Updated: Monday, 21st January 2019 @ 4:25pm

Video interview: Rising Malta starlet Sophie chats Manchester Pride, presidents and Eurovision

Video interview: Rising Malta starlet Sophie chats Manchester Pride, presidents and Eurovision

By Dean Wilkins

A former Junior Eurovision winner and rising star of Malta is set to blow the city away during her Manchester Pride performance this bank holiday weekend as Sophie takes centre stage.

At just 18 years old, you may be forgiven for thinking that her age may be a hindrance while ascending through the ranks of the music industry – but this young starlet is huge in heart, and huge in talent.

Manchester Pride is taking over the city for ten days, and delivers some of the finest pop acts to thousands of revellers – and raring to go is Sophie.

Fresh-faced and taking her debut steps in Manchester, Sophie headed down to Mancunian Matters towers for a quick chat ahead of her performance.

You can see what she had to say below:

POP SENSATION: Malta singer-songwriter Sophie chats to MM ahead of Manchester Pride gig this bank holiday

Despite her harmonious vocals and energetic execution is inspiring to see for such a young girl, but it’s her love for the industry and love for entertaining that has driven her to where she is.

“There’s nothing more special about performing than if you enjoy it,” Sophie told MM.  “I’ve been playing the guitar over the last year and I’m really coming along – it’s great to write songs with and I just hope that people appreciate my music.”

Sophie has also been known to dabble in the sweet art of piano playing, while drumming was once her passion. But it’s her endearing personality that captures the imagination and ears of fans.

And having won the Junior Eurovision in 2007, Sophie may have been tempted into representing her country in the adult version – but her focus has turned to furthering her career as a solo artist.

“It was a fantastic experience to win the contest, but I want to continue what I’m doing now,” she said. “It’s so exciting to be in the UK and it’s the first time I’ve been to Manchester – everybody has been so warm, British people truly are amazing!”

And with musical idols Jessie J and Pixie Lott inspiring young artists across the globe, Sophie feels that a concept album similar to Adele’s record-breaking piece – written around a break up – could be something she explores in the future.

“I guess writing an album to follow one particular theme would be a tough feat to achieve, but I’d definitely choose to write one about love,” she beamed.

“Love is life. Whether it’s your friends, family or even pets. Love is what makes the world goes round and I could happily write an album about how important it is.”

Sophie will be taking the stage on Monday at Manchester Pride and for further information you can visit her website here.

Twitter and Facebook users can also help to support her through her UK tour, before cheering on an artist who, without doubt, is going to make her career success.

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