14 December 2017
Born on the 30th May 1998, Sarah Bonnici is an extremely talented female singer/songwriter whose reputation in the local music scene is growing at a pulsing rate. During the past couple of months, she has been working on her sophomore single, following her debut with “Bandwagon”, written by Pamela Bezzina and Emil Calleja Bayliss back in 2015.
 
 
Breathe Your Love”, co-written by Kevin Borg and Simon Gribbe is a fusion of Pop and Electronic Dance music which is surely going to get people groovin’ on the dancefloors this summer. The new single is being released by K_Records with coordination by Ironic PR & Artist Management.
 
I am thrilled to have had the chance to work on a song with Kevin Borg, one of the most recognisable names in the pop music industry” said Sarah adding that the song is “fresh, current and an absolute joy to perform”.
 
Kevin Borg, one of the two co-writers on the track was “impressed by Sarah’s abilities as a performer during a gig and had to work with her” continuing to say that when “the muse flowed, I knew that Sarah had to be the one to perform, Breathe Your Love”.
 
In support of the release, which officially took place on the 30th June 2017, Sarah Bonnici and her team thought it would make sense to work on a lyric video, hoping to get the song’s message across through a myriad of colours and designs. This lyric video which was launched on the 28th June 2017, was produced by Jordan DeGiorgio and Rebecca Barry on behalf of DeeMedia.
 
“Breathe Your Love” is available for purchase on all major digital stores such as iTunes, Amazon and Apple Music as well as streaming through Spotify and Deezer. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene.
 
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"Young at Heart", an emotional roller-coaster of words, all leading to an extraordinary climax is the right balance of pop and balladry, a comfortable zone for singer/songwriter Kevin Borg, and his co-writer Simon Gribbe. The solo single release, a first in three years for the male vocalist re-ignites a passion, a yearning for a sound which the public at home have grown to love.

Since finishing as the first runner-up at the 2013 Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the self-penned "Needing You", Kevin Borg embarked on a songwriting journey, notching up successes in both the Asian and European markets, apart from also being responsible for the 2015 Malta Eurovision Song Contest second runner-up "Breakaway", sung by Glen Vella.

In support of the release of "Young at Heart", a music video has been produced by Brand Expo Design, or rather more specifically Samuel Agius Livori and Derston Aquilina. It has already made the iTunes Charts in Malta, Sweden and Finland, making it another success for the male singer/songwriter. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Kevin Borg (Official Facebook Page)

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Wednesday, 29 October 2014 07:16

MESC 2015: In-Depth Interview with Glen Vella

On the 21st and 22nd November, the Public Broadcasting Services will be hosting the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest at the Marsa Shipbuilding. 20 acts will be taking centre stage, in hope of representing the country at next year's edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, being held in Vienna, Austria. Over the next couple of weeks, escflashmalta.com will be publishing a series of interviews with all the participants. Whilst thanking the Public Broadcasting Services for this opportunity, Let's continue and follow things up with Glen Vella.

Would you kindly introduce your entry to our readers and also identify the meaning behind the lyrics?

It’s a very catchy tune. The style is upbeat and makes you feel good. Certainly you can dance along to it.

In Malta, the Eurovision Song Contest is considered to be a major outlet for the music industry, and you stand here as one of the semi-finalists. What does the whole experience mean to you?

I am a huge fan of the Eurovision Song Contest and after the experience of 2011 it was my dream to one day take part in this great spectacle again. I hope that my dream will become a reality with this song!

Recently, Malta has been rather successful at the Eurovision Song Contest, making the final on four of the last five participation attempts. What do you think is the reason for this success, and do you believe that your entry has what it takes to continue this positive trend?

I believe that many talented singers have been sent to represent Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest over the years. They have enjoyed their chance to represent the country and always to the best of their abilities and the audience has always appreciated their efforts. I really hope so!

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If you were given the opportunity to sing another one of the competing entries in the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, which one would it be and why?

There are so many other good songs in this year’s competition that it would be unfair to choose one!! 

Do you have any plans to release more music in the future, and do you have any particular projects in the pipeline?

I have recently embarked on an exciting new project at Vocal Booth Studios. I am director and tutor of Vocal Troupes. The aim behind Vocal Troupes is to teach different techniques that are necessary for singing in a group which are different to individual singing.

