Don’t miss out on seeing some of the top young songwriters across the UK perform their award winning songs at our Young Songwriter 2018 Live Showcase at Westfield, Shepherd’s Bush, Westfield Square on Sunday 10th June, 2-5pm.  The 36 young songwriters performing include the 2018 winners, finalists and a selection of highly commended entrants.

The young songwriters performing are from across London (Barnet, Brent, Chelsea, Edgware, Fulham, Hammersmith, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington, Kingston, Richmond), Banbury, Bournemouth, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Haslemere, Hayling Island, Lincoln, Liverpool, Manchester, Tunbridge Wells, Saxmundham, Sunderland, Swindon and Winchester.

This year’s panel of award winning judges included:

Singer songwriters Tom Odell, Imelda May & Lucie Silvas, songwriters & producers Guy Chambers (for Robbie Williams, Tom Jones, Kylie Minogue, & Mark Ronson), Eg White (Adele, Duffy, Take That, Pink), Tim Laws (Gabrielle, Lighthouse Family), Jessica Sharman (for Ward Thomas), Nicky Cox (editor, First News), Nigel Elderton (Chairman, PRS for Music) and Toby Davies (National Adviser Rock & Pop, Trinity College London).   A number of the judges will be at this Young Songwriter 2018 showcase to watch their favourites perform live.

The prestigious Song Academy Young Songwriter competition has gone from strength to strength since it’s launch in 2012 and is now the leading songwriting competition for young people aged 8 to 18 across the world with a strong sense of community. 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. The 2018 competition attracted circa 500 high quality entries cities across the world, from London, Dublin, Cairo, Helinski, Johannesburg, Nashville, New York, Reykjavik, Zagreb to Melbourne.

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.”

Guy Chambers, songwriter & producer said “It’s a huge pleasure to be a part of this years judging panel for the Song Academy Young Songwriter 2018. I have always been a supporter and nurturer of young talent, so it will be great to see what this year’s competition has to offer. Good luck.”

Imelda May, singer songwriter said “I’m very glad to be part of The Song Academy Young Songwriter 2018 judging panel. Good songwriting is the foundation of all good music. This competition is also simply a great way for songwriters to meet other like minded people and I’m happy to encourage anyone to connect and excel in this beautifully expressive art form and cannot wait to hear the songs.”

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 powerfully 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, self-belief and drive to achieve their potential.”

ARTISTS PERFORMING

LUCA ZORZI . VALENTINA ZORZI . JOE HOGG . BEN BEDFORD . EVIN O’KANE . EWAN SCOTT . RILEY STEVENSON . LEELA BOTEJU . EDDIE ATKINS . MAYA CAMPBELL . CAITLIN WILSON . ERIK ANTONYAN . DAISY GRACE POWELL . ASHER SAIPE . LAETITIA FELIX . GRETA BENN . HARRY HATCHER . GRETA BENN . SKYE BISHOP . MIA BRAN . ZOE EFSTATHIOU . JAMES BAKIAN . GRACE FARSIDES .  SOPHIE PENMAN . MADDY ABELA . SKIPPY GONZALE . LISA KOWALSKI . OWAIN FELSTEAD . KATIE KITTERMASTER . LOTTIE JENKINS . MATILDA MANN . JADE THORNTON . OSCAR WELSH . TABITHA JADE . ISABELLA WEINSTEIN

Thank you to The Young Songwriter 2018 sponsors, PRS for Music, SoundCloud, Focusrite, Trinity College London and The ICMP.

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Congratulations to Mia for being a Young Songwriter 2018 Finalist with her song ‘City’.  Here’s a bit about Mia and her songwriting.

What inspired you to write your SAYS18 finalist song ‘City?  I wrote this song about the city I live in, which is London. I wrote this song because some people don’t understand how amazing the city is and I wanted to share that with everyone. When I thought of the song, I was on the train and I was listening to the sounds around me and that’s when I wanted to write a song about it. I made the song about the city in a positive view so that people could see how beautiful and breathtaking it really is.

