She made a big impact back in 2015 with her heartbreaking song 'Please Don't Go', but plenty has changed over the last few years for Stephanie Rainey.

Having parted ways with her record label, the Cork musician is relaunching herself with a new batch of songs, recently kick-started with 'No Cowboy'.

With an EP also in the works, we caught up with her for a chat.

1. What's the music that you listened to growing up, that you still listen to today?
I still listen to artists like The Beatles, Neil Young and Crosby, Stills & Nash which were staples growing up in my house. I've found lately that going back and listening to the people who made me love music in the first place has been really inspiring when I feel a bit burnt out - it reminds me of the magic that I felt when I was a kid wanting to be a singer. Also...special mention for The Backstreet Boys and The Spice Girls.

2. In three words, describe the minute before you walk on stage.
Terror. Excitement. Toilet.

3. How do you wind down after a gig?
There's so much adrenaline that goes through your system on a gig day and it is genuinely hard to come down from it. You're going non-stop all day getting ready, managing all the nerves and then you step on stage and it just washes away and becomes a different type of energy. Once it's all over, I like to hang out with the band and chat about the show because there's always moments from every show that stand out. I tend not to drink after most shows because I love waking up fresh headed the morning after, so I can really enjoy the memory of it. So on a tour we pick one night to go mad and that's it.

4. What’s the one song you wish you’d written first?
That's a hard question! I'd pick two: 'Fix You' by Coldplay or 'I Lost a Friend' by Finneas.

5. What’s the last thing you watched on TV?
'Your Honor' - the new series with Bryan Cranston. It's amazing - I couldn't stop watching.

6. Name one record and one film that everyone should hear / see.
I think everyone in this world should hear Fleetwood Mac - 'Rumours' and everyone should watch 'Into The Wild'.

7. What's your biggest pet peeve?
Badly made deli sandwiches.

8. Who's the most famous person saved to your phone contacts?
My mom.

9. You’re ordering take-away, what do you get?
I absolutely LOVE Thai food. So it would be a Thai red curry with extra chillies.

10. Describe your perfect day off.
Wake up, it's a perfect spring day. Go to an outdoor market to meet some friends with my fiance and my dog Freddie. Get a nice coffee and some super fancy breakfast sandwich (pray the dog doesn't bark at the market, cos he's louder than anything you've ever heard and he's obsessed with food). Go for a walk on the beach and land back at my parents' house for a big family dinner with all my nieces and nephews there. Meet friends for drinks (but get no hangover) - that is a heaven day for me.

BONUS QUESTION: Recommend a podcast and tell us why we should subscribe to it.
I am obsessed with crime podcasts and one of my favourite ones to listen to is Criminal. It's really interesting because it covers a new story every week and rather than always being super dark it's more like human interest stories with criminal aspects - so they can be really powerful and the characters are so unique. It's really worth a listen.


'No Cowboy' is out now.