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

What inspired you to write your SAYS19 Top 30 song?  It seems like all my friends are either obsessed with Fortnite, Instagram or Sneakers so I thought it would be fun to write a song about what’s happening around me.

How long have you been writing songs?  Since I was 8. I enjoy making things rhyme and try to create new melodies and sounds in my head.

How did you get into songwriting?  I started  making up tunes and lyrics whilst walking to school, once I got a couple of sentences clear I would sing and record them into one of my parents phones and write them down in my songwriting book, I would then try and put the different sections together to make a longer section, this process helped me write my first song ‘Soaring’ which I entered into last years Song Academy competition.

What does songwriting allow you to explore and achieve?  It helps to express my thoughts through music and it lets my imagination go wild.

What’s your favourite part of the songwriting process?   Recording the song and being in the studio. I make a lot of last minute changes when I start recording it!!

What’s the most difficult part of the creative process of songwriting for you?  Finding the time to write new songs. My school work, ballet, choir and running club keep me very busy out of school. 

Do you start with lyrics or melodies/chords?  Always Lyrics. I then try singing them in different ways which helps me create the melody.

What do you like about The Young Songwriter competition?  I love the whole thing. It makes my Easter holidays really exciting and I love how it gives people my age the opportunity to be heard. 

Who are your three favourite artists/songs?  Taylor Swift, Coldplay and Beyoncé.

10 years from now you will be….…running in the Olympics and then singing in the closing ceremony!! (That would be my dream!) 

What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not writing songs?  Running. I am a junior middle distance runner and run competitively for Thames Valley Harriers. 

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

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

Tom is 14 years old, from Sunderland.  His song ‘Dragonfly’ made the Top 30 in The Young Songwriter 2019 competition 13-18 years UK & Ireland Category.  Congratulations!  Here’s a bit about Tom and his songwriting.

What inspired you to write your SAYS19 Top 30 song?  Watching a David Attenborough documentary and thought it would be a great idea to not have anything to worry about and just get away from it all.

How long have you been writing songs?  I actually started when I was 7 they were part of my guitar lessons.

How did you get into songwriting?  My guitar teacher liked to record tracks and encouraged me to write tunes so he could practice himself!

What does songwriting allow you to explore and achieve?  It’s not just songwriting, it’s every part of it. Writing, performing, recording and sharing. I love it all. It’s amazing to get a good response.

What’s your favourite part of the songwriting process?  Nothing better than having a finished song that I’m happy with.

What’s the most difficult part of the creative process of songwriting for you?  I write with an acoustic guitar so I find it difficult to not have everything sound the same at first. Need to get better at more instruments!!

Do you start with lyrics or melodies/chords?  I always start with the lyrics, start with them and then adjust to make them fit.

What do you like about The Young Songwriter competition?  It’s a great way to hear new music and to be recognised for creating good stuff. I love music.

Who are your three favourite artists/songs?  Sam Fender – Hypersonic Missiles
Led Zeppelin – Celebration Day  The Beatles – I am the Walrus

10 years from now you will be… Happy (with my own tour bus)

What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not writing songs? FIFA, FIFA AND MORE FIFA (ambition is to be on the soundtrack, I reckon Dragonfly would fit)

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

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

Ella is 17 years old, from Hampstead, London.  Her song ‘Sweater’ made the Top 30 in The Young Songwriter 2019 competition 13-18 years UK & Ireland Category.  Congratulations!  Here’s a bit about Ella and her songwriting.

What inspired you to write your SAYS19 Top 30 song?  I went through a tough relationship where for a while I felt I was being used as an emotional crutch to support my partner who was going through issues with drugs. Song writing is kind of therapeutic for me so I just wrote this song after we broke up as a way of opening up about the pain I was going through.

How long have you been writing songs?  Since I was about 8

How did you get into songwriting?  I don’t really know how it happened, it’s just always been something I’ve done and enjoyed, it doesn’t really feel like a hobby, it just kind of become second nature to me which is nice.

What does songwriting allow you to explore and achieve?  For me I like song writing because whenever you write a song, you’re writing about something thats happened to you or the people around you. Sometimes you’re just writing about random stuff but its cool because you almost build a bank of songs which have all these different memories and feelings attached to them that you felt at one point in your life. So whenever you feel like it, you can go back to a song you’ve written, sing it to yourself and its as though you’re refreshing your brain about all the experiences you’ve had or been through.