How long have you been writing songs?  Since I was about 7!

How did you get into songwriting?  I just kind of feel like it runs in my family and I really enjoy it.

What does songwriting allow you to explore and achieve?  It allows me to kind of write down anything I feel and put it into a song. I can explore ideas and feelings that are otherwise hard to express. It helps me achieve being free.

What’s your favourite part of the songwriting process?  My favourite part is singing a new song all the way through for the first time and coming up with the melody.

What’s the most difficult part of the creative process of songwriting for you?  Lyrics! I really have to use my brain to come up with amazing powerful lyrics.

Do you start with lyrics or melodies/chords?  Melodies and chords, definitely.

What do you like about Song Academy and our Young Songwriter competition?  I like that it’s not being judged on your background, it’s about the songwriting not you as a person.

Who are your three favourite artists/songs?  Birdy, Wheatus, Tame Impala.

15 years from now you will be… I’ll be 27 so I’ll be performing music in local areas and teaching children how to become a successful songwriter and artist. Not Grades, I just want to teach them how to be creative.

What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not writing songs?  I love to get a tub of ice cream from the freezer and lie in my bed and watch movies! Or I go out with my friends!

Our SAYS18 winners will be announced on the 14th May at 6pm (GMT) on our Twitter channel.

Come & watch the top young songwriters from across the UK and Ireland perform @WestfieldLondon, Shepherd’s Bush in the Young Songwriter 2018 live showcase on Sunday 10th June, 2-5pm. Around 40 performers including winners, finalists & highly commended entrants, aged 8-18 will perform! #savethedate #newgeneration #talent #youngsongwriters #songwriting #newmusic #freeevent #SAYS18

Full line-up to be announced shortly.

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Congratulations to Daisy for being a Young Songwriter 2018 Finalist with her song ‘Interweaving’.  Here’s a bit about Daisy and her songwriting.

What inspired you to write your SAYS18 finalist song ‘Interweaving?  When I wrote Interweaving I had recently watched and read the Hunger Games Trilogy and was influenced by the story in the book and the music in the film. Interweaving is however more about the betrayed friendships and fights that everyone experiences at some time. It is about being caught in the middle of a fight between two friends and feeling trapped and confused. This song is about trying to figure out these problems, where you fit in and trying to forget and move on from them.

How long have you been writing songs? I’ve been writing songs since sometime last year.

How did you get into songwriting? My music teacher, Mo Westworth, started a band at school and she asked me to write a song for the band.

What does songwriting allow you to explore and achieve? It helps me to get all my anger/sadness/happiness out and I feel really proud after writing a song.

What’s your favourite part of the songwriting process? Definitely the lyrics! You can tell a story with them and I have always loved to write.

What’s the most difficult part of the creative process of songwriting for you? Finding interesting chord patterns that flow and reflect the mood of the song.

Do you start with lyrics or melodies/chords? Usually lyrics but sometimes if I have a good melody, I build a song around that.

What do you like about Song Academy and our Young Songwriter competition? It has inspired me to keep on writing songs and it is interesting to listen to amazing songs written by other people my age.

Who are your three favourite artists/songs? Sia – Big Girls Cry, Ed Sheeran – Castle On the Hill and Taylor Swift – Safe and Sound.

15 years from now you will be… Hopefully acting, dancing and singing!

What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not writing songs? Drama (I’m a member of a brilliant theatre company in Warwick called Playbox) and art/drawing.

Our SAYS18 winners will be announced on the 14th May at 6pm (GMT) on our Twitter channel.

Come & watch the top young songwriters from across the UK and Ireland perform @WestfieldLondon, Shepherd’s Bush in the Young Songwriter 2018 live showcase on Sunday 10th June, 2-5pm. Around 40 performers including winners, finalists & highly commended entrants, aged 8-18 will perform! #savethedate #newgeneration #talent #youngsongwriters #songwriting #newmusic #freeevent #SAYS18

Full line-up to be announced shortly.

