Molly Smitten-Downes is an up and coming Singer/Songwriter from the United Kingdom. On the 10th of May Molly will fly the flag for the UK in the Grand Final of The Eurovision Song Contest 2014. At the 59th Eurovision Song Contest Molly will perform her song Children Of The Universe, co-written with Swedish Producer Anders Hansson. Children Of The Universe blends strings and harmonies over a pounding drum beat while the lyrics promote the universal message of love and unity.
Molly grew up in Leicestershire, a small county in the heart of England. As a child Molly would write poems and soon realised they had in fact become song lyrics. Molly went on to study music at college and in 2008 scored her first UK top ten hit with Raindrops, a collaboration with superstar DJ Sash! In 2012 Molly won best Urban/Pop act at Live and Unsigned, a highly regarded UK Contest for unsigned artists and acts. 2013 brought in more success as Molly was awarded winner of 'Best Song' at the Best of British Unsigned Music Awards for her original track Lost Generation.
In 2014 the BBC's Eurovision team discovered Molly through BBC Introducing, an initiative designed for unsigned acts and artists who would like to get their original tracks heard on BBC Radio.
Eurovision - A big concept
Molly took the job of creating a song for the Eurovision Song Contest very seriously and says the song "needed to be a big concept. It can't just be a nice song, it's got to be a little bit anthemic. So I came up with six or seven ideas in the space of 48 hours and this one just stood out." Molly hopes Children Of The Universe will connect with the whole of Europe and knows what she's got to do on the night, stating "It's about the live performance. It's got to have some drama, you've got to get that arena to feel what you're singing about and hopefully get them on their feet or inspired somehow."
Molly's earliest Eurovision memory was Gina G (who represented the UK in 1996). Molly says "I remember being at my first school disco and practising the moves with all my friends."
Now Molly has her chance to represent the United Kingdom and wants to do her country proud. She says "to represent the United Kingdom in such a huge competition, not only as a singer and performer, but as a songwriter is an unbelievable honour."