24 November 2017

Claudia Faniello, a regular face at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest throughout the years, has decided to opt out of the competition for the second consecutive occasion. The reasoning behind this is relatively straightforward, with the female singer/songwriter currently working on her sophomore album, the follow-up to the successful debut "Convincingly Better" which was released on the CAP-Sounds imprint.

The lead single off the record, "When It's Time" was a participating entry in the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and peaked at number #2 on Malta's Top Ten with Nathan D. It was the beginning of a different journey for Claudia, something that was given more life with the release of the second single "One Fine Day". Supported by a music and lyric video, all done in an extremely professional manner, the song managed to top Malta's Top Ten on 89.7 Bay for more than 3 weeks in a row.

Claudia Faniello follows in the footsteps of Davinia, as former runner-ups who will not be sending in any submissions for the 2015 Malta Eurovision Song Contest. You may support both female singer/songwriters through their official accounts on social networking website, Facebook. In the meantime, we urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook & Twitter for all the latest news.

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Tonight! The Summer Hit Song Contest continues. A music competition which originally took place between 2008 and 2011 and featured Miriam Christine, Neville Refalo, Romina Mamo, Minik and Siconix as winners, with a brand new selection of original songs. The celebrity-packed show is set to host leading singers from the local entertainment scene.

Claudia Faniello, a two-time first runner-up in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, and former duets performer in the Summer Hit Song Contest is this weeks' special guest on F Living's programme; Summer Hit Song Contest.

Six Summer Hit Song Contest 2014 entries return to the show this week including:  Odessa's "Pretend" (Renato Briffa / Doris Chetcuti); Marie Claire's ''Just Wait'' (Elton Zarb / Rita Pace); Dayle's "You'' (Minik / Alison Ellul); Rita Pace & Audrey Marie's "Overboard'' (Rita Pace); Janice's ''The One'' (Renato Briffa / Keith Zammit) and Danica's ''Fearless'' (Philip Vella / Gerard J Borg).

The competition aims to promote the local music artists in search of a true hit song. The show is produced and hosted by Deo Grech and Ignatius Farrugia. Stay tuned escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for the latest news from this year's edition of the Summer Hit Song Contest. Show is aired on Mondays and Sundays at 20:30 CET on F Living channel, your favourite tv channel for the best music this summer.

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Claudia Faniello, a female singer/songwriter and three-time runner-up at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest has released a music video to accompany her latest single "One Fine Day". The song co-written with Errol Sammut, lead vocalist of Airport Impressions and produced by Sean Vella, son of the well known songwriter Philip Vella sees Claudia experiment with a new musical genre, focusing on a sound which is predominantly acoustic.

The music video, which has already amassed more than 3,000 views, is fun, fresh and extremely juvenile. Nevertheless, it is surrounded by an aura of professionality and shows that Claudia is not only returning to the music scene with a brand new sound, but that she has also matured and learned from the past. It is highly unlikely that the veteran of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest will make a return to Malta's national selection in the near future but then again, when such music is still being released by the singer/songwriter, it is a pleasure to have her around. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

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"One Fine Day" co-written by Errol Sammut and Claudia Faniello, the latter providing the vocals is the first release of the hotly anticipated sophomore album. Since finishing in second place at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest for the second time back in 2012, Claudia has been riding a surge of popularity, performing at major events including Rockestra and Ġensna amongst others.

Her latest release, a new entry at number #9 on Malta's Top Ten with Nathan D earlier this week, has been receiving rave reviews from both the public and critics alike. The female vocalist has always been seen in a positive light, noting that her raspy vocal adds that special something, a quality which not many artists have. CAP-Sounds, the company responsible for the recent releases of Daniel Testa, Amber, Fabrizio Faniello, Miriam Christine and Rikki Lee is responsible for the publishing rights and have put the song up for purchase on digital stores worldwide, including iTunes. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest music news.

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Claudia Faniello, a female singer/songwriter and three-time runner up at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest has released a new single entitled 'One Fine Day'. The song, co-written with Errol Sammut, lead vocalist of Airport Impressions comes following a short absence from the local music scene, and sees Claudia experiment with a new musical genre, focusing mainly acoustic guitars, piano and a jovial melody.

She commented “It is nothing like I’ve done in the past, it has a feel-good factor which I love and it talks about situations that everyone can relate to. I have taken my time to concentrate on how I want my sound to be like and especially what stories I want to tell through my music. This is a taste of what I’ve been working on and evolving into.”  A music video accompanying the song will be available in the coming weeks whilst a lyric video has already been uploaded for public viewing. More information about Claudia Faniello on her Official Facebook Page as well as her official website, which will be launched soon. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter, as soon as it becomes available.