What’s your favourite part of the songwriting process?  My favourite part of the process is writing the lyrics, but it doesn’t feel as though I’m sitting down and having to brainstorm what I’m going to say, it just comes naturally.

What’s the most difficult part of the creative process of songwriting for you?  The hardest part for me is when you hit writers block. I find it hard to write authentic lyrics when they’re being forced just so I can finish a song.

Do you start with lyrics or melodies/chords?  I start just playing around of the piano and then lyrics just fall into place. But if I’m on the tube and think of some lyric I’ll write it down and put it to a melody later.

What do you like about The Young Songwriter competition?  It’s really nice to see so much passion and talent, being part of the new generation of music is special, and the competition pushes people to share their music.

Who are your three favourite artists/songs?  My favourite artists are Bruce Springsteen, The goo goo dolls, and Imelda may. I couldn’t pick just 3 songs but most of the Beetles and Oasis and Amy Winehouse I love.

10 years from now you will be… Hopefully writing music for other people!

What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not writing songs?  Going to gigs, and being with my mates. :)

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

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

Cameron is 18 years old, from New Brunswick, Canada.  His song ‘Music Mends The Soul’ made the Top 30 in The Young Songwriter 2019 competition International Category.  Congratulations!  Here’s a bit about Cameron and his songwriting.

What inspired you to write your SAYS19 Top 30 song?I was sitting in my music class and I was inspired to write about how important music was to my life and how music can impact so many lives. Have a listen to ‘Music Mends The Soul’.
How long have you been writing songs?  I have been writing songs since I was 8 years old. I performed my 1st original when I was 8 at a local coffee shop.
How did you get into songwriting?  I started writing songs as soon as I picked up an instrument. I didn’t know how to play any songs so I started writing my own.
What does songwriting allow you to explore and achieve?  Songwriting allows me to explore opportunities for life experience, engage with others and achieve a better understanding of my emotions.
What’s your favourite part of the songwriting process?  My favourite part of the song writing process is finishing. Although, on a real note, my favourite part is the moment you get the first inspiration to write.
What’s the most difficult part of the creative process of songwriting for you?  The most difficult part of songwriting is writing the words. The melody and the rhythm comes easily for me but finding ways to express my thoughts and emotions is the most difficult part.
Do you start with lyrics or melodies/chords?  Usually the melody and chords come to me simultaneously. The lyrics come to me last.
What do you like about The Young Songwriter competition?  The Young Songwriter competition gives young artists opportunities to share their music with a wider audience. It is also a great opportunity to have you music critiqued, reviewed and affirmed by industry established artists.
Who are your three favourite artists/songs?  
John Mayer – All of his compositions
Eric Clapton – Layla Unplugged
Queen – I’m simply just inspired by their artistry
10 years from now you will be…  Touring and performing across the country and beyond with a degree in music and at least a couple of albums in my pocket.
What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not writing songs? Definitely hanging out with my friends.

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

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

Demie is 17 years old, from Melbourne, Australia.  Her song ‘Two Dimensions’ made the Top 30 in The Young Songwriter 2019 competition International Category.  Congratulations!  Here’s a bit about Demie and her songwriting.

