24 October 2017

“My love for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest has never been a secret, but I have decided to stay away for a second consecutive year, focusing on my career in the United States”, said Davinia to the editorial team of escflashmalta.com two weeks after the Public Broadcasting Services received submissions for the next edition of the national selection, slated to take place in January 2016.

In a rather meteoric rise to the top of the local music scene, Davinia emerged as a successful radio artist, with debut single “Bottled My Teardrops” and the follow-up “Sail Away” scaling the top of the charts on 89.7 Bay and receiving nationwide airplay.

She submit an entry into the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in 2013, “Betrayed”, composed by Elton Zarb to the lyrics of Matt ‘Muxu’ Mercieca, emerging as a dark horse during rehearsals, eventually managing a second runner-up finish. Davinia did not look back, and released a follow-up single during the summer months, “You Are My Home”, which was very well received, representing a slight change in direction from a music standpoint. 

Work on another song for the competition begun, and despite entering as a favourite with “Brand New Day”, she finished at the bottom of the scoreboard with 7 points, 4 from the jury, and 3 from the tele-voting, despite receiving the ESCflashmalta People's Choice Award. Since then, Davinia has moved to the United States, worked on “Round & Round”, a summer single co-written with Nick Lopez, and more recently played at the historic Viper Room in Los Angeles, a venue which hosted a slew of legends, such as Cher, Guns N' Roses and Bruce Springsteen.

We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about Malta's participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.

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escflashmalta.com in collaboration with Ironic PR & Artist Management is proud to present a monthly blog written by Davinia, a two-time Malta Eurovision Song Contest participant, and currently one of the most recognised female vocalists in the country. Since emerging onto the local music scene back in 2011 with "Bottled My Teardrops", a number #1 hit on Malta's Top Ten with Nathan D on 89.7 Bay, she has been working in the studio night and day, doing what she enjoys doing the best. With her latest single "Ouch!" composed by Carlo Gerada with lyrics by Matthew Mercieca, Davinia has managed to peak at number #3 whilst maintaining a top ten position for more than a month, signalling that she is still well into form with a bright future ahead.

July!! What a busy month it has been, especially with the seasonal plans to move to the United States of America. It will definitely be a new challenge for me but knowing that I will be working even harder to succeed gives me the energy and drive to do it in the best possible manner. Without getting all emotional and teary eyed, something that will eventually happen, mark my words! I would like to thank you all for the massive support throughout these past couple of years, noting that taking part in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest has given me the opportunity to get noticed by a larger segment of the audience, one who appreciates the music I put out there. Anyway, enough with the chit-chat, these are my TOP TWO songs for the month of June!

Chandelier - Sia (Aus)

Sia's vocals on this track are are just inhumane, they are so good !!! I havent hear sia ever sing like this in any of her songs shes always the type of artist to have a very chilled vibe to her work but what shes done here is pure genius so so powerful! definatley my ultimate summer track!

Summer - Calvin Harris (UK)

The title of the song speaks for itself ! such a summer tune everytime it comes on the crowd goes wild , great vibe well done calvin once again 

As always stay tuned to my Facebook Fanpage & Twitter Account for status/picture/video/music updates and video updates. My special thanks go to Marc Calleja Bayliss and the whole editorial team at escflashmalta.com for making this possible, Gillian Attard at La Voix Academy for always supporting me every step of the way the whole team at Ironic PR & Artist Management who have been wonderful these past couple of weeks in setting up my image and last but not least, my family, who have always been there. Stay tuned for another write-up on escflashmalta.com in a months' time as I announce my TOP tunes for August, the eighth month of 2014!!!

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In 2013, one of the surprise packages of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest was female singer/songwriter Davinia, whose entry "Betrayed" composed by Elton Zarb to the lyrics of Matt Mercieca finished in 3rd place. True to her character, she returned with a second entry, "Brand New Day", but the result was not as expected and did not trouble the scoreboard despite touted as a potential winner.

Davinia, a guest writer on escflashmalta.com has confirmed to this portal that she does not intend to submit an entry for the 2015 edition of the Malta Euroviion Song Contest for the simple reason that she will be relocating to the United States of America, where she will be studying vocal technique and music theory. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

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Malta, filled to the brim with talent has produced some scintillating collaborations along the years, but none of them will match up to the expectation of an upcoming combination featuring Gianluca and Davinia. The renowned vocalists, who competed against each other in the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with "Tomorrow", co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat, and "Betrayed" composed by Elton Zarb to the lyrics of Matthew Mercieca, are joining forces on a brand new radio single.

