Dare to Dream

14, 16 & 18 May 2019

ESC2018

Sandhja

Sing It Away

Sandhja is a Finn with roots in India. She is a singer and songwriter of urban pop. In 2014 her debut album Gold was praised by critics and included the Top 20 radio hits Hold Me and Gold.

Preview video

"These shoes are squeezing the essence of my root, so I choose to walk barefoot." - Sandhja

"These lines from the track These Shoes on my debut album summarize how I see myself and my music. I want my music to be a source of joy and fun as well as a reflection of the deepest sorrow. I hope that when people listen to it they can forget about their worries and surrender to their feelings. I believe that vulnerability is strength. When you lower your guard you can find yourself."
Sandhja has traveled to Guyana and Jamaica to find inspiration and influences for her second album, which comes out this spring. Two singles have already been released from the album. They are My Bass and Sing It Away, the latter being the song that she represents Finland with in the Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm.

Things to know about Sandhja

What are the three most interesting aspects about your entry?

  1. We have a very strong "girl power" theme in our show. I have 5 back-up singers that sing, dance and party with me on stage. All of them are my very good friends in real life, which makes it easy to have fun with them on stage.
  2. Supporting Finnish craft and design is very important to me and our goal is to use mainly Finnish brands in our Eurovision stage styling.
  3. We have a very strong gospel-soul sound in our singing and we love jamming on stage! 

What are the three most impressive facts about you?

  1. I am a self-taught singer and songwriter. I have never been to any music schools to learn about music theory or the basics of singing, but nevertheless, I have been making music on a professional level since I was 18 years old.
  2. Besides being a singer and songwriter, I am also a nurse.
  3. I have also competed on a national level in kickboxing and boxing and won some Finnish championship medals. 

Do you have a (lucky) routine before you go on stage?

Before I go on stage I tend to do shadowboxing and push-ups. It releases tensions from the body and helps me to relax. We also have a routine with my back-up singers that just before going on stage we take a superman pose and think positive thoughts. 

Why is the Eurovision Song Contest important for you?

Making it to the Eurovision Song Contest has brought me the recognition that I wanted. It also brings me a lot of valuable experience in performing to a large audience and to live cameras. Eurovision also brings me the opportunity to expand my musical career to Europe, which has always been my dream and ultimate goal.

The entry

Title
Sing It Away
Performed by
Sandhja
Written by
Sandhja Kuivalainen, Petri Matara, Milos Rosas, Markus Savijoki
Composed by
Heikki Korhonen, Markus Savijoki, Milos Rosas, Petri Matara, Sandhja Kuivalainen
Broadcaster
YLE

Lyrics of Sing It Away

English (Original)

Please believe me when I say There's nothing harder than the strife When heavy waters try to break you you will be singing for life
When you feel like your world is falling down And darkness has taken your sight There's no need to be carrying a frown I'll help you sing it out tonight
Sing it away All my troubles away Sing it away Never make me fade away Sing it away All my troubles away Sing it away
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh I'm gonna sing it Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh Yeeaah Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh I'm gonna sing it Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh I'm gonna sing it away
So if you're focused, you can make it You'll feel like nothing can steer you of your course When fear will try to make you cave in Remember that love is the source
When you feel like your dreams are beaten down and your fire is loosing its light There's no need to be carrying a frown I'll help you sing it out tonight
Sing it away All my troubles away Sing it away Never make me fade away Sing it away All my troubles away Sing it away

Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh I'm gonna sing it Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh Yeeaah Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh I'm gonna sing it Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh I'm gonna sing it away
When all of the walls come crashing down When you try to scream but can't make a sound Don't' you worry about it, don't you worry about it You just gotta sing it away
Sing it away All my troubles away Sing it away Never make me fade away Sing it away All my troubles away Sing it away
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh I'm gonna sing it Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh Yeeaah Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh I'm gonna sing it Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh I'm gonna sing it away

French

S'il te plaît, crois-moi quand je te dis, il n'y a rien de plus difficile que la lutte que tu mènes, quand les eaux puissantes cherchent à te casser, tu chanteras pour te sauver la vie

