Belfast-based artist Jessica Hammond has come together with the Irish Football Association, the governing body for football in Northern Ireland, to record and release the official song of the Northern Ireland senior women’s team ahead of the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 finals in July. The feel-good, infectious two-minute pop track focuses on the message of female empowerment within the sport and features plenty of the Green and White Army sing-along lyrics for good measure.
From Belfast, Jessica started her music career at 14 on Disney’s ‘My Camp Rock’ performing alongside Demi Lovato and has worked with some of the best producers and Grammy award-winning writers including Amy Wadge (Thinking Out Loud/Ed Sheeran) and Ollie Jacobs (The Saturdays). A highly skilled producer in her own right, Jessica self-produces all of her own releases alongside her long-time collaborator and co-producer Matty Graham from their base at Black Studios in Belfast.
Jessica’s continuing recent rise builds on a hugely successful 18 months releasing several singles and collaborations gaining Top 10 Shazam chart positions in Ireland along with significant editorial support across numerous streaming services and tastemaker outlets worldwide. Her growing Spotify audience of 225k monthly listeners and over 3M streams with releases on Irish-based label Paragon Records & European dance labels Chill Your Mind + Loudkult shows no sign of slow-down. Jessica recently released the single ‘Hold You’ alongside well-known Belfast Dj / Producer Hix.
Jessica commented; “ ‘Girl Got Game’ is a female empowerment song. I wanted to write a song where the vibe was uplifting and motivating, I wanted to write lyrics using football terminology like “always ready to attack” and “don’t take your eye off the ball” while also keeping it vague enough to be relatable outside of the game, and be a feel-good song for all women, even outside of the sport.”
Angela Platt, Director of Women’s Football for the Irish FA, said: “This summer will see levels of interest and excitement in our women and girls’ game at an all-time high. Our team has made history by qualifying for the Euros and I’m delighted to have Jessica’s soundtrack backing our team every step of the way.”
Listen to ‘Girl Got Game’ – BELOW:
The song is released through Paragon Records.