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The winner of the 8-12 year old category is Zoe Efstathiou with her song “All She Has To Do’. Judges commented “I think the lyric is heartbreaking and unique – very impressive”, “Brave & insightful”, “Great chord sequence”. 2nd place is awarded to Mia Bran’s song ‘City’. Judges commented “Lovely love song to London”, “Love the chorus vocals & how it builds as a track”. 3rd place is awarded to Skye Bishop’s song ‘Soaring’. Judges commented “Very catchy , nice vocal layering”.
The winner of the 13-18 year category is Isabella Weinstein with her song ‘Bad Boy’. Judges commented “I like the tension & mood this song creates” Expressive, courageous, great harmonies”, “Sophisticated & mature song”. 2nd place is awarded to Katie Kittermaster’s song ‘T-Shirt’. Judges commented “Honest lyrics, very believable”, I like the pay off in the last line”, “Great idea, a hit!”. 3rd place is awarded to Oscar Welsh’s song ‘Way You Move’. Judges commented “A unique style”, “Emotional, honest, fabulous phrasing”, “Very interesting musically”. The judges gave a special award for vocals & production to Tabitha Jade for her song ‘Trust Me’.
The winner of the International category is Kevin Jones with his song ‘Clara’. Judges commented “Great melody, harmony, arrangements and rhythm change. Beautiful”, “Very mature lyrically”, “I love the style and ambience of this song”.
The separate ‘Fanbase Award’ supported by Casio Music is awarded to Taylor Gayle who attracted over 2,000 views on her instagram post for her song ‘Without Me’. Great songwriters know that raising their profile is important for building a future in the industry.
All UK & Ireland winners, finalists and selected highly commended entrants will perform in The Young Songwriter 2018 Live Showcase on Sunday 10th June, 2-5pm at Westfield, W12.
Now in it’s 7th year, our competition is the leading international songwriting competition for 8-18 year olds that champions the creative talents of young people, gets their songs heard & unites young songwriters worldwide.
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SAYS18 TOP FINALISTS
8-12 year category SAYS18 Finalists
Happy Birthday by Erik Antonyan, Soaring by Skye Bishop, All She Has To Do by Zoe Efstathiou, Interweaving by Daisy Grace Powell, City by Mia Bran, A.S. Bach by Asher Saipe , One Bad Day Won’t Bring Me Down by Laetitia Felix, Head Full Of Clouds by Greta Benn, Hello by Harry Hatcher, Dear Diary by Greta Benn.
13-18 year category SAYS18 Finalists
Free Spirits by Lisa Kowalski, Broken by Owain Felstead, T-Shirt by Katie Kittermaster, Snapped by Lottie Jenkins, Like Lava by Matilda Mann, Trust Me by Tabitha Jade, Way You Move by Oscar Welsh, Only Me by Jade Thornton, Your Picture On The Mantelpiece by Joshua Shea, Bad Boy by Isabella Weinstein.
International category SAYS18 Finalists
Here I Am by Madi Earl, This Letter by Joe N Cave, Clara by Kevin Jones.
All SAYS18 entries (just under 500 songs) are on our SoundCloud account.
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Our competition is separately judged for the 8-12 and 13-18 age categories across the UK/Ireland with a separate category for International entries.
We’re looking for songwriting talent. Professional recordings are not required as songs will be judged on their originality, lyrics, melody, composition and hit-making potential! We judge every song on three key elements: Lyrics, Melody & Chords (see below). Then there’s the S Factor – is it a sensational song!
Lyrics: Demonstrates both technical and artistic competency, highlighting emerging originality. Material is imaginative and technically accomplished with rhyme, meter & creative language.
Melody: Compliments the chord progression and other surrounding musical characteristics. Melodic content demonstrates variety by using range, rhythm and pitch effectively. Demonstrates the ability to write functional harmonic progressions that complement the melodic content. The melody is memorable.
Chords: Harmonic progressions are balanced and provide a sufficient amount of interest throughout the song in relation to the other musical components.