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Gillian Attard, Vocal Director of La Voix Academy and Co-Founder of Ironic PR & Artist Management has just been in touch with ESCflashmalta in order to announce that the Academy will now have the opportunity to play live music with the addition of the La Voix Orchestra, led by Maestro Joseph Chircop.

Maestro Joseph Chircop, born on the 22nd March 1979 is a fully qualified trumpet player and has a major role in The Dropout Band, having led the band into the limelight in 2007, seeing them perform in various shows around the country. The 21 piece orchestra, is being set-up as we speak and will be managed by Ironic PR & Artist Management as are Gaia Cauchi, winner of the 2013 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest and Federica Falzon, winner of Ti Lascio Una Canzone 2014 and representative of Malta at this year's edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Gillian Attard, La Voix Academy, Ironic PR & Artist Management

Published in Local Music News

As preparations for the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest continue with rehearsals for the constestants of the second semi-final, Dilara Kazimova and Ovi Jacobsen, representatives of Azerbaijan and Romania got together for a short acoustic session in the Eurovillage. We're proud that escflashmalta.com was present for this remarkable event and we're even more pleased to show you some exclusive footage.

On the night of the first semi-final, Dilara Kazimova will be representing Azerbaijan with the song Start a Fire, released through CAP-Sounds, the German Record Label with distribution through Universal Music Germany. On the other hand, Ovi will be joining Paula Seling in representing Romania for a second time as they take to the stage during the second semi-final with the song Miracle. They had finished in third place on behalf of Romania back in 2010 with the song Playing With Fire. We urge you to have a look at the three videos through our YouTube Channel whislt also staying tuned to all the latest on escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter.

Source: ESCflashmalta Team


Xi Darba Min Jaf? written by Dominic Galea and Joe Friggieri with vocals provided by Gillian Attard was the first runner-up in the 2002 edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu. It was the beginning of an astonishing career for the artist, who has turned out to be the most prolific vocal trainer in Malta, known for establishing talents such as those of Gaia Cauchi, Federica Falzon, Veronica Rotin and Shauna Vassallo amongst others as director and founder of La Voix Academy.

escflashmalta.com is in an exclusive position to reveal that La Voix Academy which also features a number of tutors in the form of musicians; Chris Mallia, Wayne Camilleri, Sylvana Camilleri and Matt Mercieca, will hold the rights to the Maltese participation in the talent show Io Canto broadcast on Canale 5 with auditions taking place on the 10th August 2014. The announcement comes off the heels of yet another astonishing result for the academy and Federica Falzon who has no less than four songs in the final of Ti Lascio Una Canzone which airs on RAI Uno. We urge you to stay tuned to this portal for all the latest news.

Source: escflashmalta.com


CAP-Sounds, a record label based in Germany and distributed by Universal Music, known for publishing most of the entries that Malta has sent to the Eurovision Song Contest has prepared a special surprise for all fans of the international competition. escflashmalta.com is proud to exclusively reveal that the company has been busy speaking with artists, songwriters and label executives about getting the rights to each of the songs that represented Malta in the past, from the first ever entry in 1971 to the most recent one in 2013.

Unfortunately, despite all their efforts, some songs are missing either due to unclear legal issues or personal reasons but that should not marr the cloud of the compilation album, the second ever to be put on disc and digital platforms such as iTunes, Amazon and Spotify. It is a must have collection for all fans of the Eurovision Song Contest, and of course, of Malta’s participation in the international competition. This compilation includes none other than; Marija l-Maltija (1971), L-Imħabba (1972), Could It Be (1991), Little Child (1992), This Time (1993), Keep Me In Mind (1995), In a Woman’s Heart (1996), Let Me Fly (1997), The One That I Love (1998), Believe ‘n Peace (1999), Desire (2000), Another Summer Night (2001), 7th Wonder (2002), On Again ... Off Again (2004), I Do (2006), Vertigo (2007), Vodka (2009), What If We (2009), My Dream (2010), One Life (2011) and This Is The Night (2012).

A further suprise by CAP-Sounds are the inclusion of four (4) bonus tracks, all from this years’ edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, with Safe (Miriam Christine), Just No Place Like Home (Fabrizio Faniello), One Last Ride (Daniel Testa) and Because I Have You (Amber) all making the final cut. escflashmalta.com would like to thank Manfred Holz, owner of CAP-Sounds for taking up such an initiative, one which we had been personally hoping to happen for a very long time. Stay tuned for more of the latest news.

