One of music’s biggest evenings of the year, the Grammy Awards, is coming up soon.
A vocalist from Brooklyn was recently interviewed by CBS2 about her preparations for both the award show and a significant tour in honor of a rock legend.
Aoife O’Donovan, a well-known folk musician, has already received one Grammy; but, this year, she is up for three additional awards, including Best Folk Album for “Age of Apathy,” which includes one of her top songs, “Prodigal Daughter.”
“Every day I kind of wonder, wow is this real, that I get to actually do this for my career as a musician?” said O’Donovan.
Although the Brooklyn singer rose to fame on her own, she wants to be compensated for her success.
“The Boss has a ton of fans, including me. Who doesn’t?” said O’Donovan. People consider him to be a rock star, which he certainly is, but he is also an extraordinary storyteller. O’Donovan performed cover songs of Springsteen’s legendary 1982 album “Nebraska” in the early stages of the COVID-19 lockdown while livestreaming the performances to her YouTube followers. She eventually recorded her live
performances because of the enthusiastic response. She now intends to perform the cover songs while touring internationally. The Bowery Ballroom will be one of the stops.
“It has a unique kind of heaviness to it. You’re carrying someone else’s torch “explained O’Donovan.
On Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest albums ever, the album comes in at number 150.
“These stories of outcasts and people battling through bad times are told in every song, one after the other. The music also spoke to me, “said O’Donovan. O’Donovan responded, “I think it’s very safe to say that Bruce Springsteen is a legend,” when asked if she was concerned about some people comparing her to Springsteen.
Springsteen hasn’t heard any of her cover songs as far as she’s aware, but O’Donovan said she hopes she makes him proud if he ever does.
The Grammy Awards will stream on the Paramount+ app and be shown live on CBS News New York on Sunday at 8 p.m.