Emily Murphy is 10 years old from Liverpool and her song ‘Across The Universe’ was selected as a top 40 song in The Song Academy Young Songwriter 2020 competition 8-12 year UK/Ireland category.  We caught up with Emily recently to talk about all things songwriting!

What inspired you to write your song?  I was thinking of my friendship with my best friend, Sophie, when I wrote this and I was also thinking about how scary new places can be until you make a friend.

What got you into writing songs?  I currently have guitar lessons and I like experimenting with the chords and that creates new tunes in my head. I then just keep improving them until I am happy with it.

What is your favourite part of the songwriting process?  The part of the process I like most is when you get stuck on a rhyming word for ages and the satisfaction when you get the right word and it all just clicks into place.

Describe your setup that you used to write your #SAYS20 entry, was it just a pen and paper or a fully kitted out studio?  The song was initially just in my head until my mum suggested writing it down and we recorded it on her phone.

How do you usually start a song? How do you find that spark?  I usually start with the chorus and then work on the verses.

Who would be your dream artist/writer/band to collaborate with?I would love to collaborate with Paloma Faith – she writes powerful songs and I like singing them to myself!

What made you enter #SAYS20? How did you hear about it? I heard about #SAYS20 from my music teacher at school – we had a song writing competition at school.

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?  I would say to someone thinking of entering “just go for it; no song is out of place in the competition.”

What do you like about the Song Academy Young Songwriter competition?  I like the fact that #SAYS20 is done online because if you had to sing/perform in front of judges it would make some people too nervous and therefore means people are more confident to enter.

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