Singer-songwriter SuRie will represent the United Kingdom at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest with the song 'Storm'.
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Combining forenames Susanna Marie, SuRie is a classically trained musician and graduate from the Royal Academy of Music in London. SuRie was recently elected an Associate of The Royal Academy of Music, an honour awarded to former students for their significant contribution to the music profession.
SuRie's performance career began at a young age, as soloist to HRH Princes Charles at The Royal Albert Hall. With her head buried in books as a child, a creative young SuRie was often found writing short stories, poetry and lyrics which swiftly turned into song writing. Her musical style of piano lead storytelling pop is influenced by piano singer-songwriters such as Tori Amos, Regina Spektor, Billy Joel and Alicia Keys. More recently she’s also inspired heavily by the poetic, cinematic story telling work of Emiliana Torrini, Ry X, Agnes Obel and Imogen Heap.
Her debut LP, Something Beginning With... was the culmination of a writing and recording process that took SuRie from London to Greece, via Australia, New York, Sweden, LA and Borneo; from her home recording studio in the UK to the state of the art Malmö Live in Sweden.
No stranger to Eurovision, SuRie’s journey started in 2015 where she was a backing dancer and vocalist for Loïc Nottet who finished fourth for Belgium with the song Rhythm Inside. She returned again with the Belgians in 2017, supporting Blanche and City Lights as Musical Director, also placing fourth. Her Eurovision path continued with invitations to song-writing camps throughout Europe, ultimately being approached to participate in BBC Eurovision: You Decide, with the inspriational pop anthem Storm, winning the public and jury vote to represent the United Kingdom at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.
About the song writers and composers
Originally from Australia, Nicole Blair is an accomplished songwriter. After working for several years in Stockholm where she worked with well-known local names, she moved to London in 2016, where she’s written for the likes of 5 After Midnight, Mike Perry and Pixie Lott.
Gil Lewis is an East London based producer, top-liner, guitar player and mix engineer. With influences such as Prince and Michael Jackson, Gil has recently been working with a vast range of acts from Nina Nesbitt to Karen Harding and Union J to name but a few.
Sean Hargreaves studied in New York with Barry Harris at the Berklee College of Music. He’s worked with the likes of Michael Buble, Natalie Imbruglia and Alison Moyet. He’s credited for his arrangement work with the BBC Big Band, co-producing for British singer songwriter Ella Eyre and writing the incidental music for MasterChef.