Our Young Songwriter 2016 winner performs at Wembley

Gus Harrower, Young Songwriter 2016 winner performed his winning song ‘Wanderin’ Man’ in the Voice In A Million show at SSE Arena Wembley on Wednesday.  An incredible performance and great song!

There’s 3 more weeks for 8-18 year olds to enter our Young Songwriter 2017 competition (entry deadline is 2nd April).  Get submitting!

Click here for more information and the entry form.

Easter Songwriting Workshops

Calling creative lyricists, singers & musicians!

Join our vibrant groups of young songwriters and collaborate on writing, composing, producing & recording an original song from scratch with a performance at the end! For 8-11 yr olds and 12-16 yr olds. Unleash their creativity & develop their musicality with professional songwriters.

Songwriting workshops in West London, Winchester and Emsworth.  Check out the dates and book soon to guarantee a place.

“Lets their musical and creative side run free” – Jo, Mother
“It’s awesome creating a song from scratch with professional songwriters!” – Amy, 14 years old
“Inspirational” Charlotte, Mother
“Incredible value – building important life skills as well as writing fantastic songs!” Tanya, Mother

More info and entry form to book places

Young Songwriter 2017 Competition – opens this week!

For the 6th year, we’re looking for the top young songwriters aged 8-18 across the UK & Ireland, with a new category for international young songwriters.

Aged 8-18? Written your own original song? Want to write your first song? Have you what it takes to write a hit song? Want your songs to be listened to by key players in the music industry, including Tom Odell, Imogen Heap, Conor Maynard, Rumer, Eg White, Fraser T Smith, Lyn Goddard and Jamie Theakston!

You can enter up to 5 individual songs and 5 group songs. Closing date is 2nd April 2017. All lyrics and music must be the entrant’s own original work.  The competition is separately judged for the 8-12 and 13-18 age categories.

We’re looking for raw songwriting talent. Audio recordings don’t need to be professionally recorded as they will be judged on their originality, lyrics, melody, composition and potential to be a smash hit! Written song feedback from an industry expert is available before entering.  Get ready to enter.  Submit a short entry form and upload your song directly on the form or via Soundcloud – it’s super easy and quick!

Winners will record their winning song at a top recording studio in London, have a professional music video and photos, win a Scarlett2i2 Studio, Farida Guitar & 4 tickets to Beautiful – The Carole King Musical in London and perform at our Young Songwriter 2017 live showcase in London and in the Voice In A Million Show at Wembley Arena!

Get ready and be part of the largest community of young songwriters!

Young Songwriter 2017 Competition Entry Form

Good luck!

The Song Academy Team

Young Songwriter 2016 album released

YOUNG SONGWRITER 2016 ALBUM RELEASED TODAY

* Album release showcasing the top young songwriters across the UK and Ireland

* Judges included Tom Odell, Eg White, Guy Fletcher & Jamie Theakston

We’re delighted to announce the release of the Song Academy Young Songwriter 2016 Compilation Album on Spotify, iTunes and other distributors through AWAL (Artists Without A Label). The album includes 26 tracks from the winners and selected finalists & highly commended of the 2016 Young Songwriter competition, which attracted outstanding young talent from 7-18 year olds across the UK and Ireland.

This album not only gives young songwriters a unique platform to get noticed by a larger audience and educate them in the digital world of e-commerce and the dynamics of the music industry, but it also provides them with their own revenue source.

Buy our Young Songwriter 2016 album on iTunes.

The annual Song Academy Young Songwriter competition has gone from strength to strength since it began in 2011 and is now the leading song writing competition for young people aged 7 to 18 across the UK and Ireland. It’s a springboard for the next generation of creative stars to get noticed by key players in the music industry, build confidence, have their voices heard and shine in the limelight.  Thank you to our sponsors PRS for Music, Yamaha, Dawsons Music, Farida and Access To Music for supporting our Young Songwriter 2016 competition.

