Isaac Kennedy is 17 years old from Manchester and his song ‘Hardly Know You’ was selected as a top 60 song in The Song Academy Young Songwriter 2020 competition 13-18 year UK/Ireland category.  We caught up with Isaac recently to talk about all things songwriting!

What inspired you to write your song?  I was fascinated by the idea of meeting someone for the first time and instantly having a connection in a way which feels like you’ve have known them forever. Therefore, I tried to portray this emotion through my song in where I am searching for the answer.

What got you into writing songs?  I started playing guitar and singing from a young and by the age of 10 I was learning cover after cover and busking. After a few years of this I was looking for the next step as a musician and started exploring my own musical ideas. From this I have wrote many songs of many different genres to help me discover how I best see myself as an artist.

What is your favourite part of the songwriting process?  My favourite part of my songwriting process is, in fact, before I even start writing the song. The rush of excitement I get when I find inspiration for a concept or idea for a song is why I love writing so much and I find once this happens, the song will naturally come out.

Describe the setup that was used to write your SAYS20 entry; was it just pen and paper or a full kitted out studio?  My setup for writing my song was my acoustic guitar and my phone for the lyrics. When I came to record the song, I used my laptop with logic pro x and my electric guitar, bass and microphone. All in my bedroom.

How do you usually start a song?  I always begin writing a song with a picture of an end product in my head, this could be a concept for the arrangement, idea for the lyrics etc. However sometimes the song could come out completely different at the end.

Who would be your dream artist/writer/band to collaborate with?My dream artist to collaborate with would have to be the band Easy Life. This is because I love the way they blend jazzy chords and guitar riffs, with rnb style drumbeats and melodies.

What made you enter #SAYS20? How did you hear about it?  I entered SAYS20 because I have put songs in for 3 years now and I think it is a great way to gain feedback from established songwriters in the industry which I can take away to keep improving my own work.

What would you say to someone aged 8-18 who is thinking about entering the Song Academy Young Songwriter competition next year? Do you have any tips for them?  I think entering is a great idea for anybody wanting to get better and more experienced at song writing as you are putting your songs out there for people to listen to, gaining feedback from professionals, and listening to other songwriters music which may inspire some of your own work.

What are your favourite other entries from this year’s competition? Who out of the other entrants (it doesn’t have to be a finalist!) would you like to collaborate with?  My 2 personal favourites from SAYS20 are James Bakian – Can’t think straight, and Leona Mae – Deserve my Love.

What do you like about the Song Academy Young Songwriter competition?  I like that competition gives a chance for younger and less established artists to show their songs to professionals in the industry.

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Nikaa is 18 years old from London and her song ‘Homegrown’ was selected as a top 60 song in The Song Academy Young Songwriter 2020 competition 13-18 year UK/Ireland category.  We caught up with Nikaa recently to talk about all things songwriting!

What inspired you to write your song?  The inspiration behind ‘Homegrown’ was that I wanted a song that was relatable to a target audience. A song that expressed the way myself and Santana G had grown up in London in different parts of the capital, writing about daily life and our surroundings.

What got you into song writing?  From a young age I have always loved making up my own stories whether that be fictional on non-fiction. I found writing thing down and making up my own storying is what made me get into song writing as it has always been a way to express my feeling and moods.  My goal for every song that I write is to make it relatable to people worldwide as lyrical structure is a big thing in my songs.

What is your favourite part of the song writing process?  For me I enjoy experimenting with different ideas, whether that is a memory, a situation when I was hurt in some way etc. With these ideas I then experiment with different beats and styles and see which concept I am relating more to and go from there. Even though I come across challenges along the way and can be annoying, I feel that if a song was too easy to write it would not grab the audience in the way that was intended all along.

Describe the setup that was used to write your SAYS20 entry; was it just pen and paper or a full kitted out studio?  Both myself and Santana G co-wrote the song together we were in a group session in a recording studio working on a completely different song. We knew that we wanted to work together but we didn’t know what concept the song was going to follow, the beat, how relatable it would be to our target audience etc. We then thought about it for a while, where I initiated the idea of writing a song about London, which expresses how we grew up in different parts. It took us about 6 weeks to finish the song, writing it wherever an idea came to us, whether that is on the train or in our rooms or simply meeting up and going to the studio. We constantly kept an archive of voice notes and send them to each other before recording. When we had all the writing completed we then recorded the finish product in a studio.