What has inspired you to write your SAYS19 Top 30 song?  Two Dimensions was inspired by a real life experience I’ve been through. I had a friend who would act one way with me, but would change his persona to fit in with another group. Trying to keep up with these different personas, he lost the sense of his true self. This gave me the concept of someone’s mind switching between two dimensions.
How long have you been songwriting for?  I have formally been writing songs for three years.
How did you get into songwriting?  After a rough time in my life I turned to songwriting as an outlet to release the emotions I was feeling and found it to be very therapeutic. Since then my passion has grown immensely for songwriting.
What does songwriting allow you to explore and achieve?  Songwriting allows me to explore different themes and ideas into my songs, which not only I can relate to, but also resonate with other people. I can write happy upbeat songs which brightens people’s spirits and on the other hand I can use songwriting as a platform to share important messages through the songs I create, such as self-love and self-worth.
What’s your most favourite part of the songwriting process?  My favourite part of the songwriting process is finding creative ways to express a certain message or idea, which helps to make my songs unique.
What’s the most difficult part of the creative process of songwriting for you?  The most difficult part of the creative process in songwriting for me is when I get writer’s block which may set me back in completing a song.
Do you start with lyrics or melodies/chords?  I generally like to start with my lyrics when creating a song. I may choose a topic to write about, then brainstorm ideas that branch from that to help shape what I will say in my verses and chorus. Sometimes a phrase may come into my mind which creates the foundation of a new song, which I then continue to write lyrics for. Next I move on to creating melodies and chords that match the feel of the song I want to convey and that compliment the message the words are expressing. Sometimes I may be playing around with chords on the piano that I end up liking the progression of, which I then use to form a new song.
What do you like about the Young Songwriter competition? The thing I like most about the Young Songwriter competition is that teenagers, both nationally and internationally have the opportunity to share their songs from different genres and share their special messages.
Who are your favourite three artists/songs? My favourite three artists are Olivia O’brien, Khalid and Billie Eilish as they are all talented young songwriters, who put raw emotions into the writing of their songs. They also can all sing amazing live and have beautiful tone of voice.
10 years from now you will be…  The future holds endless possibilities but 10 years from now I hope to have released an E.P and my first album. In 10 years I hope to be a professional singer performing at venues and events such as music festivals, teaching music and even doing a bit of music journalism.
What’s your favourite things to do when you’re not writing songs?  My favourite things to do when I’m not writing songs is going on adventures with my friends or family, whether that be a day by the beach side or exploring and shopping in the city.

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

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

Faye is 15 years old, from Melbourne, Australia.  Her song ‘Never Change’ made the Top 30 in The Young Songwriter 2019 competition International Category.  Congratulations!  Here’s a bit about Faye and her songwriting.

What inspired you to write your SAYS19 Top 30 song?  My original song ‘Never Change’ was written about a very difficult time of my life where I was still recovering from major surgery, I had moved to a new school and was adjusting to new people. During that time, I met a girl and we instantly became friends. At first, she was really kind and always made me smile. But after a few months, a new side to her came out. She isolated me from my friends, insulted me about things I was passionate about, and put me down about things that were personal to me, only to lift herself up. When I finally had the courage to take control of the situation, she denied everything I confronted her with and manipulated the truth, causing some of my closest friends to turn against me. At this point I decided that I wanted to send a message to anyone else who might be experiencing a similar situation, and the best way to do that was to write a song.

How long have you been writing songs? I’ve always loved the idea of writing my own songs, and since I was little I used to write down lyrics and use any melody that came to mind. Of course, since I was so young I didn’t take it that seriously up until I was 13 when I started trying really hard to write properly, but I didn’t have enough self-confidence. However, in 2018 I decided to start taking songwriting seriously and professionally, and I have been constantly writing ever since.

How did you get into songwriting? After I faced major spinal surgery, constant mistreatment from my so-called ‘friend’ and a big fall into a dark depression, I needed a way to express myself and share my experiences with people who care, so starting songwriting classes was the way to go for me.

What does songwriting allow you to explore and achieve?  Songwriting has opened up my mind about a lot of things. I’ve learnt the structure of good music, different ways to write songs and how to piece lyrics together. But apart from the technical aspect of it, I’ve been able to get my thoughts and feelings onto paper, and write genuine pieces of music that are personal to me. I especially love performing my original songs, because it lets me sing to an audience from my heart and connect to people in all different situations.

What’s your favorite part of the songwriting process?  My favorite part of the songwriting process would have to be lyrics. Writing lyrics is the part of the process where I really get the chance to interpret what I’m feeling, create metaphors and piece everything together to get a heartfelt verse/chorus/bridge.

What’s the most difficult part of the creative process of songwriting for you?  The most difficult part would have to be the production and working out what instruments work together, what suits the feel of the song and what ties in with the lyrics, melody or chords.

Do you start with lyrics or melodies/chords?  I usually start with chords. I mess around on my piano and try to find a chord progression that sounds good. Once I have the bass of the music, I briefly try to get an idea for a melody. After I’ve figured out a rough melody, I work out the lyrics and put it all together.

What do you like about The Young Songwriter competition?  I really like how it gives young songwriters like me the opportunity to take our original music beyond our songwriting books that sit on our pianos or next to our guitars doing nothing all day and it gives us the opportunity to get out of our comfort zones and promote our songs.

