Franklin Calleja, second runner-up at this year’s edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, and an artist who profile has risen in a relatively short amount of time owing to his incredible vocal skills has just released his first radio single, “Let You Go”, composed by Cyprian Cassar and penned by Matt ‘Muxu’ Mercieca.
This is the second time that the trio have worked together as a unit, having previously been responsible for his success at Malta’s leading competitive event, “Little Love”. “Let You Go” is written in a significantly different genre that what people have come to expect from the talented artist, merging a thumping bass, with an ethnic sounding brass instrument.
It is new, it is different and it works. In a supporting music video, produced by Fade in Media, Franklin is scaling the heights and having fun with the song, something that he does not normally do, noting that he tends to feel very emotional as he tackles a ballad.
“Let You Go” has amassed a stunning number of views through social networking website Facebook, but it has also made an impact on the local radio stations, making Malta’s Top 10 on 89.7 Bay. We urge you to listen to the song below, and also stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available.
Ira Losco, chosen by a panel of professional judges, as well as the general public as Malta’s representative at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016, has been the main recipient of the coverage encompass the international spectacle in the past couple of days and weeks. As the event nears closer, we are proud to continue a distinguished time honoured tradition in inviting a number of artists from the local music industry to share their views and opinions about the competing entries on each of the 3 evenings.
During the 1st semi-final, we are proud to welcome: Karen DeBattista, a finalist in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2015 with “12, Baker Street”, written by Jan Van Dijck and Emil Calleja Bayliss and also winner of L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2014 with “Jien Ma Naħdimx”, written by Mark Scicluna and Rita Pace and Claudia Faniello, a two-time 1st runner-up in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, the first time being in 2008 with “Caravaggio”, a Ray Agius and Godwin Sant composition and the second time being in 2012 with “Pure”, written by Philip Vella and Gerard James Borg.
During the 2nd semi-final, we have enlisted the services of: Janice DeBattista, a finalist in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2013 with “Perfect Day”, co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat as well as a lead vocalist in the Christian Rock Band, Salt and Brooke Borg, a female singer/songwriter whose return to Malta in the past couple of months saw her finish 2nd in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with “Golden”, a song co-written by Aidan O’Connor, Christian Schneider and Sara Biglert.
For the grand finale, we have enlisted two individuals who are larger than life. Julie Pomorski, a female singer/songwriter who reached the Malta Eurovision Song Contest stage back in 2007, apart from emerging triumphant in L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2005, and the Summer Hit Song Contest 2015 and Franklin Calleja, a 4-time Malta Eurovision Song Contest finalist who reached 3rd place earlier this year with the song “Little Love”, written by Cyprian Cassar and Matt ‘Muxu’ Mercieca.
Please note that the guest commentary will be taking place on the Official Facebook and Twitter Pages of escflashmalta.com on the 10th, 12th and 14th May 2016. We would like to take this opportunity to wish Ira Losco all the very best of luck in Stockholm whilst thank the special team of guest commentators for accepting their role.
On the 22nd and 23rd January 2015, the Public Broadcasting Services (PBS) will be hosting the 2016 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest at the Mediterranean Conference Centre (MCC) in Valletta, the capital city of the smallest nation in the European Union.
'Xarabank', synonomous with the revelation of the 20 finalists, took place a couple of hours ago, laying down this years' crop of participants, a perfect mixture of newcomers, and veterans. At first listen, off the 1 minute snippets, it seems that the standard of songs is relatively high, not too mention that the genres are quite varied, laying down the foundations for an exciting semi-final stage.
"Young Love" - Maxine Pace
"All Around the World" - Deborah C
"You're Beautiful" - Lawrence Gray
"Golden" - Brooke
"Flashing Lights" - Raquel Galdes
"Falling Glass" - Corazon
"Lighthouse" - Kimberley Cortis
"Alive" - Jasmine Abela
"Empty Hearted" - Domenique
"The Flame" - Jessika
"Under the Sun" - Daniel Testa
"That's Why I Love You" - Ira Losco
"Little Love" - Franklin Calleja
"I Love You" - Dario Mifsud Bonnici
"Fire Burn" - Dominic
"Frontline" - Danica Muscat
"Chameleon (Invincible)" - Ira Losco
"Kingdom" - Christabelle
"Right Here With You" - Sarah Crystal
"Light Up My Life" - Stefan Galea
An interesting fact about the 19 participants in this years' competition, is that 12 of them have either been to the national pre-selection on another occasion, or else been to the Eurovision Song Contest itself, meaning that the rest, a total of 7 are complete newcomers to the competition, despite most of them having already made other appearances in the local music scene. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2016 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.
Source: PBS / TVM, Mario Mintoff (Photo)
On the 11th December, Xarabank will kick-off for another season, and it will do so with a bang, as the revelation of the acts through to the semi-final of the 2016 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest will be made public. Following the initial submission process, where the Public Broadcasting Services received 153 entries, a shortlist of 49 entries has now been published through the official website.