Would you like to say anything to our readers at escflashmalta.com?

Your support and love means a lot to me! I hope you like my song and that I am able to repay your loyal support with a great performance. Wish me luck!

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In 2013, Kevin Borg emerged as the clear favourite to represent Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest with "Needing You" co-written with Danne Attlerud, Thomas Thornholm, Michael Clauss and Simon Gribbe. Eventually, he was beaten into second place by the infectious Gianluca, whose song "Tomorrow" won over European hearts by achieving Malta's best result in eight years. Since then, Kevin has kept a low profile in Malta, focusing on his songwriting, with rewards being reaped every time once of his tracks is out for sale.

Two of his latest songs; "Sweat" and "Turn It Up" reaching number #1 in Japan and the Swedish iTunes Hip-Hop Chart. "Sweat" recorded by the biggest boyband in Japan at the moment, TVXQ/Tohoshinki made it's debut at number #2 earlier this week, but quickly rose to number #1. Kevin Borg co-wrote the song with Hanif Sabzevari, Nicklas Eklund. Kevin Borg is highly respected in the local music industry not only for winning Idol in Sweden years ago but for remaning current, and staying in the music industry. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Kevin Borg (Official Facebook Page)

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Kevin Borg, first runner-up at the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the track Needing You which he co-wrote alongside Danne Attlerud, Simon Gribbe, Thomas Thornholm and Michael Clauss is currently in the studio working on a couple of tracks for other artists as well as new material for himself. Despite not winning the local selection process, missing out to Gianluca and his entry Tomorrow co-written by Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek, Kevin has been pretty busy in both Malta and Sweden, headlining a series of events.

Mönsterås, a city in Sweden recently welcomed an outdoor concert, something that is quite common in the Scandinavian nation during the months of summer. Kevin Borg was one of the headlining acts and he got the opportunity to perform to around 3,000 people who sang with him throughout all of the performances. Following the aftermath of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, Kevin had stated that the possibility for him to return to Malta and possible represent the nation at the international competition was somewhat slim as his aim was to present the best of both nations, considering that the Eurovision Song Contest was taking place in Sweden. Kevin Borg keeps in touch with his fans through Social Networking website, Facebook and there he just posted a status saying 'working on a great new song, even if it takes its course of time, I think it will be worth it.' Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Bernard Polidano (Image)

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Needing You, co-written by Danne Attlerud, Thomas Thornholm, Simon Gribbe, Kevin Borg and Simon Clauss with vocals provided by Kevin Borg was the first runner-up at this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest hosted by Elaine Saliba and Gordon Bonello at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre in Ta' Qali. In the weeks leading up to the competition, the public had spoken positively about the entry especially considering the fact that Kevin who is relatively successful in Sweden returned to his home country to try and head to Malmo, to grave the stage of this years' international showcase. The single was officially released on iTunes early last week.

Many had expected Kevin Borg to perform well in this years' competition because he made it his aim to success on behalf of Malta and indeed, the public did award him with the maximum possible points, finishing ahead of Gianluca and his song Tomorrow before falling to second place following an extremely close jury vote which saw the upcoming artist heading to the Eurovision Song Contest where he will be competing in the first half of the second semi-final. The digital single of Needing You has performed relatively well on the local iTunes charts having managed to climb to number #1 for a couple of days before sliding back down to number #4 at the moment below the winning entry of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Listen to the mastered version just below as performed on Bingo Lotto on TV4 in Sweden. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Official Kevin Borg Facebook Page

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Friday, 15 February 2013 03:40

Romania: Kevin Borg Sets Sights on Sweden

TVR, the broadcaster responsible for the Romanian participation at the Eurovision Song Contest has never managed to overcome the odds and triumph at the continental event with two top three finishing coming at the hands of Luminiţa Anghel & Sistem with the track Let Me Try in 2005 and Paula Seling & Ovi with the song Playling With Fire in 2010. Despite the high expectations last year, they could only manage twelfth place, which was the sixth best result for the nation. They have altered the selection process ever so slightly for 2013. 

