Song writing – Elton John http://elton-john.net/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 05:07:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://elton-john.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-120x120.jpg Song writing – Elton John http://elton-john.net/ 32 32 The Doctor Is In: Seán Millar on songwriting, Paolo Nutini, life and messing it all up https://elton-john.net/the-doctor-is-in-sean-millar-on-songwriting-paolo-nutini-life-and-messing-it-all-up/ Wed, 21 Sep 2022 08:42:57 +0000 https://elton-john.net/the-doctor-is-in-sean-millar-on-songwriting-paolo-nutini-life-and-messing-it-all-up/ “It’s a national treasure. There you go, I said it!” Stevo said when he saw a photo of the good doctor, Seán Millar, standing next to yours truly, and he’s right too. Seán has been on the road since the famous Cute Hoors first sat in the back of a pickup truck in the late […]]]>

“It’s a national treasure. There you go, I said it!” Stevo said when he saw a photo of the good doctor, Seán Millar, standing next to yours truly, and he’s right too. Seán has been on the road since the famous Cute Hoors first sat in the back of a pickup truck in the late 80s and has more recently been rightly lauded for his theatrical collaborations and highly commendable community band work. as a songwriter, however, that Millar will be remembered after we buried his body or threw him overboard. He proves his worth again with a brand new album, To spoil everythingso we thought of asking him to choose a few songs from his work and tell us what they mean to him.

Unsurprisingly, we start with ‘These Days’ from his first solo album, 1995 The bitter liea song that Paolo Nutini – a man who also knows his way around a middle eight – recently selected for Hot Press as the one that changed his life.

“It means a lot to me personally,” says Seán, over a lunchtime pint at The International. “Nutini came across as a really good guy in the few things I saw and the fact that he found something in my work that spoke to him about his own experiences is really moving. To read that one expression of my life could stretch through all this time, to a different place and to a different life experience, was deeply moving.

“I’m very lucky, in some ways. Since I started in my early twenties I’ve had a lot of praise – not a lot of money, but a lot of praise – so I take it with a grain of salt, but that doesn’t mean that I’m not happy with this one. It’s what you live and work for; that people hear what you do and relate to it in some way, so it was touching and lovely.

With lyrics like “so much pain inside, the actions of a man I barely recognize”, it seems to be recording a time in Seán’s life – those twenties – that he doesn’t remember. with great affection.

“Back then it was like that, but now it’s different, it’s a little rosy,” he said, rubbing his chin. ” It’s a mix. I made friends who are still friends now, and the London post-punk scene was endless fun and excitement. I signed a publishing deal with Complete Music and had a nice apartment in Shepherd’s Bush. Things had been pretty good for about three years, and then they just crashed through the ground.

Three years of expectations that have not materialized.

“That’s literally what happened. I was going to meetings with all these labels, and they were coming to my shows, but that’s called show business, not show friends, although even after they left me, they still came to my gigs.

I like it, but I can’t sell it.

“I used to keep rejection letters and two-thirds of them were like, ‘I personally like this music a lot, but…’ The thing is, you can just be an artist. You don’t need their support or their money or their acclaim. You don’t need them telling you what you can and can’t do. You can just make records and play gigs, and that’s what I did.

All you need is love

Always at homewith its beautiful title track, was released in 2002 and is, as Seán himself says, “the one they always want to hear at concerts”.

“It’s about staying awake,” he explains. “I’ve had insomnia for most of my life – I’m sleeping now, which is great – and I used to stay awake with crippling anxiety. My mother has a very positive view of the world: “It is better to travel in hope than to arrive”. When my daughter was born, she slept with Pom [the wife] and me. I would be lying awake like I always was, but those two would be asleep next to me and it wasn’t so bad anymore. I felt surrounded by their love and protected by it, and that’s basically what the song is about.

Love fixes everything.

“I really believe that. That’s what I believe about love and what I believe about music. I think music is the big thing, the healing thing. Music is more important than We don’t think so, and we think that’s damn important. Music is always an expression of love, even when it expresses hate, even when it expresses anger. It’s an expression of love. love and healing, and that’s how I felt, completely loved and accepted, maybe for the first time in my life, when I met Pom and we had the kids. my mother’s point of view, and that’s what the song is about. I was always thinking ‘why can’t I ever go home?’, ‘why can’t I ever belong?’. that’s what a lot of my business is about, being alienated, but “Always Coming Home” is about accepting that desire to want to be home.

