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Richard Micallef

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Richard Micallef

Richard Micallef is a singer, songwriter and multi-instumentalist. He plays the bass guitar, acoustic guitar, Appalachian Mountain dulcimer, harmonica, and some percussion instruments too.

Richard is also the founder of the band Firelight alongside his siblings Michelle, William and Daniel. Firelight represented Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 with the song “Coming Home” and finished 23rd in the final. Richard was also the main songwriter for Firelight’s album entitled “Backdrop of Life”.

In 2016, Richard decided to start a solo career as “Richard Edwards” and his first single entitled “Burning” was released in July 2016. He then attempted to represent Malta again in a duet with his father Joe. They finished 2nd in the national final.

Richard Micallef

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Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest

Malta debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1971 and was represented by Joe Grech and the song “Marija L-Maltija”, which finished last. Malta competed again in 1972 and 1975 but then withdrew until their return in 1991. During the 1990s Malta only once finished outside of the top 10, and in 1998 they came within just 7 points of victory. It was Chiara who brought the country their 3rd place finish in 1998, and who went on to finish in 2nd at the 2005 contest in Kyiv. The only other artist to finish 2nd for Malta is Ira Losco, who was 12 points away from victory in 2002. They are the longest participating country never to have won the Eurovision Song Contest.

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