AFA Education
Song Writing Competition
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Judges

Singer / Songwriter

Grace Parry

Born in Swansea, South Wales, singer songwriter and pianist Grace performs regularly at festivals and events, with a mixture of covers and her own original material. Her songs are written from personal experience and are deeply heartfelt, which she believes accounts for her appeal to her diverse fanbase, while her extensive vocal range enables her to perform with eclectic variation across every musical genre. Grace started playing music when she was a child, writing her first song at 11 and she is a massive advocate for tenacity in the industry and has never compromised on her music. Her latest song ‘Real’ features another amazing voice; David Adonis.

Professional Musicians

Marius Frank & Cindy Stratton

Cindy Stratton and Marius Frank are well-known West Country-based professional musicians.

Cindy began a career in music in the late eighties, rapidly establishing herself as a singer-songwriter. Success in a Radio 1 competition led to Radio and TV appearances, as well as supporting Phil Collins, Jules Holland, Labi Siffre, John Martyn and many others. Five album releases later, Cindy is still writing great songs and sining to packed houses www.cindystratton.com

Marius has combined a career in education with one in music. Son of an opera singer (his father was also the one who ate the monkey brains in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom!), Marius burst onto the Bristol scene with his amazing world music/jazz fusion band “Taboola Rasa” closing the Bath International Festival some years ago. Marius is sought after for his arranging and composing skills, working closely with Cindy, Sassparella, and his producer/recording engineer Marcellus Fernandes, as part of the Dharma Sound Lab project https://scip5.net/music-and-media/

Percussionist

Ben Burton

Ben is a classical percussionist who has played at concert venues including the O2 Arena, Royal Festival Hall and Cadogan Hall. He has performed with the likes of Stormzy, Russell Watson, SEARLS & Rick Wakeman.

Working consistently in London’s off West End Theatre scene and continuing to work with regional orchestras; theatres include Prince Edward Theatre, Young Vic and Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh to name a few. He has worked on recording projects at studios including Angel, BBC Radio and BBC Maida Vale. Ben has also worked on some fantastic contracts in China and Thailand.