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 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.

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