Home is where the heart is?

“Home is where the heart is.”

The third phase

If Seán was perhaps a little too hard on himself in “These Days”, then “Look What She Threw Away”, the wonderful song with Donal Lunny’s bouzouki which opens To spoil everything, may signal some self-reconciliation. The lyrics wonder why we were all so worried when we were young, when we should have celebrated how amazing and beautiful we all were.

“That’s what it’s all about,” confirms the writer, then points an accusing finger at the interviewer. “You were beautiful, I saw pictures of you!”

Seán obviously meant “are” instead of “were” in this sentence, but he seems to be suffering from a temporary bout of fumes, brought on by proximity. He pulls himself together and continues.

“I’ve worked with loads of beautiful men and women – dancers, actors, singers – and maybe two of them thought that to themselves. We are all so critical and hard on ourselves about our decline. I wanted a song that embraces everyone and just says ‘you’re amazing!’ It is also advising young people to make it their own, to live their life. I would say that young people, since about the mid-seventies, are made to feel morally bad about all the things that are great about being young; look good, get out of your head, have sex, dance. A new kind of Puritanism came along, replaced the old one, and it became terrible for people to do that.

“Enjoy your life now. I thought I was going to die earlier this year [a health scare Seán doesn’t wish to harp on about because he’s old school]. I didn’t, I’m still here, so I’m going to tour and release a new album. Enjoy it now, because when you’re dead, you can’t.

To spoil everything is Millar’s lockdown album and he’s rightly delighted with it.

“I had to keep taking breaks because of the confinement and my illness, but what I tried to do was make a raw and really folk record. Producer Les Keye brought in Donal Lunny Planxty and The Velvet Underground are my two favorite bands, so having Donal was amazing, and we had Bill ‘Banjo’ Whelan and Liam Ó Maonlaí Even though I came out of the post-punk era, I’m a folk musician and I wanted to embrace who I am I’m this guy heading into phase three I’ve been playing music and writing songs since I was fourteen I’ve played all over the world with all kinds of people; that’s who I am. If I play in your bar in front of five people, I’m still that guy. I love him. Seriously, I love my life.

To spoil everything is available now from Gentlemen Recordings

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Quentin Tarantino gets surprise songwriting credit on Paolo Nutini album https://elton-john.net/quentin-tarantino-gets-surprise-songwriting-credit-on-paolo-nutini-album/ Mon, 06 Jun 2022 16:57:01 +0000 https://elton-john.net/quentin-tarantino-gets-surprise-songwriting-credit-on-paolo-nutini-album/ © Provided by Metro Quentin Tarantino received writing credit on Paolo Nutini’s new album (Photo: Getty/REX) hollywood filmmaker Quentin Tarantino reportedly received songwriting credit on hitmaker Paolo Nutini’s new album. The Pulp Fiction director made the rare move of granting the Scottish singer’s request to sample a passage from one of his films – his […]]]>



Quentin Tarantino received writing credit on Paolo Nutini's new album (Photo: Getty/REX)


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hollywood filmmaker Quentin Tarantino reportedly received songwriting credit on hitmaker Paolo Nutini’s new album.

The Pulp Fiction director made the rare move of granting the Scottish singer’s request to sample a passage from one of his films – his 1993 romantic crime classic True Romance – on the opening track of his album, Afterneath.

Paulo reportedly contacted Quentin to ask if he could use the sample from the film, which starred Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette.

Getting the green light was a big deal for the singer because the director of Reservoir Dogs doesn’t usually accept such requests.

Paolo’s next album, Last Night in the Bittersweet, his first since 2014’s Caustic Love, is out in July.

“Paolo is a huge movie fan and the section used in the song really resonated with him,” a source said. The Sun’s Bizarre Column.



Paolo has been given the green light by Tarantino to use his 1993 romantic crime classic True Romance on the opening track of his album Afterneath (Picture: REX/Shutterstock)


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Paolo has been given the green light by Tarantino to use his 1993 romantic crime classic True Romance on the opening track of his album Afterneath (Picture: REX/Shutterstock)



Tarantino almost never approves requests from musicians to sample his film passages (Photo: SIPA/REX/Shutterstock)


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“Quentin never approves of that stuff, but Paolo sent him the track and it turned out he liked it and he gave the go-ahead.