This year’s prestigious judging panel, including Tom Odell, Rumer, Eg White, Guy Fletcher and Jamie Theakston, whittled down hundreds of entrants to choose a winner and two runners up from both of the competition categories, covering 7 to 12-year-olds and 13 to 18-year-olds.

Tom-OdellThe judges had nothing but praise for Song Academy. Tom Odell, singer songwriter said “When I was 13 years old I started writing songs, and over the following years I became more and more obsessed with it.  But the thing that always kept me awake at night was how to get them out there for people to hear them. This is why I think the Song Academy Young Songwriter competition is a great way to inspire and help through this process, and its something I wish had been around when I was starting out.”

Rumer photoRumer, singer songwriter said: “I was very impressed with these children’s songs and was taken aback by their originality and their beautiful, unselfconscious approach to storytelling. I was very humbled by a lot of their words.”

Director of PRS for Music, Myles Keller said “This wonderful competition empowers young songwriters, enabling them to showcase their talent and offering them a ‘one of a kind’ opportunity to gain crucial feedback from some of the very best British songwriters. In the early stages of a career, this kind of help is like gold dust and really enables industry newcomers to build strong, sustainable careers. Music is integral to our nation’s identity and it is crucial that we nurture the next generation of songwriters now to ensure a creative future. PRS for Music is absolutely delighted to support such a positive and exciting competition.”

Rowena Atkins, Founder of Song Academy, says: “Here at Song Academy, we are aiming to give young people a voice, help them to express themselves and celebrate their individuality. We give them the opportunity to unleash their creativity and inspire them with what’s possible. By connecting them to a vibrant community of their peers who all love writing original songs, as well as exposing their songs to key players in the Music Industry, we help to build young people’s confidence and self-belief.”

GET READY for our 2017 Young Songwriter competition and take a look at our excellent song feedback service.

Young Songwriters Record Winning Songs With Top Producer

…And Warm Up For Star-Studded Westfield Showcase on Sunday 12th June

Last week, the two overall victors of the Young Songwriter 2016 competition, Gus Harrower and Sam Hancock recorded their winning compositions with top producer Paul Stanborough. Paul has worked, alongside the highly respected Guy Chambers, with some of the most prominent names in the industry, from Kylie Minogue to Robbie Williams, Britney Spears to Tinie Tempah, and has a passion for championing and developing up ‘n’ coming talent. We were impressed with Gus and Sam’s musical talents – playing lead guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, drums & beatboxing!

Gus, 17 years old from Edinburgh recording his winning song ‘Wanderin’ Man’

Sam, 11 years old from Manchester recording his winning song ‘Superhuman’

Come and watch Rumer and the top young songwriters across the UK & Ireland perform @WestfieldLondon on Sunday 12th June, 2-5pm
Acclaimed singer-songwriter and Brit Award nominee and million-selling artist Rumer has confirmed that she will perform on 12 June at Westfield, London, alongside top young songwriters aged 8 to 18 from across the UK and Ireland. Rumer, who is supported by leading music industry figures including Burt Bacharach, Elton John and Jools Holland, and has appeared at a host of prestigious locations including the White House in Washington DC, will perform ‘Reach Out’ with her husband, musical director Rob Shirakbari. Co-headliner Cassidy Janson, who is currently starring in the West End as Carole King in the smash hit Beautiful The Musical, will perform one of Carole’s hit songs.

The Westfield event will showcase the winners, runners-up and highly commended entrants of the Song Academy 2016 Young Songwriter competition. Many of the competition judges will be in attendance, including top producer Paul Stanborough, who’s worked alongside the highly respected Guy Chambers, with some of the most prominent names in the industry, from Kylie Minogue to Robbie Williams, Britney Spears to Tinie Tempah.

Check out full line-up. Free Event @WestfieldLondon, Southern Terrace stage (near Jamie’s Italian), Sunday 12 June, 2 to 5pm.
Plus, there is Westfield organised street party lunch at our stage to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday from 12-2pm.

