Yulia is 15 years old, from Haringey, London  Her song ‘Perspex Sheets’ made the Top 30 in The Young Songwriter 2019 competition 13-18 years UK & Ireland Category.  Congratulations!  Here’s a bit about Yulia and her songwriting.

What inspired you to write your SAYS19 Top 30 song?  ‘Perspex Sheets’ was written inspired by the idea that ‘true love’ is once in a life time experience. I disagreed so I wrote a song about it, you fall in love multiple times in your life and I think that’s important to remember!

How long have you been writing songs?  I think I’ve been writing since I was twelve so I guess 3 years now.

How did you get into songwriting? I sat down in front of a piano and started writing, I enjoyed the process so much that I didn’t stop.

What does songwriting allow you to explore and achieve?  It really lets me express myself, I like to tell stories and connect with other people through music. It also is like a personal diary, anything troublesome or new ends up in a song!

What’s your favourite part of the songwriting process?  Probably either lyrics or melody, I can’t really choose.

What’s the most difficult part of the creative process of songwriting for you?  I’d say chords because I always get held up on the idea that my chord progression is too simple or repetitive, or the fact that I can’t come up with anything new.

Do you start with lyrics or melodies/chords?  It depends, if I find a chord structure that I like I start with that, or lyrics and/or melody start the process off. I’m almost always looking for inspiration and I’m always trying to find nice lyrics and humming a tune, so I can’t really specifically say what I start with.

What do you like about The Young Songwriter competition?  The fact that you can share you music with established artists. I like the fact that you can try and try again, it makes me personally feel confident and productive.

Who are your three favourite artists/songs?  Difficult question, I’d say right now I love Billie Eilish, the songs Mice and Cartoon People by Billie Martin and Wallows (and all the music/artists that come in the Indie/Alternative package), but the music I like varies, I think that applies to loads of people.

10 years from now you will be… I can’t see into the future so I don’t know, but hopefully either songwriting or something in the creative industry.

What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not writing songs?  Drawing. Definitely.

The top 10 finalists will be announced on the 3rd May.  Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to hear the announcement first! #SAYS19 #songwriting #newmusic #expressyourself #beheard

The Young Songwriter 2019 showcase & 10th anniversary of Song Academy celebration will be on Saturday 22nd June at 7pm at The Tabernacle, Notting Hill, London.

Sam is 18 years old, from Cobham, Surrey.  His song ‘UMAKEMEBLUE’ made the Top 30 in The Young Songwriter 2019 competition 13-18 years UK & Ireland Category.  Congratulations!  Here’s a bit about Sam and his songwriting.

What inspired you to write your SAYS19 Top 30 song?  It was inspired by tension in a previous relationship. It expresses how tumultuous things became between us, by describing the emotional highs and lows. I especially wanted to highlight the disregard for personal fault in the situation, something that all of us are guilty of at times.

How long have you been writing songs?  I started learning the guitar and writing songs at the age of 11 and began teaching myself to produce and engineer a year later.

How did you get into songwriting?  My grandad was a professional jazz pianist so I was exposed to this genre from a young age. Fascinated by his work, I became obsessed with music and began to explore other genres, delving deep into classic rock and funk. More recently, I’ve been listening to lots of hip hop. The combination of these genres inspired “UMAKEMEBLUE”.

What does songwriting allow you to explore and achieve?  Songwriting allows me to better understand my own emotions and often is used as a vice for dealing with them. I find it rewarding showing others my music and connecting with people through this.

What’s your favourite part of the songwriting process?  Whilst I love coming up with catchy hooks, lyrics are my favourite part of songwriting. I love thinking of double and triple entendres and interesting metaphors to allow the listener a deeper understanding each time the song is played.

What’s the most difficult part of the creative process of songwriting for you?  The most difficult part for me is finding a memorable melody. Unlike lyrics and chords, this process is less systematic and I have to wait for the melody to come to me.

