WINNERS RECORDING STUDIO DAY
WINNERS & RUNNERS UP
We’re delighted to announce our Young Songwriter 2016 winners and runners up!
7-12 year category
Winner – Superhuman by Sam Hancock, 11 years old from Sale, Manchester
1st Runner Up – Promises by Erin Jordan, 11 years old from Warrington, Cheshire
2nd Runner Up – Daisy Chains by Ameya Kohli, 12 years old from Ascot, Berkshire
13-18 year category
Winner – Wanderin’ Man by Gus Harrower, 17 years old from Edinburgh
1st Runner Up – Lighter by Roman Lewis, 15 years old from Chelsea, London
2nd Runner Up – Illusions by Emi McDade, 18 years old from Highnam, Gloucestershire
TOP TEN FINALISTS 7-12 YEAR CATEGORY:
Believe by Sophie ” I believe!! it’s very accomplished.” Tom Odell; “Meaningful message and good chorus” Rumer;
Hey Hey by Ben ” Yeah! what an energy.. keep writing!” Tom Odell; “I really like the common conversational touch in the lyrics and the fact that I can feel someone communicating in a lively way with me.” Eg White; “This is a boy in love with his guitar! I get the sense that the songs just flow out of him … big career ahead” Jamie Theakston
Kiss Your Old Life Away by Lottie ” Love the Elton vibe! Chorus went somewhere unexpected which was great!” Tom Odell; “I like this and the spiritual imagery. It’s very unusual.” Rumer; “Love the sentiment here …. Well done Lottie” Jamie Theakston
Superhuman by Sam ” Something wonderful about this. There is a great natural flow to this song. Feels effortless but always keeping your attention. There is a very innocent dream like feel to the lyric, which keeps you listening.” Tom Odell; “Empowering message. Talented boy!” Rumer; “Great, imaginative lyric” Guy Fletcher
Depression by Max ” This is very deep for some one so young. I really like it. It has a very Nick Drake feel to it.” Tom Odell; ” Love this, Marvin Gaye vibes.. And I like the message and am very impressed that he created this demo by himself.” Rumer
Promises by Erin ” Heart breaking! This is really strong. Simple and moving. Good middle 8 as well.” Tom Odell; ” Very catchy song, great melody. Simple idea, but very effective!” Rumer; “Strong lyrical hook” James Walsh
Daisy Chains by Ameya ” I like the lyric a lot. Feels accomplished.” Tom Odell; ” A really strong idea, and fun! Clever use of language. Very impressive!” Rumer; “breezy, bright, accomplished … couldn’t help but sing along!” Jamie Theakston
Beautiful by Daisy ” Wonderfully beautiful. Love her voice . Well done Daisy!” Tom Odell; “I love the way Daisy makes me feel like she’s just broken free and is singing at the top of the mountain with arms wide open! Great playing and singing!” Tim Laws; “Just beautiful … loved the lyrics of the chorus” Jamie Theakston
Lunchroom Rendez Vous by Cenk ” Youthful – very fun!” Tom Odell; ” What a charming song! I like the honesty in the song. So cute.” Rumer; “A shot in the arm from Cenk -… what a performer” Jamie Theakston
Questions by Eddie ” This is insane!!!! I love it. He sounds like Joe Strummer! Lyrics are genius” Tom Odell; ” I love this kid! Great song, sooooo charming. Superfun.” Rumer; ” I love the lyrics – ‘Questions whizzing round my head, can’t get them out, despite all I’ve read’! Genius!!! Really great stuff and Eddie shows real potential.” Tim Laws; ” This really felt like the authentic voice of an 8 yr old …… I expect big things to come from our youngest finalist!” Jamie Theakston
TOP TEN FINALISTS 13-18 YEAR CATEGORY:
Wanderin’ Man by Gus ” Uplifting. It’s good!” Tom Odell; ” This young man is very promising.” Rumer; ” Well done Gus – loved this song” Jamie Theakston; “Great song with exciting chorus. Good sense of lyric and timing and well performed.” Guy Fletcher; ” Nice stuff. Good lyrics. Newton Faulkner with a bit of Jack Johnson’s playfulness.” James Walsh
What are we fighting for by Natalie ” Very moving. I believe it. Great work.” Tom Odell; “Just brilliant” Jamie Theakston;
Illusions by Emi “Interesting chords & piano” Tom Odell; “Great song, dreamy voice and production. Very impressive!” Rumer; “Beautiful song – beautiful voice” Jamie Theakston
Lighter by Roman ” Great voice. Crazy he’s 15. I like it a lot. There is a unique lyric here, keep writing, could be huge!” Tom Odell; “Very promising talent.” Rumer; ” Very accomplished – love the George Ezra vibe” Jamie Theakston
Coming Home by Sam ” Amazing musicality. Full of depth. I love it. ” Tom Odell
To My Head by Fintan ” I like it. Reminds me of sort of MIA lorde vibe. Insightful lyrics.” Tom Odell; ” Love the dark, menacing vibe. Amazing work for a 13 year old.” Tim Laws; ” Original, catchy. I found myself singing along to it” Jamie Theakston
Everything to Lose by India “Amazing voice and interesting lyric. I like it.” Tom Odell; “I did like the gambling the chips on his shoulder line” Eg White; “Loved it lyrically” Jamie Theakston
Can’t Buy Forgiveness by Jonty & Cassie ” Pretty impressive” Tom Odell; ” Felt very contemporary – loved the girl power vibe” Jamie Theakston; ” Jonty is on point with his production here and Cassie delivers a superb top line. A superb collaboration!” Tim Laws
Switch Up by Josh ” I think it sounds like a future hit!” Tom Odell; ” Very professional – loved this” Jamie Theakston; ” Josh has a great voice and has written a great lyric and melody and has delivered his vocal in a very professional way. Excellent stuff.” Tim Laws
Sweet Dreams by Charlie “Big uplifting chorus.” Tom Odell; “Charlie delivers her vocal beautifully. I like the twist on the lyric at the end of the chorus.” Tim Laws; “Nice song idea, with a strong chorus.” Rumer
Congratulations to the highly commended entrants.
7-12 year category
Just Stop It, Harrison – United by Evelyn, Leah, Erin and Amelia – Running Free, Alex – Someday, Silvia – Patience, Nicole – Secrets, Theo – Come On, Zoe – Bad Boy, Alex – Friendship, Lily – Stilts, Ben
13-18 year category
You Say, Annie – No Apology, Tom – Unrequitedly, Melanie – Two Cigarettes, Ralph – Rewind, Ella – Canvas, Camellia – Breathe, Elidh – Walk Away, Bronwyn – Jumping From Swings, Maisie Katie – Wire, Clara – Wrong Place, Oscar – Cappuccino, Oscar – Stay Away, Gilska – Skeleton Dreams, Georgie – Look Back And Smile, Charlie
Our 2016 Young Songwriter showcase was held at Westfield London on Sunday 12th June. Winners, finalists and selected high commended entrants & Song Academy members performed.
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7-12 year olds
13-18 year olds
Eg is primarily known for his work with successful commercial pop acts such as Adele, Florence and the Machine, Tom Odell, Sam Smith, Will Young, James Morrison, Pink, Maverick Sabre and Rebecca Ferguson.
Rumer’s new album Into Colour continues a personal journey which has already seen the Anglo-Pakistani singer and songwriter go from a variety of service jobs and a decade on the unsigned circuit to one of the more surprising crossovers in recent times. Her debut album, ‘Seasons Of My Soul’, was released via Atlantic Records to commercial and critical acclaim in November 2010. It has since sold over million copies, been nominated for two Brit Awards (Best British Female, Best British Breakthrough Act), and earned Rumer the much-coveted Mojo Award for Breakthrough Act. The impact of such sudden success culminated around the release of ‘Boys Don’t Cry’, 2012’s eclectic and impassioned covers record based on male songwriters from the 70’s. In conjunction with a well-documented struggle with Bipolar Disorder, the album still reached #3 in the UK charts, formed many unexpected relationships with the legends she covered, and perform at The White House for President Obama.
Co-produced by Rob Shirakbari, Into Colour is the same Rumer you first fell for, but in a mood you may have not heard her in previously. Musically, it’s more upbeat and sensual, expanding the Technicolour Bacharach sound to further incorporate elements of Philly grooves, Soul, and on the thrilling, once-bitten-twice-shy rush of first single and UK airplay hit ‘Dangerous’, even Disco. Yet the tensions that gave depth to ‘Seasons Of My Soul’ linger. ‘Dangerous’ is in fact about Rumer’s fear of re-entering music, where “I realized that I wasn’t going to be able to break through it until I literally wrote a song about the resistance itself. This is the journey from where Rumer was – lonely, burnt out and lost – to where she is now. That same voice you fell for on breakthrough hit ‘Slow’ but cast, for the first time, Into Colour.
Nigel’s career as music producer, orchestrator and songwriter has scored five Number one singles, 31 Top 20 singles and a string of platinum albums with recording artists as diverse as Madonna, Shakatak, Mezzoforte, Barbra Streisand, Boyzone, Sonia, Take That, Sinitta, José Carreras, Robson & Jerome, Michael Ball, Sarah Brightman, Cliff Richard, Connie Fisher, Paul Potts, Andy Abraham and Ray Quinn.
Nigel’s career in theatre and film include serving as the music producer for Andrew Lloyd Webber, in a successful partnership.
Josh record is an exceptional British singer-songwriter. His first release in 2012 made it to number 2 in the Singer Songwriter charts on iTunes in the UK. The lead track "For Your Love" was heralded by everyone from Steve Lamacq to Zane Lowe to The Sunday Times who said "His keening falsetto invites comparisons to Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon. His next self produced EP "The War" received critical acclaim and Zane Lowe made the title track his "Hottest Record of 2013" on BBC Radio 1, as well as live performances on BBC Radio 2, and BBC Radio 6 Music. His EP "Bones", that has been play listed on BBC Radio 1. In March 2014, Josh Record re-released "For Your Love" on Virgin Records. Zane Lowe of BBC Radio 1 made it his "Hottest Record in The World".
A child prodigy, Yehudi Menuhin observed of the budding composer "some people can be taught to put notes together but this girl was born with music in her Soul".
Lyn has written and produced for the boy band Phixx and entered the dance scene through Motiv8, writing for Haji and Emmanuel, Dab hands, Mark Wilkinson, Steve Mac, The Soulseekerz, Digital Dog, Michael Gray, Phonetic Recordings, Roger Sanchez’s Stealth Label, Rob Mello & Martijn ten Velden.
Michael Gray, one of the world’s hottest dance producers chose Lyn to write on his ‘Ready for This’ track, hitting the prestigious No.1 spot in the DMC Buzz Chart, and No.2 in the M.W. Coolcuts chart and have continued to work together.
Diane Allison Young
Diane is an independent consultant, project director, event manager and producer for high profile sports, media, and broadcasting events for both corporate and private clients. Over 20 years’ international experience working through Daytime Entertainments (own company) with a background in A&R, still continuing with consultancy work for an independent record label (Starfisch records - www.scarlettefever.co.uk) Extensive talent management and celebrity booking expertise with technical knowledge of large-scale production including: set design, construction, audiovisual, filming, photo-shoots, styling brand placement and logistics. Marketing, new media, production/remix service and PR for music projects.