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Stunning! One word, commonly used as a phrase to describe perfection. Somewhat rare that I use such language, for those who have come to know me, believe that I am difficult to please.

Last night at Rockestra, an annual event held under the auspices of the Office of the President of Malta in support of the Malta Community Chest Fund, I used this word a mere 3 times; for the collective Malta Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Sigmund Mifsud, and then for the powerhouse female vocals of Julie Zahra and Raquela.

Raquela, a stand-out artist, whose talent has been showcased time-and-time again on the national stage, having been in the finals of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in 2009, 2011 and 2013 as well as Teatru Unplugged 2013, was the highlight of Rockestra in 2014, performing a duet of "Say Something" with Konrad Pule, originally by A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera. This year she took on, "A Thousand Years", originally by Christina Perri. Tried by several other local acts before her, all of whom were sub-standard, Raquela was in her element and zone, getting a rapturous applause mid-way through the performance.


Julie Zahra, one-half of Malta's representative duo at the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2004, recently back to Malta following a lengthy stay in the United Kingdom was absolutely flawless in both her numbers, starting out with a jaw-dropping performance of Queen's "Who Wants to Live Forever", where she swayed left to right in a beautiful white gown, before giving an impeccable performance of "The Phantom of the Opera" in a duet with Frank Cardassia.

The two ladies were truly in a league of their own, and gave performances which bring talented foreign acts to shame and ridicule. The evening, a positive celebration of talent, featured several well known artists, all of whom gave their absolute best. Notable mentions include Raquel Galdes, Ludwig Galea, Justin GaleaChris Grech, Brooke Borg, Lawrence Gray, and Victorio Gauci of The Crowns. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene.

Source: escflashmalta.com


Published in Editorials

"Mary Jane", the brand new single released by The Crowns, a pop/rock band which features; Gianluca Cappitta, Chris Ciantar, Victorio Gauci, Jean Paul Mollicone and Luke Vella Clark is the first track off the continuation of a journey, one which started in 2010, eventually leading to the release of the debut album "Someone Else" in 2013. Spawning 7 successful singles, including a remix, The Crowns have never looked back, and it seems like this new release will only lead to an extremely busy 2015.

Co-produced by David Vella from Temple Studios, and mastered by Fred Kevorkian from Avatar Studios in the United States, “Mary Jane” is fresh, modern and finds itself promoting a lyrical twist, a twofold-meaning so to speak, due to the fact that it primarily refers to a woman, whilst secondarily referring to that same woman as a drug, which is addictive, and eventually destructive.

In support of the release, a music video has been directed, produced, filmed and edited by Matthew James Borg. The main aim was to create a party scene, where everyone is having fun. The Crowns would like to thank everyone who has been a part of this project, including Marc Calleja Bayliss of Ironic PR & Artist Management, Luke Engerer for styling the guys with brands from IQ at Baystreet, Charmaine Gauci for the make-up as well as Keith Shaw and Josephine Abela for their hospitality. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene.

Source: Press Release


Published in Local Music News

'The Celebrity Night' is a weekly television programme which has become somewhat synonymous with Saturday evening, is broadcast on F Living Channel. The series which officially kicked off at the beginning of October revolves around the one-to-one interviews, which speak of class, decadence and wit, and have become synonymous with Deo Grech's presenting style.

Victorio Gauci, a male singer/songwriter, who is instantly recognizable as the lead vocalist of The Crowns, a local band which also features Gianluca Cappitta, Luke Vella Clark, Jean-Paul Mollicone and Chris Ciantar, is very experience despite a relatively young age. Having been through to the finals of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, L-Għanja tal-Poplu, the Summer Hit Song Contest and the Malta Eurovision Song Contest as a solo performer, Victorio does not look back, and seeks to grow his reputation, albeit as The Crowns' lead vocalist. With a debut album in 2013, the band's effort were recognised both at the Malta Music Awards and the Bay Music Awards and are currently writing their sophomore material.


Christabelle Curmi, a veteran of the local music scene, having amassed two first runner-up finishes in L-Għanja tal-Poplu; in 2014 for the song "Kif Xrobbtuli l-Menti" as well as in 2009 with "Irrid Ngħix Il-Poeżija" alongside Frank O'Neill, has recently issued "Bizzilla", a collection of folkloristic songs. Christabelle prefers to sing in our mother tongue, Maltese rather than English, owing to the depth of the language, and the beauty which it is known to have. Also on this week's show as the third guest is Adrian Grech, the guru who has re-invented himself into a healthier person.


This and much more during this week's episode of 'The Celebrity Night' which airs on Saturday night at 20:30 on F Living Channel. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene.

