Archive for 2019

God only knows – Reign

One of my students, Rebecca Mifsud, took part in this season’s X-Factor and managed to reach the Judges’ Houses together with the group Reign. In November, she and the other girls in Reign – Chrissy and Brenda – approached me with a cool project. They wanted some of my younger students to be part of their music video – from learning the harmonies, singing the backing vocals, dressing up and acting. Here is the outcome – God only knows. Enjoy!

2019 Winner of the Shelagh McCartin Songwriting Award

On 15 December during my students’ Christmas party at Planet Hollywood, the winner of the Shelagh McCartin Songwriting Award was announced.

The winner is Maya Morrow with her song ‘Stop wasting your time’. She will shortly begin working on this song at Somnio Studios together with well-known composer and producer Cyprian Cassar.

I’d like to thank all those who participated. You all showed creativity in your compositions. Well done!

Rockschool exams – Nov ’19

Rockschool exams were held on 19-20 November. Besides students of voice sitting for their vocal exams, it was also the first time that Drums was included. The Drums syllabus is being taught by The Box in Mosta. The examiner Daniel Rankin was very pleased with the performances he saw and heard, and informed me that the standard was very high. Well done to all!

Shelagh McCartin Songwriting Award

Terms and Conditions:

  • The competition is open to all students of the Claire McCartin Vocal Studio, as at 31st August 2019.
  • Applicants must write the lyrics to their song and create, at least, a melody line.
  • Submissions must be in the form of a video recording of the applicant singing their song, as well as the song lyrics in a separate file.
  • Only one song is allowed per applicant.
  • Applicants must never have recorded their own material professionally before.
  • Applicants must be fifteen years of age by the submission deadline.
  • A panel of judges will review and discuss all submissions. Their decision is final and irrevocable.


Please send your submissions by 31st October 2019, by email to or by phone/whatsapp to +356 99262511.

Russian Language Day

On 6 June, besides commemorating Russian Language Day, my students and I also provided entertainment for the opening of an art exhibition by Nina Silaeva – John Borg Bonaci; Krista Sujak; Maya Morrow singing her own compostion ‘Life Changing’ and I, performing in Russian.


Professional Vocalist

Claire McCartin's distinctive blues voice is a much awaited fresh breath among Malta's evergrowing pop and rock scenes. With a voice which hints Eva Cassidy and Nina Simone, she is constantly evolving as an artist, performing regularly in Malta and also beyond our shores, namely in Russia, Austria and the U.S.

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