Source: escflashmalta.com / CAP-Sounds


Andreana, one of the most experienced vocalists to have taken part in this years’ edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with eight (8) participations in total; Listen (1998), Theresa (2002), Angels (2003), Let’s Make a Change (2005), So Good (2006), Fired Up (2010) and Now and Forever (2014) has been in touch with escflashmalta.com in recent days over the release of her first music video; one which is supporting Now and Forever, albeit in a completely different genre.

In the 2014 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, Now and Forever composed by Vinny Vella Jr to the lyrics of Karl Spiteri was a sultry tune with a contemporary jazz touch, as if being in a french cafe watching the day come to an end. The version in the video is ever so slightly different in what the songwriters and the performer are terming as a slight switch towards pop, something which the audience has already embraced. The music video set in Radisson Blu Resort St. Julians as well as several areas of natural interest, including Valletta has been worked upon by Take 2 Entertainment, whose work in cinematography has been duly appreciated along the years. Stay tuned for escflashmalta.com for more news in the coming weeks.

Source: escflashmalta.com


Published in Local Music News

On the 5th April 2008, Rai Uno unveiled a talent show, specifically designed for young artist to grow and establish themselves on national television and obtain experience in the industry. Ti Lascio Una Canzone, hosted by the wonderful Antonella Clerici is returning for a fourth season as of the 1st February 2014, and escflashmalta.com is proud to be in a position to exclusively reveal that one of the participants in this years’ series will be none other than a student of La Voix Academy.

At this point in time, we are unable to publish the name of the performer, due to the fact that Rai Uno holds the exclusivity over the names of the participants until they are unveiled during the very first programme but nevertheless, it will be an extremely wonderful surprise. Gillian Attard, stylised as Miss G is the vocal director of La Voix Academy, responsible for artists such as Veronica Rotin and Shauna Vassallo, finalists of the Canale 5 programme, Io Canto as well as Gaia Cauchi, winner of the 2013 Junior Eurovision Song Contest and former finalist of the programme Ti Lascio Una Canzone. escflashmalta.com encourages the general public to switch on Rai Uno this coming Saturday and see which artist from La Voix Academy will be flying the flag for Malta.

Source: escflashmalta.com


On the 7th and 8th February 2014, the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre will be hosting this years’ edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, featuring a total of twenty (20) entries, all of which will be hoping to represent Malta in the international competition and following the success achieved by Gianluca and his entry Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat. The editorial team of escflashmalta.com is currently in an exclusive position to reveal some details about the special guests of this years’ local showcase.

Gaia Cauchi, winner of the 2013 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, will be joined by a Choir from the La Voix Academy, under the vocal direction of Gillian Attard, who in turn also happens to be one of the co-writers on The Start, the winning song of the international competition. Joining Gaia will definitely be last years’ representative, Gianluca who was also asked to host this years’ edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Apart from treating the public to a special performance of Tomorrow, he is set to perform alongside fellow hostess Ira Losco, having been in the studio together recording some material as well as the Bezzina clan, according to yet unconfirmed reports.


In the meantime, multiple sources have told us that the Public Broadcasting Services is currently working on getting some international guests, one of which seems to be none other than three time Eurovision Song Contest representative for San Marino; Valentina Monetta. The singer/songwriter is planning yet another endeavour on behalf of the micro-state nation with a song co-written alongside Ralph Siegel. At this point in time, it is unknown where the special guests who are yet to be confirmed will perform, whether in the semi-final or the final but nevertheless, most of them have accepted the invitation of the broadcaster and will thus be making an appearance. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more news about the 2014 Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: escflashmalta.com


escflashmalta.com is in a position to confirm that Rikki Lee, lead vocalist of Gypsy Genes, a local band which was nominated for Best New Artist at the 2013 edition of the Bay Music Awards is going solo and is set to release his debut single, Lies. The male vocalist has gone on record stating that he is going ‘to do his best to release hit records on a frequent basis’ and is already working on follow-up material to his debut single.

Lies, a pop/rock number with a magnificient backing chorus, one which will surely evoke the maddest instinct of every listener. The click of ones’ fingers along with the tapping of ones’ feet will be a familiar feel throughout. Without a shadow of doubt, this is a track which is instantly memorable, catchy and has a particular tone which makes it recognisable on all counts. Rikki Lee, has the makings to become a leading solo artist in the local music scene, especially with the right ingredients and personnel behind his every move. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news from the local music scene.

