Declan McKenna isn’t like most songwriters whether young or old. Instead of penning typical pop tales of underage drinking and having his heart broken over a summer romance, or like our dear friend Usher with Confessions Part 22, the 17-year-old from Hertfordshire, England prefers tackling the forbidden subjects, that even the most veteran songwriters won’t touch. Last year he released his debut single ‘Brazil’, a massive indie-pop rock crossover tune that  covers the political landscape of Brazil and its corruption and manipulation of its populace at the heart of the country’s football World Cup in 2014. Now, with appearances on US chat shows like Conan O’Brian and a record deal signed and sold, it seems like he’s about to take his talents farther than South Beach.

After recording songs in his bedroom,  it is reported that McKenna debut album will be produced by James Ford (of Simian fame, producing for the Arctic Monkeys, Mumford and Sons, Haim, Florence + The Machine). McKenna won the Glastonbury festival’s Emerging Talent Competition in early 2015, which not only put him on the world stage with exposure but helped him grow more as a songwriter. McKenna with a fresh voice and original, deep and meaningful lyrics is on a solid journey to becoming one of the UK’s newest superstars.


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