We’re delighted to announce the release of the Song Academy Young Songwriter 2014 Album on Spotify, iTunes and other distributors through AWAL (Artists Without A Label). The album includes 19 tracks from the winners and selected finalists of the 2014 competition, which attracted outstanding young talent from 7-18 year olds across the UK and Ireland.
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.
The 2014 star-studded judging panel, included Eg White (written for Adele, Florence + the Machine, Chloe Howell, Tom Odell, James Blunt), Fraser T Smith (written for The Kaiser Chiefs, Example, James Morrison, Sam Smith, Taio Cruz, Pixie Lott), Jamie Theakston (radio DJ at Heart FM), Lili Tarkow-Reinisch (written for Ellie Goulding), Jamie Scott (written for One Direction), Nicky Cox (editor of First News) and Mark Hill (the original Artful Dodger, written for Ed Sheeran and Craig David), were hugely impressed with the high standard of songwriting from the entrants and how fresh and unique the songs were.
One judge commented, “You hear many artists today just chasing the money, but these young writers are unafraid of expressing themselves and going places musically and lyrically that many don’t dare to go, for fear it might not be in trend.” That is what Song Academy is aiming to do, nurture a wave of fresh, undiscovered talented writers who will be the new generation of writers.
Director of PRS for Music, Myles Keller said “The Song Academy’s 2014 competition offers young songwriters a golden opportunity to showcase their music and get invaluable feedback at a really formative time in their development. Music is integral to our nation’s identity and it is crucial that we nurture the next generation of songwriters now to ensure a creative future. PRS for Music is absolutely delighted to support such a positive and exciting competition, particularly during the same year we are celebrating a century of songwriting.“
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said “I am an avid supporter of activities that enable young people to nurture their musical talent, such as the Song Academy’s Young Songwriter competition. It’s a fantastic opportunity for aspiring tunesmiths up and down the country to showcase their songs to music industry insiders. I wish all the young musicians that have taken part the very best as they develop their chosen careers.”
The Young Songwriter 2014 album costs £7.99 and 99p per track.
Buy the album today and support the young songwriting revolution!