As stated above, collaborations could very much scintillating if given time and dedication, hence why the creative process is currently in full swing. Elton Zarb of Freetime Productions will be responsible for the music, whilst Matthew Mercieca will be responsible for the lyrics. This is a project initiated by Davinia, currently at number #9 on Malta's Top Ten with Nathan D, having been as high up as number #3 with her latest single "Ouch!" It is worth keeping in mind that Gianluca represented Malta in the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, achieving the nation's best result in 8 years by finishing in 8th place. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

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escflashmalta.com in collaboration with Ironic PR & Artist Management is proud to present a monthly blog written by Davinia, a two-time Malta Eurovision Song Contest participant, and currently one of the most recognised female vocalists in the country. Since emerging onto the local music scene back in 2011 with "Bottled My Teardrops", a number #1 hit on Malta's Top Ten with Nathan D on 89.7 Bay, she has been working in the studio night and day, doing what she enjoys doing the best. With her latest single "Ouch!" composed by Carlo Gerada with lyrics by Matthew Mercieca, Davinia has managed to peak at number #3 whilst maintaining a top ten position for more than a month, signalling that she is still well into form with a bright future ahead.

June!! Known to be the month where everybody finishes exams, the days grow longer, and people are always sun kissed, meaning that happiness is spread quickly. It is also the time for sun, sun, sun, and of course, a couple of parties here and there. Music is still at the forefront of my daily routine, and the music released this past month deserves a round of applause, because it is off the beat. In the meantime though, I would like to thank you ALL for the massive support that you have given my latest single "Ouch!" which has been receiving AMAZING feedback both from YOU the general public as well as radio stations alike. Anyway, enough with the chit-chat, these are my TOP FOUR songs for the month of June!

Shake That - Dansson & Marlon Hoffstadt (DE)

This is by far the best tune this month, and everytime it comes on the radio or at a party, I automatically get into a good mood and start dancing :) It has an extremely good vibe and the rhythm is just awesome.

Marilyn Monroe - Pharell Williams (US)

It would have been silly to leave this out of the top tunes of the month, considering that I adore every second of this song. His vocals are so slick on this track that it takes me back in time. That said, it does have a modern twist, and one which will be on several playlists during the course of June and the rest of the summer months.

Solo Dancing - Indiana (UK)

If you have not heard this track just yet, then you are going to fall in love, instantly. It is catchy and addictive, giving the listener a sense of peace and freedom. It is going to be another one of thise massive ones this season, for sure.

A Sky full of Stars - Coldplay (UK)

Coldplay need no introduction in music, and they have indeed done it again. This track is beautiful, making you think of that someone special, and giving you hope that one is in love whatever the circumstances in life actually are! :)

As always stay tuned to my Facebook Fanpage & Twitter Account for status/picture/video/music updates and video updates. My special thanks go to Marc Calleja Bayliss and the whole editorial team at escflashmalta.com for making this possible, Gillian Attard at La Voix Academy for always supporting me every step of the way the whole team at Ironic PR & Artist Management who have been wonderful these past couple of weeks in setting up my image and last but not least, my family, who have always been there. Stay tuned for another write-up on escflashmalta.com in a months' time as I announce my TOP FOUR tunes for July, the seventh month of 2014!!!

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Whilst listening to Malta's Top Ten with Nathan D on 89.7 Bay a couple of years back, I remember one female vocalist in particular. Peaking at number #1 with a debut single is not easy, but this was Davinia, an individual who works hard and never takes no for an answer. Acquiring the attention of songwriters Elton Zarb and Matthew Mercieca, a fruitful collaboration ensued leading to the release of "Feel Good Song" and "Sail Away", successful radio singles.

It was towards the end of 2012 that Davinia tried her luck and sent in a submission to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. "Betrayed" had a Bond vibe surrounding it and the professional panel of judges definitely made the right call by putting it through, eventually allocating it in third place. A debut which led to a top three finish in a year where the festival was seemingly all about Kevin Borg. Davinia has not shied away from the local music scene in the past year, going onto release three singles; "You are my Home", "Brand New Day" and most recently "Ouch!", the latter being a collaboration with Matthew Mercieca and Carlo Gerada.