“Paolo likes to do all his music himself, but having Tarantino’s name credited on your track is pretty cool.”

Paolo, whose critically acclaimed 2014 track Iron Sky featured Charlie Chaplin’s iconic speech in 1940s The Great Dictator, is in good company when it comes to fusing music with Tarantino content.

Nancy Sinatra recently revealed that she credits the filmmaker with giving her a “fresh start” by using one of her songs in her movie Kill Bill, Volume 1.



Paolo, a fan of using film sound bites, featured Charlie Chaplin's famous speech from The Great Dictator of the 1940s in his 2014 track Iron Sky (Picture: REX/Shutterstock)


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Paolo, a fan of using film sound bites, featured Charlie Chaplin’s famous speech from The Great Dictator of the 1940s in his 2014 track Iron Sky (Picture: REX/Shutterstock)



Nancy Sinatra credited Tarantino with her version of Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) in Kill Bill: Volume 1 for jump-starting her career (Picture: REX/Shutterstock)


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Nancy Sinatra credited Tarantino with her version of Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) in Kill Bill: Volume 1 for jump-starting her career (Picture: REX/Shutterstock)

The 81-year-old singer’s version of Cher’s 1966 track Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) was used in a famous scene in the 2003 film.

She said: ‘It was a present, wasn’t it? Quentin I guess had wanted to use Bang Bang for a while and he finally found a way to do it.

‘Why my version, I don’t know. I guess it was the guitar, the lonely sound of Billy Strange’s guitar.

“It caused a resurgence for me,” she added. “People were amazed when they saw my name on the screen, they didn’t know it was my recording. But Quentin really gave me a fresh start.

However, when asked what she thought of the famously violent film, which starred Uma Thurman, she admitted, “The film was…interesting! Not my cup of tea, but it was interesting.

Metro.co.uk has contacted representatives for Paolo Nutini for comment.

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Edinburgh International Festival songwriting project Amplify: How an incredible group of young people experienced the transformative power of music – Caroline Donald https://elton-john.net/edinburgh-international-festival-songwriting-project-amplify-how-an-incredible-group-of-young-people-experienced-the-transformative-power-of-music-caroline-donald/ Fri, 27 May 2022 15:51:37 +0000 https://elton-john.net/edinburgh-international-festival-songwriting-project-amplify-how-an-incredible-group-of-young-people-experienced-the-transformative-power-of-music-caroline-donald/ Hat-wearing Nova Scotia the Truth helped young people from Edinburgh’s Goodtrees Neighborhood Center record three songs as part of the Edinburgh International Festival’s Amplify project (Photo: Ryan Buchanan/EIF) In August 2021 we embarked on Amplify, a songwriting project with a group of young people at the Goodtrees Neighborhood Center in Moredun, supported by the charity […]]]>
Hat-wearing Nova Scotia the Truth helped young people from Edinburgh’s Goodtrees Neighborhood Center record three songs as part of the Edinburgh International Festival’s Amplify project (Photo: Ryan Buchanan/EIF)

In August 2021 we embarked on Amplify, a songwriting project with a group of young people at the Goodtrees Neighborhood Center in Moredun, supported by the charity Vox Liminis and Screen Education Edinburgh.

As an organization rooted in Scotland, the Edinburgh International Festival works with local communities throughout the year, and with the inspiring words of Scottish town planner and social activist Patrick Geddes – “think global, act local – at the forefront of our minds, our goal was to shine a spotlight on the community and create a platform for young people’s music to be heard.

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However, the project achieved much more than I could have imagined.

After first working with the Goodtrees Neighborhood Center on one of our last community events before the pandemic hit, and subsequently discovering an incredible group of young people who have actively contributed to their community during the lockdown in organizing and delivering food parcels, we wanted to design a project that would give them back something fun and creative, in recognition of all they have done for others.

We were acutely aware of how much young people had been through during the pandemic and how much they had missed, so we wanted to create a vehicle for them to creatively explore those experiences.

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The Amplify Project was created to encourage young people to express themselves and amplify their voices through music, while developing their songwriting and music production skills.

