Zoe is 12 years old, from Fulham, London.  Her song ‘Coffee Shop’ made the Top 30 in The Young Songwriter 2019 competition 8-12 years UK & Ireland Category.  Congratulations!  Here’s a bit about Zoe and her songwriting.

What inspired you to write your SAYS19 Top 30 song?  I was in conflict with one of my good friends, so I wanted to change the position I was in. Although, I knew that if I did leave her,  I would be upset about what I had done.

How long have you been writing songs?  I have been writing since I was 7, when I got offered a piano from a friend who was moving.  But I started writing songs properly at 10.

How did you get into songwriting?   It is how I deal with my emotions. When I feel sad I create a song. Then I feel better.

What does songwriting allow you to explore and achieve?  Every song is a new beginning. It helps me in English, I am getting better at poetry.

What’s your favourite part of the songwriting process?  I love the composition part, music makes me feel amazing. It’s a good way to relieve stress.

What’s the most difficult part of the creative process of songwriting for you?  After I finish the first part of the song, ‘Verse 2’ is the hardest part. It’s because I have to join the rest of the songs story with it, which I find hard.

Do you start with lyrics or melodies/chords?  It is definitely different every time but on average I start with the chords.

What do you like about The Young Songwriter competition?  It gives young songwriters a really great opportunity.

Who are your three favourite artists/songs?  It’s always changing for me but my favourite artists lately have been: Solange, Motaki, Billie Eilish

10 years from now you will be… Hopefully songwriting.

What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not writing songs?  Improvisation piano and learning to play instruments by ear.

The top 10 finalists will be announced on the 3rd May.  Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to hear the announcement first! #SAYS19 #songwriting #newmusic #expressyourself #beheard

The Young Songwriter 2019 showcase & 10th anniversary of Song Academy celebration will be on Saturday 22nd June at 7pm at The Tabernacle, Notting Hill, London.