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Saturday, 30 August 2014 18:13

Exclusive: Sophie Confirms MESC 2015 Absence

Sophie DeBattista, a female singer/songwriter who has been part of the line-up at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on two occasions, in 2011 with "Love to Love You" and in 2014 with "Let the Sunshine In" has been in contact with the escflashmalta.com editorial team confirming that she will not be partaking in the selection process in a bid to focus on her studies in the United Kingdom.

Reading for a Bachelor of Arts in Music, Sophie is known to the general public as the young girl who not too long ago took to the stage on behalf of Malta at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with the track "Extra Cute". Since then, the female singer/songwriter has relocated to the United Kingdom where she has been having a blast, releasing new material, and also supporting major stars such as Ciara. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2015.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvFd84yjRas

Published in Local Music News

Sophie DeBattista, a female singer/songwriter who has twice been a participant in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, including earlier this year with 'Let the Sunshine In' which she co-wrote with Lou Mullen, Adam Pikard and Alexander Dew, has been relatively busy as of late by booking several appearances in the United Kingdom, and also releasing a brand new track, one bearing the name 'So Damn Perfect'.

Being a former Junior Eurovision Song Contest representative, she has made quite the career for herself, especially after basing herself in the United Kingdom, yet coming to Malta frequently for events, and concerts. Her latest release, 'So Damn Perfect' is very non-typical for the singer/songwriter focusing on sad lyrics, dealing with the supposedly perfect male whose presence is negatively affective. 

The music video, shot in the United Kingdom sees Sophie in a junk yard for most of the time, showing the audience a glimpse of the story line, at least from a psychological point of view. We would like to remind you that you may purchase 'So Damn Perfect' on iTunes, or other major digital retailers as well as steam it on Spotify. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Press Release

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

Published in Local Music News
Thursday, 17 April 2014 08:44

Malta: Sophie DeBattista Unveils New Single

Sophie DeBattista, an independent female singer/songwriter who has never runaway from a challenge, even when the going gets tough. A former representative of Malta at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, as well as being a two-time Malta Eurovision Song Contest participant, she has decided to release her new song without any funding whatsoever, and solely owning the copyright. So Damn Perfect, a masterful pop ballad showcases the chops that Sophie has without taking away from any of her other previous releases which have ranged from Indie to Bubblegum Pop.

Based in London, but often in Malta, one has to point out the sheer determination that Sophie seems to have in every project she puts her mind to. During the recent edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, her entry Let the Sunshine In was a ditty tune which many did not even give attention to prior to the semi-final stage of the competition when the performance came alive. So Damn Perfect stems away from that genre as already mentioned but has my full backing for being different and professional at the same time. We urge you to purchase the song from iTunes or stream it through Spotify whilst logged into escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: Sophie DeBattista (Twitter)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4flXcE9vmrs

Published in Local Music News

In 2014, the Public Broadcasting Services, responsible for Malta’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest decided to conduct a national final with just twenty (20) entries, rather than the typical twenty-four (24) which many had become accustomed to in recent years. Promotion is always vital, and escflashmalta.com has sent each entry to a professional panel of individuals in the music industry, who have in turn passed on their comments. This year, we have asked the likes of John Scott from the United States, Martin Isherwood from the United Kingdom, Sharon Vaughn from the United States but based in Sweden, Stano Simor from the Czech Republic and Greig Watts from the United Kingdom to do the honours. Today’s review is centred on Let the Sunshine In, co-written by Sophie DeBattista, Lou Mullen, Adam Pikard and Alexander Dew vocals provided by Sophie DeBattista.