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Today, escflashmalta.com is proud to present Davinia as the new monthly guest blogger ready to share with you all her top five songs of the month whilst including some tidbits, events which we will follow. This come to fruition after the 1 year agreement with Ira Losco came to a formal end earlier this year. We would like to thank the outgoing blogger for her services as we continue to support her music endeavours. On behalf of Ironic PR & Artist Management, Matthew Mercieca is proud to present Davinia to the escflashmalta.com editorial team and hope that her attitude towards life, a bubbly one will be shown through her writing. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

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On Monday 12th May, established female vocalist Davinia released her new single 'OUCH!' across the airwaves in Malta. Nevertheless, for those wishing to purchase a copy of the track, it will be available on major digital platforms such as iTunes, Deezer and Amazon as from the 24th May. The track is a collaboration with award-winning Maltese DJ and producer Carlo Gerada, singer/songwriter Matt Mercieca, with mastering by Elton Zarb at Freetime Studios.  The two latter names are responsible for Davinia’s past releases, ‘Sail Away’, ‘Betrayed’ and ‘You Are My Home’.

'OUCH!' is the second release of Davinia in 2014, having previously published 'Brand New Day', the song with which she made it through to the finals of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, and was then subsequently released on all major platforms following public demand. With lyrics symbolic to new beginnings, positive outlook and restored hope, Davinia dedicated ‘Brand New Day’ to the LGBT community in support of the passing of the Civil Union Bill in Maltese Parliament. The passing of this bill was celebrated by a mini-concert held in Palace Square last month, and was headlined by Davinia herself. In stark contrast, ‘OUCH!’ adds new colour to Davinia’s already colourful muscial portfolio. 

Known mainly for jazz and soul influenced ballads, this latest offering is a bold move away from Davinia’s past work. Although ‘OUCH!’ talks about a failing relationship, it posseses playful elements, with a beat tailored to a fun and mischevious Mediterranean summer. As a genre, ‘OUCH!’ classifies as Electronic Dance Music (EDM) which at times shifts towards Dance. It is expected to be played at Malta’s top festivals and clubs over summer, including Society and an open air venue, for which details will follow. 

We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available. In the meantime, for more information above Davinia and her latest projects, please visit either her Official Website or her Official Facebook Page.

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A rollercoaster does not begin to describe the last twelve months that Davinia has been through from her rise to a well known vocalist following her second runner-up finish at the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest to her almost abduction whilst vacationing in Turkey. escflashmalta.com has been in touch with the vocalists' management over the release of brand new single Brand New Day, which was edited to suit the needs of the national selection, where it received astonishing public support, prior to being awarded with the Critics Award by escflashmalta.com and ONE Radio 92.7 solidifying the reputation of the track.

On the 2nd April 2014, Brand New Day will be re-released and given a slight touch-up, having be re-recorded by Davinia following such positive feedback, coupled with her affinity to the song, because of a positive message, which helps uplifts the attitude of any individual in a given circumstance. Composed by Elton Zarb and penned by Matthew Mercieca, co-responsible for writing The Start, Malta's winning entry at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, comes Brand New Day. We urge you to stay tuned to Davinia's Official Page on Facebook, Official Website as well as escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

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The 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is months away but several countries have either confirmed their participation or released their regulations for national selection processes. Apart from the means of FM Radio in the Netherlands on FM 106.8 and the audio stream from the studio via www.radiointernational.tv and on Digital Cable 781 & Cable 8.1Mhz in the Netherlands, the show will also be web-televised via the Radio International TV Channel from the studio and linking up the many international Eurovision fans and friends and play your requests and read your messages out on air. The simulcast will be from 2000 – 2300 hours CET when fans can join in and chat amongst each other via the Chat Room and request their favourite Eurovision entry.

In anticipation of the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, the team of Radio International had the opportunity to visit Malta, which hosted one of the most organised national finals to take place in Europe this year. Whilst there, they had the chance to speak to all of the entrants, including a series of special guests, some of which represented the Mediterranean Island in the continental competition in the past. In this weeks' episode, one will listen to interviews held with the 1996 Eurovision Song Contest representative; Miriam Christine as well as her team of songwriters; Emil Calleja Bayliss and Mark Scicluna as well as last years' second runner-up; Davinia with her friend and lyricist; Muxu who also helped co-write Malta's winning entry at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, that entitled The Start.