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Congratulations to Oscar for being a Young Songwriter 2018 Finalist with his song ‘The Way You Move’.  Here’s a bit about Oscar and his songwriting.

What inspired you to write your SAYS18 finalist song ‘The Way You Move?

The Way You Move was inspired by seeing the impact of affairs on those directly involved and their families. This song was months in the making, as I always wanted to express the issues that occurred but could never really find the words or instruments to really do it. After a while these chords just came up while I was just playing around on the piano and the song wrote itself in a matter of minutes

How long have you been writing songs / How did you get into songwriting?  I started improvising with basic piano knowledge and eventually started to ‘wail’ (words of my piano teacher) at age 12, the song I entered a few yearsago called ‘Cappuccino’ was my third ever actual song I wrote and to this day is my family’s favourite.

What does songwriting allow you to explore and achieve?  Before a few months ago, I really just wrote songs to make a nice sound – I just liked the satisfaction of showing my parents and them going ‘thats nice’. Recently I started writing from experience as some stuff went down in the family and I felt I needed to address it.

What’s your favourite part of the songwriting process? The first 30 minutes of producing it on my laptop is definitely my favourite part as I start to realise what instruments I’d like to include and I just love playingdrums on tracks – something about it fitting in with the lyrics really interests me.

What’s the most difficult part of the creative process of songwriting for you? Being told that what I have written sucks. I’m always so eager for criticism but I’m not great at changing what I’ve done because I’m impatient – which is something I’m definitely going to work on.

Do you start with lyrics or melodies/chords?  Melodies/Chords definitely – I always try and find a chord sequence which isn’t too cheesy but also still gives the listener a feeling that moves them. I always bear in mind that I’m far from perfect and that its unlikely I’ll find the perfect chord sequence but hopefully it happens one day.

What do you like about Song Academy and our Young Songwriter competition? The fact that it’s motivating. You have the comparison of other people, and although songwriting in itself isn’t a competition – I love being able to feel like it is, and this makes my music better.

Who are your three favourite artists/songs? J Cole – I think rappers are some of the cleverest people Stevie Wonder – He just makes some absolute bangers. Tom Misch – I think his style with the guitar is really cool

15 years from now you will be… Playing music, whether its in a pub or at Wembley – I just love performing as well as writing.

What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not writing songs? I like being at school and having fun with friends – whether its skating or just generally socialising. I think that this is important so I have a balance and also something to write about.

Our SAYS18 winners will be announced on the 14th May at 6pm (GMT) on our Twitter channel.

Come & watch the top young songwriters from across the UK and Ireland perform @WestfieldLondon, Shepherd’s Bush in the Young Songwriter 2018 live showcase on Sunday 10th June, 2-5pm. Around 40 performers including winners, finalists & highly commended entrants, aged 8-18 will perform! #savethedate #newgeneration #talent #youngsongwriters #songwriting #newmusic #freeevent #SAYS18

Full line-up to be announced shortly.

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Congratulations to Erik for being a Young Songwriter 2018 Finalist with his song ‘Happy Birthday’.  Here’s a bit about Erik and his songwriting.

What inspired you to write your SAYS18 finalist song ‘Happy Birthday’?  When I was young I wanted it to be my birthday every day and it was very exciting for me. I think it is every child’s dream to have their birthday every day an di remember when I was little I used to ask when will it be my birthday

How did you get into songwriting? Songwriting is my passion from when I was little and I wanted to celebrate My Birthday everyday.

What does songwriting allow you to explore and achieve? It allows me to achieve confidence and other people enjoy my song.

What’s your favourite part of the songwriting process? The easy part is the lyrics.

What’s the most difficult part of the creative process of songwriting for you? The difficult part is the music.

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

What do you like about Song Academy and our Young Songwriter competition?  I can show my talent, meet new talented people and learn new things.

Who are your three favourite artists/songs Bruno Mars, Adele, Will.I.AM

15 years from now you will be… A famous singer

What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not writing songs? Play with the computer and play with my baby sister.

Our SAYS18 winners will be announced on the 14th May at 6pm (GMT) on our Twitter channel.