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Rumer To Perform With UK’s Top Young Songwriters At Free London Event

FROM THE WHITE HOUSE TO WESTFIELD… MILLION-SELLING ARTIST RUMER TO PERFORM WITH UK’S TOP YOUNG SONGWRITERS AT FREE LONDON EVENT

Acclaimed singer-songwriter and Brit Award nominee, Rumer has confirmed that she will perform on 12 June at Westfield, London, alongside top young songwriters aged 8 to 18 from across the UK and Ireland. Rumer, who is supported by leading music industry figures including Burt Bacharach, Elton John and Jools Holland, and has appeared at a host of prestigious locations including the White House in Rumer photoWashington DC, will perform ‘Reach Out’ with her husband, musical director Rob Shirakbari.

Co-headliner Cassidy Janson, who is currently starring in the West End as Carole King in the smash hit Beautiful The Musical, will perform one of Carole’s hit songs. The Westfield event will showcase the winners, runners-up and highly commended entrants of the Song Academy 2016 Young Songwriter competition.cassidy-janson-298x298

Many of the competition judges will be in attendance, including top producer Paul Stanborough, who’s worked alongside the highly respected Guy Chambers, with some of the most prominent names in the industry, from Kylie Minogue to Robbie Williams, Britney Spears to Tinie Tempah. Check out the full line-up.  Free Event @WestfieldLondon, Southern Terrace stage (near Jamie’s Italian), Sunday 12 June, 2 to 5pm.

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Charlie, 18 yrs old from Wharfedale, Leeds

Charlie Smythe, 18 years old from Wharfedale, Leeds and a student at Leeds College of Music is performing in our Young Songwriter 2016 live showcase at Westfield London on Sunday 12th June!
Original Song Title: Look Back and Smile (Highly Commended)
Theme & Inspiration for the song: ‘Look back and smile’ is a celebration of youth and optimism. “I was looking forward to the summer and the great times that me and my friends are going to have. The idea of the invincibility of youth and endless optimism appealed to me (even though I know it doesn’t always turn out that way!). I hope the song generates happiness and raises people’s mood.”
Part of Song Lyrics: …. It’s the greatest atmosphere And it’s simply cos you are here It’s a time when we’ll look back and smile…….. Oooohhhh, ahhhhhhhh. And we’ll dance like champions And we’ll realize we’re the ones It’s a time when we’ll look back and smile……. Oooohhh, ahhhhhhhh. We’ll guess what it’s like when we’re 20 And stick all the leaves on the trees Won’t worry about time – we’ve got plenty See what I mean……. We’ll dance in the yard when it’s raining smother our crumpets in jam. Follow in Peter Pan’s footsteps That’s how I am…….. Here comes the sun…….!

Join us on Sunday 12th June afternoon

Come & watch the top young songwriters from across the UK and Ireland perform @WestfieldLondon in the Young Songwriter 2016 competition live showcase. A total of 47 performers including winners, finalists & highly commended entrants, aged 8-18 will perform. Plus, Cassidy Janson, playing Carole King in Beautiful The Musical will perform one of Carole’s hit songs. Click here for the full Line-up. Free Event. Win exclusive signed goodies!

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Tom, 14 yrs old from Essex, London

Tom Roddis, 14 years old from Essex, London and a pupil at The Perse Upper School is performing in our Young Songwriter 2016 live showcase at Westfield London on Sunday 12th June!
Original Song Title: No Apology
Theme & Inspiration for the song: No Apology is about when someone is cross with you and you feel you’ve done nothing wrong. “it’s a story of a misunderstanding, when someone was cross and they didn’t let the other person explain. Sometimes you just have to walk away and leave things unsaid.”
Part of Song Lyrics: Do you think it hangs there like a cloud about my head? Do you think I dwell on all those untrue things you said? Well I suppose I have at times, when I’ve written down these lines. Do you really think that what you said is true? What goes around, comes around for what I did to you? Well I never was unkind So I will not look behind. And I make no apology, apology Cause I, I’m feeling free I’m feeling free, I make no apology.

