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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)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzGiJxMd3UI

Gianluca, the lead vocalist of the band Funk Initiative decided to give the Malta Eurovision Song Contest a try with the track Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat. It was his debut in the competition and it could not have ended any better, finishing ahead of favourite Kevin Borg following the jury vote and garnering the second most support from the general public which is undoubtely amazing for an absolute newcomer. The young male vocalist has gone on record stating that music is more of a hobby noting that his full time profession is that of a doctor but nevertheless, the role of the former has seemingly changed following his successful result at the Eurovision Song Contest.

Malta had not managed to finish in the top ten for eight years prior to Gianluca with Chiara and her self-penned entry Angel finishing in second place back in 2005. Qualification has always been a tough hurdle but the nation has succeeded on two of the last three attempts which is definitely a positive sign. Since returning to Malta, Gianluca has been in contact with several promoters who have been wanting him to perform in events both locally and abroad, some of which are yet to be unveiled by his respective management. Apart from negotiating appearances, the male artist has been busy working on his debut album which officially saw the light yesterday during a launch held at Calamatta Cuschieri in Valletta. 

Album Title: Waiting for Tomorrow

Released: 29th July (International)

Waiting for Tomorrow, the debut album by Gianluca is published by Albam Records, an independent record label based in the United Kingdom. The material on the collection was recorded for the past two years and it literally sees the male vocalist use his skills to the very best. Musically, people who enjoyed his performance at the Eurovision Song Contest will most likely enjoy listening to what the album has to offer although it has to be noted that there are a couple of intriguing tracks which many people might not have expected to be included. The production of the album is extremely laid back, with elements of sixties pop, swing and also that slight tinge of soul, giving the music character and totality. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IiJLo1ZDthk

A debut album is always difficult especially due to the fact that although you might have a hit track, the people might be expecting a collection which would be surrounding that. The title in itself tried to give Tomorrow extreme importance with some of the music in the album somewhat going back to complete basics but the output is strong and the quality is high enough to cause worry for the future as more material is recorded, mastered, produced and ultimately published. Gianluca and his team wanted to thank Alan to Alan Bambrough of Albam Records, Howard Keith Debono of Jagged House, Daniel Borg and Reuben Spiteri of Kuluri and Tommy Hilfiger.

Tracks to look out for:

I'll Be There - Following the first single off the album was always going to be extremely difficult due to the overwhelming success that it entailed. This is the second single off the album and it was definitely a wise decision considering that there is some resemblance. Gianluca uses his soft vocal range against a backdrop of piano and guitars, stripped down to only the former during the bridge. Additional use of female backing vocalists is encouraged at key moments of the song to give it a complete sound. 

Light Me Up - The fifth track on the album also sees the male vocalist perform in the soft register which people have become accustomed to with only just slight use of piano in the beginning. Suddenly though as the thirty second strikes, there is a bass included along with some cymbals and once more, the track gains image and credibility. The chorus is strong and very much encourages a sing-a-long. The harmonies of the backing vocals are heard very softly on this one, something which is surely done on purpose. At the end, Gianluca rises to the occasion with a higher register and the overall effect is just beautiful. 

Perfectly in Tune - Music and Lyrics starring Drew Barrymore and Hugh Grant had a similar swan song in their soundtrack album and it seems that both Gianluca and Louise Ann drew inspiration. This particular song is set as the final track on the debut album and it was definitely a wise decision because it is written in a completely different manner. Both the male and the female individuals have soft vocals and it almost seems like they are performing without any music whatsoever at times. Nevertheless, there is a cello and a piano involved within the final production. A stunning piece which definitely sees to the possibility of future collaborations. 

Final Verdict: 

Following the success at the Eurovision Song Contest, Gianluca has amassed several fan-bases across the continent with some of the most prominent being those in Sweden and Spain which both have reputable foreign markets. It is important to denote that the success is being well managed by Doyaya Management who are working closely with a number of high profile companies such as Calamatta Cuschieri and Albam Records. I was anticipating a positive album with a strong message that Gianluca is here to stay in the music industry for a good number of years, and indeed, I wasn't surprised to have confirmed my initial feeling.

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Published in Editorials

Gianluca, Malta's representative at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat. Upon his return, he quickly returned to the studio in order to put the final touches on a number of pre-recorded tracks, all of which will be officially unveiled in his debut studio album. The release of his first collection is officially being sponsored by Calamatta Cuschieri, a financial institution which specialises in Investment Advice, Live Online Trading, Fund Services, Investment Management Services and Discretionary Portfolio Services amongst other areas.

On Tuesday, 23rd July, the debut album will be launched but it is important to denote that the same event will also mark the beginning of a cancer prevention campaign targeted at youths. Speaking to the media, Gianluca stated 'I have always wanted to use my singing to contribute positively to society and I hope this initiative helps raise awareness about the little things we can do in our everyday lives to help prevent serious illnesses like cancer.' Gianluca has been pretty busy in these past couple of weeks, working both as a doctor and as a male vocalist, having earned quite the accolade at the Eurovision Song Contest when he finished in eighth place with his delightful number. Fans of Gianluca may also get the chance to attend the official launch of the album as well as win a signed copy by logging onto the Facebook Page of Calamatta Cuschieri and following the details put forward by the main sponsor. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxVHnhu1aK4

Published in Local Music News

Up until a couple of months ago, Gianluca was just the lead vocalist of an awesome band known as Funk Initiative with hit songs including The Liberators and Paris but nevertheless, since winning the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the track Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat, everything has significantly changed. During the international spectacle, Gianluca managed to charm the audiences and the juries alike with his charisma and performance, so much that he finished in eighth place, the best result for the country since 2005 when Chiara took to the stage with a beautiful performance of the self-penned entry Angel.

He has not made it a secret that apart from returning to work as a professional doctor, he has also been busy recording his debut album whilst giving several notable performances including in front of thousands during the Isle of MTV fronted by Jessie J, Afrojack, Rudimental and Rita Ora. One of the tracks which will also be included on his debut album is a duet with Louise Ann Bugeja Tate entitled Perfectly In Tune which is also written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat.

The song recorded at Doyaya Studios was performed for the very first time before Gianluca left for the Eurovision Song Contest on the programme Xarabank. Louise Ann is a make-up artist and also a vocalist, having been to the Eurovision Song Contest twice, the other time being with Lynn Chircop in 2003 as she presented the track To Dream Again composed by Alfred Zammit to the lyrics of Cynthia Sammut. You may listen to the song once more just below. In the meantime, stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news. 

Source: Soundcloud

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VK4TvZeL6c0

 

Published in Local Music News

Gianluca, representative of Malta at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat has just been confirmed 89.7 Bay as one of the artists set to be on the stage of the Isle of MTV. Gianluca, who is currently extremely busy at Doyaya Studios working on his yet untitled debut album has just put out a single for his fans and followers to enjoy and it seems to have the same quirky sound which everyone has come to enjoy. As a matter of fact, I'll Be There also written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat could be purchased through digital store, iTunes.

Upon his return from the Eurovision Song Contest, Gianluca took up residency as a doctor but nevertheless, has been making several guest appearances on television contributing to charity fundraisers and performing, something that keeps him going. His announcement as a performer during this years' Isle of MTV is quite surprising noting that in the past couple of years, no local artists were given the opportunity to perform but nevertheless, it seems that a deal has been reached this time round with both Gianluca and Kristina Casolani being renowned artists in the local music scene. Remember, that the Isle of MTV will be taking place this Wednesday 26th June at the Granaries in Floriana. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: 89.7 Bay

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VK4TvZeL6c0

Published in Local Music News

Gianluca, representative of Malta at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat is currently working on his debut studio album. During the Pan-European competition, the young male artist who is a full time doctor by profession achieved the best result for Malta since 2005 when he finished in eighth place whilst accompanied on stage by Kenny D'Ugo, Gabriel Cassar, Christopher Tate, Louise Anne Bugeja Tate and Samaria Bezzina.

In recent weeks, Gianluca has been busy in the studio with Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat recording a set of brand new songs, all of which will be included in the debut studio album. One of the four tracks included on the extended play that helped promote Malta to the rest of the continent in the months leading up to the competition was I'll Be There which Gianluca also had the opportunity to perform during the London Preview Party. This track, a cheerful, ditty number has been released in full for all to hear. It is worth noting that the set of original songs will most likely be light and tailor made for the summer months. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news. 

Source: Official Facebook Page

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Tomorrow, co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat with vocals provided by Gianluca represented Malta in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest finishing in a respectacble eighth place, the most successful result for the nation in eight years. The extended play which includes the single was officially distributed by Sony Music UK but nevertheless, the track that most people are buying is the one which is on the official compilation which is distributed by Universal Music Germany. It is important to note that Tomorrow has managed to chart in Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland and the United Kingdom respectively. 

According to official statistics released by the European Broadcasting Union, the track was also the favourite of the juries during the second semi-final on Thursday whilst being seventh best with the public, the best result for Malta with those watching in ages. During the final, it was a ninth place finish in both the jury and the tele-voting which was beyond amazing for the country. The Public Broadcasting Services confirmed their participation in 2014 earlier this morning, days after the end of the Eurovision Song Contest 2013. In the meantime, it has to be noted that the official video of Tomorrow produced by Duane Laus has reached one million views, something that This Is The Night had also achieved but albeit on a larger time span. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for the latest news.

Source: eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WmJXIR9xtw

In February, Gianluca won the prestigious Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the track Tomorrow co-written by Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek and a couple of months later, he has become the most successful mainstream artist in Malta. Gianluca, the younger brother of classically trained performer, Dorothy Bezzina has stolen the hearts of many with a humble personality and a charming smile. Earlier this week, it was revealed that the Maltese entry for this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest which finished in eighth place with 120 points has managed to peak in the top forty in the United Kingdom and the top eighty in Ireland thus making it the most successful entry, ever to come from the Eurovision Song Contest where Malta is concerned. 

The Netherlands, a country which made it through to the final for the very first time since 2004 and finished in ninth place thanks to Birds performed by Anouk gave Malta eight points during the final and this has been reflected in the official singles chart considering that Tomorrow performed by Gianluca entered in position number #32. It is important to denote that the entry that represented Malta has also been published in an extended play on iTunes which features an instrumental version, a family version as well as a brand new track entitled I'll Be There. This extended play led the local iTunes chart for a number of weeks thanks to the promotion of Sony Music UK. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Official Dutch Charts

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vT8O9yNieeY

During this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, Malta finished in eighth place thanks to an astonishing performance of the song Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat with vocals provided by Gianluca. In the official mid-weeks posted by the British Broadcasting Corporation, responsible for the charts in the United Kingdom, the track is the second highest entry from the Eurovision Song Contest, just behind the winner of the event, that being Only Teardrops by Emmelie de Forest for Denmark. The mid-weeks are a fair reflection of the official charts which will be posted on Saturday evening and whilst the track will hopefully remain in the top forty, we'll be upbeat with a top fifty finish. 

Tomorrow, which received seven (7) points from the United Kingdom, most likely a perfect mixture of both jury and tele-voting has received positive reviews from all across the board. Malta and the United Kingdom have a mutual relationship due to the colonisation of the former in the years gone by and with one of the nations' official languages being English. At this point in time, the track has managed to peak at number #37 and whilst hoping that it goes higher, the influx of sales has already taken place. Indeed, this will mark one of the rare occasions in which a Maltese artist entered the foreign charts noting that Fabrizio Faniello had conquered Sweden and Denmark, Jon Lukas Woodenman had managed Lebanon and the United Kingdom and Kevin Borg entered those in Sweden following his Idol victory.

In the meantime, Joseph Calleja remains the most successful export but his genre is predominantly classical as opposed to the mainstream seen above. Tomorrow, released by Sony Music United Kingdom and distributed by Believe Digital was promoted through Facebook and Twitter by Alan Bambrough, Neil Busato and Darren Hemmings apart from promotion by Daniel D'Anastasi, Peter Carbonaro, Joseph Mizzi and Anton Attard during the actual Eurovision Song Contest. We would like to wish every success towards all of those who made this years' participation a successful one. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more of the latest news. 

Source: Official UK Charts

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxVHnhu1aK4

Tuesday, 21 May 2013 01:33

Malta: Hero's Welcome for Young Doctor

The 58th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest came to an end during the early hours of Sunday, at around 01:00 CET when the broadcast was cut during the reprise of the winning entry Only Teardrops performed by Emmelie de Forest. The winner of the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix had always been the favourite to win the international spectacle and assured her place in the history books amassing 281 points, the fourth biggest in terms of statistics. 

Nevertheless, whilst Denmark recorded their third victory at the Eurovision Song Contest, Malta finished in a brilliant eighth place, making it the first top ten finish since 2005 when CHiara had finished in second place with her entry Angel. Gialuca and his charming on stage antics had managed to steal the hearts of many during the fortnight and as he landed in Malta, he was greeted by hundreds of fans at the airport. It was indeed, a heroic welcome. It was an extremely tight situation according to The Times of Malta who stated that bodyguards were duly needed in order to ascertain the protection of the young doctor. 

The crowd varied from elderly to children, awaiting that signature on a poster or postcard. Gianluca managed to do what the artists in the past seven years have not been able to do and that is to enter the top ten. Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat is also becoming an international hit according to digital sales through iTunes. We'll await the official charts to be released in a couple of days but things look extremely positive. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available. 

Sources: esctracker, Times of Malta

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