Long-time fans of Outlander know by now that the show always loves to give us an extra treat when it comes to the credits and opening theme song! Each season, and sometimes twice within the same season, the series changes the scenes we see and sometimes the rendition of the infamous Skye Boat Song. For Outlander season 7, someone very different is behind the vocals. Who is it?
As many of you know, the talented man behind the music of Outlander is composer Bear McCreary. The drama really wouldn’t be the same without him! And the equally talented singer who serenades us every episode with her voice is his wife Raya Yarbrough. The singer has performed the Outlander credits for seasons 1 through 4, as well as season 6 with Scottish singer Griogair Labhruidh. In season 5, the show changed it up a bit with a choral version of the tune but Raya lent her voice during the title card.
In season 7, Raya’s voice is noticeably not there at all. But, there’s another talented singer who performed the credits for us. Who is it? We’ve got the answer for you below.
Who sings the Outlander season 7 theme song?
Sinéad O’Connor is the one who sings the Outlander season 7 theme song. The time-travel romance released the credits to us early on Valentine’s Day 2023 as a gift! We got a sneak peek at some of the scenes to come this season, as well as of course Sinéad’s beautifully gritty voice. I wonder for the second half of the season, set to come out in 2024, if the singer will be someone different?
In a statement to Entertainment Weekly, executive producer Matthew B. Roberts said the following:
We are honored to have Sinéad O’Connor performing ‘The Skye Boat Song.’ Her rendition is, for me, a reminder of all that’s beautiful about Outlander. She is talented beyond measure. Hers is a voice of the ages — one which pierces heart and soul — and embodies the spirit of the show.
Outlander season 7: Who is Sinéad O’Connor?
Sinéad is probably the most recognizable name the show has had for the opening credits. The Irish singer and musician first gained fame in the late ’80s for her debut album, The Lion and the Cobra. But it wasn’t until 1990 when she released her own version of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” that she gained worldwide recognition. The song was the No. 1 single that year by the Billboard Music Awards. Overall, she’s released 10 studio albums.
Personally, the talent was outspoken when it comes to activism, socio-political views, and about her mental health struggles. In 2018, she changed her name to Shuhada’ Sadaqat after converting to Islam, but continued to use her birth name in her music career.
On July 26, 2023, it was reported that the singer passed away at the age of 56, per Variety. A cause of death has not been shared. Her family gave the following statement to the news outlet:
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Sinéad. Her family and friends are devastated and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.