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Saturday 3 December 2016

We're ready to take on Taylor, says Liir's Kim

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girl group Liir believe they have what it takes to become the next Taylor Swift or The Corrs.

The trio were formed last October for the Eurosong competition but have plenty of experience in showbiz.

Michele McGrath is a model and former member of pop group Industry alongside chef Donal Skehan, while Leanne Moore was previously a backing singer for Jedward.

Red-head Kim Hayden from Wicklow reached the finals of the first ever Voice of Ireland and she said that the band are trying to build their sound.

"I'd like to think we're kind of a modern day Corrs, with a touch of Taylor Swift," she said.

"The reason we're so focused and driven is because there's nothing out there like Liir at the moment," she added.

Michele said that the three-part harmony group are different to most other vocal girl groups.

"It's more of a folky sound than a pop sound and, as Kim said, we'd have elements and influences from the likes of The Corrs," she told VIP Magazine.

"We listen to a lot of Irish music like Mary Black and Eleanor McEvoy - these are people that we are influenced by and we would like to have elements of their sound in our music." she said.

Control

"We have complete control over the sound - it's not a manufactured pop group like Industry.

"We're at a different age, and we know that this is what we want to do for the rest of our lives."

Michele has recently been working with Ireland's Eurovision entrant Molly Sterling.

"I styled her video. I'm a huge fan," she said. "She's an amazing singer songwriter and she's only 17."

And Eurovision winner Linda Martin has been taking a hands-on approach with Liir as their manager.

"Linda is managing us. She helps us out in any way she can. She even sits in with us at rehearsals and does harmonies with us. Anything we need, she's there," said Leanne.

"Linda has worked in this industry for so long and knows it inside out, so it's great."

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