Twenty-five participants aged 12 to 17 received ten coaching sessions from local musicians Kim Edgar, Louise McCraw and award-winning rapper and DJ known as Nova Scotia the Truth in songwriting, vocal technique and rap. Of the eight songs written by the youngsters, three were chosen to be professionally recorded as demos and music videos.

Young people described the transformative impact of Amplify and the benefits of being able to voice their thoughts on a range of issues.

For 75 years, the International Festival has united people through cross-cultural experiences, and we are proud to share the songs these young people have written, addressing topics of mental health, bullying, knife crime, negative perceptions they encounter and their desire to be heard by teachers, politicians and parents.

The International Festival’s learning and engagement team works with so many people in so many different ways, from a one-off invitation to see a performance, to a creative workshop with a performer or an educational residency, such as our partnership with Leith Academy .

While I shouldn’t play favorites, projects like Amplify are very special to me because they are built on long-term relationships and take participants on a truly impactful and meaningful journey.

Young people are rightly proud of their recently released tracks and music videos, but for me the magic of Amplify is not in the product, but in the process.

The International Festival has made a long-term investment in this community and has established a valuable relationship with the Goodtrees Neighborhood Centre. Thanks to the success of the project, we are now working with a second group of 25 young people who are currently writing their own songs and I look forward to continuing this journey of exploration together.

We are extremely grateful to Baillie Gifford Investment Managers, our learning and engagement partner, whose support makes this project possible.

But that’s enough for me. We need to pass the microphone to young people and hear their stories, because they are, after all, the creative force behind the project. They expressed the following to me in conversations throughout the creative process:

“It started as a project, but the more we did it, the more I understood what it was about. Opportunities to make music and say what we feel. It gave us the opportunity to explain to other people what the issues are so people can listen.

“There’s a lot of stuff that didn’t…that just got ignored…I think it gave us a chance to, well, you know, let people know.”

“It’s a self-confidence to pursue music if they want to. It’s just an extra, ‘Oh I like that. That’s what I can do. That’s what I’m capable of. Like I put my voice out there…discussed the issues that arise…You feel a little proud of yourself.

“At first, I didn’t know what to expect. I wasn’t that confident… But the more I did it… it felt like a safe place, you just voice your thoughts and write whatever you want and you get the support you need so the more I did it , more confident than I have become.

“It inspired me to make music and also to change my perspective because I’m…a rapper and I like beats and stuff, but like the people I was doing Amplify with were like guitar music, vocals and that, which I wasnae really into but now…I love all music and I was like…oh that’s really good.

Caroline Donald is Head of Learning and Engagement at the Edinburgh International Festival

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Newcastle teenage twins among 10 finalists in songwriting competition https://elton-john.net/newcastle-teenage-twins-among-10-finalists-in-songwriting-competition/ Mon, 16 May 2022 14:04:13 +0000 https://elton-john.net/newcastle-teenage-twins-among-10-finalists-in-songwriting-competition/ Twins Hannah and Grace Stobart have discovered a unique way to navigate the ups and downs of adolescence. 16-year-olds draw on their experiences to write heartfelt songs. And now the two sisters have just been preselected in the top 10 finalists of the songwriting contest of the Song Academy (category 13-18 years old). With over […]]]>

Twins Hannah and Grace Stobart have discovered a unique way to navigate the ups and downs of adolescence.

16-year-olds draw on their experiences to write heartfelt songs. And now the two sisters have just been preselected in the top 10 finalists of the songwriting contest of the Song Academy (category 13-18 years old).

With over 850 entries for the competition in total, the girls are understandably thrilled to have reached this milestone. Their song, Sweet 16, is about the challenges teens face and the complex struggles of growing up, whether it’s the back and forth of friendships, peer pressure, self-doubt and solitude.

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Grace has been writing songs since she could write, but the Covid lockdown gave the sisters time to sit down together to start recording some of the tracks. Hannah is self-taught in music production and tends to focus on harmonies and instrumentation, while Grace is usually the lead singer.

Hannah said: “Our song, Sweet 16, is about the difficult teenage years, so it’s inspired in part by things we’ve been through, but just as much by situations other people have faced. It’s a really tough time growing up and it’s not uncommon for people our age to find themselves struggling in school and somehow feeling on the outside looking in.