Kevin Borg, the first runner-up of the 2013 Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the track Needing You co-written with Simon Gribbe, Thomas Thornholm, Dan Attlerud, and Michael Clauss has managed to enter the Romanian national selection as a songwriter and it is important to denote that only around six entries have foreign songwriters from the thirty two which have managed to qualify through to the semi-final stage of the competition. In a surprise announcement, the broadcaster named the thirty-two (32) entries that have managed to make it through to the semi-finals of the competition and the editorial board of escflashmalta.com was content to realise that Kevin Borg will be competing in the selection with a song which he co-wrote with his writing partner Simon Gribbe and Aidan O'Connor, the latter who had co-written Lost Without You by Jamie Tonna in 2011.

Apart from Kevin Borg who is making a surprise appearance as a songwriter, there are two former Eurovision Song Contest representatives who are seemingly trying their luck for the second time including Luminița Anghel who is presenting the track Unique written by the same songwriter behind the Spanish entry at the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest, performed by Lucia Perez and Natalia Barbu who represented Moldova back at the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest who was afraid to submit the song in Moldova due to the new format which permits artists to perform the same song more than once. The official presentation of the songs will now be done on Monday, which was the original day in which the announcement of the semi-finalists was set to take place. Next week, both semi-finals will take place and will be duly covered by the editorial team of escflashmalta.com, so make sure to stay tuned.

Source: TVR

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Wednesday, 13 February 2013 16:15

Radio International: More Interviews Tonight

The Team of Radio International is back and following the visit to the Mediterranean Island of Malta in the past couple of weeks, invites you to the weekly Ultimate Eurovision Experience. 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 88.1Mhz 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 Eurovision fans can join in and chat amongst each other via the Chat Room and request their favourite Eurovision entry.

The main focus of the past week was surely the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, and the Team of Radio International had the opportunity to speak to the winner, Gianluca Bezzina who will be flying the flag for Malta in the second semi-final of the esteemed competition with the song Tomorrow co-written by Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek. Whilst attention is already being diverted off the selection, it is important to denote that we also had the opportunity to speak to Kevin Borg, who is thought to be one of the most pivotal figures in the local music industry and he came second with the song Needing You co-written with Simon Gribbe, Thomas Thornholm, Michael Clauss and Dan Attlerud. 

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The interviews continues thoug because, a newcomer by the name of Davinia Pace finished in third place during the Malta Eurovision Song Contest iwth her song Betrayed composed by Elton Zarb and penned by Matthew Mercieca (Muxu). She has taken in this experience as a brilliant kick start to bigger and better things and considering that she has released material such as Feel Good Song and Sail Away in recent months, one would surely expect more in the near future. The final interview that will be aired this evening is with Liene Candy who is hoping to represent Latvia in 2013 with the song Higher and Higher. She has already been a backing vocalist for the nation before, in 2008 with Wolves of the Sea but would like to come out as the lead vocalist.

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Radio International is always keen to present songs during the show apart from the weekly features and therefore, collaborating the two ideas together will see the emergence of Eurovision UnverCover whereas tracks performed at the Eurovision Song Contest will be covered by other singers. The actual tracks will be played first followed by the cover and this will make things interesting. Apart from this feature which will officially commence as of tomorrow, there will be new material played on the show by a number of former representatives. All of the latest news is also covered during the weekly broadcast noting resources from escflashmalta.com and escXtra where Luke Fisher, the Editor makes a weekly round-up. The same applies with Dermot Manning who continues national finals and this week, he turns to Finland, Iceland and Norway. Follow the show through the official website and also send your requests through the contact link which is found on the aforementioned website.

Source: Emil Calleja Bayliss (image), Press Release

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Wednesday, 16 January 2013 03:20

MESC 2013: Reviewing the track 'Needing You'

The Public Broadcasting Services has always sought to represent the country in the best possible way when it comes to music and therefore the organisation of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest came into existence for this reason, to make sure that the public along with an expert jury make the best possible selection for the prestigious event which is viewed by millions of people all across the world. Despite being small in terms of size, this country has produced some astonishing vocal talent noting the success being achieved on a foreign scale with various genres including: opera, pop, dance and rock amongst others. When the Eurovision Song Contest participation is in question, there were a number of consecutive top ten finishes throughout the nineties and with the growing number of participants, Malta also ranked highly on occasion whilst beating others to make it through to the final stage on three occasions, in 2004, 2009 and 2012 thanks to Julie & Ludwig, Chiara and Kurt Calleja respectively. Promotion is the key for success and as the competition is set to take place in around two weeks time, escflashmalta.com continue to promote each entry with a set of highly acclaimed people in the foreign music industry speaking their mind on each track with the eventual winner given an award on the programme 'Sas-Sitta' which airs on NET Television. The tenth entry to be presented is Needing You performed by Kevin Borg and co-written with Michael Clauss, Simon Gribbe, Dan Attlerud, and Thomas Thornholm. In the reviews below, you'll notice that Knut Oyvind Hagen is commenting instead of Sharon Vaughn who previously worked with Kevin Borg on his debut album.

