Stephanie Rainey is the Irish singer songwriter who made
the impossible happen. With no money, no manager, no contacts
and no carefully calculated social media campaign, she
created a music industry stampede of epidemic proportions
with just one heart-stopping song - 'Please Don't Go'.
Within 24 hours of the song being uploaded onto Facebook,
Stephanie - who had spent a decade trying to break into
the music business - had more than a million hits (it
quickly rose to five million views across both Facebook
and YouTube), offers pouring in from US and UK record
companies and world-wide media attention.
For the Cork-born singer it was a bitter sweet moment
of triumph. The song was not just her last roll of the
dice as an artist but it was sparked by the devastating
loss of her one year old nephew, Fionn, from meningitis.
Coupled with a powerful, poignant lo-fi video for the
song featuring friends - including her brother Dylan
and the cult Irish comedian Cian Twomey - who had each
suffered the loss of a loved one, holding up photographs
and placards with messages of how each family member
had died and what they wanted to say to them.
Stephanie - whose influences encompass Alison Krauss
to Coldplay and Neil Young to Florence and The Machine
- says: "I had absolutely no idea of the impact
that one song and that one video we made would have.