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Looe Music Festival’s Young Songwriter of the Year has come A Million Miles since entering the competition

Looe Music Festival’s Young Songwriter of the Year, fifteen-year-old Joe Hawkins from Launceston, has finished recording his winning song, A Million Miles Away.

Currently eagerly awaiting the hard copies, Joe worked with a team of professional session musicians and signers, a sound engineer and a producer to record the final version of his song to an industry standard at the Cube Recording Studio, Truro.

“I got to be involved in the whole process from beginning to end and see how professional musicians record their albums. I was even told that Coldplay and The Rolling Stones recorded some of their album on the equipment my song was recorded with – which is awesome. The competition has given me the confidence to continue song writing and I would love to be able to record more in the future,” explains Joe.

Shortly after finding out about his win Joe performed his winning song live at Looe Music Festival 2015, supported by folk singer Sam Kelly (The Changing Room artist and 2012 Britain’s Got Talent Finalist).

“It was an honour to be part of such a great opportunity for any young musicians who are aspiring to work in the industry. I chose Joe for the quality of his song, but he also took to working in a studio environement very quickly and easily, which is a hugely important skill. His maturity and dedication to his craft shone through and I think we created something very special,” said Sam Kelly.

The competition gave 11 – 16 year olds with musical ambitions the opportunity to show off Cornwall’s budding songsmiths and homegrown talent. Georgia De’ath, Corinna Elleschild and a joint entry from Jospeh Stevens, Jules O’Keef and Luke Fry were all recognized alongside Joe for their song writing ability.

Looe Music Festival Event Director, Tanya Brittain said, “The Young Songwriter of the Year competition was designed to encourage young people to get involved in music, and help us spot emerging songwriting talent in Cornwall. The quality of songs submitted was exceptional. We have a lot to be excited about.”

A Million Miles Away by Joe Hawkins will be available on Spotify and to download from iTunes before Christmas. Hear his entry here.