We’re thrilled to announce that the incredible songwriter, Jin Jin, has joined The Young Songwriter 2019 competition judging panel!

Jin Jin (aka Janée Bennett) boasts a more diverse catalogue and interesting journey than your average songwriter. With impeccable A&R skills, multi-platinum hits across genres, and her own publishing company Raggamuffin Music, and management company Jinsing, Jin Jin has achieved more than many songwriters with twice her years in the business.
Jin Jin’s recent successes include:
  • Co-writing ‘Lullaby’ by Sigala & Paloma Faith – one of the top 10 songs of the year, achieving UK Platinum sales
  • Co-writing Jonas Blue & Sabrina Carpenter’s ‘Alien’ 45 million+ streams & No. 1 on the Billboard dance charts
  • Co-writing Madison Bear ‘Home With You’ – 70m+ streams
  • Penning 10 songs, including single ‘All I Am’, for Jess Glynne’s recent No. 1 album ‘Always In Between’. As well as her most recent songs, Jin Jin co-wrote Jess Glynne’s single releases ‘Right Here’ (UK No. 6), ‘Real Love’ (UK No. 2) and two UK #1’s ‘Hold My Hand’ and ‘Not Letting Go’ featuring Tinie Tempah.
  • Penning 3 songs for Sigala’s album ‘Brighter Days’
  • She won for ‘Music Creative’ at The Women In Music Awards 2018

If you know any 8-18 year olds who’ve written their own songs, please encourage them to enter this year’s competition before the 31st March for an chance to have their songs listened to by Jin Jin and our other star studded judges.

The Young Songwriter 2019 competition entry forms

SONG ACADEMY & YOUTUBE Songwriter Workshop
with Jin Jin and Davy Denke

for young songwriters aged 13-18 near London

Tuesday 19th March, 6-8pm
at YouTube Space London, Kings Cross
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Hurry to enter The Young Songwriter 2019 competition before the 15th March, then share how you write your songs in the #ThisIsHowIDoIt initiative and you can have a place at this exclusive event!
Today, YouTube is a platform on which creative minds can express their craft, grow a fanbase and succeed in the Music Industry.
Discover YouTube’s best practices on how to get started and be successful on the platform as a young songwriter.
Meet and have a Q&A session with multi award winning Jin Jin.
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JIN JIN
Jin Jin (aka Janée Bennett) boasts a more diverse catalogue and interesting journey than your average songwriter. With impeccable A&R skills, multi-platinum hits across genres, and her own publishing company Raggamuffin Music, and management company Jinsing, Jin Jin has achieved more than many songwriters with twice her years in the business.
Jin Jin’s recent successes include:
  • Co-writing ‘Lullaby’ by Sigala & Paloma Faith – one of the top 10 songs of the year, achieving UK Platinum sales
  • Co-writing Jonas Blue & Sabrina Carpenter’s ‘Alien’ 45 million+ streams & No. 1 on the Billboard dance charts
  • Co-writing Madison Bear ‘Home With You’ – 70m+ streams
  • Penning 10 songs, including single ‘All I Am’, for Jess Glynne’s recent No. 1 album ‘Always In Between’. As well as her most recent songs, Jin Jin co-wrote Jess Glynne’s single releases ‘Right Here’ (UK No. 6), ‘Real Love’ (UK No. 2) and two UK #1’s ‘Hold My Hand’ and ‘Not Letting Go’ featuring Tinie Tempah.
  • Penning 3 songs for Sigala’s album ‘Brighter Days’
  • She won for ‘Music Creative’ at The Women In Music Awards 2018
DAVY DENKE
Davy Denke is the strategic partner, artist development, UK for YouTube, helping creators get the most out the YouTube platform. Davy is also a successful singer songwriter.
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Star Judges include Tom Odell, Imelda May, Chris Difford, Rumer,

Eg White, Emily Phillips, Dan Gillespie Sells, Miranda Cooper & Nigel Elderton.

Now in it’s 8th exciting year, the prestigious Song Academy Young Songwriter Competition 2019 is open for entries until 31st March 2019 from young people aged 8-18 across the UK & Ireland and internationally.

The Young Songwriter 2019 competition is a supportive and inspiring platform for young songwriters to get their original songs heard and connect to their peers & key players in the music industry. This unique competition focuses on songwriting rather than singing/performance. Songs will be judged on their originality, lyrics, melody, composition, and potential to be a smash hit!