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Malta, a small island with a lot of talent when it comes to the arts noting several successful endeavours on foreign fronts, most recently acknowledged thanks to Gaia Cauchi and her success at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with The Start which she co-wrote alongside Gillian Attard, Elton Zarb and Matt Mercieca. Nevertheless, this article is about the second event encompassing the Fondazzjoni Ċelebrazzjonijiet Nazzjonali, that being Ġensna, a rock opera written to commemorate Malta’s status as a republic, which featured some of the top artists in the scene.

Firstly, I would like to congratulate all those that took part, because the long weeks of rehearsals were pivotal to the general success of the show, as seen last night, with a strong sold out crowd taking to the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre to enjoy a show which had last been staged back in 2009. I will be brief, yet detailed in my analysis in highlighting the performances of the evening, kicking off with none other than Mark Tonna, whose impeccable rendition of the different ruler was truly music to my ears. His diction was perfect, and his tone reached a certain standard which was required throughout. It seems that the singer/songwriter has been on top of his game since coming in second place at the International Festival of Maltese Song in November of 2013.

Moving on, the runner-up of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2008 and 2012, Claudia Faniello was also truly on form, wearing a black ensemble accompanied by dark and gothic like make-up to give a sensationally emotional performance, one which saw my eyes flood with tears, something that rarely happens to me. Yet, the moment that everyone was expecting was definitely the rendition of Tema ’79 which was made famous by 1992 Eurovision Song Contest representative; Mary Spiteri. The role was taken on by Ira Losco, regarded by many as Malta's pop/rock princess. She took to the stage stage in a beautiful long cream dress and gave a performance worthy of a standing ovation, one which she got half way through her rendition.

Other stand out performers in my sincere opinion were Franklin Calleja, a two time Malta Eurovision Song Contest participant, Lawrence Gray, who almost represented Malta on two occasions, those being in 1999 and 2003 as well as Ivan Grech, lead vocalist of the group WinterMoods who I do not cite as one of my favourite vocalists but was well suited to the role he was given. Performing in Ġensna is a triumph in itself, and all the cast is to be merited. I singled out performances of soloists but on behalf of the escflashmalta.com editorial team, a big round of applause should go to the Animae Gospel Choir who accompanied almost all of the songs, the original cast who made a cameo appearance for one song and the amazing live band led by Maestro Paul Abela. Well Done!

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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.

Twice has Claudia Faniello been close to representing Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest, first time in 2008 with the song Caravaggio composed by Ray Agius to the lyrics of Godwin Sant and the second time in 2012 with the track Pure composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Gerard James borg. In an exclusive announcement made on escflashmalta.com, it was revealed that Claudia did not submit any entries for the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. We had the opportunity to speak to her about her current projects and her outlook on the days gone by. During the course of the programme, a second interview will be airing with Nikki, from the duet featuring Eldar and Nikki who went onto become the winners of the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2011 with the song Running Scared.

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Robert Wahlstrom from Sweden will be presenting some fantastic G:son tracks over the course of the programme including contributions at the Eurovision Song Contest. 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 2006, Claudia Faniello made her debut within the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the track High Alert. Since then, the female vocalist has come an extremely long way, going onto release her debut album Convincingly Better with CAP Sounds with distribution handled by Universal Music Germany back in 2010.

This collection signalled the beginning of a new sound, one which surprised the public in a positive manner, ultimately leading to the release of When It's Time, a co-write with Errol Sammut which in turn competed as part of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2013. The track, written in a pop/rock genre finished in seventh place during the competition whilst managing to peak at number #2 on Malta's Top Ten with Nathan D on 89.7 Bay, where it has been given airplay for a relatively long period of time.

In support of the track, Claudia released an official music video, one which has amassed more than 11,000 views on viral website, YouTube, and which you could also view below. In an exclusive announcement to escflashmalta.com, Claudia Faniello revealed that she will not be entering the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in 2014, opting to work on her sophomore album alongside a number of esteemed songwriters.

escflashmalta.com is planning to support Claudia Faniello in all her upcoming endeavours, albeit, we have to be honest in stating we are going to be disappointed not to be seeing her name in lights for the first time in eight years. Her career thus far included two first runner-up finishes in the world of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, with Caravaggio in 2008 and Pure in 2012. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014.

