Georgie Ross-Clyne is 17 years old from Southampton and her song ‘Energy’ was selected as a top 60 song in The Song Academy Young Songwriter 2020 competition 13-18 year UK/Ireland category.  We caught up with Georgie recently to talk about all things songwriting!

What inspired you to write your song?  I was inspired to write my song because I was getting bullied at school at the time and song writing was one way of expressing how I was feeling.

What got you into writing songs?  I first got into writing songs when I had a project at school to write a song.  I enjoyed the experience and wanted to write more and start becoming like my inspirations.

What is your favourite part of the songwriting process?  My favourite part of the songwriting process is writing the chorus and having fun with singing the chorus once I’ve got it; as the song can go wherever I decide from there.

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 #SAYS20 setup was at the college studio with guitar microphones and a normal voice mic too.

How do you usually start a song? How do you find that spark? Normally when I write songs, they’re all about something personal to me, as I find it easier to express my emotions when something has actually happened.

Who would be your dream artist/writer/band to collaborate with?My dream artist to collaborate with would be either Beyoncé or Selena Gomez as they have been my idols since I was young.

What made you enter #SAYS20? How did you hear about it?  My college had been creating a college album which my song was on, they really liked my song and suggested I enter the competition which I then agreed to as thought it was a great idea.

What would you say to someone aged 8-18 who is thinking about entering the Song Academy Young Songwriter competition next year?  My tip for anyone entering the competition would just be to go for it, as you never know the outcome. If you only enter and nothing comes from it, at least you have the experience and a song which means something to you. and if you get as far as potentially winning, your song could be big and you have an amazing opportunity by the end of it.

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?  I like the song “As long as you’re mine” by Hetta Falzon as her voice is so angelic and her lyrics fit her song so well. Also the piano is played so well. If I had an opportunity to collaborate with her I would 100% go for it.

What do you like about the Song Academy Young Songwriter competition?  I like the fact that no matter what your song is about you can enter and there’s an amazing experience with just signing up.

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