Molly Smitten Downes, the representative of the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest this May, is in Malta on a short promotioanl tour. During her stay she will have a number of interviews for popular local TV and radio shows. She is accompanied by her Manager Wayne Russell (Do One Music Group). Later today she will be meeting with the Maltese 2014 Eurovision ambassadors Firelight.
Molly will preview her Grand Final performance which will be held in Copenhagen in front of a televised global audience of 125 million people by releasing her debut single ‘Children of the Universe’ on April 28th on the newly resurrected East West label.
Already installed as one of the favourites to win this year’s event, ‘Children of the Universe’ is an uplifting anthem which allows Molly’s vocal ability to soar and shine. The first UK Eurovision entry to be entirely self-written by the performing artist since Katrina and the Waves triumphed in 1997, ‘Children of the Universe’ was inspired by Max Ehrmann’s poem Desiderata.
“As it says, I believe that we’re all important in some way, and that we all have a part to play in something bigger,” says Molly. “We just have to follow our heart and our instinct and see what happens.”
After playing numerous shows at London’s best singer-songwriter venues, earning a variety of best unsigned artist awards and even supporting Bombay Bicycle Club, Molly was as surprised as anyone when she was invited to pitch a song as a possible entry in this year’s contest. After she wrote a number of demo ideas, she selected ‘Children of the Universe’ as the strongest song. Her producer Anders Hansson agreed and suggested that the song would be even more captivating with the addition of an orchestral arrangement.
For Molly, the greatest benefit of Eurovision is that she’ll finally be able to achieve her lifelong ambition of releasing an album – and she already has dozens of songs written for possible inclusion, with elements of everything from country to dubstep feeding into a core pop sound.
“I want to change preconceptions of Eurovision and make people who think it isn’t cool to think, ‘this is actually quite good’. And I want the people of the UK to be proud of me,” she continues. “But Eurovision is part of my journey: it’s not the journey itself.”
Molly will perform her entry at the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday 10th May. The United Kingdom will vote during the second semi-final where Malta’s Firelight will open the evening with the song “Coming Home”.