Do you start with lyrics or melodies/chords?  I start with chords or a hook but never lyrics. I write the lyrics afterwards so that I have decided on the type of emotion or aesthetic that the music is conveying.

What do you like about The Young Songwriter competition?  I think it’s great to give young musicians this opportunity especially as the industry is becoming increasingly competitive. Its also great seeing what others are doing as it’s important for us to inspire each other.

Who are your three favourite artists/songs?  As difficult as it is to narrow down to three artists – Rage Against the Machine has inspired me to experiment with blending rock and hip hop to further dissolve the boundaries between genres and create a modern and unique sound. Kendrick Lamar made me rethink my approach in lyricism and I love Radiohead for the emotion they invoke in the listener, which I believe is one of the most important parts of making music and is why it brings people together.

10 years from now you will be… I would like to able to be pursue songwriting and producing full-time and will hopefully have made my way up the music industry by working hard to be the best at what I do.

What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not writing songs?  I spend a lot of time with my family and close mates and I also love snowboarding.

The top 10 finalists will be announced on the 3rd May.  Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to hear the announcement first! #SAYS19 #songwriting #newmusic #expressyourself #beheard

The Young Songwriter 2019 showcase & 10th anniversary of Song Academy celebration will be on Saturday 22nd June at 7pm at The Tabernacle, Notting Hill, London.

JaJa is 18 years old, from South Carolina, USA.  Her song ‘Hero’ made the Top 30 in The Young Songwriter 2019 competition International Category.  Congratulations!  Here’s a bit about JaJa and her songwriting.

What inspired you to write your SAYS19 Top 30 song?   I was inspired to write “Hero” by an article online about foster-child abuse. Many young children are traumatized from their horrific experiences in foster homes. I wanted to write to these kids and tell them that they are safe and everything will be alright.

How long have you been writing songs?  I started writing piano music when I was seven, but switched to songwriting when I was ten or eleven. By now, I’ve been writing songs for about seven years.

How did you get into songwriting? I grew up as a classical pianist, so one morning before second grade, I came up with a simple melody while fiddling around on the piano. My dad insisted that I record it down before I forgot it, and I’ve been writing ever since. Early on, I wrote mainly piano pieces, but I realized that young people listen to more pop music than classical music, so I changed from composition to songwriting.

What does songwriting allow you to explore and achieve?  Songwriting lets me share part of myself with the world. When I publish a song, my triumphant celebrations, embarrassing crushes, and emotional vents are open for everyone to see. I hope that by doing so, someone across the country or on the other side of the globe will hear my song and relate to the lyrics or the beat.

What’s your favourite part of the songwriting process? My favorite part of the songwriting process is when I feel the spark of a new song. I may be aimlessly strumming on my guitar for twenty minutes when I suddenly think of a hook or a motif to base my song around. This burst of inspiration is all that I need to write a whole song, and it gives me more thrill than any roller coaster ever could.

What’s the most difficult part of the creative process of songwriting for you? The most difficult part of songwriting for me is figuring out what style I want my song to be. I need to think about what I want my audience to feel when they hear the song. This means solidifying the tempo, strumming pattern, chord, and beats, which can all drastically alter the song’s mood.

Do you start with lyrics or melodies/chords?  When I write a song, I usually start with a one or two bar melody. Next, I write the chorus around that melody and put chords with it. By then, I generally have an idea of what the song is about, and I start adding lyrics into the chorus. Once the chorus is finalized, I move onto the verse and write the melody, chords, and lyrics.

What do you like about The Young Songwriter competition?  I like that The Young Songwriter competition provides a platform for kids to compete with other kids around their own age. They don’t have to go up against professionals or adults who already have real-world experience in the creative industry.

Who are your three favourite artists/songs?   My favorite artists are Taylor Swift, Sabrina Carpenter, and Miley Cyrus. I love too many songs to count, but some of my favorites are “Mine” by Taylor Swift, “Good Life” by One Republic, and “She Will Be Loved” by Maroon 5.

