Danica Muscat – One step at a time


Despite her young age, Danica Muscat is a familiar face in the local music industry, having successfully worked her way into the field, through hard work and dedication.

It was in 2006, when she officially emerged into the scene, having qualified through to the final of the Junior Eurosong for the very first time, the song ‘Play Your Violin’ was appreciated, but nothing could beat the message that the young vocalist emitted the following year as she performed ‘Stolen’, based on the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

Despite finishing as the first runner-up, she has never looked back and returned to the competition in 2008, looking remarkably older at a mere 14 years of age. She was one of the few artists who had two songs competing, a coup by anyone’s standards and the beginning of a positive future.

In 2010, Danica had the opportunity to audition for the show ‘Io Canto’ and following a series of casting rounds got through to the live shows, met Gerry Scotti and had the opportunity to perform with a handful of internationally renowned artists; Ron, Pierdavide Carone, Ornella Vanoni and The Priests.

As a result of this opportunity, Danica was one of the first female vocalists to be featured in an international compilation, one which would eventually be released both in physical and digital format.

Following this experience, the female vocalist returned to Malta with her head help up high, and made an attempt to get through to the final phases of all leading competitions, succeeding on almost each and every occasion.

As a matter of fact, she made it through to the LIVE shows within the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza every year between 2011 and 2015, the Malta Eurovision Song Contest four times between 2012 and 2016, as well as the Summer Hit Song Contest in 2014 and 2015, reaching 3rd place in the latter with “Amour”, a Philip Vella composition.

Danica cites that with each experience comes knowledge, apart from being an outreach to the public. Her songs transmit a message through the lyric, and as a result speak the truth.

She reached the live stage of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest for a 3rd time with ‘Frontline’, composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Emil Calleja Bayliss. This was something different to what she had been used to performing.

Just months after her experience in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, Danica decided to start sharing her wisdom with upcoming artists, and as a result opened her own school, The Vocal Lodge. In 2016, she returned to the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with the song “M’Hawnx Isbaħ” written by Philip Vella and Emil Calleja Bayliss, finishing in 8th place.

After taking some time to finish her Degree at the University of Malta, she returned for the 2017 Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with “Jien Maltija” penned by Emil Calleja Bayliss with music by Mark Spiteri Lucas learning just days before the finals that she had reached the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the song “One Step at a Time” co-written by John Ballard, Ruth Mussie, Jerusalem Yemane, Irena Krstva and Kian Fakhary.

This song will be very different to what the public have come to expect from Danica in recent years, and that’s a positive sign because it means that she’s growing as an artist. She really believes in this song.