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 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.
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.