Source: F Living

Published in Local Music News

ONE Radio 92.7 and ONE Television merge into a professional broadcasting house, whose output is of extremely high quality. One such programme delivered through this system is "Clint on ONE" hosted by Clint Bajada, which aims to brings musicianship back into the term artist, promoting the singer in a setup where being comfortable is a necessity.  Following a much anticipated return, this week, the programme will be welcoming, The Crowns.

The Crowns, a pop/rock band which features; Gianluca Cappitta, Jean-Paul Mollicone, Chris Ciantar, Luke Vella Clark and Victorio Gauci, released their debut album, "Someone Else" on the 3rd May 2013, receiving several positive reviews. At the moment, they are in the process of co-writing their sophomore album, along with all the preceding singles.  Having signed an agreement with Ironic PR & Artist Management late in 2014, the pop/rock band will be entering what should be a busy 2015.

"Clint on ONE" airs every Saturday morning as from 11am onwards, so make sure to tune into ONE Radio 92.7 and ONE Television. Any foreign fans will also be able to follow the show through the LIVE streaming portion which is offered through the official website of ONE. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from the local music industry.

Source: Clint on ONE


Published in Local Music News
Friday, 15 August 2014 16:37

Malta: The Crowns Unveil Comeback Single

"Someone Else", co-written by Gianluca Cappitta, Jean-Paul Mollicone, Chris Ciantar, Luke Vella Clark and Victorio Gauci as The Crowns, has been officially unveiled as the new single off the debut album which bears the same name. Recorded at Temple Studios, the sound that the band have been known to promote is a mixture of pop and rock, a successful formula which has seen them top the local radio charts on more than one occasion.

In support of the brand new single, the band have even gone one step further in releasing a music video, created specifically for the song by Ivan Saliba, Daniel Spagnol and Sirach Borg. Encompassing a 3-Dimensional motion picture which tells a story, all the characters are tall and explaining the difficulties of life amongst other things. We urge you to watch the video below, and purchase a copy of the album "Someone Else" through iTunes. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from the local music scene.

Source: The Crowns (Official Facebook Page)

Published in Local Music News

Spiteri Lucas Entertainment, in conjunction with Media.Link Communications retired the format of Sas-Sitta in favour of a fresh take on a Saturday afternoon programme, Sibt Familja, which also incorporates light entertainment, interviews and a lot of laughter. Ray Attard, is joined by Debbie Scerri, 1997 representative in the Eurovision Song Contest as hosts and are known to welcome a number of personalities from all walks of life. The programme kicks off at around 13:30 CET and finishing at about 17:30 CET, meaning around four hours of pure family entertainment for all. It is broadcast on NET Television.

In aid of Puttinu Cares, this is a special broadcast of the weekly programme, featuring a large number of well known vocalists, including none other than; Janvil, Victorio Gauci, Kurt Calleja, Federica Falzon, Krista Spiteri Lucas, Ludwig Galea, Ivan Spiteri Lucas and Neville Refalo. Other guests will include; Stellina, Ruth Frendo and William Chetcuti together with the Toni Busuttil whose humor will definitely be required. This afternoon's edition of Sibt Familja will also feature various human interest stories of people who got help from the Puttinu Cares organisation. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Press Release


Published in Local Music News
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 17:00

Malta: Singing for Bay Kids '13 Single Released

Throughout the years, the Bay Music Awards have acquired a sense of belonging, and also a major role in promoting the best of the local cultural calendar by managing to attracts several individuals from the music sector whose aim is to bring music to the masses. 89.7 Bay have been one of the sources on how the music is being passes on from one generation to another and the public have previously noted this on several occasions considering that the network has always enjoyed a steady audience, keeping it at the top of the surveys for consecutive years. In the run up to the event, one could easily note the recording of a track which would be done with a big heart representing the charity that the country has been known to offer to those who are in need and in fact, the Singing for Bay Kids single returns for yet another year and this time bearing the name Today.

Today, co-written by Ivan Grech, Peter Borg, Wayne Camilleri, Matthew James Borg and Raphael Tonna is performed by five artists in total; those being none other than Christabelle; a multiple Best Solo Artist Award winner, Rick Scicluna; lead vocalist of Gypsy Genes (nominated for Best New Artist), Ivan Grech; lead vocalist of Winter Moods, Victorio Gauci; lead vocalist of The Crowns (nominated for Best Band) and Matthew James Borg; lead vocalist of Red Electrick (nominated for Best Band). You could view the music video of the track below which has been directed by V SQUARED Media and Entertainment. It is a stunning piece of work and we at escflashmalta.com for starters are proud to be promoting this track as part of the spectacular event set for the 21st December 2013 at the Bay Arena. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com as we cover the categories of this years’ Bay Music Awards in the coming days.

