Essex singer-songwriter Declan J Donovan’s debut single for Polydor Records is out now. Captivating piano ballad ‘Vienna’ is the perfect introduction to the 22-year-old’s powerful sound, a mix of epic melodies and soulful intimacy. Donovan has also announced that he will play a highly anticipated headline show at London’s Scala on October 14th.
‘Vienna’ was recorded with George Ezra producer Cam Blackwood and captures Donovan’s knack for storytelling. “I love talking to people and seeing how their mind works,” he says, “seeing what they’re going through and getting perspectives on how people think. A lot of my songs are other people’s stories.”
‘Vienna’ is a snapshot of a blossoming romance, inspired by his close friend and tour buddy Jack. “I was on tour last year and I always bring my Jack with me just to help out and have a mate there. Because he’s six foot four and really good looking, he gets all these girls talking to him every night. He’s supposed to be selling t-shirts but he’s not very good at it, ’cause he’s always talking to girls. But one night he met this girl from Vienna and they instantly fell in love. They spent the whole night talking.”
When Donovan was back from touring, he asked Jack if he was going to follow it up and go to Vienna. He offered to buy him a ticket there, telling him he’d be crazy not to. “I wrote the song from Jack’s perspective, about someone who’s gonna drop everything to go and see this girl in Vienna.”