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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, 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

Sophie DeBattista, one of the fastest rising stars of the local music industry who has already represented her Malta in foreign competitions such as the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, albeit almost seven years ago to this day. Currently based in South East London, the young female vocalist was performing at the Open Mic UK Regional Showcase a couple of days back and now has the opportunity to fight for a coveted slot to perform in the prestigious O2 Arena in London.

The Open Mic UK Showcase is known to feature some of the best unsigned artists from all across Great Britain with different regions hold their own shows and picking the best. Sophie had the opportunity to perform in front of a maximum capacity audience, achieving the support of the expert panel of judges to get through to the Area Finals taking place at The Beck Theatre in Hayes, Middlesex with the chance of getting thorugh to the National Grand Final taking place at The O2 Arena in London on the 18th January 2014.

In order to get this far, Sophie performing an original track, Silver Bullet receiving comments which ranged from 'committed performance' to 'good dynamics to deliver' and ultimately 'great energy'. A spokesperson for Open Mic UK commented “We are searching for an act that not only has the ability to impress an audience, industry judges and A&R associates, but an act that has the potential to become a professional recording artist. Acts that have made it are just one step away from performing at the best live music venue in the country!”

The competition is brought to you by Future Music; the company behind the discovery of artists such as Warner Music’s Birdy, Columbia Record’s Lucy Spraggan, Union J’s Jaymi Hensley and Jahmene Douglas both of which are now signed to Sony Music. The competition is divided into three age categories; Under 16, 16-20 and 21 and Over. All types of singers, vocal performers, groups and acoustic singer/songwriters are invited to enter Open Mic UK.  For more information go to the official website, and stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest about Sophie's journey.

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELH5Ki5SDH

Sophie DeBattista, a semi-finalist at the 2011 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the track Love to Love You which she wrote to the composition of Elton Zarb is currently representing her home country in the best possible way having had the opportunity to perform during the Musicalize Concert at the IndigO2 Arena. The line-up for the concert which Sophie had been a part of included Lady Leshurr, Little Nikki and Ciara, the American r'n'b star who is currently on the verge of a music return with a brand new album.

Sophie felt like she needed to get the crowd going from the get go and therefore made sense to open with a cover of the song Price Tag, originally performed by Jessie J. She quickly followed it up with Independent Miss, an original track which she co-wrote with Elton Zarb, the same songwriting duo who are currently working on a debut album. The third track in her set was Jump The Gun and going from one stage to another, she seemed to enjoy every second of the thrill that one gets when performing on stage. 

At the end of her performance, Sophie stated 'I would like to thank all the lovely people who came down here to support me tonight. I know many of you travelled a long distance to be here, and for me this is absoutely amazing, I feel so blessed. I would also like to thank Ben, Sophie and all at Musicalize, together with all the other fantastic acts tonight for making  me feel very welcome on my debut at a major event'. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about Sophie and local artists. 

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07KcqDSsPMs

Sophie, semi-finalists in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2011 which took place the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre has definitely had a positive couple of months touring across the United Kingdom whilst working on her debut album which will be released in due course. It is also worth noting that the teenage performer had also represented the country at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest back in 2006 with the song Extra Cute achieving a mid-table position.

At the moment, Sophie who lives in London, the United Kingdom and has shared the stages with the likes of former X Factor runner-up Marcos Collins is hoping for the opportunity to perform with r'n'b star, Ciara. The renowned artist who is signed to Epic Records, a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment is known for a string of hits including Lose Control, and Takin' Back My Love amongst others. In order to cast your vote and support Sophie, we would like you to visit this page and then just press the word 'like' on Sophie's video. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about local artists as well as their experiences in foreign territories. 

Source: Sophie on Twitter

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