Isabel Lavender – Life in Lyrics Born in Denmark to a Danish mother and a Spanish father, raised in Italy, Turkey, Poland, Iraq and Indonesia and now living in Spain, Isabel Lavender is nonetheless wholly dedicated to the English language. “I can’t write in Danish!” she laughs, admitting that when inspiration strikes it always makes its presence felt in the language of Shakespeare and Keats. Educated at Aalborg University where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Economy and Personnel Management, Isabel’s CV makes for fascinating reading: she has been a Miss Denmark finalist, model, fitness instructor, TV presenter and businesswoman, to name but a few of her many roles. Now a poet and lyricist, Isabel has chosen to focus her talent on writing intelligent lyrics for adult contemporary pop songs and has already achieved a great deal of success. Earlier this year Isabel submitted eight lyrics to The UK Songwriting Contest; seven were accepted as semi-final contenders and one (Tallulah) was a finalist in the Lyrics Only category. Organised by the famous BRIT School in Croydon, The UK Songwriting Contest is a prestigious event and is open to entrants around the world. It provides an excellent platform for emerging talent, with last year’s overall winner being signed by Simon Cowell. Isabel’s success in the UK Songwriting Contest follows on from her strong showing last year in America’s Song of the Year competition. This contest takes place every month, with the winning entries competing for the Song of the Year title at the end of the year. During 2008 Isabel was a runner-up in November and December and a finalist in October with her lyric, Like Mona Lisa In A Mirror. Isabel says that she is influenced and inspired by artists like Kings of Leon and Coldplay as well as contemporary singer-songwriters like Dido and James Blunt, musicians who have built their reputations on the complexity of their songs. Lyric writing means not knowing when inspiration will strike – and when it does it helps to have a pen and some paper close to hand. Isabel always has to think ahead. “I keep Post-it notes in the car so that if I have an idea I can start writing straight away.” Sometimes the most prosaic scenes can trigger the imagination. “I saw a guy outside the supermarket the other day and he looked quite dishevelled. I wondered where he had come from and what his story was. It ended up with me going back to the car, picking up a Post-it and writing a lyric about this vagabond.”
UPDATE: This year Isabel only submitted one collaboration song “Breathe in” with Boston US-based singer/composer Dan McDonough and became semi-finalist.