Grace added, “Sweet 16 is about this pain and confusion, loneliness and self-doubt that our age group has experienced. This is a painful time for many teenagers.



Grace Stobart and Hannah Stobart are the 10 finalists in the songwriting competition

“It often feels like everyone is better off and they seem to have it all; perfect friendships, relationships and better social life, while you feel like your own life is a constant battle on all fronts. Hopes are pinned on things getting better as you approach your milestone birthday of 16, but things don’t really change.”

Taking this stage offers finalists the opportunity to perform their song live at the Tabernacle in Notting Hill, London in late June. Their song can also be featured on the Young Songwriter 2022 album and Amazing Radio’s Song Academy channel; bringing all the “shiny” opportunities for new artists and songwriters.

The girls say they can’t believe they entered the competition’s top 10 and their song was heard by such an “incredible” panel of judges, including Grace Davies and Dan Gillespie Sells.

The girls are avid musicians and have taken music lessons for many years, including vocals, piano and strings. Grace has always been writing songs since she was very young and was told about the contest a few years ago by an elementary school teacher who knew about her songwriting.

The girls have already entered the competition in the past but without success and this year they are delighted to have arrived there.

You can follow the girls @twayntwins or listen to their track by searching sweet 16 Twayn on SoundCloud or by clicking this link.

https://soundcloud.com/song_academy/sweet-16-twayn?in=song_academy/sets/top-30-uk-13-18

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Listen to Chance The Rapper and Vic Mensa’s new song “Writing Exercise #3: Wraith” https://elton-john.net/listen-to-chance-the-rapper-and-vic-mensas-new-song-writing-exercise-3-wraith-2/ Sun, 15 May 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://elton-john.net/listen-to-chance-the-rapper-and-vic-mensas-new-song-writing-exercise-3-wraith-2/ Chance The Rapper and Vic Mensa have teamed up for a new song and video – watch ‘Writing Exercise #3: Wraith’ below. The duo, both members of hip-hop collective Savemoney, previously worked together on the track “Cocoa Butter Kisses” from Chance’s 2013 mixtape “Acid Rap,” and on Mensa’s song “Tweakin.” Last year they collaborated on […]]]>

Chance The Rapper and Vic Mensa have teamed up for a new song and video – watch ‘Writing Exercise #3: Wraith’ below.

The duo, both members of hip-hop collective Savemoney, previously worked together on the track “Cocoa Butter Kisses” from Chance’s 2013 mixtape “Acid Rap,” and on Mensa’s song “Tweakin.” Last year they collaborated on a track called ‘Shelter’ with Wyclef Jean.

To mark the release of “Writing Exercise #3: Wraith,” Mensa also teased that more new music from the pair would be coming soon, telling Complex“Me and Chano have been working on a lot of music for a while now, there’s a lot more to come.

“It was produced by homie Smoko Ono and Beat Butcha,” he added of “Wraith.” Watch the video for that below.

Last year, Chance also shared the solo single “The Heart & The Tongue” and released a concert film titled Beautiful coloring world.

He also appeared on the soundtrack of Space Jam: A New Legacy, teaming up with John Legend and Symba for the track “See Me Fly”, and on “Winners”, inspired by Smoko Ono’s afrobeat. His long-awaited team-up with R&B legend Dionne Warwick, “Nothing’s Impossible,” also came out last year.

In March, he shared the single “Child Of God”, which features Moses Sumney on vocals and was performed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last month.

Earlier this year, Mensa was arrested at a US airport for alleged possession of psychedelic mushrooms.

The Chicago rapper (real name Victor Mensah) flew from Ghana to Dulles International Airport in Virginia on January 15. Undergoing a secondary search at the airport, Mensa was reportedly found by authorities in possession of a range of narcotics, including LSD, psilocybin capsules and candies.

He was arrested by US Customs and Border Patrol and charged with possession of narcotics. He was returning from a promotional trip to Africa with Chance The Rapper.

