Our Young Songwriter 2014 compilation album is available on Spotify, iTunes and other distributors! 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. Album costs £7.99 and 99p per track. Buy on iTunes. Listen to on Spotify.
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.
Young Songwriter 2014 WINNERS!
Orla O’Neill won the 13-18 year old category with her song ‘On Her Own’
13-18 year old category runners up
Becky Arundel ‘Alive’, Kaitlyn Haggis ‘Across The Sea’ and Natalie Shay ‘Follow You Home’.
13-18 year old category finalists
Kaitlyn Haggis ‘Across the Sea’, Becky Arundel ‘Alive’, Brendan Cleary ‘Amaze Me’, Solomon Dent ‘Amigos Amigas’, Orla O’Neill ‘On her Own’, Sofia Donavan ‘Leave’, Ezria Rolfe ‘Sober’, Vaunce ‘Klockwerk Kidz’, Georgia South ‘Snow Globe’, Natalie Shay ‘Follow you Home’
Taylor-George Ellis won the 7-12 year old category with his song ‘With You’.
7-12 year old category runners up
Romy Sipek ‘Devil From Above’, Lior Solomons-Wise ‘Where Has My Life Gone’, Izzy Mawdesley ‘Fade Away’.
7-12 year old category finalists
Amelie Bowie, ‘Ultra Violet’, Romy Sipek ‘Devil from Above’, Izzy Mawdesley ‘Fade Away’, Samantha Ward and Michelle Stokes ‘If you love somebody’, Charlotte, Emma and Praveen ‘Leave you to it’ Fintan Rawsthorne ‘Take my Picture’ and ‘Your Position’, Taylor-George Ellis, ‘With You’, Lior Solomons-Wise ‘Where has my life gone’, Ella, Leah and Jamelia ‘Lipstick’
The winners were whisked away to Universal Music’s recording studio in London to record their winning songs with one of their top producers. Plus winners had a photo shoot with John Cassidy, the headshot guy. In addition, the 13-18 year old winner won a PreSonus AudioBox Studio, Notion 4 songwriting software and £500 of Shure audio equipment.
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2014 Judging Panel
Judges include, Eg White (written for Adele, Duffy, James Morrison), Fraser T Smith (written for Adele, Sam Smith, Taio Cruz, Pixie Lott), Barry Mason (written for Tom Jones and Elvis Presley), Rob Davis (written for Spiller and Kylie Minogue) , Lyn Goddard (songwriter and producer), Denzyl Feigelson (advisor to Apple and iTunes and founder of Artists without a label), Debbie Wiseman MBE (composer, conductor and presenter), Jamie Theakston (Heart FM), Nicky Cox (editor of First News), Amy Studt (singer songwriter), Lou Rhodes (singer songwriter), Mark Hill (written for Ed Sheeran and Craig David), Harry Leckstein (Head of Music Business at Tech Music School), Lili Tarkow-Reinisch (written for Ellie Goulding) and Jamie Scott (written for One Direction).
Eg White ”Normally upon listening to the results of a songwriting competition, what comes across is how the competitors are trying to write commercial sounding music or impress with their cleverness or catchiness, but listening to these songs, I just really enjoyed the music, and could actually feel the people behind the songs, which has to be pretty close to the whole point of writing!”
Amy Studt ”I think this is a fantastic way of young talent getting recognised and showcasing some of their work. I was in a songwriting competition when I was 12 and it really boosted my confidence and my belief in what I was doing. The talent this year had been fantastic and I have loved being a part of it”.
Denzyl Feigelson “I found the quality of songwriting to be surprisingly creative and quite advanced, yet refreshingly young and vibrant. The general and combined subject matter also gives one an indication of what 6-18 year olds are experiencing in their lives, and also the challenges they are having in today’s modern society. I also found some of the musicianship and raw talent to be exceedingly good. What a wonderful outlet for communication”.
Tom Robinson ”It was most impressive to hear young writers singing or rapping about their own lives without any outside input or help from adults. It bodes well for the future of music in this country.”
PRS for Music
PRS for Music represents the rights of over 100,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. As a membership organisation it ensures creators are paid whenever their music is played, performed or reproduced. PRS for Music has been supporting the creators of that music since 1914.
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. 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.“ PRS for Music website
Dawsons Music has over 115 years experience in selling all things musical to all kinds of musician. It has 12 stores across the country, including large stores in Liverpool, Manchester, Reading and Leeds, as well as a thriving internet mail order service. It stocks a wide range of products from the biggest brands in music, including Gibson, Fender, Yamaha and Roland, as well as specialist names like Native Instruments and Kawai.
Mark Taylor, managing director of Dawsons, said: “We are proud to be working with Song Academy on SAYS 2014. “Dawsons has always worked hard to support new music and new musicians, and this contest provides us with a fantastic opportunity to continue doing that. “There’s so much quality and talent out there, and competitions like this one do a superb job of raising the profile of aspiring musicians, as well as teaching them the extra skills they require to make a career in music.” Dawsons Music website
Tech Music School
Tech Music School has over thirty years’ experience in teaching popular music and has established itself as a market leader. TMS prides itself on providing students with extensive teaching, all of which is designed to bolster an exciting career within one of the most competitive industries in the UK; whether you crave to be a performer, music producer, songwriter or music business entrepreneur, TMS will present you will the skills, experience and contacts you need to flourish within the music industry.
Harry Leckstein, Head of Music Business, said “Tech Music School are delighted to be a part of Song Academy Young Songwriter 2014. We are passionate about supporting new British songwriters, composers, performers, producers and entrepreneurs and we look forward to hearing the output from this year’s competition”. Tech Music School website