How do you usually start a song? How do you find that spark?  For me I normally start a song with how I am feeling that day. If I am feeling particularly happy I would normally make a beat and singer along to that, writing down anything and everything that come into mind. I would then picking out the factors I like the most building up a scenario that I can relate to and that I know I will enjoy writing about.

Who would be your dream artist/writer/ band to collaborate with?In terms of artist and writers, I would love to have the opportunity to work with Jake Gosling as his work is brilliant and especially his input on Ed Sheeran’s + album really made that album memorable as not only did the album produce many hit records but the lyrical aspect and the meanings behind every word was just out of this world

What made you enter SAYS20? How did you hear about it? I wanted a place where I could perform and express my music to a much larger audience and industry people. Also where I could receive good constructive industry criticism that I would take on board and learn from in order to progress as an artist. I heard about the competition via a friend who had previously entered last year.

What would you say to someone age 8-18 who is thinking about entering the Song Academy Young Songwriter competition next year?  My advice to young writers like myself who are thinking of entering next year is to just go for it as opportunities like this only come around once a year and if you wait too long to enter and you’re constantly putting it off you will never reach your end goal. The worst thing that will happen is that you won’t get through to the final, but persistence and concentration and the willingness to pursue even if things don’t go your way is what makes or breaks an artist.

What are your favourite other entries from this year’s competition? Who out of the other entrants (it doesn’t have to be a finalist!) would you like to collaborate with? I really like Max Elliot’s voice and song. His uniqueness and crisp voice is something special and I am looking forward to hearing more from him in the future.

What do you like about the Song Academy Young Songwriter competition?  I like how the competition brings together such inspirational artist worldwide with potential future collaborations. Also the fact that it provides a platform for unsigned artists like me, giving the chance to express music in front of a vast audience and industry professionals.

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Emily Murphy is 10 years old from Liverpool and her song ‘Across The Universe’ was selected as a top 40 song in The Song Academy Young Songwriter 2020 competition 8-12 year UK/Ireland category.  We caught up with Emily recently to talk about all things songwriting!

What inspired you to write your song?  I was thinking of my friendship with my best friend, Sophie, when I wrote this and I was also thinking about how scary new places can be until you make a friend.

What got you into writing songs?  I currently have guitar lessons and I like experimenting with the chords and that creates new tunes in my head. I then just keep improving them until I am happy with it.

What is your favourite part of the songwriting process?  The part of the process I like most is when you get stuck on a rhyming word for ages and the satisfaction when you get the right word and it all just clicks into place.

Describe your setup that you used to write your #SAYS20 entry, was it just a pen and paper or a fully kitted out studio?  The song was initially just in my head until my mum suggested writing it down and we recorded it on her phone.

How do you usually start a song? How do you find that spark?  I usually start with the chorus and then work on the verses.

Who would be your dream artist/writer/band to collaborate with?I would love to collaborate with Paloma Faith – she writes powerful songs and I like singing them to myself!

What made you enter #SAYS20? How did you hear about it? I heard about #SAYS20 from my music teacher at school – we had a song writing competition at school.

What would you say to someone aged 8-18 who is thinking about entering the Song Academy Young Songwriter competition next year? Do you have any tips for them?  I would say to someone thinking of entering “just go for it; no song is out of place in the competition.”

What do you like about the Song Academy Young Songwriter competition?  I like the fact that #SAYS20 is done online because if you had to sing/perform in front of judges it would make some people too nervous and therefore means people are more confident to enter.

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Hugh Cochrane is 10 years old from Chelsea, London and his song ‘Joker’ was selected as a top 40 song in The Song Academy Young Songwriter 2020 competition 8-12 year UK/Ireland category.  We caught up with Hugh recently to talk about all things songwriting!

What inspired you to write your song?  I am a joker. That is my personality

What got you into writing songs? I got into writing songs because my best friend Nikolas was doing it at Song Academy.

What is your favourite part of the songwriting process? Coming up with the idea is my favourite part.

Describe your setup that you used to write your #SAYS20 entry, was it just a pen and paper or a fully kitted out studio?  Just pen and paper

How do you usually start a song? How do you find that spark? I brainstorm different ideas and then take the one that feels closest to my heart.

