Today, Irish broadcaster, RTÃ�, published the finalists for Eurosong 2009. View their profiles below…
Song 01: Flying – performed by M.N.A.
M.N.A are 3 talented, young Irish women. Jenny Bowden and Shauna Buckingham are both from Dublin’s South-side, while Shauna Kavanagh hails from Derry City. Vocally powerful, their sound is pop with a rock edge.
22-year old Jenny has been singing and dancing all her life. She started Irish dancing at age 4 and went on to train in Tap and Modern at the Billie Barry Stage School.
At 16 years ofage, Shauna B. is the youngest member of M.N.A. A versatile performer, she has trained for the past 5 years with the Adele King Theatre School and is currently studying voice and theory at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. A champion Irish dancer, she has also appeared in several pantomimes. In 2008, she made it through to the boot-camp stage of “X-Factor” in the UK, with all 4 judges saying yes!
Born into a musical family, 20 year-old Shauna K. demonstrated an early interest in the performing arts. Passionate about Irish dancing, she has placed second at the World Championships and has won both the North American and British National titles and in 2008 she toured Germany, Austria and Denmark with the stage production “Magic of the Dance”.
Songwriter, Ronan McCormack could be considered a Eurovision Song Contest veteran. In 1988 he was a Eurosong finalist with his Irish language entry, “Tar Liom Anois” and in 1994 he appeared as part of the original “Riverdance” troupe for the Eurovision Song contest in Dublin. Having graduated from the Waterford Institute of Technology with a B.A. Music degree, majoring in composition, he set off on tour with “Riverdance –The Show”. Not only did he dance with the show, he also played keyboards with the band.
The song “Flying” is an up-beat pop song with a rock edge. An anthem of independence, it has nothing to do with air travel, though Ronan was in an airport when he got the idea for the song!