A quick glance at the list of shortlisted entries, one would realize that the list features a relative amount of established artists including; Ira Losco (ESC 2002), Lawrence Gray (MESC 98-99, 01-04, 10, 12, 15), Daniel Testa (JESC 08), Deborah C (MESC 12-15), Klinsmann Coleiro (MESC 07-13), Jessika (MESC 08, 11-15), Domenique (MESC 11, 13, 15), Kaya (MESC 00, 10, 12), Danica Muscat (MESC 12-13, 15), Christabelle (MESC 2014-2015) & Franklin Calleja (MESC 13-15).
96 - Francesca Bonanno
Alive - Jasmine Abela
All Around The World - Deborah C
Bare Your Soul - Chaya Fenech
Battle Zone - Kurt Cassar
Beautiful - Lyndsay
Brave - Andre Curmi (Dre)
Breaking Point - Cherylis & Mikhail (Dwett)
Breathe - Cherylis
Can't Let Go - Jessika
Castle - Danica Muscat
Chameleon (Invincible) - Ira Losco
Dancing In The Rain - Francesca Borg
Empty Hearted - Domenique
Exceptional - Jean Claude Azzopardi
Falling Glass - Corazon
Feeling Alive - Kelly Ann Mintoff
Fire Burn - Dominic
Fireworks - Iona
Flashing Lights - Raquel Galdes
Flawless - Franklin Calleja
Frontline - Danica Muscat
Go Beyond The Shore - Paul Cuschieri
Golden - Brooke
Gone - Nazio Rotin
Higher - Q
Hush Hush - Jessika
I Love You - Dario Mifsud Bonnici
I Won't Surrender - Franklin Calleja
Kingdom - Christabelle
Light Up My Life - Stefan Galea
Lighthouse - Kimberley Cortis
Little Love - Franklin Calleja
MI-MI-MIND - Neville Refalo
Paper Boats - Joseph Portelli
Reaching - Panama Band (Simaria)
Right Here With You - Sarah Crystal
Rule The World - Aidan Cassar
Someday - Klinsmann
Tell Me What You Wanna Do - Julienne Liberto
That's Why I Love You - Ira Losco
The Flame - Jessika
Tonight - Kyle Mangani & Maxine Pace
Under The Sun - Daniel Testa
Victory - Amy Agius
Without You - Kaya
Young Love - Maxine Pace
Your Kiss - Malcolm
You're Beautiful - Lawrence Gray
Apart from the established names, it seems that the line-up thus far comprises of several newcomers. Well, the journey to find Amber's successor has officially begun! 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.
Source: PBS / TVM
In summer, the local music industry tends to thrive, if the past has anything to do with the present, and despite the fact that Post-Eurovision Depression is deeply rooted, we are attempting to push it back as much as possible, prior to the re-emergence of a new national finals season. We are attempting to do this through a series of interviews with vocalists from the local music industry, as well as acts competing in the Summer Hit Song Contest. The first artist is none other than three-time Malta Eurovision Song Contest participant, Franklin Calleja.
Having emerged triumphant on the 3rd season of “Don’t Stop Me Now” back in 2012 by winning the maximum support of the in-house panel, you have become a household name to the general public. Did you expect such a positive reaction, and what was the reason behind entering the reality show?
For me, Don’t Stop Me Now was a magical door that opened and led me to what and who I am today. I always wanted to make it in the music industry but never had the courage. Thanks to Glen Vella, who by the way, sent the application for the programme in my name himself without my permission (haha), I was chosen and also won it. To be very honest, I never expected to have such good feedback from the televiewers and the judges, let alone to win the whole contest!
In 2014, you were one of the few artists alongside Raquel, Corazon, Daniel Testa, Christabelle, Deborah C, Jessika and Amber to get through to both editions of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, first off with “Love Will Take Me Home” written by Glen Vella, Beatrice Eriksson, Marcus Frenell and Michael James Down, and then with “Still Here” written by Alexander Rybak. What does each experience in such a competition mean to you, and which was your favourite song out of the two?
(Thought for a quite a few time, but I can’t decide hehe) Every song I had in the Malta Eurovision meant a lot to me and my team, and we always worked hard to try and achieve the best possible results. Every year we try to do our utmost to come up with a better song than the previous so I think that every year I’m trying to give a more solid and better performances, even vocally.
In Malta, the local music scene is somewhat limited to a series of competitions, and the radio circuit, both of which have somewhat become intertwined in recent years. Would you rule out future participation from other local competitions such as the Summer Hit Song Contest, the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, L-Għanja tal-Poplu and the International Festival of Maltese Song, considering that you have only taken part in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest?
Never say never! :D All festivals are well organized and very professional but at the moment i’m more focused in something that is giving me a lot of satisfaction lately; teaching lovely kids and helping them to evolve their vocals. Something which I really love to do – giving what I have been taught and the ability to transmit the passion I have for music, to them.
It has recently been made public that you have taken up the role of vocal coach at La Voix Academy, an institution which has spawned Gaia Cauchi, Federica Falzon and Christina Magrin amongst others. What motivated you to hone young talent, and how could people seek your services?