10 years from now you will be… Ten years from now, I will have graduated from the Stern School of Business at NYU with a minor in Business of Entertainment, Media, and Technology. I will hopefully be running my own record label in New York City, writing songs for and producing chart-topping artists.

What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not writing songs?  When I’m not writing songs, I love to play clarinet in my school band, try new foods, and watch movies and musicals.

The top 10 finalists will be announced on the 3rd May.  Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to hear the announcement first! #SAYS19 #songwriting #newmusic #expressyourself #beheard

The Young Songwriter 2019 showcase & 10th anniversary of Song Academy celebration will be on Saturday 22nd June at 7pm at The Tabernacle, Notting Hill, London.

Kitz is 18 years old, from North London.  His songs ‘Bedtime’ and ‘Wise’ made the Top 30 in The Young Songwriter 2019 competition 13-18 years UK & Ireland Category.  Congratulations!  Here’s a bit about Kitz and his songwriting.

What inspired you to write you SAYS19 Top 30 songs? ‘Bedtime’ is a really personal and important song for me. I find writing lyrics therapeutic, as the process allows me to really confront some of the feelings that I may be experiencing under the surface. ‘Wise’ is a much less emotional song, and instead, it’s an upbeat exploration of my confidence. I think it is really important to vary your music, celebrating every emotion you feel.
How long have you been writing songs?  I have been writing poems for as long as I can remember, but it was only 3 or 4 years ago that I started to write poems on top of an instrumental. This gave me a lot more freedom to express myself.
How did you get into songwriting?  I have always been a massive fan of hip hop, and it was always my dream to make music myself. I was inspired to start pursuing this dream when I started 6th form, as I had a great network of friends and teachers to help me.
What does songwriting allow you to explore and achieve?   I have struggled with my mental health throughout my teenage years, and songwriting has been the only outlet that has actually helped. It is a healthy way of exploring my psyche and confronting difficult emotions. I hope my music can help others struggling with the same issues.
What’s your favourite part of the songwriting process?  My favourite part of the songwriting process is definitely coming up with punchlines. My notes app on my phone is littered with punchlines that come to me throughout the day. These are a vital part of any rap song, and I love coming up with them.
What’s the most difficult part of the creative process of songwriting for you?  I have recently been trying to expand my horizons and implement more metaphors into my songs. I have found this difficult because there is a fine balance between having an underlying message which listeners will understand, and a song which makes no sense.
Do you start with lyrics or melodies/chords?   My writing process involves putting on an instrumental, and working out which flow I want to use. I’ll record myself freestyling without using real words to work out the flow I want, then I will add words in. For a chorus, I’ll start with the lyrics, then add the melody afterwards.
What do you like about The Young Songwriter competition?  There are so many talented young musicians that aren’t getting the recognition they need. That’s why competitions like this are so important. It’s great to give young people a platform to share their work.
Who are your three favourite artists/songs?  Kendrick Lamar- u; Tyler The Creator- IFHY; Casisdead- Pat Earrings
10 years from now you will be… On your radio.
What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not writing songs?   I love going to watch my local football team, Barnet FC. They are absolutely rubbish, but its great fun.

The top 10 finalists will be announced on the 3rd May.  Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to hear the announcement first! #SAYS19 #songwriting #newmusic #expressyourself #beheard

The Young Songwriter 2019 showcase & 10th anniversary of Song Academy celebration will be on Saturday 22nd June at 7pm at The Tabernacle, Notting Hill, London.

Rosie is 15 years old, from Isleworth, London.  Her song ‘Silence In The Courtyard’ made the Top 30 in The Young Songwriter 2019 competition 13-18 years UK & Ireland Category.  Congratulations!  Here’s a bit about Rosie and her songwriting.

