Bajan song in UK semi-finals
Barbadian artiste Debbie Reifer has made it to the semi-finals of the UK Songwriting Contest, one of the most prestigious songwriting contests in the world. Her entry We Are Love, released last year, is a strong contender in two categories: Singer/Songwriter and Love Songs.
The UK Songwriting Contest is one of the longest running songwriting contests in the world. Since its launch over 50,000 songs have taken part and almost £1,000,000 has been awarded in prizes. The contest is highly respected in the music industry. Judges include top Grammy, Emmy and BRIT Award-winning producers and artistes.
Reifer wrote We Are Love following an online Valentine’s fan contest as a prize for the winner. The song, produced by local talent Simon Pipe, became so popular that she decided to release it on her debut EPK Hearts Like Mine.
“I didn’t even remember I had submitted it to the contest,” said Reifer. “I am beyond ecstatic to have made it this far. This is unbelievable,” she said.
This latest accolade tops of a year of achievements for Reifer. Her song Amber was chosen by international non-profit The Pixel Project for its worldwide campaign to stop violence against women. She was also named by MarthaStewart.comКas one of best to hire for your wedding day after her performance at the Barbados nuptials of celebrity couple designer Erin Fetherston and Billboard-topping artist Gabe Saporta.
Reifer is currently preparing to release her first Christmas album titled Noel on December 1. The standout single Bajan Christmas written by Reifer, combines the talents of producer and bassist Julian Griffith, and local legends Wayne Poonka Willock on percussion and Victor Linton on guitar.