Quand tu te sens comme si ton monde devait te tomber dessus et l'obscurité t’a fait perdre la vue, ta mine boudeuse ne te servira à rien Je vais t’aider à chanter ce soir pour que tu la laisses tomber
Chasse tes soucis en chantant, chasse tous les ennuis, chasse tes soucis en chantant, ne jamais te laisse faire Chasse-les en chantant, chasse les ennuis, chasse-les en chantant
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh Je vais chanter Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh Yeeaah Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh Je vais chanter Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh Je vais les chasser en chantant
Si tu te concentreras, tu t’en sortiras, et tu te sentiras comme si rien ne pouvait plus te dérouter et quand la peur essaiera de te faire t’effondrer, rappelle-toi que l'amour est la source
Quand tu penses que tes rêves sont brisés et le feu qui brûle en toi s’atténue, ta mine boudeuse ne te servira à rien Je vais t’aider à chanter ce soir afin de la laisser tomber
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh Je vais chanter Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh Yeeaah Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh Je vais chanter Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh Je vais les chasser en chantant Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh Je vais chanter Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh Yeeaah Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh Je vais chanter Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh Je vais les chasser en chantant
Quand tous les murs s'écroulent, et tu essaies de crier, mais ne peux pas faire un son, ne t’inquiète pas, ne t’inquiète pas Il faudra juste que tu chasses tout ça en chantant
Chasse tes soucis en chantant, chasse tous les ennuis, chasse tes soucis en chantant, ne jamais te laisse faire Chasse-les en chantant, chasse les ennuis, chasse-les en chantant
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh Je vais chanter Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh Yeeaah Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh Je vais chanter Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh Je vais les chasser en chantant

The entry

Title
Sing It Away
Performed by
Sandhja
Written by
Sandhja Kuivalainen, Petri Matara, Milos Rosas, Markus Savijoki
Composed by
Heikki Korhonen, Markus Savijoki, Milos Rosas, Petri Matara, Sandhja Kuivalainen
Broadcaster
YLE

Sandhja is a Finn with roots in India. She is a singer and songwriter of urban pop. In 2014 her debut album Gold was praised by critics and included the Top 20 radio hits Hold Me and Gold.

Preview video

"These shoes are squeezing the essence of my root, so I choose to walk barefoot." - Sandhja

"These lines from the track These Shoes on my debut album summarize how I see myself and my music. I want my music to be a source of joy and fun as well as a reflection of the deepest sorrow. I hope that when people listen to it they can forget about their worries and surrender to their feelings. I believe that vulnerability is strength. When you lower your guard you can find yourself."
Sandhja has traveled to Guyana and Jamaica to find inspiration and influences for her second album, which comes out this spring. Two singles have already been released from the album. They are My Bass and Sing It Away, the latter being the song that she represents Finland with in the Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm.

Things to know about Sandhja

What are the three most interesting aspects about your entry?

  1. We have a very strong "girl power" theme in our show. I have 5 back-up singers that sing, dance and party with me on stage. All of them are my very good friends in real life, which makes it easy to have fun with them on stage.
  2. Supporting Finnish craft and design is very important to me and our goal is to use mainly Finnish brands in our Eurovision stage styling.
  3. We have a very strong gospel-soul sound in our singing and we love jamming on stage! 

What are the three most impressive facts about you?

  1. I am a self-taught singer and songwriter. I have never been to any music schools to learn about music theory or the basics of singing, but nevertheless, I have been making music on a professional level since I was 18 years old.
  2. Besides being a singer and songwriter, I am also a nurse.
  3. I have also competed on a national level in kickboxing and boxing and won some Finnish championship medals. 

Do you have a (lucky) routine before you go on stage?

Before I go on stage I tend to do shadowboxing and push-ups. It releases tensions from the body and helps me to relax. We also have a routine with my back-up singers that just before going on stage we take a superman pose and think positive thoughts. 

Why is the Eurovision Song Contest important for you?

Making it to the Eurovision Song Contest has brought me the recognition that I wanted. It also brings me a lot of valuable experience in performing to a large audience and to live cameras. Eurovision also brings me the opportunity to expand my musical career to Europe, which has always been my dream and ultimate goal.

