HELPING EVERY CHILD FIND THEIR VOICE
‘Express Yourself & Be Heard’
The Song Academy team are a group of brilliant songwriters/musicians/producers/artists who bring to life our songwriting programmes with their passion for songwriting and the difference it makes to young people.
An entrepreneur passionate about the creativity and power of young people. 11 years ago, her daughter, aged 8, wrote a song out of the blue. It was a song that meant the world to her. The song was a lovely gift, but helping her daughter to structure the song, to express her feelings, that was a life-changing experience. This was the genesis of Song Academy. A space to enable all young people to express themselves and be heard. A space to inspire, celebrate individuality and encourage a sense of belief. A space for creativity. A force for good, nurturing and empowering young people at a formative time of their life.
Rowena has a background in old and new media at The Economist, Financial Times, The Guardian and United Business Media. Rowena started her career as a Chartered Accountant, moving swiftly into sales & marketing and launching & developing online businesses.
Hannah Rose Platt
Hannah is an acclaimed singer-songwriter, talented guitarist and storyteller. She has toured extensively in the UK and USA and recorded with Grammy Award-winning musicians. Her songs have often been played on radio and TV.
She has just finished recording her second album with AMAUK Instrumentalist of the Year Nominee, Thomas Collison. Her latest video ‘Chanel and Cigarettes’ debuted on SKY and Freeview TV, she also performed live on BBC One and was named as a rising independent star on the Americana scene in ‘Billboard’ magazine.
Her debut album, Portraits was released in 2015 to widespread critical acclaim. Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, Portraits features some of the industry’s leading names, including Grammy award-winning musicians. It received widespread airplay on BBC Radio, Resonance FM, Amazing Radio, and Europe’s leading country radio station CMR Nashville. The song ‘1954’ was featured several times in the TV soap Hollyoaks and Hannah was invited to the home of legendary BBC presenter, Bob Harris, to film an Under the Apple Tree Session for Whispering Bob TV.
Fox is a London music artist who you may have seen staring as Billy Elliot in the west end musical. However, Fox has now found his true calling as a singer, songwriter and performer. If your looking for an fun upbeat and energic teacher well then... you found him.
Inspired by Stevie wonder, Nile Rodgers and George Benson and Pharrel Williams, Fox has a keen ear for soul, disco and pop.
Fox has been performing & teaching for the past 4 years as an professional musician.
Irish-born singer/songwriter Megan O’Neill is one of the most exciting Americana artists on the UK scene. A long-time musician and songwriter, Megan has previously lived in Nashville but now resides full time in London.
She released her debut EP ‘Coming Home’ in May 2015, reaching #1 in Irish charts & was awarded ‘UK EP of the Year’ (W21Music). In February 2017, Megan released a second record with her band ‘The Common Threads’ titled ‘Stories to Tell’ which was recorded at Mark Knopfler’s British Grove Studios with the legendary Guy Fletcher (Dire Straits, Roxy Music, Mark Knopfler) producing.
Megan has had her song ‘Don’t You’ featured on hit ABC TV Show Nashville, three slots at the O2 Arena London for C2C festival, a performance at JJ Abrams’ Oscar Wilde party in LA alongside Gavin James, multiple appearances at the prestigious Bluebird Café in Nashville, Harvest Festival and Nashville Meets London Festival. She has also been twice chosen as one of Time Out London’s Rising Stars (2016 and 2017).
In 2017 Megan was selected as one of the top 8 Americana songwriter’s in the UK and performed at the Americana Music Awards in London. She also spent 2017 touring Ireland, America and the UK and sharing stages with such artists as Miranda Lambert, Kip Moore, Nathan Carter, Donna Taggart and Victoria Shaw.