We believe that it is more important than ever, in this fast-paced, competitive and technological world, for young people to believe in themselves and be inspired by their future. Songwriting is an antidote to the pressures on young minds and allows young people to express themselves creatively and gain clarity on what’s going on in their heads and the world outside. Each year, The Young Songwriter competition brings together young songwriters who listen to each other’s stories, feel a sense of togetherness and unite in a vibrant songwriting community.  Please help us reach young songwriters aged 8-18 across the world.

There are many reasons to enter The Young Songwriter 2019 competition:

  • Get noticed by some of the best songwriters & key players in the Music Industry
  • Have your songs heard and stand out from the crowd
  • Get connected to our vibrant community of young songwriters
  • Record your winning song with a top producer in London
  • Win prizes: a professional music video & photos from the recording session, a home studio setup from Focusrite , KRK & sE Electronics, a Casio Music CT-x5000 portable keyboard, a signed Tom Odell ‘Jubilee Road’ Album, a signed copy of songwriter Carole King‘s book ‘A Natural Woman’
  • Perform in The Young Songwriter 2019 showcase at The Tabernacle, London

This competition will be separately judged for UK & Ireland 8-12 year olds, UK & Ireland 13-18 year olds and international entries. Enter online at www.songacademy.co.uk/says19 Include songs’ lyrics on your entry forms and an audio recording in MP3 format (or send your audio recording via SoundCloud).

Schools entering 20+ songs will have the opportunity of winning a Casio CT-x700 portable keyboard.

This year’s panel of award winning judges includes:

Singer songwriters/producers Tom Odell, Imelda May, Chris Difford, Rumer, Dan Gillespie Sells, Eg White (Adele, Duffy, Take That, Pink), Emily Philips (Rizzlekicks, John Newman, Maddison Beer, SOAK), Miranda Cooper (Girls Aloud, Sugababes, Pet Shop Boys, Alesha Dixon), James Walsh, Tim Laws (Gabrielle, Lighthouse Family), Jessica Sharman (Ward Thomas), Nicky Cox (editor, First News) and Nigel Elderton (Chairman, PRS for Music).

Get your songs ready!

Take advantage of our song feedback service where we provide insightful comments on the three areas of lyrics, melodies/composition and production.

Quotes from The Young Songwriter competition judges:

Tom Odell, Singer Songwriter, says “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. I can’t wait to hear the songs!”

Imelda May, Singer Songwriter, says “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.”

Naughty Boy, producer & songwriter, says “Young songwriters are the future of music. A great song will always stand the test of time far beyond our years. I think this competition is important because every songwriter I’ve worked with was always waiting to be discovered.”

Guy Chambers, producer & songwriter, says “It was a great pleasure to judge The Young Songwriter 2018 competition this year.  I was incredibly impressed by the level of songwriting and musicianship among these young individuals”.

Myles Keller, PRS for Music, says “PRS for Music is delighted to be supporting the Song Academy Young Songwriter competition once again.  This wonderful competition empowers young songwriters, enabling them to showcase their talent and offering them a ‘one of a kind’ opportunity to gain crucial feedback from some of the very best songwriters.  In the early stages of a career, this kind of help is like gold dust and really enables industry newcomers to build strong, sustainable careers.”

Simon Barber & Brian O’Connor, founders of Sodajerker says “Judging the 2018 Young Songwriter competition was a fascinating experience, not only because of the wonderful breadth of talented writers who submitted work, but also because of the incredible range of responses that the songs elicited from the judges. It was heartening to see each judge devote such a great deal of time and attention to thinking about the qualities of each song, and whatever the outcome, all finalists should be proud to have reached that stage of the competition. We are delighted to play a small role in such a fantastic scheme led by such a generous organisation. The opportunity that it offers young songwriters to be heard by leading figures in the music industries is second to none.”

Rowena Atkins, Founder of Song Academy, says: “Song Academy inspires young people to express themselves, celebrate their individuality & get heard.   By connecting them to a vibrant community of their peers who all love writing 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.”

Azi Eftekhari, Head of Music Partnerships in the UK, YouTube, says: “It’s so important to nurture young songwriters, helping them harness their creative energy, express themselves, and be part of a community. YouTube Music is proud to support the Song Academy Young Songwriter competition and we can’t wait to see how these talented songwriters grow through this truly impactful programme.”

