Lisa Hannigan is a Mercury-nominated Irish singer-songwriter. Her debut solo record, Sea Sew, was released in Ireland in 2008, with an American release following in early 2009. The album went double platinum in Hannigan's homeland, Ireland, where her whimsical folk-pop and hushed, soft-spoken vocal delivery appealed to critics and consumers alike. She explored similar territory on her 2011 sophomore release, Passenger. Before beginning her solo career, Irish singer/songwriter Lisa Hannigan made a name for herself as the vocal partner of fellow countryman Damien Rice.