Outlander fans 'in tears' at Sinead O'Connor tribute in midseason finale for series 7
11.08.2023 - 11:25
Outlander fans were “in tears” after the latest episode as producers paid their respects to the late Sinead O'Connor in the end credits.
The Irish singer-songwriter was the most recent person to sing the iconic theme song 'The Skye Boat Song' for season seven of the show.
Every season of the smash-hit show set in Scotland sees a new version of The Skye Boat Song recorded and it had typically featured Raya Yarbrough's vocals. For season seven, executive producer Maril Davis wanted to try something new and contacted Sinead after being connected by composer Bear McCreary.
The late singer was chosen to sing then Outlander track as Starz bosses believed she 'embodied the spirit' of the series and she’s said to have "really resonated" with the main character, Claire, who is often told her ideas are “crazy”.
But the icon still shocked producers when she agreed to record the song. In the new series, Claire's daughter Brianna has a storyline that unfolds during the 1980s and so Maril wanted to have the opening credits give a nod to the decade, and so they brought in one of the biggest stars to rise to fame around the time of that decade in the shape of Nothing Compares To U hitmaker Sinead, who was propelled to major stardom in 1990.
The “haunting” recording of the song took two days and took place at Grouse Lodge in Ireland. It would end up being the superstar’s final recording. Show makers, and cast members including Caitriona Balfe, paid tribute to Sinead in the wake of her passing last month.
Caitriona Balfe - who plays Claire Fraser - thanked the singer for sharing her soul as she said: "I hope you are at peace … and with your baby boy. Thank you for sharing your soul with us and soothing us with your incredible
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