What inspired you to write the SAYS19 Top 30 song?  In August 2017, when I was 13, I entered the competition Open Mic UK, singing a cover of a Bond song as a singer-pianist, and I got through to the next round. There were so many fantastic singers in the competition, that I realised I was going to have to start writing my own material in order to stand out. A few months later, I had got through the next two rounds, performing two original songs hastily written just in time for each round. Everybody told me that my first songs were very promising. I was now in the line-up for the final of Open Mic UK at the NEC, and my 3rd song (still at this point unwritten) had to be a really good one.  The final was in 5 weeks’ time! At about the same time I picked up a copy of The Metro on the tube on the way to school, and there was a multi-page spread about the problems of modern day slavery across the capital, and the wall of silence surrounding it. I felt terrible that I had never heard of this problem before, so I chose the subject for my next song, called “Silence in the Courtyard”, performing it at the NEC in January 2018. Later I contacted the charity @UnseenUK and they helped me share the material. All the proceeds for the digital downloads, plus the sale of 100 CDs went were donated to the charity.

How long have you been writing songs?  I have been writing songs for about 18 months, since I was 13. My first song was called “Home Sweet Boy” for piano and voice and I performed it at Dingwalls in Camden in October 2017.

How did you get into songwriting?  I got into songwriting because of the Open Mic UK competition. However, at the same time, I was also doing lots of open mics, (performing in particular at The Basement Door in Richmond), and meeting lots of talented young singer songwriters. Everybody told me that once you start writing, it becomes addictive and they were absolutely correct. I have now written 14 songs and probably have another 14 “half-written”, which will evolve over time.

What does songwriting allow you to explore and achieve?   Songwriting does not have to be about mundane subjects, or only based on four chords. Songs can be about any subject you want them to be about, however thought-provoking. There is a temptation to be fashionable and to copy other artists, but actually it’s more important to be original, otherwise nothing new will ever be written. When I first started to write songs, I was terrified of writing lyrics, as I didn’t want to appear immature, so I asked for adult assistance from family members. However, I have now started to write my own lyrics and because of their previous guidance, I am really picky about every word in the song. The other thing I have learned is that if you are writing a song to be self-performed, you need the song to suit you, your image and your voice in order for it to work and be convincing.

What’s your favourite part of the songwriting process?  Performing your song for the first few times is an important part of the songwriting process, and one of my favourite parts, because it is when your song comes alive in front of an audience. I like to sing my songs in lots of different venues, sometimes with other instruments as an experiment. Then I will record my favourite version of the song.

What’s the most difficult part of the creative process of songwriting for you?  The lyrics are hardest part of writing a song. In fact lyrics can make or break a good song, and bad lyrics can kill good music!

Do you start with lyrics or melodies/chords?  I always start writing with a piano motif on which to build a melody. This often becomes an introduction and something which is woven through the song. At this point I have an idea about what the song will about, so that I can set the atmosphere.  The lyrics and the melody are details which come later on.

What do you like about The Young Songwriter competition?  The competition is a celebration of a songwriting community, not only a competition.  The school system in the UK has probably reached rock bottom in terms of encouraging young people to be creative, which makes the Young Songwriter competition more important than ever.

Who are your three favourite artists/songs?  My favourite current artist is Freya Ridings. She is a singer pianist like me, and I can tell that she also starts her songs with a strong piano motif which creates an amazing atmosphere. I would love to meet her.  The Beatles and Simon and Garfunkel are all over my playlist – not very fashionable but they just write the most fantastic tunes.  I am also a classical pianist and I particularly like Chopin. My latest song has a piano part which is definitely a Chopin pastiche. I hope that he is not turning in his grave.

10 years from now I will be 25 yrs old. I am sure that I will still be writing songs, even if I work in a bank, or become a dentist! I would love a career in music and I am particularly interested in composition. I would be really happy to write songs for other people, and I am very interested in writing music for films, TV and advertisements, perhaps working in a studio.

