We’re super excited that Tabitha Jade has joined our Young Ambassadors Board.  Tabitha is an extremely talented songwriter whose songs have had national airplay.  We caught up with Tabitha about all things songwriting.

What got you into music? Did you immediately start writing it or were you a fan for a bit first?  My Parents love music, my Dad always played Jazz, soul and hip hop around the house. I have always been interested in music, when I started playing the guitar at the age of 11, this is when I
began songwriting constantly. My first song I wrote was called Butterfly, I can still remember the lyrics now!. Songwriting is one of my biggest passions, I find it is a great way to express my emotions and convert negative energy into a positive.

What is your favourite part of the songwriting process?  I love writing a really catchy melody that I can’t get out of my head.

How do you usually start a song? How do you find that spark?  I usually begin improvising on the guitar, once I find a chord progression I love. I then go onto the melody and finish with lyrics. Depending on my mood it effects the vibe and feel of the song.

What achievement are you most proud of?  Receiving National airplay on Radio 1xtra, for two songs Caught Up & Nothing on Me. It’s still so surreal hearing my songs on radio knowing hundreds, potentially thousands could be listening in.  BBC Music Introducing – A few of my songs have been Producers Pick of the Week. Secret, Caught Up, MindReader

Which of your songs do you think is your best work and why?  My latest single Secret, I think is my best song yet as it helped me move on from a relationship and get closure. I spent more time writing the lyrics, as this stage of my career, I realise songs need to get better each time.  I always tend to write about my own or a friends personal experience.

Who would be your dream artist/writer/band to collaborate with?  I would love to collaborate with Young T and Bugsey, I love there vibe! There beats and flow are so fresh and they always get people on their feet.

Do you feel like you’ve mastered your craft or are you still learning? If you’re still learning, what’s your next milestone?  I’m definitely still learning, I think I will always be learning no matter what my age, as I always want to better my craft. My next milestone is to release an E.P. which I am currently working on.

What would you say to someone aged 8-18 who is thinking about writing songs but hasn’t started yet? Or do you have any tips for 8-18 year old songwriters who are already writing?  Go for it! The more you write, the better your songs get. Don’t hold back and I find it’s easier to write about your true life experiences, what you felt with real emotions which you can channel into your songs.

Favourites round! Don’t think about it, just say what first comes to mind. Who/what is your favourite:

Artist?
Lauren Hill

Songwriter?
John Legend

Song?
I blame you- Ledisi

Album?
The Truth- Ledisi

Chord?
7th chords

Gig you’ve been to?
Jorja Smith
Mahalia

Lyric?
Today I fell in love with you all over again

Genre?
Rnb

Catchphrase?
It is what it is

Fruit?
Mango

What’s your instrument of choice? Guitar. Is there an instrument you would like to learn?
Piano, I would love to be able to play classical piano. I can play a few basic chords. to Grade 1 standard.

Do you have any hidden talents or party tricks?  I can do good impressions.

What are you non-musical hobbies?  Vintage clothing shopping in Camden and Brick Lane, as well as healthy eating and going to the gym.

What do you think matters most to 8-18 year olds? Hmm quite a lot!  Family, friends, music, sports, clothes & social media.

What do you like about Song Academy?  I love how Song Academy supports young up and coming songwriters, from an early age. Helping them to develop and give constructive criticism. This helps them develop further and improve. It is also a good platform as it gives exposure and an opportunity to perform which encourages young songwriters to continue working on their craft and thrive.

Aged 8-18? Written your own original songs?
Then enter The Young Songwriter 2020 competition before the 31st March 2020!