Source: 89.7 Bay


Published in Local Music News
Sunday, 15 September 2013 14:16

Malta: Audience in Awe of Majestic Male Duet

Rockestra, an event in aid of the Malta Community Chest Fund, has always been billed as 'not to be missed' and with that slogan managed to attract it's largest crowd yet. Around twelve thousand (12,000) people flocked to the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre in Ta' Qali in order to witness some of the best talent that the local music scene has to offer along with the musical accompaniment of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra led by Maestro Sigmund Mifsud as well as four female backing vocalists; Angela Spiteri, Jackie Pace Delicata, Anna Azzopardi and Louisa Frendo Wirth. With several eurostars in attendance, it was quite difficult to select the strongest performance of the evening but we did manage to come to a conclusion that the evening belonged to male vocalists; Ludwig Galea and Chris Grech.

Ludwig Galea, a former representative for Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2004 was joined by Chris Grech, a finalist in this years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in an astonishing version of Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. The audience was in awe of their vocal capabilities, and showed their appreciation by clapping, and singing throughout the whole performance. The event was star studded and two of the closing acts who drew the most attention and came possibly a joint second in terms of performance were none other than Ira Losco and Kevin Borg. The pop/rock princess took to the stage in a regal robe and a crown in order to perform another hit song by the group Queen, that being Radio Gaga. The first runner-up at this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest, Kevin performed Livin' on a Prayer which many remembered him performing during Idol in Sweden. The public were so enthralled by the performances that they ended up clapping in sync, something that rarely happens in public events.


Whilst those three artists managed to bring the house down, it is unfair not to mention artists such as Lawrence Gray, Claudia Faniello and Raquela whose vocal capabilities were stretched to the maximum especially with regards to the latter. Raquela, a participant within the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in 2009, 2011 and 2013 showed the public that she has a range beyond compare in a lyric-less song where harmonisation was key before returning for a duet version of the song Hallelujah alongside Sandrina. The concert was held under the distinguished patronage of The President of Malta and Mrs Abela and is supported by Parliamentary Secretariat for Culture and Local Government, Good Causes Fund, Malta Tourism Authority, Malta Fairs and Convention Centre, HSBC Bank, Banif Bank, Bank of Valletta, Vodafone, Tumas Group and Hard Rock Café. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Jahel Briffa


Published in Local Music News

Someone Else, the debut studio album by The Crowns was officially released on the 3rd May 2013 and has received rave reviews across the board for a pop/rock/acoustic infused sound. Each of the five members of The Crowns has a specific role but when they come together, it is like a stroke of genius. Gianluca Cappitta is on guitars and backing vocals, Jean-Paul Mollicone on keyboards, Chris Ciantar is on the bass, Luke Vella Clark plays the drums and ultimately, Victorio Gauci provides vocals.

escflashmalta.com had the pleasure of being the first online media to promote the group when they first burst out into the scene as they released their debut single, Memories. Since then, they have released another three singles; Out of Nowhere, Never Ends and Home and are now preparing for their fifth single release, that entitled Midday Crisis. The collaborative feel of the group is very much felt throughout the album and their brand new single which is very much in the vein of their fourth release encompasses an edgier sound. Victorio's vocals are haunting, because they are seemingly thumping against the backdrop of strings and drums. Once more, escflashmalta.com are pleased to reveal a forty second clip from the fifth single, Midday Crisis whilst inviting you to stay tuned for more news only here on this portal.

Sources: The Crowns (Facebook)

Published in Local Music News

Memories, an aptly titled debut single for the group, The Crowns when they had just started out in the local music scene just two years ago and indeed, the success of that particular track has somewhat been emphatic, so much so that the group is going strong and will soon be releasing their debut album, a collection of original songs. Gianluca Cappitta is on guitars and backing vocals, Jean-Paul Mollicone on keyboards, Chris Ciantar is on the bass, Luke Vella Clark plays the drums and ultimately, Victorio Gauci puts in a solid vocal performance. The release of their premier collection is being preceded by a brand new single entitled Home which as has always been the case is co-written between themselves.

Temple Studios have been the home for The Crowns since their inception and one could instantly note on a first listen that there was a lot of attention put towards the production of this track. Professionalism is key and the fourth single is just a continuation of the stunning sound which the group has come to create together. Whilst the effort is still considered to fall under a pop/rock genre, one would get the slight feeling of indie coming in, that sound which has become characterised by groups such as Of Monsters and Me as well as Mumford and Sons. The vocals are stunning and the whole production comes across as masterful. The official release of Home is expected in the next couple of days and whilst XFM had the first airplay a couple of hours back, escflashmalta.com is proud to offer you an exclusive snippet of the track. Stay tuned for more local releases in the coming days, weeks and months!

Source: The Crowns, escflashmalta.com

Published in Local Music News
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