Who would be your dream artist/writer/band to collaborate with?Dua Lipa

What made you enter #SAYS20? How did you hear about it?  My mum entered me in.

What would you say to someone aged 8-18 who is thinking about entering the Song Academy Young Songwriter competition next year? Do you have any tips for them?  Write about something that is close to your heart and listen to your teachers and take their advice.

What are your favourite other entries from this year’s competition? Who out of the other entrants (it doesn’t have to be a finalist!) would you like to collaborate with?  With my best friend Nikolas Roche

What do you like about the Song Academy Young Songwriter competition? Being able to have my song heard by other people.

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Jasmin Fairhall is 18 years old from Canterbury and her song ‘Deserters’ was selected as a top 60 song in The Song Academy Young Songwriter 2020 competition 13-18 year UK/Ireland category.  We caught up with Jasmin recently to talk about all things songwriting!

What inspired you to write your song?  This song in particular is quite important to me as I wrote it about my younger sister. She’s 15 and is really struggling to figure out who she is as she is at that age where you’re no longer a child, but you’re not considered an adult. A lot of her friends are also changing and beginning to grow apart and she feels very alone and upset, but she won’t open up or admit it to us. Instead she acts out and becomes a bit self destructive, but it all stems from her insecurities. When I wrote this I hoped that the words in this song would resonate with her and make her feel less alone, as everyone feels lost at times. I just wanted to show her that I also understand how she feels.

What got you into writing songs?  Well it’s hard to say the exact thing that got me into writing music but I remember writing my first song in year 6! It definitely was not the best song in the world, but it is one of the most important songs to me as it is the one that inspired me to carry on writing them.

What is your favourite part of the songwriting process?  I love writing songs, I love to channel the emotions that I’m feeling at the time. My favourite thing about writing songs is that I am able to turn a bad situation into something good and positive. I mostly write my songs about things I’ve been through and situations that have evoked strong emotions, so if something bad happens or something upsets me I can release my emotions through music and change something bad into something I love. That’s the most important thing to me.

Describe your setup that you used to write your #SAYS20 entry, was it just a pen and paper or a fully kitted out studio?  I started writing this song on a piano at school during one of my free periods. It was a day where I was particularly worried about my sister. I went into a practice room and started playing around with some chords on the piano and improvising a tune over the top of it. I literally started to write the lyrics on the notes app on my phone, as that’s all I had on me. I didn’t have a keyboard or any recording equipment at home at this time, so I would go back in my free periods to finished it off. When I recorded it I also did it all at school using one of their mics to record into my friends computer and then I recorded over myself for the harmony – as I didn’t have the best equipment in the recording there’s also a squeaky pedal sound. Normally this sort of sound would be edited out but oddly I quite like the raw-ness and character it gives it.

How do you usually start a song? How do you find that spark?  This may sound a little depressing but I often feel the ‘spark’ when I feel most emotional. When I’m sad or happy I just start playing around with the piano and then just stumble upon some chords that resonate with how I’m feeling and then on a good day the words flow quite easily, I always go back and change a few things but I love having songs that are quite raw and meaningful to me if that makes sense:)

Who would be your dream artist/writer/band to collaborate with? This is actually a very difficult question because I’d actually love to collaborate with someone completely different to me and my style because I think that’s quite important in order to expand your songwriting style, I actually love artists such as Nothing But Thieves and Muse but to perform with I think I would love to work with Billie Eilish, or Finneas in fact, as I love their style and I am also quite fond of Birdy and Regina Spector. (I know that doesn’t really narrow it down but I love all of these artists)

What made you enter #SAYS20? How did you hear about it?  My music teacher actually emailed me about it as he knew songwriting is something I love doing:)

What would you say to someone aged 8-18 who is thinking about entering the Song Academy Young Songwriter competition next year? Do you have any tips for them?  This may sound quite cringey but all I would say is write in the style closest to your heart (okay yeah that does sound very cringey), but I think it’s very important to be you. So many people try to replicate and idolise other people but I think it’s important to not compare yourself to their music and focus on your own and your style, of course you should be inspired by other artists and can borrow ideas but make sure you stay true to you and your style :) oh and also don’t listen to anyone who says you can’t do it, or that music is ‘not a real subject’ because music is universal and everyone loves music in some way shape or form and someone has to write the songs, why can’t it be you?