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Sunday, 15 September 2013 16:16

Malta: Audience in Awe of Majestic Male Duet

Rockestra, an event in aid of the Malta Community Chest Fund, has always been billed as 'not to be missed' and with that slogan managed to attract it's largest crowd yet. Around twelve thousand (12,000) people flocked to the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre in Ta' Qali in order to witness some of the best talent that the local music scene has to offer along with the musical accompaniment of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra led by Maestro Sigmund Mifsud as well as four female backing vocalists; Angela Spiteri, Jackie Pace Delicata, Anna Azzopardi and Louisa Frendo Wirth. With several eurostars in attendance, it was quite difficult to select the strongest performance of the evening but we did manage to come to a conclusion that the evening belonged to male vocalists; Ludwig Galea and Chris Grech.

Ludwig Galea, a former representative for Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2004 was joined by Chris Grech, a finalist in this years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in an astonishing version of Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. The audience was in awe of their vocal capabilities, and showed their appreciation by clapping, and singing throughout the whole performance. The event was star studded and two of the closing acts who drew the most attention and came possibly a joint second in terms of performance were none other than Ira Losco and Kevin Borg. The pop/rock princess took to the stage in a regal robe and a crown in order to perform another hit song by the group Queen, that being Radio Gaga. The first runner-up at this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest, Kevin performed Livin' on a Prayer which many remembered him performing during Idol in Sweden. The public were so enthralled by the performances that they ended up clapping in sync, something that rarely happens in public events.

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Whilst those three artists managed to bring the house down, it is unfair not to mention artists such as Lawrence Gray, Claudia Faniello and Raquela whose vocal capabilities were stretched to the maximum especially with regards to the latter. Raquela, a participant within the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in 2009, 2011 and 2013 showed the public that she has a range beyond compare in a lyric-less song where harmonisation was key before returning for a duet version of the song Hallelujah alongside Sandrina. The concert was held under the distinguished patronage of The President of Malta and Mrs Abela and is supported by Parliamentary Secretariat for Culture and Local Government, Good Causes Fund, Malta Tourism Authority, Malta Fairs and Convention Centre, HSBC Bank, Banif Bank, Bank of Valletta, Vodafone, Tumas Group and Hard Rock Café. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

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Sunday, 08 September 2013 19:32

Malta: Rockestra Fifth Anniversary Next Week

President George Abela, the individual behind the creation of the Rockestra will be seeing to his fifth and final edition of the annual rock concert as his administration comes to an end. The nations' finest talent will all be joining forces under one roof to perform a repertoire of well known songs with the accompaniment of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra under the musical direction of Maestro Sigmund Mifsud. On the other hand, the artistic director of the event organised by The Malta Community Chest Fund is none other than performer and comedian, Paul Borg Bonaci.

Paul Borg Bonaci, the Artistic Director stated that 'emerging artists will also have the opportunity to mingle with Malta's most popular singers, as Rockestrs 2013 will include works by groups such as Aerosmith, Alanis Morisette, Queen, Labrinth, Pink Floyd, The Police, Robbie Williams, Inxs and others. Moreover a number of intrumental pieces will be performed by the orchestra'. The concert is being held under the distinguished patronage of The President of Malta and Mrs Abela and is supported by Parliamentary Secretariat for Culture and Local Government, Good Causes Fund, Malta Tourism Authority, Malta Fairs and Convention Centre, HSBC Bank, Banif Bank, Bank of Valletta, Vodafone, Tumas Group and Hard Rock Café. Dr. Jose' Herrera, Parliamentary Secretary for Culture and Local Government encourages the general public to attend and enjoy the show but above all support the needs of the Malta Community Chest Fund.

This years' edition of the Rockestra is taking place on Saturday, 14th September at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre in Ta' Qali and is set to feature a scintillating line-up including none other than; Ira Losco (ESC 2002), Kevin Borg, Matthew James Borg, Konrad Pule, Lawrence Gray, Claudia Faniello, Ivan Grech, Errol, Chris and Moira (ESC 1994), Kenneth Calleja, Mikaela, Frank Calleja, Ludwig Galea (ESC 2004), Petra, Raquela, Tiziana and Daniel Cauchi amongst others. Tickets for the event are available at €10 for adults and €2 for children, albeit standing due to the fact that the small seating plan for sold out relatively early. They could be bought either online from the Official Website of the Rockestra or from the Malta Community Chest Fund Offices, Valletta and Sant'Anton Palace, between 9am and 2pm and from The President's Kitchen Garden which is open from 10am to 2pm and from 6pm till 10pm. For further information one can contact the office of The Malta Community Chest Fund on 21226226. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more of the latest news about the local music scene.

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