40 countries will be taking part in the 60th Eurovision Song Contest which will be held in Vienna on 19, 21 and 23 May. The next country to be introduced is Malta. Singing for Malta this year is 23 year old singer Amber.
Artist – Amber
Song – Warrior
Composer – Elton Zarb
Writer – Matt ‘Muxu’ Mercieca
Event – Semi-final 2
Position – 5
Amber is only 23 but she is already a Eurovision veteran. She has competed in Malta Eurovision five times, finally winning the contest for 2015. And she actually performed at the Eurovision final in Baku in 2012, as a backing singer for Malta’s entrant that year, Kurt Calleja.
Amber was a keen student of judo as a youngster, obtaining a Green Belt before an injury forced her to quit at the age of 15. Since then she’s put her competitive energy into music, gaining success in local talent shows.
She has performed with the world famous tenor, Joseph Calleja, and hung out with Ronan Keating and Blue when they visited Malta.
Amber is in her 3rd year at University, studying for a Bachelor of Education in early childhood, and hopes to become a primary school teacher. Her first exam is on Monday 25 May, two days after the Eurovision final.
But Amber’s number one passion is music and her dream is to secure a recording contract and perform in other countries.
She is excited by her song Warrior, which was written especially for her and allows her to demonstrate her vocal range. The song is about overcoming difficulties by finding an inner strength; she hopes people will find it inspirational.
Her own singing heroes are Etta James, Beyonce and Ray Charles.
Amber enjoys voluntary work. She spent 3 weeks working for a charity in Tanzania in 2013 and plans to return this summer. She also spent time helping young kids in need in Reggio Calabria in Italy.
Amber is a Facebook addict and hopes to get to know the other contestants online before meeting them in person. She’s also a chocoholic and is looking forward to trying Austrian chocolates and drinking a hot chocolate in a Vienna coffee house.