Hedara is part of the Song Academy team running songwriting clubs and workshops.  Scarlet is a classically trained singer and pianist and taught herself guitar.  Super talented, she attended the BRIT school, where she was a member of an alternative rock band, who were shortlisted for Song ATV’s ‘Best Songwriting Award’.

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

How old were you when you wrote your first song?  I was around 10 when I wrote my first song.

What was your first song about?  My first song was all about trying to achieve your dreams and goals
– Who inspired you to start songwriting?  I’d always loved and played music. I grew up listening to pop/rnb greats like Whitney Houston and country greats like Johnny Cash, and I was so interested in they way they told stories. English was my favourite subject at school and I was always writing stories so it was a natural progression into songwriting.

What’s your favourite song you’ve ever written?  That’s a hard question because each song has such a different personal meaning to me – but I’d say the new material I’m releasing is my most personal and raw yet so maybe a song called ‘Slow’.

How easy did you find it to get your music heard?  Nothing’s ever easy but just growing a fan base and keeping in touch with the people that really support you is key.

What’s your biggest regret as a young songwriter?  I don’t have any regrets because I’ve learnt from every experience.

What are your top tips for aspiring songwriters?   Keep writing and find your own voice, don’t try to copy because someone is already doing that.

How do you write songs?   I will always sit down and write when I feel I have something to say. Sometimes its very personal to me – like an experience I’m going through, sometimes it’s the people closest to me who inspire me. I usually sit and write down lyrics on my phone and take it from there.

What do you especially like about The Young Songwriter competition?  I think its such a fantastic platform for young songwriters to be a part of. The judges are incredible, people who inspire me on a daily basis. It’s not scary and although it is technically a competition everyone is a winner and you get some fantastic feedback from the judges and get to perform!

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