Join us on Sunday 12th June afternoon

Come & watch the top young songwriters from across the UK and Ireland perform @WestfieldLondon in the Young Songwriter 2016 competition live showcase. A total of 47 performers including winners, finalists & highly commended entrants, aged 8-18 will perform. Plus, Cassidy Janson, playing Carole King in Beautiful The Musical will perform one of Carole’s hit songs. Click here for the full Line-up. Free Event. Win exclusive signed goodies!

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Annie, 17 yrs old from Woodbridge, Suffolk

Annie Horton, 17 years old from Woodbridge, Suffolk and a pupil at Farlingaye Sixth Form School is performing in our Young Songwriter 2016 live showcase at Westfield London on Sunday 12th June!
Original Song Title: You Say (Highly Commended)
Theme & Inspiration for the song: You say is about domestic violence, controlling relationships and concealment of the truth. “The original inspiration for the song actually came not from the topic itself, but from the idea of a song with a ‘hidden message’ in it – a song that you have to look at from more than just a face-value first impression. From there it wasn’t difficult to make the leap to a topic that is metaphorically similar to the song itself – the line ‘concealer on left cheek, see you next week’ rather epitomises that key idea of a reality that is lying just under the surface, yet most don’t look closely enough to see it.
Part of Song Lyrics: Say you love me. Make a promise. Never do that thing again. Never let me .Never forget me. Never leave me all on my own. And say you love me. (You say you love me.) Long sleeves, just cold, Black eye, my fault. Bruised knees, fell down, Can’t talk right now. No sleep last night, I’ll be alright. Concealer on left cheek, See you next week…. I see me lie at night; I know you’re in the right. Because I’m always wrong – Should be glad you came along. Question in my mind, “Please get home on time”. Too afraid to ask, Break this perfect mask….Long sleeves, holding, Black eye, hitting. Bruised knees, pushed me, Hush you’re listening. No sleep for you, Got to stay true. Concealer on left cheek, Gone by next week.

Join us on Sunday 12th June afternoon

Come & watch the top young songwriters from across the UK and Ireland perform @WestfieldLondon in the Young Songwriter 2016 competition live showcase. A total of 47 performers including winners, finalists & highly commended entrants, aged 8-18 will perform. Plus, Cassidy Janson, playing Carole King in Beautiful The Musical will perform one of Carole’s hit songs. Click here for the full Line-up. Free Event. Win exclusive signed goodies!

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Gilska, 16 yrs old from Chiswick, London

Gilska Weerakkody, 16 years old from Chiswick, London and a pupil at ArtsEd School is performing in our Young Songwriter 2016 live showcase at Westfield London on Sunday 12th June!

Original Song Title: Stay Away (Highly Commended)
Theme & Inspiration for the song: “My inspiration to write ‘Stay Away’ came from a mother’s intuition about her son’s future as a result of his continuing ‘Bad’ behaviour regardless of her struggles to protect her son from harm and repeating his mistakes and his negative approach to life. The son in his own way recognises what his mother is trying to tell him but he cannot help himself and he always remembers what she tried to tell him after his actions ends him in trouble. He see’s his life going too fast and it’s always too late to be smart.”
Part of Song Lyrics: Touch my neck and feel my heart. The pulse you hear is locked within your ear. Don’t regret the things you did. Cause everyday the memories don’t seem to fade away. Cus my momma told me not to cry, stay away stay away, From the crowded place Of love. My momma told me To take care Stay away stay away From the haunted layer of love

Join us on Sunday 12th June afternoon

Come & watch the top young songwriters from across the UK and Ireland perform @WestfieldLondon in the Young Songwriter 2016 competition live showcase. A total of 47 performers including winners, finalists & highly commended entrants, aged 8-18 will perform. Plus, Cassidy Janson, playing Carole King in Beautiful The Musical will perform one of Carole’s hit songs. Click here for the full Line-up. Free Event. Win exclusive signed goodies!

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