Eden has worked for various Song Academy songwriting clubs and workshops.  She has a strong background in musical theatre and studied songwriting at The Institute of Contemporary Music & Performance.

We asked Eden some questions to help aspiring young songwriters on their songwriting journey.

How old were you when you wrote your first song?  Probably about 10, and it was pretty bad. I started writing consistently and taking it more seriously from about the age of 16.

What was your first song about?  I think about sunsets! Like I said, I don’t think it was very good, but I just needed practice.

Who inspired you to start songwriting?  I would have to say Disney movies, my first musical love. Also the work of Cole Porter, ABBA, and many more.

What’s your favourite song you’ve ever written?  So far it’s ‘Red and Gold’, a Christmas song I wrote for the Iris Theatre. But even now I’m still improving.

How easy did you find it to get your music heard?  Not very easy, particularly as I write for other people and don’t perform myself. I was a couple years out of university before I got my first release. But if you network and take as many opportunities as you can, eventually one opportunity starts to lead to another.

What’s your biggest regret as a young songwriter?  Not taking myself and my skills more seriously.

What are your top tips for aspiring songwriters?  Listen to lots of different music, even things you don’t like – being versatile and being able to appreciate music that’s not your thing is really valuable.

How do you write songs?   Sometimes songs come easily, but sometimes they don’t, but you can’t just sit around waiting for inspiration! If a song isn’t working for me, I do research into genres and styles, I brainstorm, I make a lot of notes, then I leave it alone for a few days. And when I come back to it, it’s usually a lot easier.

What do you especially like about The Young Songwriter competition?  There aren’t a lot of opportunities to showcase young writers like this, so that’s great! I also look forward to hearing a wide range of voices and styles – diversity and individuality is so much more interesting than 20 songs that sound the same.

Are you aged 8-18?  Have you written your own songs?  Then enter The Young Songwriter 2019 competition!