The Malta Eurovision Song Contest kicks off on November 21, and the semi-finalists are busy perfecting their performances. Twenty artists want the golden ticket for Vienna, and in the weeks ahead our Austrian correspondent Patrick Melbler will be catching up with ALL of them. Today he talks with Lyndsay Pace, who is singing the song “Home”.
Hello Lyndsay! Thanks for taking the time to talk, and congratulations on making the Top 20 in Malta! Are you excited?
Yes, I’m very excited to this new experience and it’s such an honour to be opening the show on the night. I’m really looking forward!
Your song is called “Home”. Can you tell us the story behind it? How did you come up with it?
My entry “Home” is a power ballad which talks about the journey of finding a place where you belong and being loved endlessly. I have worked with Boris Cezek (songwriter & producer) previously on other music projects and we’ve always worked well together having a strong musical chemistry. This year we decided to try out for the contest and here I am!
Can you tell us a bit about how you live? How has your life changed now that you are participating in MESC?
Well, I work as a full time front desk receptionist/administration & marketing assistant at Exigy Ltd, Demajo Group which is a company based on IT. The Malta Eurovision Song Contest had been undoubtedly a turning point in my music career, being the biggest local showcase and a stepping stone to the local artists. I believe I have a very potential song and a professional team behind me to give my very best. In fact, it has been a very busy time for me preparing for the festival as rehearsals, preparations and promotional campaigns are underway for the final night.
You are quite well known in Malta. You’ve even been nominated for several awards! How did your career start?
Well, my talents were recognised early as I have always shown a keen interest in the subjects of drama, dancing and singing. I took lessons and then did all I could to evolve my hobbies into more of a passion and it quickly became a serious career. In fact, for the past couple of years, I have been taking Speech Level Training from a number of professional tutors based in the United Kingdom.
Over the past few years, my music career has been gradually taking shape. She has managed to exhibit my vocal capabilities through my participation in a variety of local events (such as winning the overall prize of The Star To B Talent Contest in 2006) and through collaborations with a variety of well-known artists. This has all led to recognition, prestigious award nominations and popularity in the music business.
Besides various local festivals and activities, my career mainly started with the renowned production company, Where’s Everybody where I attended media and music related courses then assisting in production during live TV programmes and being a resident singer on most of the popular local shows including ‘Pjazza’, ‘Saturday Night’, ‘?add G?alik’and ‘Sibtek.’ This was undoubtedly yet another positive experience and another positive step in my career, during which time I gained more exposure on the way.
Eventually, one opportunity led to another and I found myself developing my musical skills and growing artistically whilst writing original material in the recording studio. I also participated in a number of live concerts, acoustic sessions, music marathons and private functions with the band, such as The Farsons Beer Festival, The Beland Music Festival etc.
Speaking from a personal perspective, I believe that it’s all about delivering the right package, combined with a mixture of attitude, wild style and diversity all at one go. Thus, I continuously try my utmost to represent myself in the best possible way with qualities which are summoned through determination, power, personal influences and inspirations from around the world.
There is an ambition, one to contain the excitement and work in the most professional standard, bringing out a diverse music taste in the industry. I hope that in due time, I can set my foot abroad and reach my dreams of becoming an established artist.
You were on the MESC stage before, but as a backing singer. How was the experience and why did you decide to come back as a solo-artist?
I had already experienced the festival being a backing vocalist back in 2011 and 2013 but this time I felt that it was the right time to participate officially as a solo artist for the very first time in the festival. I’m very excited!
My ideal “Home” is always surrounded with the people that I love giving me continuous support and encouragement throughout my personal life and music career. I hope that my new “Home” will be in Vienna representing my country the next year.
Are you a big Eurovision fan? Do you have any national and international all-time favourites?
Yes, I consider myself to be a big Eurovision fan and we always plan a get together with family and friends to watch the show. My national all-time favourite is “Tomorrow” by Gianluca whilst my international all-time favourite is “Euphoria” by Loreen. What well deserved winners!
What is unique about you and your song compared to the other contestants?
I think that my song is strong enough to stand out and has a very powerful message which can make an impact on the majority of the audience.
Well, I believe that Malta takes the contest in a very serious manner and we have so much talent on this small island to spread across the world. Personally, I feel ready to carry out the responsibility and represent my country in the contest. It would be a dream come true!
Have you listened to any of the other songs competing in MESC? Do you have any favourites and who do you see as your biggest competitor?
I think this year there’s a variety of songs and singers in the festival thus bringing out a very high standard level and making it more difficult. In my opinion, I think that the singing nuns “Ekklesia” have a good chance to qualify as everyone is talking about them!
Do you have a special message for your fans and followers on wiwibloggs?
Thank you for supporting the local artists and do keep an eye open for the next single releases, upcoming projects and latest news on my official website.
It was a pleasure talking to you. Good Luck and maybe Vienna will be your home next year!
Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy my performance on the big night!
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Picture Source: PBS Malta