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Listen to Chance The Rapper and Vic Mensa’s new song “Writing Exercise #3: Wraith” https://elton-john.net/listen-to-chance-the-rapper-and-vic-mensas-new-song-writing-exercise-3-wraith/ Sun, 15 May 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://elton-john.net/listen-to-chance-the-rapper-and-vic-mensas-new-song-writing-exercise-3-wraith/ Chance The Rapper and Vic Mensa have teamed up for a new song and video – watch ‘Writing Exercise #3: Wraith’ below. The duo, both members of hip-hop collective Savemoney, previously worked together on the track “Cocoa Butter Kisses” from Chance’s 2013 mixtape “Acid Rap,” and on Mensa’s song “Tweakin.” Last year they collaborated on […]]]>

Chance The Rapper and Vic Mensa have teamed up for a new song and video – watch ‘Writing Exercise #3: Wraith’ below.

The duo, both members of hip-hop collective Savemoney, previously worked together on the track “Cocoa Butter Kisses” from Chance’s 2013 mixtape “Acid Rap,” and on Mensa’s song “Tweakin.” Last year they collaborated on a track called ‘Shelter’ with Wyclef Jean.

To mark the release of “Writing Exercise #3: Wraith,” Mensa also teased that more new music from the pair would be coming soon, telling Complex“Me and Chano have been working on a lot of music for a while now, there’s a lot more to come.

“It was produced by homie Smoko Ono and Beat Butcha,” he added of “Wraith.” Watch the video for that below.

Last year, Chance also shared the solo single “The Heart & The Tongue” and released a concert film titled Beautiful coloring world.

He also appeared on the soundtrack of Space Jam: A New Legacy, teaming up with John Legend and Symba for the track “See Me Fly”, and on “Winners”, inspired by Smoko Ono’s afrobeat. His long-awaited team-up with R&B legend Dionne Warwick, “Nothing’s Impossible,” also came out last year.

In March, he shared the single “Child Of God”, which features Moses Sumney on vocals and was performed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last month.

Earlier this year, Mensa was arrested at a US airport for alleged possession of psychedelic mushrooms.

The Chicago rapper (real name Victor Mensah) flew from Ghana to Dulles International Airport in Virginia on January 15. Undergoing a secondary search at the airport, Mensa was reportedly found by authorities in possession of a range of narcotics, including LSD, psilocybin capsules and candies.

He was arrested by US Customs and Border Patrol and charged with possession of narcotics. He was returning from a promotional trip to Africa with Chance The Rapper.

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Nayland girl in national songwriting contest final https://elton-john.net/nayland-girl-in-national-songwriting-contest-final/ Wed, 04 May 2022 04:00:00 +0000 https://elton-john.net/nayland-girl-in-national-songwriting-contest-final/ A TALENTED young girl has entered the finals of a national songwriting competition after penning a track inspired by her mother’s lockdown battle. Georgia Taylor, who is 11 and attends Littlegarth School in Nayland, has been named a finalist in the Song Academy’s Young Songwriter competition. The music maestro, whose favorite artist is Adele, was […]]]>

A TALENTED young girl has entered the finals of a national songwriting competition after penning a track inspired by her mother’s lockdown battle.

Georgia Taylor, who is 11 and attends Littlegarth School in Nayland, has been named a finalist in the Song Academy’s Young Songwriter competition.

The music maestro, whose favorite artist is Adele, was shortlisted for the top prize in the age eight to 12 category after submitting her track Miracle.

After fending off competition from more than 850 other entrants, Georgia’s record will now be judged and meticulously scored by the likes of Tom Odell and Tom Grennan.

She said: “Listening to the other finalists, there are amazing songs and talent and I can’t believe I’m mixing with such talent.

“Also knowing that top artists are on the judging panel and liked my song enough gives me a huge boost of confidence – I feel excited and also very lucky.”

Georgia has been experimenting with writing music and lyrics every day since she was seven years old, when her parents Daniel and Cressida bought her a digital piano.

Before that, however, from the age of four, she sang constantly and proudly around the house, flexing her vocal tones and finding her voice.

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These days, Georgia jots down her ideas in her songwriting journal before revealing them to the world, and inspiration can come from all sorts of sources.

Miracle, for example, is about her mother’s vulnerability and the health issues she faced during the lockdowns.

Shortly before the Covid crisis hit, Cressida was diagnosed with a rare form of arthritis, which meant she couldn’t do much more and could potentially die if she caught coronavirus.

