Ronan Keating is to release his fifth solo album ‘Songs For My Mother‘ on March 16, as a special tribute to his late mum Marie on Mother’s Day next month. Keating chose songs that he remembers his own mother listening to during his upbringing.
His most recent album “Turn It On” showcased his songwriting talents, and included a duet with LeAnn Rimes. Ronan has had huge international success with songs including Life is a Rollercoaster, When You Say Nothing At All, We’ve Got Tonight and If Tomorrow Never Comes. He has sold more than 17 million albums and collaborated with major stars including Elton John and the Bee Gees.
After losing his mother due to cancer in 1998, Ronan and his family set up The Marie Keating Foundation in memory of her; a charity that strives to raise awareness of cancer and raises funds for mobile cancer awareness units.
The Foundation works alongside Cancer Research UK and has raised over £1,500,000 to date. Anyone who opts to make a £1 donation will directly be helping these two wonderful charities and ensure that their good work can continue.
Moreover, in order to support the action of this foundation, the Boyzone singer invites fans can write a special message on the artwork for his new album. Everyone who will pre-order the album will also be given the opportunity to donate £1 to this cause very close to Ronan’s heart. In other words, the public are being invited to log onto www.ronankeating.com and the first 470 people to pre-order the record from Ronan’s official website will receive this very individual tribute to someone special to them.
According to The Sun, Ronan said: “The ten songs I have chosen are varied but all seem to have an important relationship on the album.
“Most of the songs were my mother’s favourites but some relate to my mother after she had passed away but are still as important.”
Along with traditional folk songs such as “Wild Mountain Thyme” and “Carrickfergus”, the album includes tunes by musicians such as Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Elvis as well as Ronan’s version of Joshua Kadison’s song ‘Mamas Arms’, a song that helped Ronan through his grieving for his mother Marie. The album also contains Time After Time, Make You Feel My Love, Both Sides Now, Vincent, I Believe I Can Fly , Suspicious Minds. The album also includes a brand new version of This Is Your Song - a tune written for both his parents that first appeared on Ronan’s No1 2002 solo album Destination.
The LP was produced by Stephen Lipson, includes a live orchestra and Ronan recorded the songs in just 2 days before Christmas 2008.