What are your favourite other entries from this year’s competition? Who out of the other entrants (it doesn’t have to be a finalist!) would you like to collaborate with?  Well actually, I have to say I’ve really enjoyed listening to the different songs and styles of music. Especially as they are all young too:) I particularly like these songs, although I know I haven’t narrowed it down enough!

  • Abby Allen’s ‘you and I’
  • Rachel Burnett ‘Call me baby’
  • Blaze ‘Romantically dead’
  • Leona may  ‘deserve my love’
  • Amelia Acheson ‘flyaway’

What do you like about the Song Academy Young Songwriter competition? I think it’s a lovely opportunity for young people to share their songs and listen to one another’s. One issue of being at school and songwriting is that too many things get in the way and it’s hard to be able to promote your music and focus on it when having things such as GCSE and A levels. I think this is good because many people are quite proud of their songs but are not given an easy way to showcase them and normally they get almost brushed under the carpet until you do get the time (if that makes sense). I also think it’s a good opportunity to hear feedback on your music :)))) so thank you!

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Ivy Byng is 8 years old from North Kensington, London and her song ‘Spring Is Here’ was selected as a top 40 song in The Song Academy Young Songwriter 2020 competition 8-12 year UK/Ireland category.  We caught up with Ivy recently to talk about all things songwriting!

What inspired you to write your song? Spring coming and how much I love new life blossoming.

What got you into writing songs? How much I love both singing and writing.

What is your favourite part of the songwriting process? Finding rhymes for my couplets.

Describe your setup that you used to write your #SAYS20 entry, was it just a pen and paper or a fully kitted out studio? I wrote it out on paper.

How do you usually start a song? How do you find that spark? I start by thinking about what I want my song to be about and then I find sentences about that topic and try to rhyme them.

Who would be your dream artist/writer/band to collaborate with? David Bowie !

What made you enter #SAYS20? How did you hear about it? I participated in a Song Academy holiday songwriting workshop last December

What would you say to someone aged 8-18 who is thinking about entering the Song Academy Young Songwriter competition next year? Do you have any tips for them? Have fun and try your best to create a song fit for YOU…

What are your favourite other entries from this year’s competition? Who out of the other entrants (it doesn’t have to be a finalist!) would you like to collaborate with? My big brother, Nathaniel

What do you like about the Song Academy Young Songwriter competition? I love listening to everyone’s different songs and listening to the type of people they are.

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Harry Prescott is 15 years old from Hampton and his song ‘In(sane)’ was selected as a top 60 song in The Song Academy Young Songwriter 2020 competition 13-18 year UK/Ireland category.  We caught up with Harry recently to talk about all things songwriting!

What inspired you to write your song?  I thought about how people can have different perspectives on someone who is “insane” and what people should be classified as insane and others not. This is where my play on words in the title of the song was made with the brackets in “in(sane)” implying someone who is insane could be sane. The insanity ties into the song as it’s about someone being followed by Death/The Reaper as it slowly breaks them. And I always had this one riff I’d always wanted to use in a song, and this was perfect for it.

What got you into writing songs?  This was the first time I had written a complete song. Beforehand I had always had ideas for riffs and lyrics but never formulated them into a complete idea. And just the idea of being able to show off my ability in a style and genre I loved felt amazing. It could be 2am and if I had thought of a riff I would have to go play it silently just to tell myself if it was good or not, or if lyrics sprung into my head I would have to write them down.

What is your favourite part of the song writing process?  It definitely has to be the moment when I hear everything come together. The satisfaction of a lot of hard work blending together to become a song that I can be proud of is relieving and satisfying. Recording and writing can be stressful so when you hear the final product, it makes it all worth it.

Describe your setup that you used to write your #SAYS20 entry, was it just a pen and paper or a fully kitted out studio?  I had already had a good plan for a song when I was told there was a 5-day course at a local music store to learn the basics of Logic Pro and to write and record a song. I obviously sprung to the opportunity and 5 days later I had “In(sane)” completed, which would now be close to a year ago that I actually wrote it. The setup comprised of an AI, a laptop and two monitors. But that was enough for me to make something I was proud of.