Come & watch the top young songwriters from across the UK and Ireland perform @WestfieldLondon, Shepherd’s Bush in the Young Songwriter 2018 live showcase on Sunday 10th June, 2-5pm. Around 40 performers including winners, finalists & highly commended entrants, aged 8-18 will perform! #savethedate #newgeneration #talent #youngsongwriters #songwriting #newmusic #freeevent #SAYS18

Full line-up to be announced shortly.

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Congratulations to Isabella for being a Young Songwriter 2018 Finalist with her song ‘Bad Boy’.  Here’s a bit about Isabella and her songwriting.

What inspired you to write your SAYS18 finalist song ‘Bad Boy’?  I’ve been told I have this thing called ‘izzy mentality’ where I write songs that seem very ‘bubbly and happy and not too mature’ so I decided to prove them wrong.

How long have you been writing songs?  I have been writing songs since I was 10 years old.

How did you get into songwriting?  On my 10th birthday I went to Sticky Fingers with my best friend at the time and she had bought me a notebook. I love notebooks and I wanted to use it for something special. It took me a while but I finally decided I would use it to write songs. I was only 10 so my songwriting wasn’t exactly perfect yet but at the time I thought it was great. About a year later I went to my first concert with another great friend and she had tickets to Taylor Swift (the Red tour) in the O2. I had heard of Taylor Swift and I knew her most popular songs like ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’ and ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ but it wasn’t until that night that I fell in love with her music and writing. I even started trying to write like her once I figured out how to play the piano and guitar but my style changed a bit a few years later. Since then I haven’t stopped writing – and I’m up to over 100 songs.

What does songwriting allow you to explore and achieve?  It allows me to explore different styles of music which I’ve actually come to love. Until I was about 14 I stuck to slow paced country songs, which shifted to country pop and since, I’ve written a disco song, a few rock songs and a couple of pop songs, but more than anything it lets me often put my thoughts down on paper. Sometimes it’s my melodically diary.

What’s your favourite part of the songwriting process?  I think my favourite part is trying to put secret messages into the lyrics because I love it when people try to figure out who the song is about.

What’s the most difficult part of the creative process of songwriting for you?  I think for me sometimes figuring out what the song should be about is the hardest part if I do not have anything too busy going on in my mind, because I have written so many different songs already. Finding new chord progressions is often difficult.

Do you start with lyrics or melodies/chords?  I tend to start with the chords and put a melody to it so that I have an idea about what it’s meant to sound like. I then add the lyrics.

What do you like about Song Academy and our Young Songwriter competition? I really enjoy the term classes and I love them because I always learn something new, whether its how to write like a different artist or a different genre or some of the different laws in the industry such as copyright. In terms of the competition, I like that people from all over the world can upload their songs to be heard by professionals. Listening to the other songs people upload is also great because they are incredible, so I’m always rooting for my favourites to be in the finalists too.

Who are your three favourite artists/songs?  I love too many songs and artists to have three favourite but I can definitely confirm that Taylor Swift is my number one favourite at the moment and has been for years. I do also really like Selena Gomez and Scouting For Girls along with so many others.

15 years from now you will be…  To be honest, I have no idea what I will be. I could be a criminologist, a lawyer, a doctor, really anything. I can tell you what I do want, I want to be up on a stage singing one of my songs and hold the mic out to hear thousands of people screaming the lyrics.

What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not writing songs?  I love hanging out with my friends and going to the gym and sometimes I just want to chill and watch Grey’s Anatomy.

Our SAYS18 winners will be announced on the 14th May at 6pm (GMT) on our Twitter channel.

Come & watch the top young songwriters from across the UK and Ireland perform @WestfieldLondon, Shepherd’s Bush in the Young Songwriter 2018 live showcase on Sunday 10th June, 2-5pm. Around 40 performers including winners, finalists & highly commended entrants, aged 8-18 will perform! #savethedate #newgeneration #talent #youngsongwriters #songwriting #newmusic #freeevent #SAYS18

Full line-up to be announced shortly.