Sophie DeBattista, representative of Malta at the 2006 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with the track Extra Cute has come an extremely long way, basing herself in the United Kingdom and clinching several opportunities in the industry, including the chance to support Ciara during a recent concert at the IndigO2 Arena in London as well as performing alongside former X Factor finalists; Marcus Collins, Misha B and Amelia Lily. This will be her second experience in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, having previously made the cut in 2011 with a song entitled Love to Love You which she co-wrote with Elton Zarb. Nevertheless, the genre this time round is completely different and somewhat represents the direction that Sophie has taken up in her music career, a stripped down series of pop songs, which show her flair towards song writing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2EcFTRLfms

Lou Mullen, Adam Pikard and Alexander Dew have all collaborated with Sophie DeBattista on Let the Sunshine In making it one of the busiest entries in this years’ competition in terms of song writing. Without a shadow of doubt, Sophie is the most experienced of the lot, having written several of her most recent tracks, all of which have been garnering the right attention from talent scouts and radio stations across the United Kingdom and Malta. Such songs include none other than ‘Lil Game and Silver Bullet, the latter being her current single, released on the compilation #westfieldpresents. Nevertheless, Alexander Dew has also helped create a couple of tracks, co-writing Tired Heart by the electronic group Kinobe and released on Pepper Records, the dance imprint of Jive Records. Other than that, it seems like this team of song writers are fresh and new on the town, ready to take on the industry by storm, kicking off with the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

The Critics Speak Out

Rating: 55%

John Scott: The song is ok, but I feel the chorus does not go anywhere. The hook needs to be much stronger for the song to be competitive.

Martin Isherwood: Voice ok. Not sure what 'gotta give the love the love' is about. Feels like there are two (2) choruses - with the 'Oh yeahs' in there as well Suggestions of 'Sexual Healing' in the lyrics. Production not really up to it sounds like a basic demo. Annoyingly positive and made me want to lock myself in a darkened room.

Sharon Vaughn: A catchy little commercial tune and she is really adorable... but the Goth leather doesn't fit this song or this face at ALL!

Stano Simor: American style of music that is well known to us. Thanks to the excellent passages in the bridge, this is the kind of song that everyone in the audience will be singing subconsciously. Sophie fits this kind of composition very well. I don't think that the song is strong enough to occupy first place in the national competition. 

Greig Watts: Another quirky delivery from a female, seems to be fashionable, the chorus for me on this one doesn’t deliver as much as I want it to, has a nice secondary hook, but in honesty not as strong as some of the others for me. 

Source: Public Broadcasting Services, escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvFd84yjRas

Published in Editorials

Sophie, a nineteen year old, originally from Malta but based in the United Kingdom, has successfully entered the local music charts as published by 89.7 Bay with the track Lil’ Game. This is rather surprising, especially days after the official music video for her entry Let the Sunshine In co-written with Lou Mullen, Alexander Dew, and Adam Packard was made available by the Public Broadcasting Services. It is well worth noting that this will be her second participation in the event, having also made the cut back in 2011 with the song Love to Love You which she co-wrote with Junior Eurovision Song Contest winning songwriter, Elton Zarb.

In 2006, Sophie managed to triumph in the Malta Junior Song for Europe competition, with the track, Extra Cute which she claims to have written, something which could be the case especially noting that she has been writing her own material for quite some time. Every now and then, the female artist would like to make a splash in her home country, Malta and therefore it does not come as a surprise that she has entered the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, or that she has managed to enter the charts on 89.7 Bay. A new entry at number #8, Lil' Game is also co-written with Elton Zarn and has given Sophie several success stories in the United Kingdom. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: 89.7 Bay

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

Published in Local Music News

Sophie, a nineteen year old, originally from Malta but based in the United Kingdom, has successfully reached the semi-finals of the Open MIC UK Songwriting Competition, days after making it through to the upcoming edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the track Let the Sunshine In co-written with Lou Mullen, Alexander Dew, and Adam Packard. At the beginning of the process for this songwriting competition, there were about 9000 entries, with Sophie being the only Maltese act. She is now a stone's throw away from the Grand Final of this contest and up against some of the best emerging writers in the UK.

Bursting onto the local music scene is no mean feat, and at a young age, Sophie was one of those artists who showed a lot of promise and went onto represent Malta at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with the track Extra Cute, which achieved a mid-table showing. Since then, she has collaborated with a number of local and foreign songwriters and released several singles, including some incredible cover versions. In 2011, she tried to represent Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Love to Love You which she co-wrote with Elton Zarb, winning songwriter of this years’ edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELH5Ki5SDHg

Published in Local Music News