As I said in the previous question, this is my current satisfaction. I always loved and enjoyed my self being surrounded by kids, and now I love them even more! You see them growing vocal-wise with your help, is something that you can’t even explain. I’m receiving an award at the end of every day, going back home happy knowing that I’m helping tomorrow’s talent, is something extraordinary! :D Thanks Gillian Attard for the opportunity to work with La Voix Academy!
Would you like to say anything to our readers at escflashmalta.com?
It’s always nice to be back with an interview on escflashmalta.com, sending my best regards to all the readers; Maltese & also foreigners! Xx :D
Franklin Calleja, a respected male vocalist whose ascent to the top of the local music scene has been well documented through the depth of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, was recently selected to represent Malta in the next edition of the OGAE Second Chance Contest, following a democratic voting process.
"Still Here", written by Alexander Rybak, the male singer/songwriter who won the Eurovision Song Contest for Norway back in 2009, was the overwhelming winner. For the second time in as many months, the first runner-up was "Rush", written by Elton Zarb and Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca with vocals provided by Christabelle. Furthermore, the second runner-up was "Secretly", written and performed by Corazon. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from the local music industry.
Source: OGAE Malta
'The Celebrity Night' is a weekly television programme which has become somewhat synonymous with Saturday evening, is broadcast on F Living Channel. The series which officially kicked off at the beginning of October revolves around the one-to-one interviews, which speak of class, decadence and wit, and have become synonymous with Deo Grech's presenting style.
Franklin Calleja, a male vocalist who has thrice been to the final stages of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, barely requires any introduction since embarking on this musical journey. With his humble beginnings on the series; "Don't Stop Me Now", where he had the opportunity to duet with former Eurovision Song Contest star Ludwig Galea, Franklin has never looked back. With his original song "Still Here", written by Alexander Rybak, the male vocalist has not only broke through the iTunes chart in Malta, but has also garnered the attention of Belgischer Rundfunk (BRF), which is the radio broadcaster for the German Community in Belgium.
The second guest, also a male vocalist is internet sensation Clinton Paul, whose music videos have always been at the tip of everyone's tongue for various reasons. With original material released throughout the past 12 months, it comes as no surprise that there is more in store for the future. The final guest comes from the world of film, as Jean Paul Carbonaro, known for his roles in the hit series "D.R.E.A.M.S" and "Ħbieb u Għedewwa", will be talking about his career thus far, and what he envisages for himself in the future.
This and much more during this week's episode of 'The Celebrity Night' which airs on Saturday night at 20:30 on F Living Channel. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene.
Source: F Living
Alexander Rybak, winner of the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest, made the headlines in Malta, for penning the lyrics and the music to one of the competing entries in the 2015 Malta Eurovision Song Contest. “Still Here”, sung by the talented male vocalist, Alexander Rybak, attracted the attention of local and international fans of the competition, so much so, that the song was a hit, both in terms of sales on iTunes and Radio Airplay.
Released through CAP-Sounds, “Still Here” has recently been play-listed by one of the three radio stations owned by Belgischer Rundfunk (BRF), representative of the German community in Belgium. The song entered the chart at number #38, and with your support can rise even further, because the broadcaster is taking into account fan-votes which are submit to their official website. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from the local music industry.
Source: Belgischer Rundfunk
Franklin Calleja, a respected male vocalist whose ascent to the top of the local music scene has been well documented through the depth of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, has taken his residency on "Ħadd Għalik" to a whole new level by virtue of performing a previously unheard original song, one which was submitted for the national selection in 2014. "Made for You", composed by Elton Zarb to the lyrics of Miriam Christine speaks about two individuals who are made for each other, and need to find a way to be together at all costs.
The emotional ballad, which has a beautiful arrangement, somewhat reminiscent of "Where Are You Christmas?" by Faith Hill, did not get through to the final stages of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014, even through Franklin did manage the feat, with yet another stunning ballad "Love Will Take Me Home" co-written by Glen Vella, Beatrice Eriksson, Marcus Frenell, and Michael James Down. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from the local music industry.
Source: Ħadd Għalik, WE Media
Due to the fact that a compilation album with all the songs competing in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest was not issued since 2011, a number of record labels, including CAP-Sounds and Jagged House have stepped in, with the hope of releasing the songs through digital services such as iTunes, Deezer, and Spotify for the general public to purchase or stream.
"Still Here" written by Alexander Rybak, "Chasing a Dream" written by Paul Abela and Joe Julian Farrugia as well as "Something in the Way" written by Mans Ek and Charlie Mason, performed by Franklin Calleja, Trilogy and Daniel Testa are the three songs which have been made available thus far, all through the German based company, CAP-Sounds, who have a distribution deal in place with Universal Music Germany.
"Still Here" and "Chasing a Dream" have been the most successful of the three thus far, both managing to peak at number #2 on the iTunes Chart in Malta, kept off the top spot by Band Aid 30 and their cover of the song "Do They Know It's Christmas?" We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available.
Source: CAP-Sounds, iCam Photography