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As the dawn of a brand new season approaches, Radio International will be hosting a brand new feature, one entitled Denmark's Eurovision Song Contest History which will be reflecting on the entries that the Scandinavian nation sent to the annual music competition. David Mann will continue to look at cover versions from the event whilst the latest news from escXtra and escflashmalta.com will be read out. In the meantime, former representatives of the Eurovision Song Contest are always looking for ways to please their fans and thus new music is being recorded and published throughout the year. Radio International will be playing the most recent singles as sent in by several record labels. We urge you to tune into Radio International this evening at 20:00 CET in order to request your favourite entry from the Eurovision Song Contest and listen to the special features.

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In 2014, the Public Broadcasting Services, responsible for Malta’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest decided to conduct a national final with just twenty (20) entries, rather than the typical twenty-four (24) which many had become accustomed to in recent years. Promotion is always vital, and escflashmalta.com has sent each entry to a professional panel of individuals in the music industry, who have in turn passed on their comments. This year, we have asked the likes of John Scott from the United States, Martin Isherwood from the United Kingdom, Sharon Vaughn from the United States but based in Sweden, Stano Simor from the Czech Republic and Greig Watts from the United Kingdom to do the honours. Today’s review is centred on Brand New Day, composed by Elton Zarb to the lyrics of Matthew Mercieca with vocals provided by Davinia.

Davinia, a resounding newcomer to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest a mere twelve (12) months ago, having entered the competition for the very first time with the song Betrayed, also composed by Elton Zarb to the lyrics of Matthew Mercieca. At 21, she is one of the youngest artists from this years’ crop of participants but nevertheless, experience should definitely not be an issue considering that she has already taken the local music scene by storm, earning a Best New Artist nomination at the Bay Music Awards in 2011 following an astonishing breakthrough with tracks such as Sail Away and Bottled My Teardrops. Following her success in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, Davinia launched a follow-up single entitled You Are My Home to which she also filmed a music video, earning her several positive acclaim and once more a place on Malta’s Top Ten with Nathan D on 89.7 Bay.

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Elton Zarb and Matthew Mercieca, a collaboration which until not too long ago was inexistent in song-writing noting that Davinia was the one who brought them together, in order to work on a track for this competition specifically. That song, already mentioned above, Betrayed, led to a successful third place finish. Nevertheless, this proved to be the beginning of an extremely successful collaboration with Gillian Attard and Gaia Cauchi calling upon the talented duo to write a song which would ultimately represent Malta at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The Start, as it was titled ended up winning the international showcase giving Malta their first ever victory in an event organised by the European Broadcasting Union. It is worth pointing out that not only are they working with Davinia this time round, but they also have a second song, Until We Meet Again sung by Deborah C.

The Critics Speak Out

Rating: 73%

John Scott: The hook is really strong. I like the post-chorus part especially. The singer also has very good energy. She is instantly likeable. The song is very fun. Overall, this one is very memorable.

Martin Isherwood: Good voice although thinish sounding. Chorus has nothing to do with the title. Melodically strong. 'Hey how you doing' 'Come back to me' 'Hard to handle' 'Next to me' 'Oooh ooh' 'Boom boom'. All I want is you' - are all stronger titles than the actual title 'Brand new day'. Hints of Adele rubbing shoulders with The Nolans. Strong song but hard to imagine it would stand out in the Eurovision crowd.

Sharon Vaughn: Dig Deeper, people! Even on fun songs like this. But this artist is really cute and tries to give her best throughout the whole performance.

Stano Simor: Atmosphere of the song reminds me of a winner from Germany LENA. This song uniquely lifts all up of the chairs. Gimmick uhh uhh uhh remains in my ears and recalls the 70’s. Atmosphere of the song is full of energy. The authors found the right singer for this hit track.

Greig Watts: Nice and pretty introduction and she has a modern delivery of the vocals (not unlike Lena from Germany), has a nice number of hooks and again has a good singalong feeling, which I personally think is a good thing for eurovision, it has to be memorable from the start. I like the double chorus idea, with the 2nd part Ooh Ooh Ooh, Boom Boom Boom, simple but sometimes simple is good!

Source: Public Broadcasting Services, escflashmalta.com

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