There's no business like show business indeed and the music industry does not sleep at any times noting that artists have to put in the effort to succeed otherwise the achievements will be somewhat minimal. It is imperative to note that sometimes, the public have the ball in their court when it comes to the coming together of an individual career and this very much seems to be the case with Julie Zahra, whom many will surely recall as being a former representative for Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest joining then partner Ludwig Galea for a stunning rendition of the track On Again ... Off Again which reached the finals finishing in twelfth place when competing in Istanbul, Turkey. Nevertheless, Julie started her career as a soloist before joining forced as a duet coming up with some great tracks along the way.
Going back twelve to thirteen years ago as the dawn of a new millennium was breaking in, Julie Zahra had competed in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, Festival Internazzjonali tal-Kanzunetta Maltija and also the Malta Song for Europe on her own but unfortunately, it seems that she did not hit the right notes throughout failing to impress the public at hand in those days. The first time in this period that she made a nationwide appearance was during the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza in 2000 with the track Jum Wara Jum (Day after Day) composed by Renè Mamo and penned by Walter Micallef. She would ultimately return with her original composition in 2001 as she entered the Malta Song for Europe competition with the track Eternity composed by Renè Mamo and penned by Joe Julian Farrugia. Both songs unfortunately did not score well in the long term but nevertheless, they did prove that Julie would be a force to be reckoned with noting the strong chops of Eleanor Cassar and the sweetness of Karen Polidano in her vocal range.
During the year, she would ultimately have to fill in for Adelina Attard in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza due to the fact that the original singer was stuck abroad after the tragedy of the Twin Towers in America. The track entitled Ma Jixjieħ Qatt (He Will Never Get Old) was composed by Renato Briffa and penned by Joe Chircop. Nevertheless, things did look up for the artist making the finals of the Festival Internazzjonali tal-Kanzunetta Maltija with the song Ħdejk (Near You) composed by Renè Mamo and penned by Joe Julian Farrugia. The fact of the matter remains that Julie had a lot of faith in the young composer, one who would work with a number of local artists including the likes of Fiona and Annabelle Debono. Her last appearance as a solo performer in a local competition would come in the Malta Song for Europe of 2002 when she performed the track Secret to Share composed by Marco Debono and penned by Fiona Cauchi. It was not her track originally and she took it up because it's original performer had another two songs to perform and that was the limit.
Julie Zahra did join forced with Ludwig and finished fourth in the Malta Song for Europe in 2003 with the track My Number One composed by Philip Vella and penned by Joe Julian Farrugia before winning with the aforementioned On Again ... Off Again composed by Philip Vella and penned by Gerard James Borg. The duo went onto achieve many accolades in international competitions together but once they both went their separate ways, they seem to be looking more into their individual niches once more noting that whilst in the United Kingdom, Julie has been exploring her Jazz side coming up with tracks such as No One In Heaven. One has to add that such a style would definitely be welcome in the local music scene should it be taken up. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more of such features.
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