Our latest Everton in the Community Blue Family competition gives young people the chance to write a song for an exciting Merseyside band, which will then be professionally recorded!
Aimee Marnell is a singer-songwriter in electronic three-piece Rise Athena, which she combines with her role as a drama tutor with EitC.
As Friday’s pioneering Everton Lockdown Sessions music concert draws near, Aimee and her bandmates have set youngsters aged between 11-18 the challenge of writing a song, poem, line or lyric.
Young people are urged to express their feelings about the current period we are living through, with the overall tone being one of hope and positivity.
The winning entrant will get the opportunity to perform on the track or have an experience day in the studio to witness the song coming to life.
Watch Aimee and her bandmates, Amber and Keeley, explain more about the challenge and provide some songwriting tips by clicking on the video below or here.
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MERSEYSIDE BAND RISE ATHENA'S TIPS FOR EVERTON SONGWRITING CHALLENGE
“Even if you don’t have experience of writing a song, just write down a few ideas and words, it could even be a poem,” Aimee told evertonfc.com.
“We’ll then work on putting music to that and write a melody.
"Even if you have just got one line, we can even try to put that in the song.
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“If you do sing or play an instrument and want to send us clip, that’s fine too!
“All ideas are welcome.
“We don’t need a full, finished song. That’s what we’re here for, to bring it all together.”
Rise Athena will pick a winner from all the entries, record the song in the studio, and upload it to music streaming channels such as Spotify and Apple Music.
It’s your chance to become a published songwriter!
Submit your entries by tagging @EITC on Twitter or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for entries is Thursday 4 June.
The winning entrant will even be given the chance to perform on the recording which, of course, will take place after lockdown.
If you would prefer not to, you will be given an experience day in the studio to see your song being recorded.
Rise Athena vocalist Aimee started her tutoring role with Everton in the Community in January. Her job will see her construct and deliver drama programmes in schools across Merseyside, with the sessions focused on improving young people’s confidence and self-esteem.
Aimee revealed her motivation for devising the songwriting challenge.
“When lockdown hit, I was trying to think of a way to engage young people, with not being able to see them face-to-face,” Aimee added.
“I spoke to the band and we came up with this.
“We want young people to use it as a self-expression tool to say what is on your mind, but also that the tone is positive.
“We want people to listen to the song and feel that things are going to get better.”