Loah is Sallay Matu Garnett, a singer songwriter of Sierra Leonean / Irish origin who grew up between Maynooth and West Africa.
From an early age she was given a solid classical training on violin, playing in orchestral ensembles and singing in choirs. Her first forays into songwriting began when she became acquainted with the piano as a teen, but it was not until her time at Trinity College in a soul-funk band that she began to take writing more seriously, collaborating with future members of the likes of Little Green Cars, Collapsing Horse Theatre Company and Kíla. She also contributed to Hozier’s platinum selling debut album, co-writing the song ‘Someone New‘, for which they won a BMI songwriting award.
Having embarked on an ambitious solo career, combining her unique blend of folk and soul which she calls ‘ArtSoul’, Loah has enjoyed a phenomenal first couple of years in action, gracing the stages of Electric Picnic, Body&Soul, Longitude, Cork Jazz Festival and the Dublin Fringe. 2017 will see her travel to SXSW in Austin, release a long awaited EP and an Irish and European tour.
Expect big things. Expect the unexpected.