St. Patrick’s Day is all about celebrating with a glass raised to the joys of life, love, family and all good things. Who needs a parade to step in line for the best of times, given the release of joyous new single “Drink
,” from the upcoming album “Pop,” the first full-length namesake collection from songwriter & producer Ayhan Sahin, released by his indie label Young Pals Music. Vocals in “Drink” are commandeered by veteran New York City-based singer and musician Denny Blake, whose credits include metal band Helix and the Billy Joel Broadway musical “Movin’ Out
The album “Pop” features 12+ diverse vocalists & musicians across a myriad of styles, including R&B and; soul, dance, jazz, country and of course… pop. All songs are co-written and co-produced by Sahin with hit songwriter Bernadette O’Reilly
, who has also worked for three decades in artist relations, management and song placement.
“Drink” offers a nod to all things worth celebrating, as Blake sings, “Five o clock, the weekend’s here and I got a little plan, free the next 48 hours… Time to get back what I give/Drink to the ones you love, to your god above, Drink to a better way, to a summer day/Drink to the milkman, to the one-night stand, to the cabbies, your sugar daddy, drink to St. Paddy…”
In addition, the song features a rap shout-out to a roster of beloved New York City haunts worth raising a glass to—including the likes of Jake’s Tavern
, Raccoon Lodg
e, Otto’s Shrunken Head
, One Fish Two Fish
, Planet Rose
, 40/40 Club
, Coney Island High
, Tally Ho
, Jimmy’s Corner
and the West Village’s Ty’s
. No, it’s not Fetty Wap delivering the flow: It’s none other than co-writer O’Reilly.
Add to the global reach of “Drink” a third songwriting credit—alongside Sahin and O’Reilly—from Turkey’s most-acclaimed female singer/songwriter Sezen Aksu. She descended upon New York City in 2006 to record a dozen songs, while embracing multiple songwriting sessions… including “Drink.” In her native Turkey, Aksu is known as “the mother of all Turkish pop stars.” Yes, she is the Madonna of the nation.
The track is already gaining views on YouTube with a lyric video for “Drink
” launched at the beginning of the month. An official video release will be celebrated before St. Patrick’s via an extravagant collective of footage from around the world collected from fans singing along to the song in bars, taverns and all other festive locations. The song is available for purchase on iTunes.
The album “Pop” is the first namesake project for Turkish-born songwriter & producer Ayhan Sahin. Sahin has achieved notoriety in a range of musical genres, from pop, rock and dance to musical theater. In 2015, he co-wrote and produced the debut album for Mexican superstar & Broadway veteran Bianca Marroquín
. “El Mundo Era Mio
” was featured in a live segment and performance from New York City on Univision’s top-rated morning show “Despierta America”, while garnering record sales on iTunes
Sahin has also worked with Olivia Newton-John
, Melba Moore
, Phoebe Snow
, Turkish superstars Sezen Aksu
and Sertab Erener
, Sandra Bernhard
and five “American Idol
” finalists. His music has been featured on CNN, The Los Angeles Times, Playbill, MTV, Yahoo! Music and “The Wendy Williams Show”; and heralded by USA Today, New York magazine, MTV and The New York Daily News.