Kevin Borg is definitely a well known figure in the music industry and not only within the local spectrum but even abroad having moved to Sweden back in 2008 with the hope of making it through to the live stages of the hit reality television show Idol which aired on TV4. He succeeded in passing through to the live phases and with remarkable performances every week, he seemed to be a shoe in for one of the top positions. Competing against the female Alice Svensson in the final, he was praised by the judges and was crowned as the winner with a high percentage of votes, going on sign a recording contract with Sony Music leading to the release of his winners single bearing the name With Every Bit of Me which peaked at number #1 as well as his debut album entitled The Beginning which fared just as well by reaching number #3. Following the release of another track entitled Streetlights, Kevin decided to part ways with the label because of creative control and has been co-writing a number of tracks with artists all over the country including the recent Idol runner-up Robin Stjernberg amongst others. Kevin tried his luck to represent Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest in the past, first trying out in 2006 with the track You're My Dream and then in 2007 with Whenever, both composed by Jason Paul Cassar and penned by Sunny Aquilina. They reached eighth and fourth place respectively but nevertheless, it gave him the courage to go and give it a shot on the foreign music circuit and it worked.

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Speaking to the local media, Kevin has come clean about his particular noting that he has indeed returned because of the public perception at this current moment stating that he would absolutely love to represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest which will indeed be taking place in Sweden, the same nation in which he is still extremely popular. The entry he is presenting to the competition entitled Needing You has been co-written alongside Simon Gribbe, Michael Clauss, Dan Attlerud, and Thomas Thornholm. The significance of each songwriter has somewhat been recorded in the Scandinavian music industry especially the latter three who have proudly worked with the likes of Kikki Danielsson, Alcazar, Barbados, Afro-Dite, Fame, Pernilla Wahlgren, Jan Johansen, and Magnus Carlsson. It is important to denote that the same team had also co-written the Norwegian entry in the 2004 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest entitled High performed by Knut-Anders Sorum, finishing in a disappointing twenty-fourth place. Kevin Borg and Simon Gribbe are currently producing a number of tracks together as could be heard on soundcloud, some of which would have been suitable for the competition as well. It is yet unknown in which position he will be performing within the running order due to the fact that the producers will be taking care of it, in order to make sure that there will not be any clashes of genres.  

The Critics Speak Out 

Rating: 80%

Martin Isherwood: Good chorus melody - should really be called Unbreakable. 'Needing You' is vague, inverted, contradictory and unspecific. You wouldn't say this to someone so best not to sing it. Lyrics could be more clear. Good voice and good performance. Good strong melodies. Well put together track. Nice tune but lyrics are a bit vague. A big ‘love you forever’ ballad - just say that.

Stano Simor: Kevin can definitely reach the female audience with such a track. He has quite a beautiful colour to his vocal chords which together with the songwriters' production bring this ballad on an extremely professional level. Stunning performance.

Lina Eriksson: Kevin competed and won Swedish Idol a few years ago. There’s no doubt he’s a great singer. This is a beautiful ballad, with beautiful lyrics and the production suits it well. Good work!

Roberto Meloni: This is one of the strongest songs of the National Selection for Malta. Well, I was actually expecting more from Kevin Borg, but of course he is undoubtedly a very good singer and performer and he will do really well. A definite top three.