What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not writing songs?  I really love musical theatre, both performing and watching. I train every Sunday with @SpiritYPC_official in London and have appeared in lots of their videos and their recent stage production. I am currently rehearsing for the role of Cinderella in Sondheim’s “Into the Woods” and have appeared twice with the National Youth Music Theatre. I love busking, reading and going to the theatre; also going to places like Camden Market with my friends and buying lots of vintage clothes that I don’t need!

The top 10 finalists will be announced on the 3rd May.  Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to hear the announcement first! #SAYS19 #songwriting #newmusic #expressyourself #beheard

The Young Songwriter 2019 showcase & 10th anniversary of Song Academy celebration will be on Saturday 22nd June at 7pm at The Tabernacle, Notting Hill, London.

Isolde is 10 years old, from Fulham, London.  Her song ‘Please Stay’ made the Top 30 in The Young Songwriter 2019 competition 8-12 years UK & Ireland Category.  Congratulations!  Here’s a bit about Isolde and her songwriting.

What inspired you to write your SAYS19 Top 30 song?  My Grandma lives with us and I wondered what it would be like if she moved away. Then I thought about loosing close friends.. the song is about both.

How long have you been writing songs?  Almost 2 years. (since I joined Song Academy)

How did you get into songwriting?  I was always singing pop songs then my school joined Song Academy club and my friends told me how great it was.
What does songwriting allow you to explore and achieve?  It allows me to explore my ideas and express myself through music.
What’s your favourite part of the songwriting process?  I like playing with words and looking for rhymes and rhythms.
What’s the most difficult part of the creative process of songwriting for you?  Finding the perfect melody to support my lyrics.
Do you start with lyrics or melodies/chords?   I start with a basic melody hook, then start to add words, then work on the two sides together.
What do you like about The Young Songwriter competition?  It’s great to hear the work of other young songwriters, and to have my work compared to others.
Who are your three favourite artists/songs?  21 pilots / Ride; Billie Eilish / Bag guy; George Ezra / Listen to the man.

10 years from now you will be… Hopefully singing with a band in a stadium.. on a world tour!

What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not writing songs?   Playing basketball with my friends.
The top 10 finalists will be announced on the 3rd May.  Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to hear the announcement first! #SAYS19 #songwriting #newmusic #expressyourself #beheard

The Young Songwriter 2019 showcase & 10th anniversary of Song Academy celebration will be on Saturday 22nd June at 7pm at The Tabernacle, Notting Hill, London.

Hansen is 18 years old, from Abilene, Texas, USA.  His song ‘Our Creed’ made the Top 30 in The Young Songwriter 2019 competition International Category.  Congratulations!  Here’s a bit about Hansen and his songwriting.

What inspired you to write your SAYS19 Top 30 song?  I was inspired to write my SAYS19 Top 30 Song after the passing of my friend Creed back in November of this past year. I wanted to express the legacy he left behind and the impact he made on me in form of a song.

How long have you been writing songs?  I’ve been writing songs for a little over two years.

How did you get into songwriting? I got into songwriting during my freshman year after learning that I could make my own beats and instrumentals. I figured that if other artists could do it, so could I. Plus, that way I made sure everything sounded how I wanted it to — and I didn’t have to rely on another artist to make a sound that I wanted to hear!

What does songwriting allow you to explore and achieve?  Songwriting allows me to explore my more creative and emotional sides. I’m generally a really positive person, but songwriting allows me to dive more deeply into other emotions that I have felt at times or that I know others go through. I’ve been able to achieve recognition by my peers and have even done a few live performances all because I’ve written songs!

What’s your favourite part of the songwriting process?  My favorite part of the songwriting process is the feeling that I get when I come up with a line (or group of lines) that I think sound really good and/or work well together.

