Interview with Claudia Faniello

Claudia Faniello Claudia Faniello

Date of Birth: 25/02/88

Where do you live: Marsascala

Status: Committed

Star Sign: Pisces

Main occupation: Singer/songwriter/performer

Media-related occupation: Singer/songwriter/performer

Claudia Faniello has always considered music to be her main priority in life, as well as a ‘life saviour’. Claudia’s distinct vocal timbre that varies from a low husky lamentation to a strong soulful voice shows off her versatility and represents who she is as an individual. Her charisma, along with being very sensitive, somewhat fragile yet feisty, ambitious and confident, attracts a lot of people.

These characteristics reflect upon her life experiences and have always helped her in taking on different challenges, both personally and musically.  She entered the national finals of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest back in 2006 and she has been in every subsequent Eurovision Final to this very day. This contest has played a significant role in her career and has helped her promote herself. Serving as an inspiration to many, she has always been among the favourites in the competition and has a popular following.

Convincingly Better isn’t just what Claudia has always aspired to be, but is also the name of her debut album which was launched in 2010. This was a different sound from what she was mostly known for and it sheds some light on her real self. The album features pop/rock tracks including her single I Hate This Song.

In recent years, Claudia launched another song accompanied by a music video entitled When It’s Time. Claudia is definitely facing the future with excitement since she is now taking on new ventures which are giving her the opportunity to grow artistically. She is now writing and giving her input in the production of various tracks. One of these is ‘One Fine Day’, which she co-wrote with Airport Impressions’ singer Errol and which was released on Wednesday 28 May, 2014.

Claudia is not only known to the public as an artist, but she has also contributed in various philanthropic campaigns and events. Having been a sufferer herself in the past, the subject of eating disorders is one of the social issues she feels strongly about. As a matter of fact, she has visited various schools and given many interviews on TV programmes and radios to share her experiences and to raise awareness of this very serious condition. She has also recently been appointed as one of Malta’s Ambassadors for Young People’s Literature.

How did you first discover that you had a talent for singing?

I was brought up in a home where music is like a religion. Mum always encouraged us to pursue our dreams, especially concerning music. I guess it was always there, right from the start.

What would you never, ever buy – and why not?

Fish because I cannot stand the smell or the taste. I’ve tried, but I simply can’t handle it! J…

What was the best piece of advice you have ever given?

To practise what you preach!! It is one thing to give out advice, it is another to live by those recommendations. I admire people who do so and I do my best to follow suit.

If you had only six months left to live, what would you do with the time?

Travel around the world as much as I can and try and do as much good as I can. And of course, to tell my story through the songs I’d write.

How would you describe your relationship with money?

He he he he it’s complicated J!

Were you ever bullied as a kid?

No, I was one of the lucky ones who have never experienced first-hand bullying. I am totally against it and believe that bullies are COWARDS and in need of help.