Malta: Audrey Marie Shines in SpainWritten by Marc Calleja Bayliss
The World Association of Festivals and Artists has always sought to promote talent and in the past couple of years, Malta has been somewhat included in the roster due to the fact that two of the committee members of the same aforementioned organization are Maltese, those being, Norman Hamilton and Robert Cefai who are known for being former executive members of the board behind the Malta Song for Europe back in the nineties. One of the competitions which is very much held in high regard is surely the one organized in Tenerife, Spain known as the Universong featuring talents from all around the world including those from Mexico, Russia, Cuba, Thailand, Malaysia, Romania, Ukraine, Spain, Italy, El Salvador and of course Malta. Success for local artists in this competition has somewhat become accustomed to and therefore, it comes to no surprise that for the second consecutive year, Malta has been awarded with the Bronze Trophy after being represented by Audrey Marie.
Audrey Marie is not a new name to the local music industry noting that she has gained credibility over the years through the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, a competition which promotes original music in Maltese. She has made it to the finals of that respective competition six times, including five consecutive ones with her best result being a fourth place achieved on two counts, including her last participation coming last year with the song Ir-Ruħ tat-Tejatru composed by Rita Pace and penned by Deo Grech. In Tenerife, she had to perform a song in English and indeed she did performing the original track Shivers composed by former Eurovision Song Contest representative Miriam Christine and penned by Deo Grech who was also part of the Malta Eurosong advisory team. Audrey also managed to reach the finals of the Malta Eurosong competition back in 2010 with the song Good Intentions composed by Miriam Christine Warner and penned by Rita Pace. In the Universong competition, Malta has managed to reach the top three positions on each and every occasion with past representatives including Rosman Pace, Eleanor Cassar, Neville Refalo, Romina Mamo, Morena, Gloriana Arpa Belli and Corazon amongst others. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more news about successful local artists in international competitions.
Source: Universong Official Website