A Cork singer / songwriter’s emotional music video “Please Don’t Go” has racked up over 2.3 million views having been posted on her Facebook page.
Stephanie Rainey was inspired to write this song after the untimely death of her nephew. In the video a number of people, including comedian Cian Twomey, share photos of their loved ones with the audiences along with their tragic causes of death, including suicide, cancer, car accidents and drownings.
Stephanie Rainey - Please Don't Go
Please Don't GoFor the past few months I’ve been working on a video for my track ‘Please Don’t Go’ that I am so honoured to share with you all. It’s hard to put into words what this video means to me and how grateful I am to the people who took part - it wasn’t easy. A few years ago, I lost my nephew very suddenly and it was something that changed my life forever. I can still remember how it felt and I know there are so many other people who have gone through the same thing in one form or another.I feel like this song has resonated the most with me since writing it. I remember the exact place it came from and it never loses its meaning no matter how many times I play it. Since then, I’ve wanted to create a music video that reflects this and which could potentially help people who are struggling with loss while also giving people a chance to tell their story.To John, Dylan, Donna, Cian, Moira, Gary, Teresa, Kate and Tony, I will never be able to thank you enough for your honesty and willingness to share what you did, it takes tremendous courage and I have so much respect for you all. To Kate O Hara, Miki Barlok, Gary Keane and Kevin Herlihy - all the time and effort you've put into this has brought it to life. I hope that whoever watches this gets something from it. All my love, Steph xPosted by Stephanie Rainey on Monday, August 17, 2015
Speaking to the Irish Examiner Rainey said “When I wrote the song it came from a very genuine place.
"I knew I wanted to make a special video for it - something honest that would give people something genuine to connect to if they were grieving or even just to appreciate the people around them.
"Every time I play this song live I have to fight the tears. It still holds the same meaning for me now that it did when I wrote it."
The Cork musician has been “blown away” by the public’s reaction.
She said “I can’t stress enough that I am blown away. Not only are people sharing it but they’re even writing about their own experiences in the comments section and sending me private messages which is not something I expected.
"The whole point was to move people, to be honest about loss and hope that it would inspire people to be more open. It seems to be doing that and I couldn’t be prouder."
Rainey added “I’m so grateful to the people who took part for their honesty.
"I hope they’re all proud of the reaction it’s getting and how it’s touching so many people in such different ways.
"I love this song and this is by far the thing I am most proud of doing in my career."