Lyrics of Sing It Away

English (Original)

Please believe me when I say There's nothing harder than the strife When heavy waters try to break you you will be singing for life
When you feel like your world is falling down And darkness has taken your sight There's no need to be carrying a frown I'll help you sing it out tonight
Sing it away All my troubles away Sing it away Never make me fade away Sing it away All my troubles away Sing it away
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh I'm gonna sing it Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh Yeeaah Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh I'm gonna sing it Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh I'm gonna sing it away
So if you're focused, you can make it You'll feel like nothing can steer you of your course When fear will try to make you cave in Remember that love is the source
When you feel like your dreams are beaten down and your fire is loosing its light There's no need to be carrying a frown I'll help you sing it out tonight
Sing it away All my troubles away Sing it away Never make me fade away Sing it away All my troubles away Sing it away

Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh I'm gonna sing it Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh Yeeaah Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh I'm gonna sing it Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh I'm gonna sing it away
When all of the walls come crashing down When you try to scream but can't make a sound Don't' you worry about it, don't you worry about it You just gotta sing it away
Sing it away All my troubles away Sing it away Never make me fade away Sing it away All my troubles away Sing it away
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh I'm gonna sing it Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh Yeeaah Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh I'm gonna sing it Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh I'm gonna sing it away

French

S'il te plaît, crois-moi quand je te dis, il n'y a rien de plus difficile que la lutte que tu mènes, quand les eaux puissantes cherchent à te casser, tu chanteras pour te sauver la vie

Quand tu te sens comme si ton monde devait te tomber dessus et l'obscurité t’a fait perdre la vue, ta mine boudeuse ne te servira à rien Je vais t’aider à chanter ce soir pour que tu la laisses tomber
Chasse tes soucis en chantant, chasse tous les ennuis, chasse tes soucis en chantant, ne jamais te laisse faire Chasse-les en chantant, chasse les ennuis, chasse-les en chantant
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh Je vais chanter Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh Yeeaah Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh Je vais chanter Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh Je vais les chasser en chantant
Si tu te concentreras, tu t’en sortiras, et tu te sentiras comme si rien ne pouvait plus te dérouter et quand la peur essaiera de te faire t’effondrer, rappelle-toi que l'amour est la source
Quand tu penses que tes rêves sont brisés et le feu qui brûle en toi s’atténue, ta mine boudeuse ne te servira à rien Je vais t’aider à chanter ce soir afin de la laisser tomber
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh Je vais chanter Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh Yeeaah Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh Je vais chanter Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh Je vais les chasser en chantant Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh Je vais chanter Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh Yeeaah Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh Je vais chanter Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh Je vais les chasser en chantant
Quand tous les murs s'écroulent, et tu essaies de crier, mais ne peux pas faire un son, ne t’inquiète pas, ne t’inquiète pas Il faudra juste que tu chasses tout ça en chantant
Chasse tes soucis en chantant, chasse tous les ennuis, chasse tes soucis en chantant, ne jamais te laisse faire Chasse-les en chantant, chasse les ennuis, chasse-les en chantant
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh Je vais chanter Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh Yeeaah Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh Je vais chanter Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh Je vais les chasser en chantant

The entry

Title
Sing It Away
Performed by
Sandhja
Written by
Sandhja Kuivalainen, Petri Matara, Milos Rosas, Markus Savijoki
Composed by
Heikki Korhonen, Markus Savijoki, Milos Rosas, Petri Matara, Sandhja Kuivalainen
Broadcaster
YLE

Sandhja is a Finn with roots in India. She is a singer and songwriter of urban pop. In 2014 her debut album Gold was praised by critics and included the Top 20 radio hits Hold Me and Gold.

Preview video

"These shoes are squeezing the essence of my root, so I choose to walk barefoot." - Sandhja

"These lines from the track These Shoes on my debut album summarize how I see myself and my music. I want my music to be a source of joy and fun as well as a reflection of the deepest sorrow. I hope that when people listen to it they can forget about their worries and surrender to their feelings. I believe that vulnerability is strength. When you lower your guard you can find yourself."
Sandhja has traveled to Guyana and Jamaica to find inspiration and influences for her second album, which comes out this spring. Two singles have already been released from the album. They are My Bass and Sing It Away, the latter being the song that she represents Finland with in the Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm.

Things to know about Sandhja

What are the three most interesting aspects about your entry?