Source: escflashmalta.com

Published in Local Music News
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 20:00

Exclusive: Revelation of MMA 2014 Nominations

On the 9th February, the Public Broadcasting Services in collaboration with Mega Music Management will be hosting this years' edition of the Malta Music Awards at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre. In line with last years’ proceedings, the Malta Music Weekend will return, with the event coming hot off the feel of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, which in turn would have taken place on the previous two (2) nights. During the course of the evening, six (6) awards will be given; Best Album, Best Song, Best Band, Best New Artist, Best Solo Artist and Best Video with a number of artists taking to the stage for a series of special performances.

In an exclusive announcement, escflashmalta.com is proud to present the nominations of this years’ edition of the Malta Music Awards prior to their respective announcement on Mixage, a television programme hosted by Peter Cossai on Television Malta which is set to air at around 22:30 CET. The showcase, for which you may purchase tickets here, has also finalised the line-up of performers with Airport Impressions, Gaia Cauchi, Plan Zero, Winter Moods, The Crowns, NORBERT, Red Electrick, Sophie, The Rifffs, The New Victorians, IraLosco and Andi all taking to the stage.

Best Solo Artist 



Ira Losco



Best Band

Airport Impressions


Red Electrick

The Crowns


Best Song

 Daphne (Lyndsay)

Hymns of June (Airport Impressions)

Me Luv U Long Time (Ira Losco)

The Runaway (Red Electrick)

Start the Revolution (The Rifffs)


Best Album

All things with love (The Shh)

Someone else (The Crowns)

Summer lovers (Skimmed)

The Fire (Ira Losco)


Best New Artist


Maxine Pace


Plan Zero


Best Video 

Hymns of June (Airport Impressions)

Me Luv U Long Time (Ira Losco)

Marija s-Sabiħa (No Bling Show)

Tomorrow (Gianluca)

The Runaway (Red Electrick)

escflashmalta.com is also in a position to reveal that some of the performers during the course of the evening will be unveiling some brand new material or rather performing live for the very first time. As a matter of fact, The New Victorians will be performing an original track off their upcoming studio album for the very first time, whilst Airport Impressions will give their first live rendition of Hymns of June. For the first time on television, The Rifffs will perform Start the Revolution and Ira Losco will be performing the brand new single The Way It’s Meantto Be whilst also airing the music video shot in London. Stay tuned to this portal for all the latest news.

Source: MMM


Published in Local Music News

As Editor-In-Chief of escflashmalta.com, I would like all of our readers an extremely Happy New Year and sincerely hope that it would prove more satisfactory than the one preceding it. In terms of music, it is going to be an extremely difficult year to follow up with Malta achieving success both at the senior and the junior level of the Eurovision Song Contest with Gianluca and his entry Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat finishing in eighth place, the best result since 2005 and Gaia Cauchi and her song The Start co-written with Elton Zarb, Matt Mercieca and Gillian Attard finishing on top of the leader board giving the nation their first ever success in an event organised by the European Broadcasting Union.

In recent days, we have been in touch with Gillian Attard, in hope of getting extremely special greetings for the brand new year, and indeed, being so courteous and kind, she gave us the go ahead and made sure that a couple of videos are recorded as the new year dawns on both Malta and the rest of the world. All the students who have been selected are coached by Gillian Attard, otherwise known as Miss G at the illustrious La Voix Academy whose track record with children in competitions is beyond amazing. It is no secret that the institution is run with a professional attitude and that several teachers should follow such an astonishing example as is being set forth by Gillian. Kicking off the special video messages is Gaia Cauchi.


Gaia Cauchi, winner of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2013, and also the illustrious Sanremo Junior a couple of months back decided to sing a special rendition of Happy New Year originally by Abba, and then covered by the likes of Niamh Kavanagh, Chiara, Paula and Ovi during the Romanian national selection. The second video is that of Shauna Vassallo, an upcoming artist who had the opportunity to perform on a regular basis on the programm; Io Canto which airs on Canale 5. This was the same show which had given us the likes of Danica Muscat, a two time qualifier of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.


The final video is that of the wonderful Veronica Rotin, another starlet of the La Voix Academy who had been given the opportunity to perform on Io Canto, and also managed to get through to the final stage of the competition, something which no other Maltese had ever done. It is not easy achieving success on an international level, but with sheer class and talent, anything is possible. Once more, on behalf of the editorial board, and also EXOR Group, proud sponsors of escflashmalta.com, we would like to wish you a very Happy New Year filled with everything your heart desires.

Source: La Voix Academy, escflashmalta.com


Published in Local Music News
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