. Conor also finds much inspiration from the storytelling, and soothing aspects of artists such as John Denver, James Taylor, Jimmy Buffett, and Amos Lee. Conor is an avid believer that music is the universal language because it expresses emotions better than any other form of communication he can think of.
Though his own experiences are unique, he believes that his emotions are shared amongst everyone on earth, and art is the way to connect with one another. Conor is very grateful to be spending some time with BHW Music Group, and looks forward to sharing his music with everyone!