Keith Harkin, ‘Mercy’ Music Video [Exclusive Premiere]
Irish singer-songwriter Keith Harkin has a new music video out, for his song "Mercy," and he's letting readers of The Boot see it first in this exclusive premiere.
Harkin's new video shows the the singer and his band living life on tour: From logging in road miles to pouring shots, exploring unfamiliar towns to performing onstage, the "Mercy" clip gives a behind-the-scenes look at life on the road. The song "Mercy" is raucous and yearning; it highlights Harkin's impeccable vocals, and passion comes through in every word.
"When I need you more than ever / I'm crying for your help / So let's be honest / Hearts on sleeves / I can only be myself," he sings. "I need you more than ever / Please help a brother out / My time is up / I'm clocking out / I've said my last goodbye."
Harkin has built a following in the U.K., Canada, Australia and the U.S. and, after being recognized by Grammy-winning producer David Foster, was signed to Verve Records. His debut solo album hit No. 1 on Billboard, and his sophomore project, On Mercy Street, was recently released, on March 11. Harkin's newest project is personal and deep; it was recorded in London's Sphere Studios and influenced by classic artists such as Don Henley, Glen Campbell, Tom Waits, Neil Young and Van Morrison.
"I would like to say yes, I am a romantic. When I look back at the songs I wrote when I was 16 or 18, when I was growing up and confused and trying to work out where life is going, I tried to make them all as romantic as I could," Harkin tells The Boot. "But, when I was 19 or 20, my songs were all about surfing, which was where my head was at. So I guess you could say that my songs have always been true to who I am.”
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