Knut-Oyvind Hagen: This is actually a really good boy-band ballad. Had Westlife released this 10 years ago, it would have topped the European charts. Slightly old fashioned, but excellent vocals make this a serious contender.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services, escflashmalta.com

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Wednesday, 26 December 2012 07:50

MESC 2013: 'Never Walk Away' Most Viewed Thus Far

2012 is becoming another relic in just a couple of days time noting that Christmas has officially come to an end and people are paving the way for the new year which will surely be intriguing especially for those who might have thought that the world was really coming to an end. The Public Broadcasting Services wasn't an entity which had such a belief and thus started to organise the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest noting that the list of twenty-four semi-finalists was concluded just a couple of days back following the withdrawal of Dress Rehearsal by Saska Hunt which was eventually replaced by Marilena Gauci with the song Overrated. Whilst the official videos are being widely promoted on the engine used by the Public Broadcasting Services within their website, they have also been uploaded on viral website, YouTube and thus, one could take up the idea of views per track and it seems that the top five is quite intriguing with the leader of the pack running away with it at the present moment.

The track Never Walk Away co-written between Peter Borg, Matthew James Borg, David Cassar Torreggiani and Chris Grech has wracked up the most views at the moment noting that the band influenced entry performed by Chris Grech is being singled out for the very reason why the artist has become known, his raspy vocals which soar towards the end of the track making it sound like that typical song from the radio. It has not been a case of the locals falling in love with it wholeheartedly noting that there is a lot of foreign support for the track which sounds like a promising single from a budding new artist, stating what people have come to denote it. At this present moment, it has managed to garner around 10,000 views and has been shared many times of social media including Facebook and Twitter. Chris Grech himself is not a well known artist to be receiving multiple views based on his name so this is pretty much an intriguing start.

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In second place comes none other than Kevin Borg with his entry Needing You a co-write between Thomas Thornholm, Simon Gribbe, Dan Attlerud and Michael Clauss. This has to be the most obvious option because despite the national interest at hand, the following that Kevin has in Sweden is relatively huge and therefore, the hits are picking up slowly and have at this point in time gone up to more than 6,000. This could be dubbed to be a mixture between the Maltese and Scandinavian ballad because it has a slow build up worked mainly around the vocals of the performer which also have a slight rasp to them in the vein of an Italian performer or even one of his good friends, Fabrizio Faniello. The fact that the Eurovision Song Contest is set to be held in Sweden seems to be the asset that many people are counting on and having a host country working in your favourite is definitely a positive idea.

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A newcomer always somewhat finds it difficult to kick start their preparations for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in the best order but it seems that glitz and glamour are calling onto a new performer, one whose name is Melanie Zammit and who will be performing Loverdose composed by Niclas and Maria Lundin and penned by Gerard James Borg, whose international collaborations are becoming somewhat more common in recent years. Melanie Zammit is a relative unknown in the Maltese music scene having only released one single prior to this competition through 89.7 Bay Radio and also major television stations. She has charisma and fashion sense and that seems to have got the crowd going but nevertheless, it is important to say that her pop/dance number is putting people in third gear and dancing along even in places where they shouldn't. The live performance is going to be quite the showcase, or rather, that is my feeling.

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Whenever a certain songwriters comes into the fray, it seems that it could be pure instant gold and as a matter of fact, Thomas G:Son who also co-wrote the winning entry of this years' Eurovision Song Contest has worked with the renowned local songwriting duo of Philip Vella and Gerard James Borg to create Ultraviolet performed by Jessika who is currently in a process of re-branding herself. The singer/songwriter who is also starring in a television series known as Il-Klikka on ONE Television has been receiving a lot of positive comments with regards to her track whose opening notes have been similarly linked to Emeli Sande's popular song Next to Me but nevertheless, the focus here is definitely on the catchy tune which one easily hums along and performed at the slightest listen. Jessika has become a true artist and with the right staging, this could very much be one of the favourites on the night. It has received almost 4,000 views at the moment making it the fourth most watched entry.

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The final track that we are featuring due to being in the top five of the most viewed thus far is none other than Tomorrow performed by Gianluca Bezzina and co-written between Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat. The songwriters are not your typical festival duo and as a matter of fact, it shows that the competition is becoming more of a merge between the festival and the radio scene making it one of the most successful transitions in the industry. This Jason Mraz, Train inspired entry is hitting the right notes with many people due to the fact that it puts you in a cheery disposition and instantly get you hooked. Humming is one of the most important elements to get to know a particular track and this is one of those songs which you hum along daily without even realizing. It has received around 3,500 views at the moment and seems to be most vulnerable at the helm but nevertheless, a charming pop/acoustic number. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the 2013 Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

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