Belgium was the first country to announce its artist for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest back in September. Broadcaster VRT opted for an internal selection for Lisbon and Sennek was the choice. Now the singer has released her entry for Eurovision, 'A Matter Of Time'.
Sennek, the stage name of Laura Groeseneken, was born in 1990 and comes from Leuven. The singer-songwriter has already worked on several high-profile musical projects including the 50th anniversary celebrations of the James Bond franchise, 007 In Concert. Since 2014 Sennek has been performing with with Ozark Henry and together they have appeared at some of Belgium's biggest festivals, including Rock Werchter, which takes place in Belgium every July. Read more about Sennek.
A Matter Of Time was written by Sennek with Alex Callier of Hooverphonic and producer Maxime Tribeche. A Matter Of Time is an evocative song with a melancholy tone and a strong story. "The song describes the way you can find beauty in transience, how you can see the beauty in something precious that gets broken", explains Sennek. The message she wants to convey with her song is that adversity and bad experiences can become opportunities for people to grow and to see that great beauty can be found even in little things.
A Matter of Time was produced by Paris-based producer Maxime Tribeche. It was recorded at ICP Studio in Elsene, Belgium. Sennek said: "What an amazing feeling to be doing this with my own song. It’s been a fantastic experience to be able to collaborate with Alex and Maxime, two very talented artists. To get to share ideas and opinions until we finally managed to come up with a composition that everyone is proud of. The song fits me like a glove: the melancholy feeling, the vocals, the contrast between dark and light... And I think a song’s message is so important for its potential to reach people."
Ahead of the release of her song, A Matter Of Time, Sennek took to Instagram to tease the audience with snaps from the official video shoot:
Sennek's participation in the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest was announced last year on the talkshow Van Gils & Gasten, during which she performed an English version of Amar Pelos Dois (Love For Both), Portugal's winning song at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.
Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest
Belgium participated in the very first Eurovision Song Contest in 1956 but has only won once, in 1986, and hosted the contest in Brussels the following year. In recent years Belgium has reversed its fortunes in the Eurovision Song Contest having qualified for the Grand Final on four out of five ocassions. Last year Blanche represented the country with the song City Lights, finishing fourth in Kyiv.
Sennek will perform in the First Semi-Final on Tuesday 8th May in Lisbon, Portugal.