How do you usually start a song? How do you find that spark?  It can vary from writing down lyrics to a song name idea or to writing riffs. When I feel like I have come up with something that makes me want to play it over and over or re-read them, that is when I know I have made something good.

Who would be your dream artist/writer/band to collaborate with?Being major fans of both Metallica and Slipknot, it is a very tough choice for me. Metallica for me are able to just produce riffs that stick in your head and do not really ever leave. And then slipknot with the variety of song structures and the fact they use un-conventional instruments for metal like a sampler and then even a trash can.

What made you enter #SAYS20? How did you hear about it?  I was scrolling through Instagram and an ad popped up for it. Having a full song already, I didn’t think much more of it and sent my song, not knowing I would become a finalist.

What would you say to someone aged 8-18 who is thinking about entering the Song Academy Young Songwriter competition next year? Do you have any tips for them?  It doesn’t matter if you have a big studio to use or just a phone and an instrument, any song can be good when the person writing it puts the time and effort in to make it good. And don’t feel demoralised when you listen to other entries, the fact that you wrote a song that you can call your own is what really counts.

What are your favourite other entries from this year’s competition? Who out of the other entrants (it doesn’t have to be a finalist!) would you like to collaborate with?  Romantically Dead by Blaze was one I really enjoyed and would want to collaborate with. Had a really moody, driving through the city at night vibe (if that makes any sense) which I really liked.

What do you like about the Song Academy Young Songwriter competition?  It’s a perfect opportunity for songwriters to submit something that they can get professional feedback on and be heard by other songwriters and appreciated by them, forming a bond between songwriters alike and appreciating others work

 

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Arvin Kinigama is 11 years old from Wimbledon, London and his song ‘Henry Sugar’ was selected as a top 40 song in The Song Academy Young Songwriter 2020 competition 8-12 year UK/Ireland category.  We caught up with Arvin recently to talk about all things songwriting!

What inspired you to write your song?   I had written the lyrics for an English lesson at school and later my music teacher suggested I compose a song for the words as a fun exercise.

What got you into writing songs?   I have been composing classical music (four part chorales) for a couple of years, and I wanted to have a go at writing songs too.

What is your favourite part of the songwriting process?   Trying to match the words’ rhythm and mood to the music.

Describe your setup that you used to write your #SAYS20 entry, was it just a pen and paper or a fully kitted out studio?  Initially I started writing the music on paper, with only voice and piano, but when I added the clarinet part, I decided to copy it out onto Sibelius and continue there. My voice was recorded on an iphone.

How do you usually start a song? How do you find that spark?  I have written few other compositions, but this was my first attempt at trying to write a song with words which I could sing.

Who would be your dream artist/writer/band to collaborate with? Hans Zimmer. I have seen many films with his music scores and I really like how he makes his music reflect the different scenes and moods so well.

What made you enter #SAYS20? How did you hear about it?  I saw a poster at school. I had already been composing classical music but this was my 1st attempt at a song.

What would you say to someone aged 8-18 who is thinking about entering the Song Academy Young Songwriter competition next year? Do you have any tips for them?  I would say, once you have got an idea of what to write, and you like it, do not keep changing it because usually the first one is often the best.

What are your favourite other entries from this year’s competition? Who out of the other entrants (it doesn’t have to be a finalist!) would you like to collaborate with? I enjoyed listening to ‘A Place to Play by Skye Bishop’ as I found the words to be very appropriate for the current lockdown in the UK. Also I liked the opening piano part and overall recording seemed to be done in a very well equipped studio.

What do you like about the Song Academy Young Songwriter competition?  Being able to listen to others and what others have composed.

 

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Mariam and Martha are 9 and 10 years old from London and their song ‘Danger Squirrels’ was selected as a top 40 song in The Song Academy Young Songwriter 2020 competition 8-12 year UK/Ireland category.  We caught up with Mariam and Martha recently to talk about all things songwriting!

What inspired you to write your song?  We were at our Nana’s house and we looked out of the window and saw a squirrel. WE thought he looked very mischievous and wanted to write a song about him!

What got you into writing songs?  We like writing the songs because when we make the songs, it makes us feel happiness inside our hearts and when we perform them for our families we feel very proud and that’s what keeps us writing.