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Congratulations to Laetitia for being a Young Songwriter 2018 Finalist with her song ‘One Bad Day Won’t Bring Me Down’.  Here’s a bit about Laetitia and her songwriting.

What inspired you to write your SAYS18 finalist song ‘One Bad Day Won’t Bring Me Down? One Bad Day Won’t Bring Me Down is about how clumsy I am on a very day basis. I am sure a lot of people can relate to these mistakes I talk about in my song. This is why I wrote this song to tell everyone to calm down and relax because this won’t bring us down. We think about being happy unlucky but I realised that I was the one making these mistakes, so changed it.

How long have you been writing songs?  I’ve been writing songs for the past 4 years. When I was 8 years old, my first song was about bats, but I lost the script in my mess. So far I have written about 15 songs and I’ve gotten better at it over time. Song Academy has helped me take my song writing to another level by introducing me to different genres and techniques. So I like best the three recent ones: Technology, But One Bad Day Won’t Bring Me Down and New Year.

How did you get into songwriting?  When I first started out learning the guitar, I soon got bored of playing the songs in the guitar books. I prefer to learn the guitar to express the music that’s already in my head. Thankfully Lou Vilstrup, my guitar teacher, offered to teach me how to write songs, as she is a singer song writer herself with her band Dear Joy. So instead of teaching me scales, she introduced me to the songwriting world.

What does songwriting allow you to explore and achieve?  I often struggle to say what I want to say when I’m in the moment. Songwriting allows me to express my emotions clearly to the outside world. When I write a new song, I normally feel excited and thrilled about the message. When I’ve written the song, I’m relieved and feel complete.

What’s your favourite part of the songwriting process?  My favourite part of song writing is working on the melody while under the shower.

What’s the most difficult part of the creative process of songwriting for you?  To me, the most difficult part is polishing the song once I am happy with the rough ideas. I think that’s why my songs can sometimes be a bit rough and straight forward. Or maybe I just like it like that. I like 80s rock because it has so much energy and that’s what I want my music to be about.

Do you start with lyrics or melodies/chords?  I generally start with the chords, but sometimes I first find the theme. I’ll be sitting with the guitar somewhere exploring chord progressions until I find one that interests me. I’ll then typically just start singing what comes to my mind and first write it all down. So at the beginning all I’ll have is a set of chord progressions and collection of often unrelated phrases that don’t yet make any sense. When I come back to it, the hard part starts.

What do you like about Song Academy and our Young Songwriter competition?   I like Song Academy because they help me become a better artist. They also help me perform my songs, record them and spread them across the world. Song Academy also give me a chance to meet other songwriters. During sessions we all learn from each other and the atmosphere is very nice and helpful. It is great to able to compare my songs to others and to try out new techniques.

Who are your three favourite artists/songs?   My three favourite songs/artists are: Of Monsters And Men, Pink Floyd and John Mayor’s Bigger Than My Body.

15 years from now you will be… Happily writing songs about my feelings and experiences and anything else that I find important. Apart from that I think it is to soon for me to think about that. Right now all I want to do is write and play music.

What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not writing songs?  When I am not writing songs I love to play outside in our communal garden with my neighbours. Spending time with my friends is my favourite thing to do. They are an important piece of my life, because they make me laugh.

Our SAYS18 winners will be announced on the 14th May at 6pm (GMT) on our Twitter channel.

Come & watch the top young songwriters from across the UK and Ireland perform @WestfieldLondon, Shepherd’s Bush in the Young Songwriter 2018 live showcase on Sunday 10th June, 2-5pm. Around 40 performers including winners, finalists & highly commended entrants, aged 8-18 will perform! #savethedate #newgeneration #talent #youngsongwriters #songwriting #newmusic #freeevent #SAYS18

Full line-up to be announced shortly.

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Congratulations to Asher for being a Young Songwriter 2018 Finalist with his song ‘A.S.Bach’.  Here’s a bit about Asher and his songwriting.