Who are your three favorite artists/songs?  One of my favorites would have to be Jessica Mauboy. She has an amazing genre of music, she knows how to connect with people and she is also from Australia. Not only is she an incredible artist, but she is such a kind person at heart. In 2017 I had the opportunity to meet her and she gave me some really good advice that has stuck with me ever since. Another favorite is Lady Gaga. Mainly because of her recent performance in the movie ‘A Star Is Born’. In that film, she has the most captivating role I have ever seen. Her way of songwriting was so inspiring and it reminded me to continue writing. Last but definitely not least is Adele. Her style of music was what originally pulled me into the songwriting direction.

10 years from now you will be… In 10 years I would like to have developed a profile in the music industry and still be writing songs. I would like to still be working with the amazing people I am working with now, and I would hope to be taking my music even further.

What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not writing songs?  If I’m not specifically writing songs, I would probably be singing, playing piano or listening to music. Otherwise, my general hobbies are photography and cooking.

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

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

Arcani Martins are a group of 9 year old songwriters from Islington, London.  Their song ‘Young Kings’ made the Top 30 in The Young Songwriter 2019 competition 8-12 years UK & Ireland Category.  Congratulations!  Here’s a bit about Arcani Martins and their songwriting.

How long have you been writing songs?  Three years

How did you get into song writing?  My friends and I were making songs for fun and we thought we should enter a competition in our school called Sacred Hearts got talent. The first time we entered we got to the semi final and the last time we entered we got to the finals and won the runners up prize.

What does song writing allow you to explore and achieve?  Song writing allows me to explain what is happening in my life through writing.

What’s your favourite part of the song writing process?  The best parts of song writing for me is putting the thoughts in my head on paper and feeling proud when I write a good song. I like when I’m making the melody and trying to find the flow of the song, starting with a word or sentence which might sound like nonsense and by the end of the process I have made a great song and everything sounds good.

Also if I’m writing songs at school I get to spend time with my friends and we get to make great songs together. Its really fun.

What’s the most difficult part of the creative process of song writing for you?  Some of the time its difficult trying to write sentences that make sense and rhyme together but also its difficult trying to fit the song lyrics to the beat and melody of the song. Because the amount of syllables I may write for a specific line doesn’t always fit so I have to go in a tweak it without losing the meaning of what I am trying to say.

Do you start with lyrics or melodies/chords?  Usually I start with the melody and beat but for this song ‘Young Kings’ I wrote the lyrics first.

What do you like about The Young Songwriter competition?  I like that this competition has encouraged me to work hard and to challenge myself. Knowing that I would be up against so many people I had to think outside the box and be as creative as possible. This competition has allowed me to fully express myself through this song and I feel like I have an achieved something. A lot of people are proud of me for writing this song.

Who are your three favourite artists/songs?  Bars and melody are my first artist, will i am is the second artist.  He lives in you from the lion king two soundtrack is my first song, the second song would be go from the teen titan movie soundtrack, and the greatest show from the greatest showman soundtrack for my third song.

10 years from now you will be…  Ten years from now I will be a footballer and will own at least one business.

What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not writing songs? I love playing football on the Astro pitches with my friends.

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

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

Astrid is 9 years old, from Southport, Merseyside.  Her song ‘For All Time’ made the Top 30 in The Young Songwriter 2019 competition 8-12 years UK & Ireland Category.  Congratulations!  Here’s a bit about Astrid and her songwriting.

What inspired you to write your SAYS19 Top 30 song?  For all Time was written for my sister, Delilah, who I never got to meet as she was stillborn.  Everything I do is for her too, so I wanted my first song to be in her memory.  I want to write about things close to me and my family are everything to me, so it’s important that she is never forgotten and that this song will help her to live on.

How do you write your songs?  With songwriting I start with the lyrics, which are very easy as they are close to my heart.  As a Jazz artist, finding the right melody, structure and musical interludes is crucial.

What do you like about The Young Songwriter competition?  This competition has given me a platform for my first self penned song and it’s such an honour to have made the top 30!

Who are your three favourite artists/songs?  My favourite artists are Billie Holiday, Etta James and Amy Winehouse.

10 years from now you will be… In ten years time I hope to have made jazz as popular as pop and to be using my stage to help others who need a voice!

