4 MARCH 2015
ESCKAZ – SOPHIA PATSALIDES (CYPRUS) – СОФИЯ ПАТСАЛИДЕС (КИПР)
Sophia Patsalides on esckaz.com !
Sophia Patsalides on esckaz.com !
Hi everyone! I’m so excited (still!) to say that Sophia Patsalides, quite possibly my favourite JESC singer ever, kindly agreed to an interview for the blog! Here it is:
Lewis: Do you have any new music coming out soon – an album maybe?
Sophia: I am working on many new projects, stay tuned!
L: Are there any artists who have inspired you and your music?
S: I like to sing R&B mostly, so my musical influences are Lisa Fisher, Diana Krall, Jasmine Sullivan and many more great artists!
L: Is there a singer (Cypriot or not) who who’d love to collaborate with?
S: The best thing for me would be being the opening act of a famous artist’s tour!
L: What has been your favourite Cypriot ESC song?
S: Life Looks Better In Spring.
L: Would you consider JESC again or the ESC in a few years’ time?
S: Yes, the ESC would be an interesting and challenging follow-up!
L: Besides performing, what was the highlight of your time in Malta?
S: The rehearsals and preparations. Also, the friends I made and the time I spent with them!
L: Since you wrote ‘I pio omorfi mera’ as well as performed it, would you also consider composing as well as singing in the future?
S: Yes, I already compose and sing my own songs.
L: Did the scooter incident being so close to the final worry you?
S: We were joking around during preparations with my team! Everything was fine!
L: How do you think JESC has changed you personally and you as an artist?
S: I learned to handle competitive environments well, and it was a really amazing experience in general.
L: Anything else you’d like to say to our readers?
S: Thank you for reading this interview, and thank you for your support! Have a beautiful day!
Also, I’d like to finish by thanking Sophia for her time and generosity, she replied to my message pretty much straight away. Also, Rory, James and I are looking forward to what Sophia does next with her music!
See you all soon!
You may have heard the saying ‘A song is only as good as its singer’. Then again, you may not have, because I just made it up. If it were true, though, then the following ten songs would be the ten best in Junior Eurovision history, given that the 10-15 year-olds who performed them are so vocally talented I want to cry (but won’t *sniff*).
Yep, Eurovision’s younger, more effervescent sibling has seen its fair share of top-notch singing talents between 2003 and 2014 (as well as some kids who shouldn’t have been allowed anywhere near a microphone…but that’s a topic for another post). Those of you who aren’t JESC fans might not be convinced of that, but can I give you some advice? At the very least, keep an eye and ear out for these ten tiny(ish) talents: five + five of the most jaw-dropping vocalists to have competed in JESC to date. If you are on Team JESC, then I hope you’ll agree with me re: their amazing-ness.
14 year old Sophia Patsalides has been appointed Junior Ambassador for a Cyprus foundation for eating disorders, MAZI.
A press conference held at the University of Nicosia yesterday, Sophia was officially appointed.
Vine president of MAZI, Dr Eleni Andreou spoke about the ways Sophia and MAZI will contribute to society saying that “She is at the critical age of a teenager which age-wise fits the target group set to be addressed mostly by MAZI Foundation”
Sophia also performed her song ‘I pio omorfi mera’ which she will also be performing later this month in Malta for The Junior Eurovision Song Contest, where she will representing Cyprus.
Followed by a short speech where she expressed that “Difficulties and obstacles will always appear in our way…but they can all be solved, and as our song says, ‘‘don’t let anyone bring you down, standing tall you are a fighter, spread your wings and let the wind take you higher”.
The representatives of MAZI foundation wished Sophia the best with representing Cyprus at the 2014 Junior Eurovision, “Sophia you make us all proud, not only with your talent but with the ethos that characterizes your sweet presence”.
Sophia was born on December 16th, 2000 in Nicosia, Cyprus, and is now a third-year student at the English School there.
She demonstrated an extraordinary talent in singing from a very young age, and started studying piano at the age of 5. Shortly afterwards she started taking voice, theory and musical theatre lessons at the “Potenzia Del ‘Arte” talent academy in Nicosia, and began performing in various important concerts and events (including those for the various charities that she is involved in).
From her first musical steps, Sophia has been working closely with the Cypriot composer Stelios Pissis, singing his songs alongside renowned Greek and Cypriot artists. In 2005 (at the age of 5) she participated in the recording of the CD “Castalias & Sirens”, also by Pissis, and at the age of 9 she participated in the musical “Rembetiki Rhapsodia” staged by the Limassol Literary Society at the ancient amphitheatre at Curium. She recently started composing her own material, and in 2011 she wrote the lyrics to, composed, and performed the theme song of the “Giving Color to Life” project of the “Cyprus Young Volunteers” for the renovation of the “Makarios Children Hospital”.
More recently, she has been a guest on various TV shows, while in the summer of 2014 she made her professional theatrical debut in the lead role of “Teenager” in Cyprus National Theatre’s production of “Birds” by Aristophanes, touring all over Cyprus. In July of 2014 she was selected by the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation, after a proposal by Silver Spotlight Productions, to represent Cyprus at the 2014 Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Malta, marking the return of her home country to the event after a five-year absence.