What inspired you to write your SAYS18 finalist song ‘A.S.Bach? I have a real urge to create music, not just listen to it. I also get very excited sitting down at the computer working with Reason software. This song represents me. I’m not an extrovert – I’m quite shy – but inside, I have a big voice, and things to show the world. I try to do this through music.

How long have you been writing songs? – I’ve been playing around, putting tunes together since I was about six years old, so about six years in total.

How did you get into songwriting? – My Dad used to be in a band and has a lot of studio equipment, so I took advantage of that, and that’s what got me started.

What does songwriting allow you to explore and achieve? – I find it great fun and it is a form of expression for me.

What’s your favourite part of the songwriting process? – Programming sounds and coming up with interesting rhythms and beats.

What’s the most difficult part of the creative process of songwriting for you? – Creating original chord progressions and changes in dynamics within the structure of a composition.

Do you start with lyrics or melodies/chords? – Melodies/chords.

What do you like about Song Academy and our Young Songwriter competition? It gives young musicians confidence and the ability to showcase their work and get noticed.

Who are your three favourite artists/songs? – Gorillaz, Everything Everything, What About Me? (by Snarky Puppy).

15 years from now you will be… a film music composer/sound designer.

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

Our SAYS18 winners will be announced on the 14th May at 6pm (GMT) on our Twitter channel.

Come & watch the top young songwriters from across the UK and Ireland perform @WestfieldLondon, Shepherd’s Bush in the Young Songwriter 2018 live showcase on Sunday 10th June, 2-5pm. Around 40 performers including winners, finalists & highly commended entrants, aged 8-18 will perform! #savethedate #newgeneration #talent #youngsongwriters #songwriting #newmusic #freeevent #SAYS18

Full line-up to be announced shortly.

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Congratulations to Matilda for being a Young Songwriter 2018 Finalist with her song ‘Like Lava’.  Here’s a bit about Matilda and her songwriting.

What inspired you to write your SAYS18 finalist song ‘Like Lava?  I was watching a David Attenborough documentary, about mountains and volcanoes, and the photography shots of the lava flowing was just so mesmerising that all I could think about was what it would be like to touch it, but of course I have some intelligence and I know you can’t touch lava cause you will definitely get severly burnt. Although it did get me thinking that it would be a great way to describe someone; Someone who looks so stunning and you can’t take your eyes off them, but if you get too close to them (physically or emotionally) you’re inevitably gonna get hurt. Also, just before watching this documentary, I found out a boy I had secretly liked, liked me back, but as I started to spend more time with him, I got more and more worried I was going to mess it up, so I ended up pushing him away.
 Laura Marling has always inspired me in every song I write as I am in love with the structure of her songs and the harmonies she incorporates, which is why “Like Lava” is just me playing the guitar, so it highlights the harmonies and lyrics, which is what I always find most important in a song.

How long have you been writing songs? I started writing songs when I was 11 with some of my friends.

How did you get into songwriting?  I’ve always had a passion for music and after having some piano lessons I found that I liked putting some words to chords I had made up. I find it a great way to express myself.

What does songwriting allow you to explore and achieve?  I love being creative and so when building a song I learn how to craft my lyrics and structure, which I am usually influenced by other artists.

What’s your favourite part of the songwriting process?  My favourite part of song writing is coming up with the lyrics. To me the lyrics are the most important part of any song and I usually spend the most time on that part of the process.

What’s the most difficult part of the creative process of songwriting for you?  I don’t have particularly good skills when it comes to adding other instruments to my songs, such as drums or producing it well, as I don’t have particularly good equipment for recording, so it seems to limit the types of songs I can make.

Do you start with lyrics or melodies/chords?  I will usually start will the chords and work the melody and lyrics on top of it.

What do you like about Song Academy and our Young Songwriter competition?  I like that it gives young people the chance to show everyone the work they’ve done and the prizes it offers are amazing when it comes down to bettering your songs and getting them heard by more people.

Who are your three favourite artists/songs?  I’m very heavily influenced by female artists when it comes to my song writing, so defiantly artists like ‪The Staves, ‪Laura Marling, ‪Joni Mitchell and Nora Jones are just a few.

