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Comeback King Former You're a Star contestant George Murphy zooms to top of the charts

The Dubliner burst onto our TV screens as a fresh-faced 17-year-old in the 2003 series of the RTE talent show where his rendition of classic songs by Luke Kelly wowed the nation.

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Former You’re A Star contestant George Murphy may have zoomed up to No 2 in the Irish charts with his latest track but he says he’s been struggling to pay the bills due the Covid crisis.

The Dubliner burst onto our TV screens as a fresh-faced 17-year-old in the 2003 series of the RTE talent show where his rendition of classic songs by Luke Kelly wowed the nation.

His dreams of stardom were initially dashed and he hit rock bottom, living with his parents.

But George (34) persevered with his group The Rising Sons and now owns his own house and is getting huge reaction to his new track, 'Dublin Inspires'.

“The pandemic has been very tough on all artists and the entertainment sector in general,” he admits.

“ I have found things tough financially especially with only having moved into my own home and trying to pay bills and a mortgage.

"But, like everything, you have to try to see the positives, at least I have my home. If I was trying to buy now I wouldn’t stand a chance.”

Just when he saw a big future with his band, the effects of the pandemic kicked in.

“Things were only starting to take off for my new band the Rising Sons and we had gigs booked in the UK the US and Europe,” George, who hails from the north Dublin suburb of Beaumont, explains.

“I had gone and booked flights for all the gigs and to lose, not only the work but the price of the flights too, is a hard one to take.

“They’ve offered me vouchers but they’re not much use without getting the work reinstated.

"But again you have to look on the bright side, there are so many people out there worse off than me and the growing strain and depression has lead me to motivate myself to write some of the best material I have ever written."

The father-of-one adds: “The hardest part is not knowing where and when it will all end, thinking things are improving and that you might get to return to work or some normality.

“It’s one step forward and two steps back but we are all in this together and perseverance is key. Mental health is key and trying to remain positive no matter how grim things seem.

"I think I can and will come out of this pandemic a stronger and more determined person from the one that came into it so for that I am grateful.”

George finished with his previous band The High Kings in 2018 and focused his efforts on his own live band, The Rising Sons.

“The Rising Sons began as a local session. - a reason for musicians to get together and sing a few songs, drink a few pints and have the craic.

"But we ended up gaining a great following and I decided that it deserved to be on bigger stage, so after speaking with management we took the show on the road."

Due to the fact there are no live gigs, the band has been busy in the recording studio and has put together a live album, which was recorded during their first tour.

“The recent single/video Dublin Inspires has had 100,000 plays online since its release less than two weeks ago and everybody has said it’s like a modern day Dublin classic ballad,” he beams.

"Having been hailed as a Dublin balladeer for 17 years I had never written a Dublin ballad until now and I think its a great time to have written one and take pride in being a Dub while the city and country is on its knees and remind ourselves of the good times, the history, the culture and the songs and stories passed down from the legendary characters of Dublin throughout the years and its all of these reminders that provided the inspiration to write the track.

“We are raring to go and perform on stages again when all this madness ends and our live album will be out soon.”

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