Damien Dempsey Song Competition

Why not take this opportunity to write and perform a song inspired by lyrics, “Sing All Your Cares Away”? Damien released his heartfelt“Sing All Our Cares Away” in 2006 and dealt with issues that he saw during that stage in his life. The Dublin balladeer believes that music can, “Soothe the soul”.

Damien Dempsey

Damien started writing songs at a young age and has honed which craft ever since. Music has helped him express his feelings, share his thoughts and given him the opportunity to perform all over the world. For more on the story behind the competition you can read more here.

Who can enter?

The competition is open to all primary and secondary school students. You can enter as a solo artist, group, class or even as a school!

Original song

You must compose and perform an original song of your choice in any format – rap, pop, rock, ballad etc

Theme of your song

In these challenging times we are encouraging primary and secondary students to compose an original song expressing how they are feeling. The theme of our competition is, “Sing All Your Cares Away”. The song can be fun, reflective, optimistic – the choice is yours.

Creative energy

In the words of Damien, “Music is about healing and community and hope. It’s a way of life.”  The Dublin songwriter is delighted to offer his support to “Inspiring You” in working to harness the creative energies of our nation’s youth.

The Prize!

Damien will visit the winners class where you can join in an exclusive musical session with an icon of Irish music! If circumstances will not permit a visit by Damien in person he will do a virtual visit.

Young Fans

Damien is a passionate supporter of young talent and has supported a number of schools competitions in the past. His visit to St.Cronan’s Junior National School in Swords was enthusiastically received by young fans!

Róisín Seoighe

Rising star of Irish music Róisín Seoighe was treated to a surprise visit by Damien to her school Scoil Chuimseach Chiaráin in Carraroe, Co. Galway as a prize for a song competition she won in 2015. The visit helped encourage Róisín to further her music career.

Media partners

Many thanks to our media partners KamilFilms for supporting this exciting competition.

How to submit your song

Click here for the submission link and send us a copy of the lyrics and a link to where you song is hosted.

Any questions?

If you have any questions simply email philip@inspiringyou.ie and or go to our Contact Us section we will do our best to help.


The deadline for entries is on Martin Luther King’s birthday January 15th.

Winners announced

A team of Inspiring You judges will announce the winner of the #SingAllYourCaresAway song competition at 6pm on January 25th.

Together we can change the world one lyric at a time!    Happy singing!