Riley Stevenson is 11 years old from Fulham, London and his song ‘Thriple Threat’ was selected as a top 10 song in The Song Academy Young Songwriter 2020 competition 8-12 year UK/Ireland category.  We caught up with Riley recently to talk about all things songwriting!

What inspired you to write your song?  ( Triple Threat ) I’ve always wanted to be a triple threat. ( The Man ) I like to think the man is a different side of me the more confident side

What got you into writing songs?  I loved singing so I wanted to try writing my emotions on paper

What is your favourite part of the songwriting process?  My favourite part of the songwriting progress is writing the chorus because it’s    normally catchy and more fun to write because it’s the main message.

Describe your setup that you used to write your #SAYS20 entry, was it just a pen and paper or a fully kitted out studio?  My Setup was just a pen and paper and a guitar.

How do you usually start a song? How do you find that spark?  I normally get started by thinking of the topic and then normally I have loads of ideas in my head about the melody and lyrics

Who would be your dream artist/writer/band to collaborate with?My dream artist to collaborate with would be Grace Vanderwaal I love the music she creates with her ukulele.

What made you enter #SAYS20? How did you hear about it?I wanted to hear what chance my songs had in a competition.

What would you say to someone aged 8-18 who is thinking about entering the Song Academy Young Songwriter competition next year? Do you have any tips for them?  Just go for it and give it a shot you never know.  Write on what you have a lot in common with.

What are your favourite other entries from this year’s competition? Who out of the other entrants (it doesn’t have to be a finalist!) would you like to collaborate with?A place to play by Skye bishop and don’t you worry by Lily Criddle

What do you like about the Song Academy Young Songwriter competition?  I like that you can express yourself and it’s for all ages.


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