What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not writing songs?  When I’m not singing, I’m doing front flips, backward walkovers and playing Roblox 😂

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

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

Krista is 11 years old, from Bangkok, Thailand.  Her song ‘Paradise’ made the Top 30 in The Young Songwriter 2019 competition International Category.  Congratulations!  Here’s a bit about Krista and her songwriting.

What inspired you to write your SAYS19 Top 30 song?   When I was eight, I had a group of friends who I was very close to. They were all in the choir and they wanted to enter a talent show in school and so they asked me to write an original song for them.   Being their close friend, of course I had to write them a song! I had never written a song before and they wanted it done by the next day.    I stayed up all night writing a song about our friendship and how I felt like I was in paradise when I hung out with them.   Several years later I got a faint memory of the song and decided to tweak the lyrics a bit so it made sense and also rewrite the chords.   When I’m free, I sing this song to remember what an awesome time I had.

How long have you been writing songs?   I started writing songs when I was 8 (Paradise was my first ever song) and now, I’m 11; so, approximately 3 years.

How did you get into songwriting?  I enjoyed writing Paradise so I decided to continue writing more songs.   Afterwards, a temple asked me to write some songs for them to use when people are meditating which was the first time I had to write Thai songs!

What does songwriting allow you to explore and achieve?   Songwriting helps me express my feelings and also helps me through bad times.   When I’m feeling down, I can put all of my emotion into the song and then it’ll just magically help me feel better again.

What’s your favourite part of the songwriting process?   My favorite part is thinking of the lyrics that match with the beat and rhythm because it is the most challenging and expressive.

What’s the most difficult part of the creative process of songwriting for you?  The backing track is the hardest as you need to use certain apps to help you and also you need to get a sense of the musical instruments and how they are played but personally, I’m not really sure how some band instruments have to be played so I kind of have to wing it and just assume how the instruments are played.

Do you start with lyrics or melodies/chords?   Personally I start with the chords and melody and once I’ve got that, I can add some words that match with the rhythm and beat.

What do you like about The Young Songwriter competition?   I like how this competition gives an opportunity to children in terms of song writing and really helps them to get out of their comfort zone. Overall it’s a very great experience no matter if you win or lose.

Who are your three favourite artists/songs?  Artist: Billie Eilish, Songs: Lovely, You can be king again.

10 years from now you will be…  In college

What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not writing songs?  Reading, swimming, playing with my dog and singing in the shower.

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

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

Sophie is 16 years old, from Brentwood, London.  Her song ‘Beauty’ made the Top 30 in The Young Songwriter 2019 competition 13-18 years UK & Ireland Category.  Congratulations!  Here’s a bit about Sophie and her songwriting.

What inspired you to write your SAYS19 Top 30 song? A lot of people compare themselves to others on social media in this era, I’m guilty of it; wishing they had better skin, hair etc. This made me realise that if you don’t accept you for you, no-one else will. The song’s overall message is about Beauty coming from within, which is a recurring lyric in the song. It highlights that if you are beautiful on the inside, that’s all that matters.

How long have you been writing songs?   2 years.

How did you get into songwriting? In year 9 (age 14), I was in a group with a girl in my music class. She had much more experience in music than I had at the time, and asked if I would like to collaborate with her. We wrote the first song I had ever written, and arranged a cover that we performed at school.

What does songwriting allow you to explore and achieve?   Songwriting allows me to express the emotion that I am feeling when writing a particular song. All songs that I have written have allowed me to get through a particular stage in my life, and songwriting allows me to accept the situation, and overcome it.

What’s your favourite part of the songwriting process?  Having an outlet for my emotions, and people’s reaction when I release it.

What’s the most difficult part of the creative process of songwriting for you?  I struggle to produce a bridge that I am proud of. Something that is in keeping with the rest of the song, but stands out.

Do you start with lyrics or melodies/chords? Usually, I start the process with a chord progression, then a melody line, and chords.

What do you like about The Young Songwriter competition?   It has exposed me to meeting other like-minded musicians, and opportunities, for example the Youtube Space songwriting event.

Who are your three favourite artists/songs?  Stevie Wonder- Never Had a Dream Come True; Charlotte- Nervous; Billie Eilish- My Boy

10 years from now you will be…  Sharing my original music with the most amount of people possible.

What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not writing songs?  Eat, and sleep :)

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

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