What’s the most difficult part of the creative process of songwriting for you?  The most difficult part of the creative process of songwriting for me is actually coming up with lyrics—that I like—relatively quickly. They usually come to me, just not as fast as I wish they would!

Do you start with lyrics or melodies/chords?  Most of the time, I start with a beat. That way, I’m able to get a feel for the track and the overall mood that I want the song to have. This changes, of course, if I come up with several lyrics or a hook that I like that I know would sound good with a certain melody/instrumental!

What do you like about The Young Songwriter competition?  The Young Songwriter Competition has been enjoyable in that it is a unique contest! I haven’t come across anything like it in the time I’ve been creating music! I’m also glad there’s an international category so there is more diversity and therefore more to listen to!

Who are your three favourite artists/songs?  My three favorite artists (RIGHT NOW) are Kendrick Lamar, Logic, and Juice WRLD.

10 years from now you will be… Ten years from now, I hope to be either signed to a record label that I really enjoy being a part of OR being an independent artist that is as successful as another signed artist!

What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not writing songs?  My favorite thing to do when I’m not writing songs is to spend time with my friends, who are my biggest supporters out there.

The top 10 finalists will be announced on the 3rd May.  Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to hear the announcement first! #SAYS19 #songwriting #newmusic #expressyourself #beheard

The Young Songwriter 2019 showcase & 10th anniversary of Song Academy celebration will be on Saturday 22nd June at 7pm at The Tabernacle, Notting Hill, London.

Alicia is 9 years old, from Chelsea, London.  Her song ‘Believe’ made the Top 30 in The Young Songwriter 2019 competition 8-12 years UK & Ireland Category.  Congratulations!  Here’s a bit about Alicia and her songwriting.

What inspired you to write your SAYS19 Top 30 song?  The words to ‘Believe’ are about making things better for everyone.  To take away misery from loneliness and other sad things that happen to people.

How long have you been writing songs?  I’ve been with the song academy for a little over a year.  The academy has really made me love writing my own songs with the help of the amazing teachers.

How did you get into songwriting? Just wanted to try it and ended up really enjoying it!

What does songwriting allow you to explore and achieve?  Songwriting allows me to share my thoughts and ideas.

What’s your favourite part of the songwriting process?  My favourite part is working with the teachers and learning from them.

What’s the most difficult part of the creative process of songwriting for you?  I don’t find any part of the creative process difficult or any more difficult that the other parts to song making.

Do you start with lyrics or melodies/chords?  I currently start with the melodies which sets the mood of the song.

What do you like about The Young Songwriter competition?  It gives us a chance to listen to other students’ songs and experiences.

Who are your three favourite artists/songs?  2cellos and Taylor swift

10 years from now you will be… Professional horse rider and have my own horse.

What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not writing songs?  I wish I could be riding a horse whenever I want to.

The top 10 finalists will be announced on the 3rd May.  Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to hear the announcement first! #SAYS19 #songwriting #newmusic #expressyourself #beheard

The Young Songwriter 2019 showcase & 10th anniversary of Song Academy celebration will be on Saturday 22nd June at 7pm at The Tabernacle, Notting Hill, London.

Felicity  is 13 years old, from West Virginia, USA.  Her song ‘Susan’s Song’ made the Top 30 in The Young Songwriter 2019 competition International Category.  Congratulations!  Here’s a bit about Felicity and her songwriting.

What inspired you to write your SAYS19 Top 30 song?  Well, my aunt really. She was kind and gracious. A part of my mothers side of the family loved her dearly, she could never do any wrong. She was so understanding and patient, you could talked to about anything. She had a million cats and liked to spend her days bare footed in the garden. Her house was surrounded by woods so it was private and peaceful. I don’t understand why her life had to stop so soon and abruptly. I feel like its effected my mother greatly, but she would never show it. There isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t miss her. I am though very grateful her disease held out long enough for her to hear my song. I may not have the scientific knowledge to find the cure, but I can write a song to carry on her legacy.

