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In 2006, a young blonde girl by the name of Sophie took to the stage of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with the song Extra Cute obtaining a mid-table placing. Just five years later, that girl had grown up into a little woman and took to the stage of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the track Love to Love You which she co-wrote alongside Elton Zarb. Based in the United Kingdom at the moment, Sophie has maintained a respectable name having recently been selected as the opening act for r'n'b star, Ciara and reaching the finals of an illustrious songwriting competition.

Sophie's Official Website which could be accessed here is offering a FREE download of a brand new single, that entitled Lil' Game which she also co-wrote with Elton Zarb. It is expected that recent material published by the female vocalist will all be part of her debut album released through Totally Sophie Music and distributed by Universal Music. Whilst pop will always be the main genre for the female vocalist, she is somewhat fusing it into r'n'b in order to create a new urban sound which will be either a hit or miss. The release of the track is being accompanied by an official music video which was shot in a pub and shows Sophie playing a little game with two eligible bachelors. It is a decent effort but I know that she could do much better. Stay tuned to for all of the latest news.

Source: Press Release

Saturday, 07 September 2013 16:48

United Kingdom: Difficult Times for Jade Ewen

Jade Ewen, the female vocalist who represented the United Kingdom at the 2009 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track It's My Time composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber to the lyrics of Diane Warren has been at the centre of entertainment tabloids stating that she is a 'struggling artist' and almost turned to the X Factor. The popular reality show has created the career of many including none other than; Leona Lewis, One Direction, Olly Murs, Cher Lloyd, JLS, Little Mix and Rebecca Ferguson.

Following her success at the Eurovision Song Contest, Jade Ewen signed a record deal with Polydor, a subsidiary of Universal Music but nevertheless, left the label when she offered a role within the girlband, Sugababes. With the group, she went onto record a studio album entitled Sweet Seven which peaked at number #14 in the United Kingdom and number #5 in Greece. It would be the last swan song for the group according to Jade who has went onto state that the group is over and done with, adding 'we kind of fizzled out two years ago'. Jade is currently working on her solo debut album with the hope of succeeding as was originally intended when she took to the stage of the international competition. Stay tuned to for more of the latest news.

Source: Digital Spy

Gianluca, the most successful contemporary male vocalist in Malta following his stint at the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat has recently unveiled his debut album released by Albam Records in conjunction with Sony Music United Kingdom. One of the leading music markets is the one in the United Kingdom and therefore, it was quite a feat to see the entry from the international showcase peak at number #66 without any promotion whatsoever. It was also the second highest new entry from the Eurovision Song Contest, only behind Only Teardrops performed by Emmelie de Forest which entered at number #15.

On the website of the Official Charts, Gianluca's debut album Waiting for Tomorrow is listed amongst the new releases of this week marking an international release for the collection. All of the tracks on the record, ten in total have been co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat with the recording taking place at Doyaya Studios. The release of the record is being supported by Calamatta Cuschieri who recently welcomed the whole team along with press and media to an official launch which proudly attended. Waiting for Tomorrow, the debut album by Gianluca Bezzina is available to purchase either physically through Exotique and D'Amato or digitally through iTunes. Stay tuned to for all of the latest news.

Source: Official Facebook Page, Emil Calleja Bayliss (Image)

In Malta, Lauren Aquilina has already been denoted a star and made several appearances on both local radio and television stations in recent days since she landed as she prepares for her performance at the Farsons Beer Festival on Wednesday, 31st July. Her debut extended play, Fools was a major success managing to peak at number #1 on both the Maltese and British versions of digital store, iTunes. Nevertheless, everyone has been hanging by the skin of their own teeth as the second extended play Sinners was put out a couple of days ago. Success in the United Kingdom is quite difficult but only through digital release, Sinners as a single has managed to enter the official music charts.

At number #66, Sinners is actually the fourth most successful new entry of the week following One Direction at number #2 with Best Song Ever, Scouting for Girls at number #52 with Millionaire and Nina Nesbitt at number #55 with Way in the World. Lauren Aquilina is surely a talented eighteen year old but also hard working in every possible way noting that she interacts with her fans on a daily basis on both Twitter and Facebook where she has Official Accounts. Lauren whose father is Maltese is the third artist in as many months with Maltese heritage to enter the charts following Joseph Calleja, a leading tenor and Gianluca Bezzina who represented Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest earlier this year. Stay tuned to for all of the latest news.

Source: Official UK Charts

Joni Fuller, the female vocalist who represented the United Kingdom at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest back in 2005 with the track How Does It Feel? reaching fourteenth place with just twenty-eight (28) points in total has been busy in the recording studio in recent months. Joni Fuller garnered remarkable exposure despite the disappointing result and started writing original songs, some of which have been published on her debut album Voices followed by an extended play entitled Run for Cover. During the past two years, the young vocalist has been busy giving performances all over the United Kingdom as well as Switzerland where she has been invited to perform on a number of occasions.

Mumford & Sons seem to have influenced the latest track by Joni Fuller, that entitled Home to Me which has an acoustic, country and pop feel. One could instantly notice that there is the use of live instruments on the track including an acoustic guitar, a set of drums, a piano and a violin. The latter is definitely nothing new considering that Joni had composed her entry at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with a violin, one which she also used during the live performance. It has been eight years since taking the stage for her performance and the singer/songwriter has defefinitely evolved her music genre taking up a rather folk/pop approach. We would like you to stay tuned to for all of the latest news with regards to artists who have been to the Junior or Senior editions of the Eurovision Song Contest. 

