SBS and Sony Music Australia are proud to announce 17 year old Isaiah as Australia’s contestant at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, to be held in Kyiv, Ukraine in May. The Eurovision Song Contest is broadcast over SBS’s Eurovision weekend - Friday 12, Saturday 13 and Grand Final Sunday 14 May, 7.30pm on SBS. LIVE early morning broadcasts begin Wednesday 10 May, 5am on SBS. Isaiah is the third Australian artist to be invited to compete, following Dami Im who was runner-up in 2016 and Guy Sebastian who finished fifth in 2015, with Jessica Mauboy a guest performer in 2014.
Isaiah’s new Eurovision song ‘Don’t Come Easy’ is an emotive ballad showcasing his vocal range and unique ability to connect with powerful lyrics, which, in this track, speak to fighting for your dreams even when it isn’t easy. ‘Don’t Come Easy’ is written for Isaiah by DNA Songs duo David Musumeci and Anthony Egizii, the same team who wrote Dami Im’s Eurovision hit ‘Sound of Silence’ which won the prestigious Marcel Bezençon Composers Award for the best original composition at last year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Michael Angelo also co-wrote the song.
Hailing from the small country town of Moama, on the border of Victoria and New South Wales, 17 year old Isaiah first stepped into the spotlight last year when he was crowned winner of The X Factor Australia 2016. Isaiah’s story is one of determination and passion for music, honing his craft with six hour round trips from Moama to Melbourne for singing lessons every week, aspiring to become a professional artist.
Isaiah is already experiencing global success, with his first hit ‘It’s Gotta Be You’ going Platinum in Sweden, and charting in over 15 countries including Australia, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Canada, and the US.