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RAYA

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Song
Crazy
Written by
Emil Rosendal Lei, Greta Salóme Stefánsdóttir & Samir Salah Elshafie

Meet RAYA

Going crazy for Eurovision You Decide

With years of professional performance experience, RAYA is a singer, dancer and DJ. Graduating from BIMM (British and Irish Modern Music Institute) London College with the award for The Best Performer of the Year, she's since gone on to provide backing vocals for Hurts, danced for Little Mix and has appeared in ITV drama Mr Selfridge.

A professional DJ, after releasing a debut collaboration EP with Radio 1’s Dev Griffin, RAYA has gone on to work as a session vocalist and writer for labels such as Xenomania and the Ministry Of Sound. Her talents have taken her all around the world in places such as Hong Kong, Malaysia, Dubai, Oman and Russia along with regular residencies at legendary London venues such as Camden's famous Roundhouse, The Sky Garden and The Arts Club in Mayfair.

What’s the most interesting aspect of your song?

I think the lyrical message behind this song is so interesting and fresh for this competition as instead of your typical love song, it truly captures the essence of falling into that trap of obsessing over someone. The song is about that breaking point where you feel like you just want to get that person out of your mind and shout it from the rooftops!

Tell us some things people might not know about you.

Growing up I always dreamed of being a radio presenter. I used to record weekly mix shows in my bedroom. I used to be heavily into 'emo alternative rock'. And I sucked my thumb religiously until just last year!

Do you have a lucky routine before going on stage?

My routine before going on stage is usually a combination of making annoying warm up noises, pacing the room really quickly and a little bit of yoga!

Why is the Eurovision Song Contest important?

It's so incredible to watch a competition that brings corners of the globe together for an evening of fun and positive vibes in such trying times. Watching all the passion and pride that each country represents through song and dance unites us all even if it's just for one night of the year.

Songwriters:

Emil Rosendal Lei – Emil is a Danish writer, producer and mix engineer. Recently, Emil has worked with fellow songwriter Greta Salóme after meeting at a Eurovision writing camp in Denmark.

Greta Salóme Stefánsdóttir – Greta is a singer, songwriter and violinist. She’s best known in the Eurovision world for twice representing her native Iceland in the contest; in 2012 with Jónsi with Never Forget and again in 2016 with the song Hear Them Calling.

Samir Salah Elshafie – Known as Elshay, Samir is a London-based singer songwriter, who’s worked with many established acts including Rixton and 99 souls, as well as other internationally signed artists.

RAYA 'Crazy'

Written by Emil Rosendal Lei, Greta Salóme Stefánsdóttir & Samir Salah Elshafie