Fortunately, Cressida has now recovered around 80% of her mobility, but will still have to deal with a weakened immune system for the rest of her life.

Dad Daniel added: ‘Georgia prayed every day and believed someone was looking down, saw we were struggling and protected her mum.

“Bad day or good day, she’s right at the piano and it helps her understand and process her emotions.

“Having the confidence at 11 to expose herself to comments and criticism takes courage with something so personal, but she decided to be a songwriter.”

To listen to Miracle visit tinyurl.com/2undwpav.

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Linslade Statyc School Band Reaches International Songwriting Competition Finals https://elton-john.net/linslade-statyc-school-band-reaches-international-songwriting-competition-finals/ Fri, 29 Apr 2022 17:22:00 +0000 https://elton-john.net/linslade-statyc-school-band-reaches-international-songwriting-competition-finals/ Five ambitious students from Cedars Upper School are proud to have their original work, Machine Head Boy, shortlisted for the Young Songwriter competition, with a chance to win Yamaha gear and a recording session in a London studio. The Sixth Formers, who call themselves ‘Statyc’, hope they have what it takes to go all the […]]]>

Five ambitious students from Cedars Upper School are proud to have their original work, Machine Head Boy, shortlisted for the Young Songwriter competition, with a chance to win Yamaha gear and a recording session in a London studio.

The Sixth Formers, who call themselves ‘Statyc’, hope they have what it takes to go all the way and are delighted that their lyrics have been judged by artists including Tom Grennan, Amy Wadge and Tom Odell.

Lucy Raffe (vocals) – whose other members include Sam Cook (bass), Ben Curtis (drums), Monty Johnston (guitar) and Joe Walton (guitar) – told the LBO: “It was really nerve wracking to knowing that someone so popular is listening to us, but we will certainly take advantage of it.

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“We are looking for concerts and are happy to do events!

“I originally wrote Machine Head Boy about a man who watches so much TV he turns into TV, and that also inspired our band name, Statyc.”

Indeed, the musicians had a lot of fun with the lyrics and even made a cardboard television for bassist Sam to wear during The Stables’ recent Battle of the Bands competition.

“The original was gigantic and I had to remove it because I couldn’t see anything!” he’s laughing.

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The five students, aged 16 to 18, are currently preparing for their baccalaureate and hope to pursue the subject of music at university.

Meanwhile, back at Linslade, their greatest support was their music teacher, Mr Oliver Smith, who allowed them to use the department for band practice.

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Lucy said: “He said he really liked our music and told us many times that he was very proud of us – he’s sort of our mentor.

“He was in a band called Ego Trip, which released an EP in 2011 when they were in 12th grade, and they’re our favorite band.

“If we win, we’ll donate the equipment to the Cedars.”

Statyc is now waiting to hear the results of the Battle of the Bands and Young Songwriter contest, which had more than 850 entrants.

The top 10 finalists across all young songwriter categories will be announced on May 6.

Following this, the top three finalists will be announced on June 13 and the UK/Ireland winners on June 25 during The Young Songwriter 2022 live showcase to be held at The Tabernacle, Notting Hill, London.

Finally, the international winners will be announced during an online showcase on June 26 at 2 p.m. GMT.

Lucy concluded, “I would say our music is for people who are really cool and feel like they don’t fit in with other people.

“It’s like being in a group of people who are pretty much your family.

“They are literally my best friends, so I can’t imagine spending time with anyone else.”

To find out more about the Young Songwriter competition, organized by the Song Academy, click here

You can find out more about Statyc on Instagram: @statyc_band or to book them for a concert, please email [email protected]

The group would love to be as big as Leighton Buzzard legends Kajagoogoo and welcome all bookings in LBO land and beyond!

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Ashanti doubles songwriting credits for Jennifer Lopez https://elton-john.net/ashanti-doubles-songwriting-credits-for-jennifer-lopez/ Fri, 29 Apr 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://elton-john.net/ashanti-doubles-songwriting-credits-for-jennifer-lopez/ Ashanti has been a force in the R&B industry since the 90s. During Ashanti’s time on the scene, Jennifer Lopez aka JLo was simultaneously making a name for herself in the industry as a bold and beautiful new talent. His contributions to the world of R&B would also influence hip-hop culture, from famous collaborations with […]]]>

Ashanti has been a force in the R&B industry since the 90s. During Ashanti’s time on the scene, Jennifer Lopez aka JLo was simultaneously making a name for herself in the industry as a bold and beautiful new talent. His contributions to the world of R&B would also influence hip-hop culture, from famous collaborations with Murda Inc to his first solo album which features hits such as Foolish, Baby, Happy, and more.