What is your favourite part of the songwriting process?  The first bit, where we think about what the songs is going to be about and we have a discussion about what it’s going to be about. Usually, one of us gives the first idea and then we discuss it and expand on it and think about how we want it to sound.

Describe your setup that you used to write your #SAYS20 entry, was it just a pen and paper or a fully kitted out studio?  Just a pen and paper! We have instruments, like a violin, clarinet and piano, but we don’t usually use them as we like making the tune and the words.

How do you usually start a song? How do you find that spark? Most of the songs are from looking around us, what season it is, what animals we can see, what’s in the room. We’re also inspired by books we read.

Who would be your dream artist/writer/band to collaborate with? ABBA or Queen maybe perhaps!

What made you enter #SAYS20? How did you hear about it?  Mariam found the advert in a newspaper and we wanted to enter because
we want our songs to expand and for us to be better songwriters and
think about how to add music to our songs.

What would you say to someone aged 8-18 who is thinking about entering the Song Academy Young Songwriter competition next year? Do you have any tips for them? If someone wants to enter, just follow your heart and follow your music don’t think about anyone else’s.

What are your favourite other entries from this year’s competition? Who out of the other entrants (it doesn’t have to be a finalist!) would you like to collaborate with?  We really like BFFs Forever by Saga Strand because its got a good beat and a nice message.

What do you like about the Song Academy Young Songwriter competition? That it’s not only letting adults make music but children too, as they have good ideas for music too!

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Jayden Mirchandani is 11 years old from Reading and his song ‘This Is Not The End’ was selected as a top 40 song in The Song Academy Young Songwriter 2020 competition 8-12 year UK/Ireland category.  We caught up with Cora recently to talk about all things songwriting!

What inspired you to write your song?  I was coming to the end of Primary School and my class mates and I were both anxious and excited about moving to our new schools. The song is about the end of an era and the beginning of a new era, remembering what was good and looking forward to the future.

What got you into writing songs?  I have always been singing since I was very young. I started learning to play the guitar when I was 7. As soon as I could play my first 2 chords (C and Am) that’s when I started writing songs. I then started learning the piano and as I learn more I just mix things up and have a song of my own!

What is your favourite part of the songwriting process?  My favourite part is always performing the song to an audience when it is finished!

Describe your setup that you used to write your #SAYS20 entry, was it just a pen and paper or a fully kitted out studio?  I initially wrote the song on the guitar. All I had was my guitar and voice. I wrote the lyrics down with a pen to paper. I then thought it might sound good on piano so I changed it to accompany myself on the key board.

How do you usually start a song? How do you find that spark?  I usually start with the main tune of the song or a riff. I’ve different ideas of tunes in my head. Then I add the lyrics. It’s usually a life experience on something that’s on my mind. I’ve written songs about my best friend moving away, being bullied, moving schools etc.. I then go back and make adjustments.

Who would be your dream artist/writer/band to collaborate with?My dream collaborators would definitely be Queen! I love their music and I think my voice would suit a big Queen like song!

What made you enter #SAYS20? How did you hear about it?  I was a finalist in a Young Singer Songwriters competition in Northern Ireland and the organisers sent me an email letting me know about it.

What would you say to someone aged 8-18 who is thinking about entering the Song Academy Young Songwriter competition next year? Do you have any tips for them?  Definitely enter the competition as it is good motivation to finish a song. I have many unfinished songs and competitions are a good way to finish the song. Song Academy’s competition is UK wide and it allows a wide audience to hear your song. My tip would be to keep writing and write what you like, and stuff you relate to.

What are your favourite other entries from this year’s competition? Who out of the other entrants (it doesn’t have to be a finalist!) would you like to collaborate with?  Little Jazz Singer by Astrid is excellent! I saw Astrid on the Voice Kids, she’s awesome!  Also, Conor Marcus from the 13-18 years category. I have met Conor at gigs in Northern Ireland, he’s a brilliant songwriter!

What do you like about the Song Academy Young Songwriter competition?  It is good motivation to write and finish songs. I have many unfinished songs and competitions are a good way to finish the song. Song Academy’s competition is UK wide and it allows a wide audience to hear your song. It is also a great opportunity to get help with song writing and potentially meet like minded people and share ideas!

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