Quotes from past The Young Songwriter finalists:

Laura, Young Songwriter Finalist, says “Being a self confessed bedroom musician the Young Songwriter competition has given me the opportunity to take my songs into the real world.”

Roman, Young Songwriter Finalist, says “It encourages young people to believe in themselves.”

Sam, Young Songwriter Finalist, says “I like how it is focused on songwriting and not particularly vocal or instrumental talent, especially in this day and age, where that’s a critical factor for success. But if you can write a hit, it’s arguably more impressive than if you can sing one, and I think this competition shows that.”

NOTES TO EDITORS:

Who are we? A Song Academy overview

Founded 10 years ago, Song Academy inspires and nurtures the next generation of songwriters & creative leaders.   We are a unique platform for young people (aged 8-18) to express themselves, be heard and be part of an exciting community.

Our uniqueness is that we focus on the creative process of songwriting – writing powerful lyrics and composing interesting melodies & instrumental parts. We develop songwriters’ skills to write a song that touches, moves and inspires people – either hit songs with mass appeal or for a niche audience. In young people’s demanding, fast-paced and technological lives, Song Academy offers a refreshing space where they can express their thoughts, fears, excitements, disappointments, and opinions in a safe, encouraging environment.  A space where they feel listened to and can contribute to others, enabling them to build a strong mental health and create their own future.

Song Academy runs after-school clubs, holiday workshops, school workshops, birthday parties and an annual international Young Songwriter competition. As a result of our programmes, we have seen a direct correlation in the increase and advancement of confidence, self-esteem, creativity, motivation, well-being and technical songwriting ability of our members.

 

 

* Album release showcasing the top young songwriters around the world

* Judges included Tom Odell, Guy Chambers, Eg White, Imelda May & Lucie Silvas

#SAYS18 #ExpressYourself   #BeHeard #Community #Songwriting

Song Academy is delighted to announce the release of the Song Academy Young Songwriter 2018 Compilation Album on Spotify, iTunes and other distributors through AWAL (Artists Without A Label). The album includes 24 tracks from the winners and selected finalists & highly commended of the 2018 Young Songwriter competition, which attracted outstanding young talent from 8-18 year olds around the world.

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

The Young Songwriter 2018 Album on iTunes

The Young Songwriter 2018 Album on Spotify

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).

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 from 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.”

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.”

Simon Barber & Brian O’Connor, founders of Sodajerker said “Judging the 2018 Young Songwriter competition was a fascinating experience, not only because of the wonderful breadth of talented writers who submitted work, but also because of the incredible range of responses that the songs elicited from the judges. It was heartening to see each judge devote such a great deal of time and attention to thinking about the qualities of each song, and whatever the outcome, all finalists should be proud to have reached that stage of the competition. We are delighted to play a small role in such a fantastic scheme led by such a generous organisation. The opportunity that it offers young songwriters to be heard by leading figures in the music industries is second to none.”

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. 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 build young people’s confidence, self-belief and help them achieve their potential.”

NOTES TO EDITORS:

Who are we? A Song Academy overview

Founded 9 years ago, Song Academy champions young people aged 8-18 and is nurturing the next generation of songwriters & creative leaders.

Our uniqueness is that we focus on the creative process of songwriting – writing powerful lyrics and composing interesting melodies & instrumental parts. We develop songwriters’ skills to write a song that touches, moves and inspires people – either hit songs with mass appeal or for a niche audience. In a world of the X-factor, Britain’s got talent and the quest for instant fame, Song Academy offers a refreshing spotlight on the heart of songs – the words & melodies and enables young songwriters to build strong and sustainable careers.

Song Academy runs after-school clubs, holiday workshops, school workshops, birthday parties and an annual international Young Songwriter competition. As a result of our programmes, we have seen a direct correlation in the increase and advancement of confidence, self-esteem, creativity, motivation, well-being and technical song-writing ability in our members.

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CREATIVITY • COURAGE • INDIVIDUALITY • SELF EXPRESSION • INSPIRATION

 

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.

Press Release Young Songwriter 2018 Live Showcase Sunday 10th June, 2-5pm

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.

Young Songwriter 2018 Press Release Finalists Announced

 

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.

Young Songwriter 2018 Press Release Finalists Announced

 

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.

Young Songwriter 2018 Press Release Finalists Announced

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.

Young Songwriter 2018 Press Release Finalists Announced

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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