How long have you been writing songs?  Since 2017 when i first got my ukulele.

How did you get into songwriting?  It kinda came naturally when I learned the ukulele.

What does songwriting allow you to explore and achieve?  It allows me to explore my feelings, my thoughts, and my creativity. I can express myself in ways some people can’t understand. It helps me achieve happiness and stability.

What’s your favourite part of the songwriting process?  Finishing it with all the right touches. Its a good feeling to end and share my song(s).

What’s the most difficult part of the creative process of songwriting for you?  Figuring out what to add next. Also staying on track and topic. Writers block always gets the best of me.

Do you start with lyrics or melodies/chords?  It depends honestly, I just go with the flow.

What do you like about The Young Songwriter competition?  I like that its international and for youths.

Who are your three favourite artists/songs?  21 pilots, System Of A Down, Tool.

10 years from now you will be… Independent and hopefully have a career in music or art

What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not writing songs?  I like drawing and reading, or simply just lying on the floor to clear my head space.

The top 10 finalists will be announced on the 3rd May.  Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to hear the announcement first! #SAYS19 #songwriting #newmusic #expressyourself #beheard

The Young Songwriter 2019 showcase & 10th anniversary of Song Academy celebration will be on Saturday 22nd June at 7pm at The Tabernacle, Notting Hill, London.

Luke is 18 years old, from Birmingham, USA.  His song ‘Found My Way’ made the Top 30 in The Young Songwriter 2019 competition International Category.  Congratulations!  Here’s a bit about Luke and his songwriting.

What inspired you to write your SAYS19 Top 30 song?  Recently I had been going through a really rough patch of my life. A lot of my friendships were ruined over a lot of immature actions and words, so I started to focus more on me and work on my dreams and desires and this song was born out of that time.

How long have you been writing songs?  I have been actively writing songs for a little over a year now, it’s a good way for me to channel my emotions and what I’m feeling into something people will understand and relate with.

How did you get into songwriting?  It was kind of my last resort. I was doing a lot of other things that weren’t really helping me and I was in the brink of depression and I needed to do something, so I just started writing everything that happens down. I Made it part of my routine.

What does songwriting allow you to explore and achieve?   Songwriting allows me to explore the deepest parts of my heart and soul, the stuff that I don’t even know is there. When I’m writing the words just keep coming, and half the time I’m surprised that I even was able to write something so poetic and eloquent.

What’s your favourite part of the songwriting process?  Definitely the 3 am sessions of just not wanting to lose a melody and you don’t wanna sleep, so you just keep going. I have also discover coffee and energy drinks become useless after 2:30am

What’s the most difficult part of the creative process of songwriting for you?  Well, I have a problem where I can’t keep my focus on one thing for more than an hour, so it’s difficult when I try to push through those moments of writers block because my mind has drifted somewhere else.

Do you start with lyrics or melodies/chords?  I start with lyrics.

What do you like about The Young Songwriter competition?  I like how it gives young songwriters a platform and a voice. Some people will neglect the authenticity and potential of songs, if they come from someone young. Songwriting is a gift and a very special thing.

Who are your three favourite artists/songs?  Gregory Alan Isakov, Ed Sheehan, and Khalid

10 years from now you will be…  Honestly I have no idea, I just hope I’m still alive to be able to create music and good vibes.  But seriously my plan is to go into Church Ministry and use my creative gift in the church. Also, take a trip around the world to various places and write an album about each city/place I go.

What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not writing songs?  I love to drive and take trips to random places, play sport, watch Netflix, hike, sit in nature, photography.

The top 10 finalists will be announced on the 3rd May.  Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to hear the announcement first! #SAYS19 #songwriting #newmusic #expressyourself #beheard

The Young Songwriter 2019 showcase & 10th anniversary of Song Academy celebration will be on Saturday 22nd June at 7pm at The Tabernacle, Notting Hill, London.