  1. We have a very strong "girl power" theme in our show. I have 5 back-up singers that sing, dance and party with me on stage. All of them are my very good friends in real life, which makes it easy to have fun with them on stage.
  2. Supporting Finnish craft and design is very important to me and our goal is to use mainly Finnish brands in our Eurovision stage styling.
  3. We have a very strong gospel-soul sound in our singing and we love jamming on stage! 

What are the three most impressive facts about you?

  1. I am a self-taught singer and songwriter. I have never been to any music schools to learn about music theory or the basics of singing, but nevertheless, I have been making music on a professional level since I was 18 years old.
  2. Besides being a singer and songwriter, I am also a nurse.
  3. I have also competed on a national level in kickboxing and boxing and won some Finnish championship medals. 

Do you have a (lucky) routine before you go on stage?

Before I go on stage I tend to do shadowboxing and push-ups. It releases tensions from the body and helps me to relax. We also have a routine with my back-up singers that just before going on stage we take a superman pose and think positive thoughts. 

Why is the Eurovision Song Contest important for you?

Making it to the Eurovision Song Contest has brought me the recognition that I wanted. It also brings me a lot of valuable experience in performing to a large audience and to live cameras. Eurovision also brings me the opportunity to expand my musical career to Europe, which has always been my dream and ultimate goal.

Lyrics of Sing It Away

English (Original)

Please believe me when I say There's nothing harder than the strife When heavy waters try to break you you will be singing for life
When you feel like your world is falling down And darkness has taken your sight There's no need to be carrying a frown I'll help you sing it out tonight
Sing it away All my troubles away Sing it away Never make me fade away Sing it away All my troubles away Sing it away
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh I'm gonna sing it Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh Yeeaah Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh I'm gonna sing it Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh I'm gonna sing it away
So if you're focused, you can make it You'll feel like nothing can steer you of your course When fear will try to make you cave in Remember that love is the source
When you feel like your dreams are beaten down and your fire is loosing its light There's no need to be carrying a frown I'll help you sing it out tonight
Sing it away All my troubles away Sing it away Never make me fade away Sing it away All my troubles away Sing it away

Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh I'm gonna sing it Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh Yeeaah Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh I'm gonna sing it Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh I'm gonna sing it away
When all of the walls come crashing down When you try to scream but can't make a sound Don't' you worry about it, don't you worry about it You just gotta sing it away
Sing it away All my troubles away Sing it away Never make me fade away Sing it away All my troubles away Sing it away
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh I'm gonna sing it Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh Yeeaah Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh I'm gonna sing it Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh I'm gonna sing it away

French

S'il te plaît, crois-moi quand je te dis, il n'y a rien de plus difficile que la lutte que tu mènes, quand les eaux puissantes cherchent à te casser, tu chanteras pour te sauver la vie

Quand tu te sens comme si ton monde devait te tomber dessus et l'obscurité t’a fait perdre la vue, ta mine boudeuse ne te servira à rien Je vais t’aider à chanter ce soir pour que tu la laisses tomber
Chasse tes soucis en chantant, chasse tous les ennuis, chasse tes soucis en chantant, ne jamais te laisse faire Chasse-les en chantant, chasse les ennuis, chasse-les en chantant
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh Je vais chanter Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh Yeeaah Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh Je vais chanter Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh Je vais les chasser en chantant
Si tu te concentreras, tu t’en sortiras, et tu te sentiras comme si rien ne pouvait plus te dérouter et quand la peur essaiera de te faire t’effondrer, rappelle-toi que l'amour est la source
Quand tu penses que tes rêves sont brisés et le feu qui brûle en toi s’atténue, ta mine boudeuse ne te servira à rien Je vais t’aider à chanter ce soir afin de la laisser tomber
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh Je vais chanter Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh Yeeaah Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh Je vais chanter Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh Je vais les chasser en chantant Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh Je vais chanter Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh Yeeaah Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh Je vais chanter Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh Je vais les chasser en chantant
Quand tous les murs s'écroulent, et tu essaies de crier, mais ne peux pas faire un son, ne t’inquiète pas, ne t’inquiète pas Il faudra juste que tu chasses tout ça en chantant
Chasse tes soucis en chantant, chasse tous les ennuis, chasse tes soucis en chantant, ne jamais te laisse faire Chasse-les en chantant, chasse les ennuis, chasse-les en chantant
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh Je vais chanter Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh Yeeaah Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh Je vais chanter Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh Je vais les chasser en chantant