At only 16 years old, local songstress Gaia Cauchi is ready to demand your attention, steal the spotlight and dominate the world of pop.
At just two and a half years of age, Gaia knew she was destined to be a star and made it very clear to those around her that she wanted to mesmerise audiences with just a few notes even as a toddler.
It was back in 2013 when Gaia became a household name and Malta’s sweetheart. After being chosen internally by the Public Broadcasting Services, she went on to be Malta’s representative at the Junior Eurovision which was held in Ukraine. With a powerful performance of an original track ‘The Start’ , she stole Europe’s hearts and placed first. Her win allowed Malta to host the competition the year after for the very first time.
Throughout the past 12 years Gaia has kept herself extremely busy, making a name for herself on the music scene both locally and beyond our shores, with the latter taking precedence at time.
In 2018 Gaia auditioned for X Factor UK with her rendition of Paloma Faith’s ‘Only Love Can Hurt Like This’ which left a good impression on the judging panel. With comments from Robbie Williams ‘’You’ve got the X Factor’’ and Ayda Field Williams’ ‘’You are an absolutely incredible singer’’, Simon Cowell started off the vote with ‘Can I be the first to say yes’ and Louis Tomlinson followed with ‘This is easy-absolutely yes’, she went on to get through the first audition with four yesses. Her journey on X Factor UK continued in a group called ‘Sweet Sense’ with the advice given by the judges and they advanced all the way to the Judges Houses phase under the mentorship of Robbie Williams.
Heading back to her homeland, there was no stopping Gaia and she immediately got back to work even more determined than ever. This Summer Gaia even performed during the Isle Of MTV Malta in June at the Granaries Floriana in front of an audience reaching 40,000. Headlining the event amongst others were Ava Max, Bebe Rexha and Martin Garrix.
Currently, Gaia is writing and producing her own new material which is due to be released in the coming months. She starts her solo journey with Why Should I?, a neon-soaked pop tune, pumping with club-leaning energy – this is merely the beginning of a new chapter in her already rich story.
Speaking about the motivation behind Why Should I?, Gaia says, “I was going through a breakup and this song was inspired by it, I felt like I needed to write down everything that I was feeling cause there were so many emotions and questions that I felt like I needed an answer to but I couldn’t really get one from anyone except him!”
Gaia wrote the song herself along with Kevin Paul, was produced by Siconix at Wicked and Loud and mixed and edited by Matteo Depares.
The single was released on radio airwaves last week and is being played on all local stations. The music video, which was directed by Steven Levi Vella along with Director of Photography Matthew Muscat Drago, has just been launched.
It’s time to forget about the sweet girl on that Junior Eurovision Stage and get ready to see a grown up, fierce and powerhouse artist that Gaia is morphing into.