A SONGWRITING duo have struck a chord with judges at a national competition for the fourth year running.
Ruth Pollard, from Vicars Cross, and Neil Preston reached the final of the UK Songwriting Contest 2008, beating more than 6,200 entries, with Too Hot to Handle.
Their other songs Because I’m Worth It, Lipstick and Lace, Remember the Reason and No Longer Waiting, produced by and co-written with local singer/songwriter Richard Coan, all reached the semi-finals.
Ruth and Neil met at songwriting class at West Cheshire College about five years ago.
They have been writing and recording in Neil’s home studio in Vicars Cross.
Ruth, stage name Ruth Anne, trained at Merseyside Dance and Drama, City College Manchester and Liverpool Theatre School and has toured with Westlife.
As a dancer, she also appeared in music videos and the Smash Hits tour, as well as appearing in a film featuring David Bowie and Goldie called Everybody Loves Sunshine.
She said: “This is my fourth year of success in this competition. I reached the finals in 2005, was a runner-up in 2006 and last year I was a semi-finalist with two songs – Addicted and New Dimension – and we are very happy to have been successful again this year!”
Neil, who has been writing songs for 35 years, provides songs for up and coming singers for free via uniquesongs.com.
For more details, visit www.ruthanne.co.uk or www.vitalsongs.com.