27 year old Glen Vella, born on 14th May 1983, will be representing Malta at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest with One Life penned by Fleur Balzan and composed by Paul Giordimaina, former Maltese representative in 1991. The song obtained the highest points in the Maltese selection with a combination of a public vote added to the points given by an international jury, presided by Italian author, composer and singer Maestro Riccardo Cocciante. Glen narrowly beat Richard Edwards to take the Eurovision ticket.
2010 was a year to remember for Glen as besides placing as first runner-up at the Malta Eurovision national final, he was also nominated for the Best Male Artist at the Malta Music Awards. In addition, he has coached the team of Maltese singers at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Belarus. Last but not least, Glen has performed a number of songs at the Top Sprint Awards, held in Sicily, Italy.
Glen is a resident singer on several leading TV shows in Malta. He has recorded various jingles and theme songs for Maltese TV series and radio shows. Other media related work includes live participation and singing on radio shows in Belarus, Belgium and the Netherlands.
Glen started his singing career at the age of thirteen. He studied both practical and theory in voice and piano. He is certified in voice coaching from the Victoria Music and Arts College, London.
He is thrilled by musical theatre stage works and he has held main roles in numerous popular musicals. Furthermore, he is actively involved in the prominent Maltese Gospel choir Animae, of which he is a member and founder.
Singing is very important for Glen but in his own words: There Is More To Life!
Glen in fact also works as a learning support assistant which involves working with persons with a disability within the main stream schools. This is a profession that has reflected a lot on Glen’s positive outlook on life which is also reflected in the theme of his song Live And Let Live.
European tour and making the video
Since winning the Maltese national selection, Glen has been one of the busiest performers this year. He has been working hard to promote One Life across Europe, making appearances on Television shows in Croatia, Greece and Portugal. He has also recorded the promotional video for the song, Glen says "The idea is simple but effective, there is no storyboard, no script, it's as life just happens, it reflects reality, a way of life.".
Most recently Glen has returned from Yerevan, where he performed at the Armenian National Music Awards and met fellow Eurovision Song Contest competitors Mika Newton from Ukraine, Senit from San Marino and of course Emmy from Armenia. Next on the promotional tour is Georgia on April 4th, and the big concert in Amsterdam on April 9th.