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Irish singer Dermot Kennedy to release first new single since his 2020 hit Giants

The singer and songwriter also spoke of his recent surgery to restore his voice
Singer song-writer Dermot Kennedy

Singer song-writer Dermot Kennedy

Neasa Cumiskey

Irish singer-songwriter Dermot Kennedy will release his latest single this evening.

His brand-new single Better Days will be the first solo music to be released by the Dubliner since his chart-topping, multi-platinum selling single Giants in June 2020.

Dropping at 6.10pm today, Better Days will be available across all digital music providers. The official music video will also launch on YouTube at the same time.

The 29-year-old, who is the nephew of Irish broadcaster Mary Kennedy, said that he “really cannot wait” for fans to hear his new music.

Better Days is Kennedy's first single since last year

Better Days is Kennedy's first single since last year

Taking to Instagram to promote the new single last week, Dermot wrote: “‘Better Days’ are coming on July 28th.

“I really really cannot wait for you to hear this one!!”

It comes after the singer revealed that he almost had to get vocal cord surgery two years ago after losing the “top octave” of his voice.

“Two summers ago, I lost the whole top octave of my voice. [I] was so scared and had a doctor telling me I needed vocal cord surgery,” he told

“Thankfully I didn’t have nodules, so I told them I would get surgery.”

He also enlisted the help of a vocal coach to help restore his singing voice.

Dermot explained: “Instantly [she] knew what the problem was just from listening, and through breathing and learning a whole new technique we took all the tension away and I’m now better than I’ve ever been.”

He previously shared that his singing technique had been damaging his vocal cords, and he was learning to sing from his diaphragm rather than his neck.

Speaking on RTÉ 2fm, the Giants hitmaker said: “Basically [it] got to the point where I had been singing from my neck the whole time.

“I was terrified that I'd done something to my vocal cords and I saw a bunch of doctors and had a scope in here down to my neck six times in two days.

“It basically turned out that the vocal cords were grand but everything surrounding here had been working too hard for too long and basically crapped out in the end.

“There's so many things you should be told in terms of steaming and drinking tea and lozenges and all that, but nothing is a substitute for having good technique,” he added.

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