JANICE MANGION

JANICE MANGION

At the tender age of 12, Janice Mangion showed a keen interest in music, and as a result, took up singing lessons before turning her attention to the piano during her teenage years. One of her first milestones came in 2007 when she joined the cast of the successful television show “L-Isfida”.

In recent years, Janice has managed to scale the heights of the local music industry by virtue of being a member of the ‘Animae Gospel Choir’ and also reaching the finals of the “Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza” where finished in 3rd place on her second appearance in 2011, “L-Għanja tal-Poplu”, “The Summer Hit Song Contest”, and also the “Malta Eurovision Song Contest”.

The latter was an experience which she will always keep close to her heart, and one which she would go on to replicate as a backing vocalist in 2013, accompanying Kevin Borg during his runner-up performance of “Needing You”.

At the end of 2016, Janice received the news that her entry “Kewkba” reached the final of the “Malta Eurovision Song Contest”, therefore marking her second appearance in the local national final as a soloist.

This song means the world to her for the simple reason that it conveys a beautiful message which people can relate to, knowing that there’s always someone looking for you whatever the situation or the circumstance.

That said, Janice finds it all the more special knowing that she is delivering the lyrics in Maltese, a first for any song in the “Malta Eurovision Song Contest” since the early nineties where each song had to be presented in both Maltese and English.

With “Kewkba”, Janice showed off the beauty of her native language by promoting it to a wider audience. She sincerely hopes that fans of the music competition appreciate this sentiment, and help in spreading Maltese. She finished in 2nd place, behind Claudia Faniello’s “Breathlessy”, achieving 4,544 votes.

Janice’s undying love towards the Eurovision Song Contest has been exhibited in the past, having gone on record stating that “Molitva”, the winning entry of 2007, is one of her favorite songs of all-time. She had the opportunity to meet the songwriter of the same track during the 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest held in Malta.

Following her success in Malta, Janice had the opportunity to travel to Bulgaria for the Discovery Fest and then also to Belarus where she took part in the biggest festival in Eastern Europe, the Slaviansky Bazaar. There, she had to perform on three evenings if she made it through to all the respective phases and indeed she did, singing in her maternal Maltese and English, as well as Russian.

In 2018, she released her new single, ‘Warda’, an original song entirely dedicated to her mother, penned by Emil Calleja Bayliss and composed by Mark Scicluna and Cyprian Cassar. Released through CAP-Sounds. Warda made a long-lasting impact on the iTunes charts reaching number 1 on the day of its release, a position it kept for a couple of weeks. Janice recently had the opportunity to travel to Bulgaria for the 2nd year in succession, performing her new single, and awarded with the title of Best Female Performer.

At the end of 2018, Janice participated in an event promoting the new clothing line of Gaetano, one of Malta’s most esteemed fashion designers before lending her voice to “Ħelu Bambin”, a bi-annual compilation album filled with popular Christmas songs, which in turn have been re-written in Maltese. The singer/songwriter started off 2019 with a bang, releasing ‘Xewqti’, a mid-tempo original song which sounded in tune with whatever the radio was playing, reaching number 1 on the local iTunes chart, and also clocking up more than 10+ views on YouTube.

In June 2019, Janice found out that she’s a finalist in L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2019 with the song “Għadu Mhux il-Waqt”, an original song penned by Emil Calleja Bayliss to the music of Mark Scicluna, the same songwriters behind “Kewkba”, going onto win the award for Best Interpretation. Just weeks after, she also made her debut in the Malta Pride Concert, organized in St Georges Square, Valletta.

JANICE MANGION

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