Luke is 18 years old, from Birmingham, USA. His song ‘Found My Way’ made the Top 30 in The Young Songwriter 2019 competition International Category. Congratulations! Here’s a bit about Luke and his songwriting.
What inspired you to write your SAYS19 Top 30 song? Recently I had been going through a really rough patch of my life. A lot of my friendships were ruined over a lot of immature actions and words, so I started to focus more on me and work on my dreams and desires and this song was born out of that time.
How long have you been writing songs? I have been actively writing songs for a little over a year now, it’s a good way for me to channel my emotions and what I’m feeling into something people will understand and relate with.
How did you get into songwriting? It was kind of my last resort. I was doing a lot of other things that weren’t really helping me and I was in the brink of depression and I needed to do something, so I just started writing everything that happens down. I Made it part of my routine.
What does songwriting allow you to explore and achieve? Songwriting allows me to explore the deepest parts of my heart and soul, the stuff that I don’t even know is there. When I’m writing the words just keep coming, and half the time I’m surprised that I even was able to write something so poetic and eloquent.
What’s your favourite part of the songwriting process? Definitely the 3 am sessions of just not wanting to lose a melody and you don’t wanna sleep, so you just keep going. I have also discover coffee and energy drinks become useless after 2:30am
What’s the most difficult part of the creative process of songwriting for you? Well, I have a problem where I can’t keep my focus on one thing for more than an hour, so it’s difficult when I try to push through those moments of writers block because my mind has drifted somewhere else.
Do you start with lyrics or melodies/chords? I start with lyrics.
What do you like about The Young Songwriter competition? I like how it gives young songwriters a platform and a voice. Some people will neglect the authenticity and potential of songs, if they come from someone young. Songwriting is a gift and a very special thing.
Who are your three favourite artists/songs? Gregory Alan Isakov, Ed Sheehan, and Khalid
10 years from now you will be… Honestly I have no idea, I just hope I’m still alive to be able to create music and good vibes. But seriously my plan is to go into Church Ministry and use my creative gift in the church. Also, take a trip around the world to various places and write an album about each city/place I go.
What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not writing songs? I love to drive and take trips to random places, play sport, watch Netflix, hike, sit in nature, photography.
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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.