Lithuanian artist Elvina Milkauskaitė has now recorded the studio version of my co-written track Try which she performed in the Lithuanian Eurovision Heats. Good luck with the release Elvina and big thanks to my co-writers Malin Johansson and Vallo Kikas. I really love this song and great to see it getting out there!
My co-written track Surrender by FAKY has reached number 7 in the US Viral Spotify Charts this week - so amazing to know their international fanbase is growing and that people are sharing the song. Let's hope this will help even more music lovers discover them. Feeling proud of how much we've achieved with this song, go team!!
I can now report that Surrender has also reached #34 in the Global Viral Spotify Charts! Well done girls!
This week sees the release of the single Motion by Japanese actress/singer Mariya Nishiuchi - the theme song to her new drama series in Japan.
The B-Side to the CD Single is Won't Leave Without A Fight which I co-wrote with Andreas Stone, Kanata Okajima and Marty Dodson. We are all really excited our country ballad is the additional song on such a great Asian release, fingers crossed it will be well received by the Japanese public.
My co-written track Rest In Pieces which I worked on with Chris Wortley, Thomas Reil and Jeppe Reil is now available to download on the new album by Greek singer Shaya.
Shaya has featured on the Greek versions of Popstars and Dancing With The Stars, as well as starred in Priscilla Queen Of The Desert on stage and she even once supported David Guetta in concert! We are really pleased she is now out performing our dark and theatrical song as part of her set - good luck Shaya!
Last week I was lucky enough to attend the amazing Magnifucent Camp 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden. Writers from all over the world met for three days of songwriting for the Asian pop market. I met so many wonderful, talented people and watched lots of videos and informative presentations about the current market trends. Thank you to the Soundgraphics team for hosting such a fantastic camp and to all my co-writers. I absolutely love all three songs and hope they will find great homes! Scroll along for some photos of the trip - I'm missing everyone already!!
So proud to announce that the J-Pop girlband FAKY have released one of my co-written tracks "Surrender" as the lead single for their 2017 comeback.
This track was written on a camp around a year ago with Kanata Okajima and Sky Adams - we are all super proud of it and it's the first ever music video to one of my songs! Such a special feeling!
FAKY are such an exciting band who are really pushing boundaries in Japan, I am so excited and honoured to be involved with them. Good luck girls, I hope you can make the song a hit!!!
The second book in my Love Stories series, Could You Love An Apple? is available from today as an e-book from all Amazon sites!
"Taylor Raven is starting over.
After a few difficult college years, he has decided to finally move away from Havensdale (and away from his father) to take a tennis coaching course in the tiny village of Westerfield.
The peaceful country life is exactly what Taylor needs to get away from it all. However, it is also incredibly lonely living by himself in the middle of nowhere. And no matter how far he runs, Taylor just can't seem to escape the mistakes of his past.
As he struggles to find any kind of meaningful connection, he comes across a place on the outskirts of the village that will soon change everything. The Apple Inn - a pub run by a curious, slightly eccentric family whowelcome Taylor into their world with open arms.
Soon Taylor finds his guard dropping, particularly around the kind and fun-loving son of the family, Benjamin Apple. But the closer Taylor gets, the more he feels compelled to pull away...
Can Taylor ever fall in love again when the one obstacle in his way... is himself?"
Check out Elvina's performance of my co-written track Try from the first Heats of Lithuanian Eurovision!
Sadly the song did not make it through to the next round, but it has been a huge achievement to make it to a televised Eurovision Heat and have the Lithuanian public hear our song! Also great to see the song making the cut in so many fan-favourite videos :)
Elvina Milkauskaitė will be performing the song Try at the first heats for Lithuanian Eurovision which airs this Saturday.
I co-wrote the track with Malin Johansson and Vallo Kikas at Eurovision Camp last year and we are all so excited to see it being performed. Good luck Elvina, we hope you'll make it to the final!
Online performance group 4am Studios have adapted my short story Don't Be Stupid (You Know I Love You) into a radio play which is now available to listen to for free on Youtube!
They did such a great job of interpreting my characters and bringing one of my very first stories to life. I have loved listening to it and I'm so flattered they chose one of my works to perform.
Take a listen above and let the cast know what you think in the comments. You can also read along with the original story - click here!
Last week I got to attend the 2016 Eurovision Camp organised by DWB/Basevalley Studios and sponsored by Amphion & Auddly.
I wrote 4 songs in 5 days and got to work with some truly amazing teams of writers and artists. Thank you so much to everyone who laughed, danced and made music with me! I really hope one of our new tracks will make it through to the 2017 competition!
I am happy to announce that I am starting a brand new mailing list for all my latest book news and writing announcements.
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The lovely FAKY fans of the internet have been uploading the live dance practice to Pretty all over Tumblr and Youtube - sooo happy to see it online, these girls got MOVES!!!! Take a watch :D
FAKY's EP Candy has reached No. 1 in the Japanese J-Pop iTunes chart!
They also performed their amazing choreography to Pretty in their Facebook live stream promoting the release. I am so thrilled to be involved with such an awesome project and can't wait to see what they do next!
My co-written track Pretty for the Japanese girl band FAKY is now available to download on the EP FAMM'IN - a super group collaboration between FAKY, FEMM and Yup'in.
The track can be downloaded worldwide, just type FAMM'IN into the iTunes search bar. It will also be part of the official FAKY EP Candy!
I am very excited to announce that the new EP of Japanese girlband FAKY will be released on 24th May 2016, featuring the track Pretty which I co-wrote with Kanata Okajima and Commands.
There is a preview clip of the track on their website under the music section, so check it out:
Digital E.P. "CANDY"
Available on 2016.05.24
※iTunes Pre-Order from 2016.05.11
3. Are You OK?
6. Better without you-Retake Version-* Itunes album purchase limited benefits
Check out this little Youtube feature all about the song Sleep Sleep Tight which my friend Chris Wortley and I wrote especially for the short film Son Of Perdition starring Alex Macqueen (from The Inbetweeners).
We were approached by the director Matthew Harrison to write a track to brief in a 50's style and he has filmed us chatting about our approach to that task. Can't wait to see the finished cut of the film!
I've just uploaded a blog post from my trip to Sweden in December 2015 where I spent a few days at Roasting House Studios writing with Kanata Okajima. We had a great time and worked with some amazing people, follow the link below to read all about it! :)
Last week I was featured on the local news show Solent News where I was interviewed all about Reasons To Love A Nerd Like Me and my songwriting! It was such a pleasure to be invited onto the channel and the support I've had from my local community since it aired has been amazing. Check out the full interview below :D
I am pleased to announce that a track called Rodeo which I wrote with Ellie Wyatt and Tim Gosden is featured in the indie movie HAZE which is currently being screened at film festivals across the US. The movie tackles the subject of hazing in American fraternities and the dark underside of abuse that happens on campuses in the name of "tradition". It's a great subject matter and I'm excited to have been involved! Check out the trailer below: