Hot on the heels of his latest release, Christy shares his brand new single ‘When We Get Old‘ via Made Records
“‘When We Get Old’ is based on a real conversation I had with my then girlfriend. I wanted to put across the idea that to be right here and now, in the moment, is the most important place to be, especially with being in love” Christy explains.
Christy’s debut EP has achieved over a million streams in the course of just four months. Capturing listeners’ attention with his refreshingly honest lyrics and raw, heartfelt vocals. He has quickly propelled himself beyond his humble beginnings busking on the streets of Glasgow, and set himself apart from his other forays into the spotlight, including being part of a boyband, and starring in a Disney TV show.
Christy O’Donnell had an irregular start in life. He came into the world four months early, and has always wondered whether this might explain his unusual sensitivity to light and sound. “I was out of the womb for four months of my development,” he says. “For me, the whole world is super sensitive, lights flashing; I get distracted so easily, and I can hear things a mile away. Everything is exciting to me. People think I’m off my nut because I have a lot of energy, but it’s only because I feel like I pick up everything.”
O’Donnell had always been a natural at music, learning alto sax by ear from the age of nine, and discovering the guitar at fourteen via his hero John Frusciante of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. “It was like being blind and discovering colour,” he says of learning to play.
“When I felt bad I didn’t know how to deal with it until I found music.” At school in Glasgow he would skip chemistry and go to the library instead, using the Sibelius programme to write his own music – the software settled his mind and allowed him to be creative.
Over the course of several missed chemistry sessions, Christy composed a 24 piece “fusion-jazz” concerto for trumpet (he was listening to a lot of Zappa’s Hot Rats at the time).
His teachers didn’t believe the music was really his, and he was suspended for plagiarism during the crucial period of his final exams. Anxious to prove them wrong, he wrote an orchestral piece called Victory Song to prove he wasn’t faking his talent, to no avail. It was then that O’Donnell began to explore his rebel streak. “I realised there is no point trying to conform,” he says, and set out on the unusual creative path that has enabled him to achieve so much in such a short space of time.