Australian born and raised, Kieran Lancini has called the UK ‘home’ since 2006. He was named Star Maker Winner at the 2002 Tamworth Country Music Festival. A trip to Australia for Star Maker’s 40th anniversary reawakened his love of performing, and the rest is history. Following two successful singles in 2020, Lancini is releasing Hail Mary this month.
Hail Mary opens with gentle acoustic strums and Lancini’s soulful vocal delivery. It’s only after the first chorus that mournful strings arrive. They build into more insistent guitar stabs and light percussion before you’re plunged into a full-band production. There’s a lot about this song that screams ‘country’; thematically, it reminds me a lot of Tim McGraw’s Live Like You Were Dying. Verses one and two explore two different stories, but the crux is the same: a story of being down on your luck and begging for a miracle; there’s enough specificity in the lyrics that you can picture the scenes perfectly.
Lancini wrote Hail Mary with acclaimed Nashville-based songwriter, Phil Barton. Barton – who has achieved a #1 US hit with ‘AWoman Like You’ (Lee Brice), is a fellow Australian and wrote with Lancini during some dark days amid the pandemic.
“I found myself trying to make sense of it all – searching really quite deep in myself to remain positive and see that light at the end of the tunnel. This is what this song is about – hope – and finding that inner strength which I call a ‘miracle’ to make it through and not being afraid to shout out to the universe that you need a bit of help.”