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Newbury teenager wins prestigious songwriting award

Sixteen-year-old Aidan Reid recorded his winning entry at EMI studios in London

Dan Cooper

Dan Cooper


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Newbury teenager wins prestigious songwriting award

A TALENTED singer/songwriter from Newbury has followed in the footsteps of musical legends Queen, Pink Floyd and The Beatles by recording a song at the iconic EMI studios in London.

Sixteen-year-old Aidan Reid saw off competition from more than 350 other hopefuls to be crowned The Song Academy Young Songwriter 2015.

As well as recording his winning single in a world-famous recording studio, the youngster will also perform live in front of thousands at the Westfield Shopping Centre in Shepherd’s Bush, London, on Sunday, June 21.

His song Battle Cry impressed a star-studded panel of judges including singer/songwriter Tom Odell, (pictured here with Aidan) whose debut album reached number one, as well as musician Shahid Khan (aka Naughty Boy), Grammy award winning songwriters/producers Eg White and Fraser T Smith and TV presenter Jamie Theakston.

Aidan said: “It’s really exciting. It’s been a stressful few weeks with exams, and I’ve been wanting something like this to happen for a while so I am really happy.

“Songwriting is an outlet, it’s very therapeutic for me, venting my frustrations and feelings. It is above all something I enjoy – it’s always just made sense.”

The teenager, whose favourite artists include Fleetwood Mac, Florence and the Machine and Imagine Dragons, said the inspiration for his winning song came from watching the film 12 Years a Slave.

“I was left fairly disconcerted by the heavy content of the film and the inhuman hardships that this man had to go through,” he said.

Battle Cry is a song about determination and survival, about the will and decision to carry on.”

The youngster is now hoping he can use the award as a springboard to launch his musical career.

He said: “I love songwriting, I love instruments, I love singing – I love all of those things but at the end of the day the main thing I want to do is any form of writing, whether it’s books, articles, songs, anything.

“If I can do anything like that I’d be doing what I want to do.”

The Song Academy Young Songwriter competition is a songwriting competition for young people, aged 7-18 and gives people the chance to be heard by industry professionals.

To listen to Aidan’s winning song, visit https://youtube/ iCyHJ4WzLl8

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