SuRie

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Storm
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Nicole Blair, Gil Lewis & Sean Hargreaves

With classical roots in piano, voice and oboe, SuRie's musical career started early as a child soloist, performing for the likes of HRH Prince Charles in iconic British venues such as The Royal Albert Hall and St. Paul's Cathedral and at venues all around the world, including St. Mark's Basilica in Venice.

A graduate of The Royal Academy of Music, she started writing songs when she was just 12 years old. SuRie has held residencies in Jazz lounges throughout London and performed backing vocals for artists like Chris Martin and Will Young.

She has prior Eurovision experience as she was a backing vocalist and dancer for Loïc Nottet at Eurovision 2015 in Vienna, Austria, representing Belgium with Rhythm Inside. She returned two years later as Musical Director for Blanche’s City Lights in Kyiv, Ukraine last year. Both entries came fourth in their respective finals. Real name Susanna, SuRie is a combination of forenames Susanna Marie.

What's the most interesting aspect of your song?

It's the dynamic range of the track. It combines my love of piano-lead singer-songwriter storytelling and also a solid, soulful uplifting pop party!

Tell us some things that people might not know about you.

I love ballet. When I was younger I used to wish on every eyelash and every time cutting a cake that I would get into the Royal Ballet School. Before rocking my 'Peter Pan' look, I used to have hair long enough to sit on. My nickname is Squidge.

Have you got a lucky routine before going on stage? Being on stage is genuinely where I feel most at home in the world so I don't really have any pre-stage superstitions or routines. I normally like to be left alone for a few moments so I can calmly collect my thoughts and ensure I'm on the right spot at the right time, singing the right lyrics and that I haven't forgotten to put clothes on…

Why is the Eurovision Song Contest important?

What I love most about the Eurovision Song Contest is the incredible, beautiful Eurovision community and everything they stand for. Celebrating diversity, equality, positivity, love and all types of music - appreciating it and respecting it whatever our differing musical tastes are. It's an incomparably joyous energy!

Songwriters:

Nicole Blair – Originally from Australia, Nicole Blair is an accomplished songwriter. After working for several years in Stockholm where she worked with well-known local names, she moved to London in 2016, where she’s written for the likes of 5 After Midnight, Pixie Lott & Mike Perry.

Gil Lewis – Gil is an East London based producer, top-liner, guitar player and mix engineer. With influences such as Prince and Michael Jackson, Gil has recently been working with a vast range of acts from Nina Nesbitt to Karen Harding and Union J to name but a few.

Sean Hargreaves – Sean studied in New York with Barry Harris at the Berklee College of Music. He’s worked with the likes of Michael Buble, Natalie Imbruglia and Alison Moyet. He’s credited for his arrangement work with the BBC Big Band, co-producing for British singer songwriter Ella Eyre and writing the incidental music for MasterChef.