15 years from now you will be… Hopefully recording my songs or potentially writing lyrics for other artists.

What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not writing songs?  I have a great love for film, so I really enjoy making short videos and I’ve made a few of my own music videos.

Our SAYS18 winners will be announced on the 14th May at 6pm (GMT) on our Twitter channel.

Come & watch the top young songwriters from across the UK and Ireland perform @WestfieldLondon, Shepherd’s Bush in the Young Songwriter 2018 live showcase on Sunday 10th June, 2-5pm. Around 40 performers including winners, finalists & highly commended entrants, aged 8-18 will perform! #savethedate #newgeneration #talent #youngsongwriters #songwriting #newmusic #freeevent #SAYS18

Full line-up to be announced shortly.

Young Songwriter 2018 Press Release Finalists Announced

Congratulations to Tabitha for being a Young Songwriter 2018 Finalist with her song ‘Trust Me’.  Here’s a bit about Tabitha and her songwriting.

What inspired you to write your SAYS18 finalist song ‘Trust Me?  As a songwriter, I tend to communicate through writing and this song Trust Me, I wrote because I could see things were not right and it expresses how I was feeling at the time.
 The inspiration for the song, as the name suggests comes from a personal experience with my first real relationship, with a boy that was over protective and controlling. He would want to tell me what was appropriate to wear and do, which in the end I walked away from. When I sing the song, it immediately takes me back to that point in time when we were spending time together.

How long have you been writing songs? I have been writing for around 6 years, I first started when I was only 11 years old.

How did u get into songwriting?  I began learning the guitar; this really encouraged me to start learning covers. One day I was performing a song to my dad in my living room and he saw how much I enjoyed it and he suggested I should try and write a song. From that moment I’ve been writing nearly every day since.

What does songwriting allow you to explore and achieve?  It explores my imagination and feelings, it is such a great way to let my emotions out in a positive way. When I do I achieve such a great feeling of happiness and relief.

What’s your favourite part of the songwriting process?  I love it when I start humming a riff and come up with a catchy, sweet melody!

What’s the most difficult part of the creative process of songwriting for you?  Finishing the song and staying focused on it without rushing the end. I always get excited and another idea for another song comes into my head as soon as I pick up my guitar and I have to start it.

Do you start with lyrics or melodies/chords?  The majority of the time I begin with chords, and then I hum a melody and finally put the lyrics down.

What do you like about Song Academy and our Young Songwriting competition?  I think it gives teenagers an amazing opportunity to have their songs listened to by professionals in the music industry and critiqued. If you are lucky enough to win then you are given some life changing music recording equipment, and an opportunity to work with top recording producer Paul Stanborough in London! This will be so useful as it would help me develop my music quicker and give me the option to record my ideas.

Who are your three favourite artists/songs?  I adore many artists but my top 3 would be Billie Ellish (an American artist whose only 16), Ledisi (an American soul singer) and Jorja Smith (an English artist with an incredible voice). At the moment I love the song ‘Lovely’ by Billie Ellish and Khalid. It has got such a sincere and powerful message and feel. Another song I love is a song by Ledisi called ‘I blame you’.

15 years from now…  In 15 years time I would like to be a full time professional singer songwriter musician, recorded a few albums, and travelling and performing them to audiences.

What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not writing songs?  I love performing my original songs on stage with my band! It’s such an amazing feeling, especially when members of the audience give feedback and really connect with my original songs.

Our SAYS18 winners will be announced on the 14th May at 6pm (GMT) on our Twitter channel.

Come & watch the top young songwriters from across the UK and Ireland perform @WestfieldLondon, Shepherd’s Bush in the Young Songwriter 2018 live showcase on Sunday 10th June, 2-5pm. Around 40 performers including winners, finalists & highly commended entrants, aged 8-18 will perform! #savethedate #newgeneration #talent #youngsongwriters #songwriting #newmusic #freeevent #SAYS18

Full line-up to be announced shortly.

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