While JLo has created success in her career, many fans of both sometimes don’t know that Ashanti has contributed singles such as “I’m Real” and “Aint it Funny.”

In an interview with Metro UK, Ashanti, who just received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, explained the sentiment behind the recognition of her writing credits.

“You always have to worry about credit for what you do, no matter what industry you’re in, it’s really important to give credit,” she said. “Especially these days because things are so much smoke and mirrors. It’s not that it’s frustrating…the word has been out over the last couple of years and I’m grateful a lot of people know that and they were surprised, but it’s more of a “yes, thankful you know that”.

“It’s weird because obviously you get frustrated with not getting credit or not being properly labeled, but it turns into something you’re admired for,” she continued.

Along with receiving her props for her early contributions, in an interview with The Breakfast Club in 2021, the singer revealed that she would be re-recording all of the songs from her self-titled debut album so she could own the master and the rights. to his music before his 20th birthday.



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Remote songwriter duo ready to go on tour | Liverpool City Champion https://elton-john.net/remote-songwriter-duo-ready-to-go-on-tour-liverpool-city-champion/ Thu, 14 Apr 2022 17:30:15 +0000 https://elton-john.net/remote-songwriter-duo-ready-to-go-on-tour-liverpool-city-champion/ By the time guitarist Mick Turner and singer Helen Franzmann met, they had written almost enough music to fill three albums. Turner, best known as one-third of the rock band Dirty Three, has performed with Nick Cave, Kurt Vile and Cat Power, while Franzmann performed under the moniker McKisko for over a decade. Turner was […]]]>

By the time guitarist Mick Turner and singer Helen Franzmann met, they had written almost enough music to fill three albums.

Turner, best known as one-third of the rock band Dirty Three, has performed with Nick Cave, Kurt Vile and Cat Power, while Franzmann performed under the moniker McKisko for over a decade.

Turner was looking for a singer in 2020 when a friend recommended Franzmann, and the result is the Mess Esque partnership, which has so far seen two albums, a series of dates at home and now a US tour.

The prolific duo had unorthodox beginnings — closing state borders due to COVID-19 meant they had to compose music over email.

Lockdowns have become an intensely creative time for the couple despite their location in Melbourne, with Franzmann based in Brisbane, Turner told AAP.

“Helen wrote most of the lyrics. I would send in a simple piece of music and she would improvise on it and write lyrics or melodic lines and send it back,” he said.

The process has resulted in two albums so far. Dream #12 was released in April 2021, the second self-tipped album later the same year, with enough tracks remaining for album number three.

Mess Esque’s sound can be described as ethereal, with music press reviews drawing comparisons to dream pop and The Velvet Underground.

Their launch into live shows was nowhere near as smooth as Franzmann’s otherworldly vocals, with seasoned performer Turner admitting their first full-scale show opening for Ed Kuepper and Jim White at the Rising festival in Melbourne was a nervous time.

“It was quite difficult. We didn’t play the songs as they were recorded, we didn’t play together, and we didn’t change much to rehearse,” he said.

“We were really nervous, but everything went well, and we’ve certainly improved a lot since then.”

Like many music groups, Mess Esque had to cancel dozens of shows during the pandemic, including a date at the Opera for the 2021 VIVID festival.

But things are looking up – the duo have been invited to Wilco’s Solid Sound festival in Massachusetts and are booked on a three-week US tour.

In his typically understated way, Turner’s response is that it’s “nice to be invited.”

“It’s the kind of old-school festival where it’s actually held and they pick bands that they find interesting. I’m pretty flattered they asked us,” he said.

“A lot of festivals now, they actually choose the programming by algorithm, based on the number of social media visits and things like that.”

Mess Esque will play a series of dates on the east coast before heading overseas, with shows in Melbourne and regional Victoria, as well as Adelaide and Sydney in May.

Australian Associated Press

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