Declan Benedict McKenna (born 24 December 1998) is an English singer, songwriter, and musician best known for winning the Glastonbury Festival’s Emerging Talent Competition in 2015. McKenna’s first single, the self-released “Brazil”, reached number one on Sirius XM Radio’s Alt Nation Alt 18 Countdown for 23 January 2016, and stayed there for three weeks. The song reached number 16 on the Alternative Songs chart.
McKenna writes his own songs and usually performs all his own instruments.
BBC News called “Brazil” an extraordinarily mature song for a 16-year-old songwriter.
Matt Wilkinson at NME called it “one of the best songs” of 2015, and had high praise for McKenna’s second single, “Paracetamol”, as well. Jon Lyons of ThisNewBand.com called “Brazil” “a catchy song no doubt”, and also noted that it was “a sharp critique on sports, money and power.”
Some music critics have tempered their praise of McKenna. Critic Matt Wilkinson called McKenna’s London gigs surprisingly good, if “rough around the edges”. Jon Lyons has observed that as of November 2015, McKenna’s songs seemed to indicate an artist still experimenting with bands and styles of music which have influenced him. He felt McKenna was still “searching for his own sound right in front of the crowd. An artist is being born note by note.” Andy Welch, music critic for The Bristol Post, said McKenna was “one to watch” displaying “lots of early, ragged promise”.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia