November 15, 2019

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In the local music industry, Gerard James Borg does not require any introduction, having been responsible to penning the lyrics for no less than five entries, the last of which was back in 2008, entitled Vodka performed by Morena to the composition of Philip Vella. He was also partly responsible for almost bringing the Eurovision Song Contest to Malta, noting that he wrote the lyrics of 7th Wonder, runner-up at the international event back in 2002 with vocals by Ira Losco and music by Philip Vella once more. Despite his focus still on songwriting, he has a brand new project, one in the form of a book, entitled Sliema Wives.

The novel is a fast paced work of fiction set in the beautiful town of Sliema and promises to be exciting and intriguing.  Five local women have been nominated for The Woman of The Year Award by an elite fashion publication, LUSHLIFE. One wins; four lose. But in the run to the award there are many things going on in this thrilling and entertaining mix which is also flavoured with passing mentions of local personalities. And since the author is a known name in the Eurovision circle we also find some Eurovision related gossip in one of the chapters. The book, published by Midsea Books is available from all leading bookstores in Malta and Gozo and €2 from each sale will go towards Puttinu Cares.

At the moment, Gerard James Borg is preparing for another edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, as four (4) of his entries got through to the semi-final stage of the competition. This is extraordinary and continues to show the prowess of the individual on the local arts stage. He has garnered traction all over the continent having also competed in several other national selections including in Norway, The Netherlands and Belgium. We urge you to stay tuned to for all of the latest news about the local music scene and the esteemed individuals who represent the nations’ past, present and future.

Source: Press Release

Published in Local Music News

Friðrik Ómar is known to have represented his home country of Iceland in the 2008 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest alongside Regína Ósk within the duet known as Eurobandið with the track This Is My Life. In the past couple of weeks, he has gone onto release his fifth solo album entitled Outside the Ring containing ten songs, most of which are written by himself and therefore giving his effort a different life, full of personal emotions and feelings which he can now transmit through the medium of music. The release of the album took place in Harpa in an established venue known as the Reykjavik Concert Hall.

Whilst having been done by several artists in the past, Ómar took on a brand new approach to the showcase noting that he wanted to embody the title of the studio album into the performance and thus was at the centre of the venue, surrounded by people as per the Outside the Ring metaphor. This more intimate approach gave him the opportunity to connect more with the audience and really express the emotion in his music. This element was deemed to be successful as both the audience and Omar were extremely happy at how the concert turned out. This was the first release that he has supported and thus, it means more to him hence why he was riding on a high following the public perception. He has been gladly building up his career since his Eurovision Song Contest experience and will surely continue moving in the right direction. You can purchase the album through iTunes with physical copies available to order from the official webpage of Friðrik Ómar. Like Hera Bjork, Greta Salome and the Chiara from Malta, Friðrik is represented by Hands Up Music. Stay tuned to for more news in the coming days and weeks with regards to former Eurovision Song Contest performers.

Source: Hands Up Music