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Wednesday, 19 February 2014 21:30

Malta: Stunning iTunes Chart Debut for Amber

Amber, one of the most highly sought after female vocalists in Malta, and recent participant in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the song Because I Have You composed by Paul Giordimaina to the lyrics of Fleur Balzan has just become the first act from the competition to reach the top ten of the iTunes singles chart in Malta, despite releases by semi-finalists; Miriam Christine and Fabrizio Faniello as well as second runner-up; Daniel Testa.

In 2011, Amber made her debut in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, being the only artist with two (2) songs and has never looked back from then onwards, finishing in third place with Answer With Your Eyes composed by Ray Agius to the lyrics of Alfred C Sant in 2012, and in fourth place for the past two years with In Control and Because I Have You. CAP-Sounds, entrusted with the release of the Safe (Miriam Christine), Just No Place Like Home (Fabrizio Faniello) and One Last Ride (Daniel Testa) are now also responsible for Because I Have You (Amber). You may purchase any of the songs mentioned above by clicking on their respective song-titles. If you do not live in Malta, iTunes should redirect you to the respective location you are making the purchase from. We would like to thank our readers who are supporting the songs through their respective purchases. Stay tuned to for all the latest news.

Source: iTunes

Published in Local Music News
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 19:45

MESC 14: CAP-Sounds Publishes Songs on iTunes

CAP-Sounds, an internationally renowned record label with distribution handled by Universal Music Germany has been known to support the entries that Malta sends to the Eurovision Song Contest on several occasions, kicking off with 1996 and showing almost year-after-year consistency till 2010. As the curtain drops on yet another edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, a couple of the competing entries have been published on behalf of the record label for public consumption.

One Last Ride written by Stephen Rudden and Lawrence Peter Bridge with vocals provided by Daniel Testa was the second runner-up during the competition, obtaining the second most amount of votes by the general public. It is for this reason that the whole team, led by Trevor Fenech decided to publish this song, along with two fabulous remixes for a mere €1.49. In the meantime, semi-finalist entries; Safe composed by Mark Scicluna to the lyrics of Emil Calleja Bayliss and sung by Miriam Christine as well as Just No Place Like Home written by Johan Bejerholm and performed by Fabrizio Faniello have also been made available for a mere €0.99 each. We urge you to stay tuned to for all the latest news.

Source: iTunes, CAP Sounds

In 2014, the Public Broadcasting Services, responsible for Malta’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest decided to conduct a national final with just twenty (20) entries, rather than the typical twenty-four (24) which many had become accustomed to in recent years. Promotion is always vital, and has sent each entry to a professional panel of individuals in the music industry, who have in turn passed on their comments. This year, we have asked the likes of John Scott from the United States, Martin Isherwood from the United Kingdom, Sharon Vaughn from the United States but based in Sweden, Stano Simor from the Czech Republic and Greig Watts from the United Kingdom to do the honours. Today’s review is centred on Just No Place Like Home, written by Johan Bejerholm with vocals provided by Fabrizio Faniello.

Fabrizio Faniello, the most experienced vocalist in this years’ selection process has already been to the Eurovision Song Contest on two (2) previous occasions; in 2001 with Another Summer Night composed by Paul Abela to the lyrics of Georgina Abela; and in 2006 with a track co-written with Aldo Spiteri entitled I Do. It is worth noting that the male vocalist who has achieved success in the music markets of both Northern Europe and Asia has been a part of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on a total of ten (10) occasions, managing a top ten result each time except in 2005 with Don’t Tell It. Away from this competition, Fabrizio has also succeeded in other national competitions, winning the International Festival of Maltese Song with the track Sal-Aħħar back in 1999 and also the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with Aħfirli Jekk Trid late last year.

Johan Bejerholm, a songwriter whose credentials speak for themselves, having already been to the Eurovision Song Contest as a co-writer to the track Always, performed by Aysel and Arash on behalf of Azerbaijan back in 2010. He has been the principal songwriter behind the comeback of Fabrizio Faniello in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, having successful co-written all his recent entries including No Surrender in 2011 and I Will Fight for You (Papa's Song) in 2012. Despite this fruitful collaboration, it was all about Love-O-Holic performed by Deborah C after the male vocalist failed to get through the second phase. Prior to these experiences, it is worth noting that in 2010, a song which he co-wrote with Thomas G:son, Robert Uhlmann and Arash entitled Allt Jag Vill Ha represented Sweden at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, making him one of the few songwriters to have acquired a taste of both major events organised by the European Broadcasting Union.

The Critics Speak Out

Rating: 70%

John Scott: He has a very nice voice. The song is good, but a bit too generic.

Martin Isherwood: Starts tentatively but really grows and finishes well. Not sure the ‘just’ is necessary in the title. Great chorus and nice transition back to the verse. It’s a big boy-band ballad which could do well especially due to the good production.

Sharon Vaughn: Sounds like a Christmas song. Could do with a bit of modernising. Otherwise, good.

Stano Simor: Charismatic individual, who has enough experience on the world stage. He never disappointed me with his interpretations along the years, and am sure that this will be no different. The chorus is highly emotional but I believe that this is one of the few tracks directly tailored towards the Eurovision Song Contest. In the end, I will put the question out there; When will he duet with Claudia for the competition?

Greig Watts: It feels like a typical song for Eurovision, is that a good thing or not? Will it stand out enough at the finals or will there be many songs like this? Actually a good song and should be rated high up out of the 20, my own opinion is go for something slightly different that is still strong but also stands out from the crowd!

Source: Public Broadcasting Services,

Published in Editorials