Congratulations to Tabitha for being a Young Songwriter 2018 Finalist with her song ‘Trust Me’.  Here’s a bit about Tabitha and her songwriting.

What inspired you to write your SAYS18 finalist song ‘Trust Me?  As a songwriter, I tend to communicate through writing and this song Trust Me, I wrote because I could see things were not right and it expresses how I was feeling at the time.
 The inspiration for the song, as the name suggests comes from a personal experience with my first real relationship, with a boy that was over protective and controlling. He would want to tell me what was appropriate to wear and do, which in the end I walked away from. When I sing the song, it immediately takes me back to that point in time when we were spending time together.

How long have you been writing songs? I have been writing for around 6 years, I first started when I was only 11 years old.

How did u get into songwriting?  I began learning the guitar; this really encouraged me to start learning covers. One day I was performing a song to my dad in my living room and he saw how much I enjoyed it and he suggested I should try and write a song. From that moment I’ve been writing nearly every day since.

What does songwriting allow you to explore and achieve?  It explores my imagination and feelings, it is such a great way to let my emotions out in a positive way. When I do I achieve such a great feeling of happiness and relief.

What’s your favourite part of the songwriting process?  I love it when I start humming a riff and come up with a catchy, sweet melody!

What’s the most difficult part of the creative process of songwriting for you?  Finishing the song and staying focused on it without rushing the end. I always get excited and another idea for another song comes into my head as soon as I pick up my guitar and I have to start it.

Do you start with lyrics or melodies/chords?  The majority of the time I begin with chords, and then I hum a melody and finally put the lyrics down.

What do you like about Song Academy and our Young Songwriting competition?  I think it gives teenagers an amazing opportunity to have their songs listened to by professionals in the music industry and critiqued. If you are lucky enough to win then you are given some life changing music recording equipment, and an opportunity to work with top recording producer Paul Stanborough in London! This will be so useful as it would help me develop my music quicker and give me the option to record my ideas.

Who are your three favourite artists/songs?  I adore many artists but my top 3 would be Billie Ellish (an American artist whose only 16), Ledisi (an American soul singer) and Jorja Smith (an English artist with an incredible voice). At the moment I love the song ‘Lovely’ by Billie Ellish and Khalid. It has got such a sincere and powerful message and feel. Another song I love is a song by Ledisi called ‘I blame you’.

15 years from now…  In 15 years time I would like to be a full time professional singer songwriter musician, recorded a few albums, and travelling and performing them to audiences.

What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not writing songs?  I love performing my original songs on stage with my band! It’s such an amazing feeling, especially when members of the audience give feedback and really connect with my original songs.

Our SAYS18 winners will be announced on the 14th May at 6pm (GMT) on our Twitter channel.

Come & watch the top young songwriters from across the UK and Ireland perform @WestfieldLondon, Shepherd’s Bush in the Young Songwriter 2018 live showcase on Sunday 10th June, 2-5pm. Around 40 performers including winners, finalists & highly commended entrants, aged 8-18 will perform! #savethedate #newgeneration #talent #youngsongwriters #songwriting #newmusic #freeevent #SAYS18

Full line-up to be announced shortly.

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