Biography – Richard Edwards, Firelight Lead Singer
Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014 – Coming Home
Firelight is a relatively new Maltese country folk pop band formed in June 2013. The driving force of Firelight is Richard Edwards. He’s the lead singer, author and composer.
Richard is 31. Music is in his blood. His father is a well-known singer in Malta and just about all his family are entertainers. Richard plays the Appalachian mountain dulcimer, acoustic guitar, and percussion. He is joined in Firelight by his sister, Michelle Mifsud, on the piano, and brothers Wayne William, as backing vocalist, and Daniel Micallef on the acoustic guitar. Additional band members are Tony Polidano, on the upright bass, and Leslie Decesare on the drums and harmonica.
In 2005, Richard took a step away from home to venture in the UK music industry. While in England he got the chance to perform alongside Leona Lewis, Ray Quinn and other X Factor contestants. He got the thumbs up from the legendary Simon Cowell on the judge’s panel and made it to the final 80. Later Richard joined a British rock band called Cast Away. His role in the band was playing the bass and vocals. He spent time touring many places across the south east of England.
Richard returned to Malta in 2009. He has co-produced a number of singles with his brother, Wayne William. These include Busking in Baghdad, Allowed To Cry, You’re Gonna Thank Me, My Mistake, Change and Finally. His music made it to the local charts hitting the top spot for a number of weeks. Richard entered the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in 2003 and 2005 as part of the group “The Mics”. Since 2010, Richard took part as Richard Edwards and came as close as first runner up in 2011 with the song Finally.
Firelight’s song Coming Home is a mix of pop, rock and folk rolled into one. Richard believes people will be able to relate to Coming Home in many different situations and thinks it should be especially poignant for the thousands of emigrants who travel across Europe for work, spending months away from their families.
The new album by Firelight is also called Coming Home. The album contains nine new songs. All the songs on the album are a collective effort, representing band members’ inspirations and ideas.
Richard is inspired by a number of international artists including Stevie Wonder, Sir Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd, Eric Clapton, Coldplay, Alicia Keys and his father, Joe George.
Richard is a fan of Manchester United Football Club in England and enjoys charity work. His least successful talent is fishing. He never caught a thing.
Freedom of life, I will express my soul
Look me in the eye and electrify my bones
I ain’t gonna leave until you know my name
Stepping out of the shell, now don’t you step in my way
Build another wall and watch it crumble by your side
I’m coming home x1
I’m not holding back no I ain’t wasting time
If you want me near then you must come for the ride
If your sky will fall, I’ll shelter you from the rain
There’s not a cloud in the sky that can come in the way
Roaming through fields, I’m trying to find this new land
It’s only Because I’m here , I’m finding gold in my hands
I’m coming home x2
Trying to build up the words to say what you mean to me
Gonna open your eyes and let you know what I mean
Ohh aaahhh (x 3)
Gonna take on this journey feel the light getting warm
Find the strength I’ve been searching keep the beat going strong
Keep the gloves on for fighting don’t you knock on my door
Yeah the spirits alive I’m on the road coming home.
I’m coming home (x 4)