Source: Official Website

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 for all of the latest news about Sophie and local artists. 

Source: Press Release

Lauren Aquilina, the eighteen year old vocalist who has defied the odds of succeeding without the backing of a major recording label. The secret to success has been relatively simple, attract a loyal fanbase and make sure that they are always kept on top of the decisions made and it seems to be working considering that her debut extended play Fools was awarded a Gold Disc apart from making the Official Charts in the United Kingdom. Her sophomore release, Sinners slated for release on the 22nd July is currently available to pre-order through iTunes.

At this point in time, Lauren Aquilina is looking to promote her music as much as possible and following the release of the music video for Sinners, she has now recorded a beautiful live version of another track, entitled Irrelevant which is also found on this brand new extended play. Lauren will be performing for a local audience here in Malta during the Farsons Beer Festival, on the same night when Airport Impressions will be making their much anticipated comeback performance. Irrelevant is described as an emotional song with the female vocalist 'hoping that the emotion comes across'. The recording of the performance took place at the Bush Hall found in London.

In a recent article posted by Eurovision Ireland, in collaboration with, it was reported that Lauren Aquilina would definitely be one of the most fantastic choices to represent Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014, if she were allowed to do. The rules for next years' edition of the competition are yet unknown, and so is the format technically but nevertheless, a number of artists have taken part without living in Malta including Michelle Farrugia, Kelly Schembri and Saska Hunt amongst others. The public has warmed up a lot to Lauren Aquilina and seeing her on the stage of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest would be amazing. Stay tuned to for all of the latest news.

Source: Official Facebook Page

Published in Local Music News

Roxy Records, a subsidiary recording label of Universal Music based in Sweden is proud to host Sarah Dawn Finer on their roster. Earlier this year, the female vocalist based in the Scandinavian country was given the opportunity to perform as an interval act during the final of the Eurovision Song Contest. There she performed the track The Winner Takes It All which was a massive hit on digital store, iTunes. Sarah Dawn Finer is in the process of re-location to the United Kingdom as she records her fifth studio album and one which will hopefully transcent into the international market. She was giving an interview to the Gay Times in which she states that she 'would love to write a song or sing for the UK one year'.

The female vocalist is known for having a very colourful descent including a half-British, half-American lineage. Sarah tried to represent Sweden on two occasions but it seems that the nation is not too fond of the typical ballad with both I Remember Love and Moving On being extraordinary pieces of music. In Sweden, Sarah Dawn Finer has become a force to be reckoned with, noting that all of her studio album releases including; A Finer Dawn, Moving On, Winterland and Sanningen Kommer Om Natten have all reached the top three in the official charts with her second album peaking at number one respectively. The United Kingdom would definitely perform well with Sarah Dawn Finer heading their bid for the Eurovision Song Contest noting that expectations would be lower and ultimately surpassed when the results come on. Stay tuned to for more information. 

Source: Gay Times

In 2012, the British Broadcasting Corporation surprised everyone when it was revealed that the legendary crooner Engelbert Humperdinck would be representing the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest. His entry Love Will Set You Free could only muster twelve (12) points to achieve a penultimate position on the scoreboard ahead of Stay performed by Tooji on behalf of Norway. It has just emerged that there was someone else who the broadcaster had approached that year and it was actually someone current, a synthpop duo by the name of Hurts who had offered their services on more than one occasion.

At this point in time, the duo known as Hurts which comprises of Theo Hutchcraft and Adam Anderson have released two studio albums, the first one in 2010 entitled Happiness and the second one bearing the name Exile which was released earlier this year. The records have been successful all over the continent reaching the top ten in countries such as the United Kingdom, Austria, Finland, Germany and Switzerland. In an interview with NME, Theo Hutchcraft who is the lead vocalist of the duo stated 'We'd said in interviews like three years ago that we were interested', adding 'We thought it would be quite interesting. We had some ideas for it but then they went with Engelbert Humperdinck.' This revelation comes as a true surprise considering that many people had thought that the British Broadcasting Corporation had very much run out of ideas, hence why they also chose Bonnie Tyler and her entry Believe In Me to honour the United Kingdom earlier this year. Stay tuned to and hope that the broadcaster select a current artist to represent the nation in next years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Denmark.

Source: NME, Digital Spy

In 2003, around ten years ago, Tom Morley represented the United Kingdom at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with the track My Song for The World finishing in the second runner-up position behind Spain and Croatia respectively. The male vocalist who is now twenty-three is working on brand new material noting that his abilities along with his image have all developed in an entirely different manner than what the people might have expected. His debut single entitled Plain Colour, recorded at Ford Lane Recording Studios was released through several social media outlets such as Soundcloud and Bandcamp.

The music market in the United Kingdom is quite difficult to break but nevertheless, Tom Morley seems to have managed to garner the attention of BBC Radio 6 with the track Plain Colour included in a mix-tap during Tom Robinson Introducing ... Morley has just recently been signed to the brand new independent record label, NX Records which is in turn is a collaboration between Accidental Records by Matthew Herbert and the students of Goldsmights which refers to the music course set forth by the University of London. It is always astonishing to see younger artists gain recognition especially people who have honoured their country in the past. Tom Morley was one of three artists who represented the United Kingdom at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The others being Cory Spedding (2004) and Joni Fuller (2005). Stay tuned to for all of the latest news.

Source: Official Facebook, Official Twitter