We are very pleased to announce Molly Smitten-Downes will be flying the flag for the UK at Eurovision 2014 with the song Children of the Universe.
After discovering her work on BBC Introducing we invited singer-songwriter Molly to compose a song especially for the 59th Eurovision Song Contest, the result is a powerful, contemporary track revealed exclusively tonight on Red Button and iPlayer.
No stranger to competitions, in 2012 Molly was awarded Best Urban/Pop Act at Live and Unsigned and in 2013 won Best Song at the Best of British Unsigned Music Awards. With her incredible vocal range, Molly has become widely recognised on the live music scene, supporting Jake Bugg, Tinie Tempah, Labrinth & Chase n Status among others.
Now turning her attention to Eurovision 2014, The song ‘Children of the Universe’ is an anthemic, uplifting track specifically written with live performance in mind, with the music video recorded live to showcase Molly’s incredible vocal ability.
”Molly says: “I'm so excited for everyone to hear 'Children of The Universe'. I'm so happy with it. To represent the United Kingdom in such a huge competition, not only as a singer and performer but as a songwriter is an unbelievable honour. I hope I can do us proud”
Born in Leicestershire Molly has pursued a career in music since she was 15. She Moved to London after music studies at Leicester College and the ACM, Guildford. An accomplished piano player, her musical influences are wide ranging from David Guetta, Kylie Minogue and Nelly Furtado, to Kate Bush, Billie Holliday and Jeff Buckley
Previously part of dance act Stunt, Molly had top ten chart success with their first single Raindrops; a collaboration with German producer DJ Sash. She has great connections with many dance music producers as a result, and her work is often remixed.
Molly uploaded her original track Flowers by the Road on You Tube to boost her online music profile, and the track quickly spread across the internet. She has been working on her debut album and BBC Introducing picked up her track, Strange Alien, which was championed by her local station BBC Radio Nottingham.