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Pedro Barbosa: Finalist In An International Songwriting Competition


Pedro Barbosa has released a brand new single, called “Crazy Love is” to radio nationwide. The song is the second official single from his debut album, Reborn (which was released in 2018).

The single is also currently a finalist in the world renowned International Songwriting Competition (which received more than 19,000 entries from all over the world). He has also been nominated for a 2019 International Portugese Music Award for ‘Music Video Of The Year’.

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Previous winners of the Songwriting competition include the likes of Vance Joy, Bastille, Gotye and Passenger. “Crazy Love Is” is in the top 2% of songs left in the competition. The song is featured in 4 categories: Music Video, Folk / Singer-Songwriter, Adult Contemporary and Best Sing Your Heart / Love Song.

Barbosa is the only songwriter nominated in 4 categories. Judges for the competition include Portugal. The Man, Tom Waits, Ne-Yo, Adam Lambert, Mark Anthony, Bastille, Keane and other big names. Winners will be announced later this month.

“Crazy Love Is” was written during an emotionally rough time in Pedro’s life in 2017

He met a girl he felt he was falling for, but who did not believe him. Based on a week of his life, the first verse was a conversation where he told her she will one day fall in love and get hurt, and that he would then be there for her. The conversation triggered the rest of the song.

According to Pedro: “The events on the chorus literally happened; not in the same exact sequence but they did. The basic idea was the fact that she couldn’t make up her mind if she wanted to be with me, or if she actually felt something for me. That was the reason why things changed so drastically during one week.”

He took the song to producer Mark Beling, who immediately believed that it would be a hit. Initially Pedro thought it was a bit slow, but crowds soon started singing along to it when he started playing it live.

Pedro Barbosa shared these thoughts about “Crazy Love Is”…

“I think people relate to the lyrics, and that is the main reason I chose it as a single. Anyone who has been hurt, or feels strongly for someone whom they are not sure feel the same about them, would be able to identify with the song.”

Featuring lots of heart and falsettos which Barbosa doesn’t normally sing, he managed to perfectly transpire the emotion of the lyrics into the melody.

The music video for the single was directed by Elrich Yssel from Forum Films. The video was produced by Beatrice Pretorius from Dapper Media and shot over the course of two days. The focus for the video was an artistic, heartfelt video encapsulating the essence of the song.

Pedro had the following to say about making the video

“For the final scene of the video, I had to sing very high and it was particularly intense for me; I had to go back to a dark place emotionally and represent the energy of the pain, hurt and love I felt whilst writing the song.”

I’ve known Pedro Barbosa since the early 2000’s and I’m really happy for him! I wish him all of the best with the Songwriting Competition and the Portugeuse Music Awards.

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