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Songwriter's feedback is provided at the Birmingham songwriting contest

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Birmingham Songwriting Contest: The best songwriters in Birmingham came to The NEC in Birmingham this weekend for the Birmingham Songwriting Contest. With their sights set on the National Grand Final, the songwriters had to showcase their talent to industry judges at the Birmingham Songwriting Contest.

Birmingham Songwriting Contest – Regional Final Showcase

The music industry panel included:

  • Nicki Newman, vocal from Big Help Management
  • Jon Moses, a singer and theatre star of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat
  • Allan Dennis, presenter and producer from BBC Introducing
  • Tony White from Born in a Barn Studio
  • Darran Barker from DB Management
  • Claire Brett from L’Amore Entertainment

Birmingham Songwriting Contest: See industry feedback below. Please be aware views expressed by judges are opinions and subjective to that particular judging panel. These views in no way reflect the views of Future Music, and are published with a view to being beneficial to the performing acts and their songs. Please take the feedback on board with a view to helping in the future.

Michael MacDonald-Taylor – This song has great lyrics but it did feel a little generic in places and a little dated. It has potential, but just needs more development. It was a well-structured melody, click here for tips on song structure. Adding more dynamics into the song would help the song improve, click here for tips on musical dynamics

Zeliza – A good garage track. Great hook on the lyrics. It’s a good production, just not sure about the melody. The track seemed to lack some originality. The song is very catchy and is something I imagine people like to dance to. The song needs more levels to it to make it more interesting and unique, click here for tips on musical dynamics

Lushea Taylor – Great energy in this song! The song has a journey which made it a pleasure to listen to. Would benefit from some form of percussion and drumming to pick it up! Would like to see what Nile Rodgers would do with this! The song was so catchy I wanted to sing along!

Birmingham Songwriting Contest – Songwriter’s Feedback

Lydia – Great bridge and message to the song. Like the musical theatre influences behind this song. This is right up my street! Sounds like a song that’d be a good movie feature. The only problem is there’s no surprising hooks or melody changes to keep the song more interesting. 

Loz & Joe – Great song!! Gorgeous lyrics. Dedicated to someone so special – you really captured the heart and soul of the meaning behind it. Really invested in the progression of repeats! There are some interesting dynamics with the harmonies, which helped to give light and shade, click here for more on musical dynamics. Think a lot of people would relate to this.

Charlotte Swarbrick – A really catchy song with great lyrics. The chorus has a strong hook which is something all good songs need, click here for songwriting tips – how to write a chorus. This could work really well with the right production behind it. Nice to hear some humorous lyrics in a song!

Kelly Jenns –Sounds like a Lady Gaga track! This would be a great running track. Wasn’t sure about the sudden lift into the chorus, that melody didn’t seem to fit. 

Melissa Severn – Amazing lyrics in this! You song tells an interesting story but it lacked a little melody to be fully rounded, click here for advice on song structure. There is real lyrical depth behind this song which is refreshing; you took us on a journey! 

Katie Lyle – Loved the ending, really enjoyed the song. The problem with this song is that is sounds similar to other songs, making it feel like we’d already heard it before. The chorus needs a stronger hook to keep it fresh, click here for songwriting tips – how to write a chorus.

BIRMINGHAM SONGWRITING CONTEST

All successful songwriters from the Essex Regional Final will be performing at the National Grand Final on Sunday 21st June at Dingwalls, Chalk Farm Road, Camden Lock, London, NW1 8AB.

If you’re a songwriter and want your songs heard by industry judges, then why not look into Future Music’s Songwriting Competition

Open Mic UK auditions are now open and accepting entries for 2015 in the summer, enter singing contest Open Mic UK now!

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