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William Mangion

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THE SOLO YEARS (part I) (1993-2001)

Pursuing a solo career was nothing new to William. He had maintained a steady solo schedule throughout his career, only now he had all the time to focus strictly on pushing forward as a solo artist. The work paid off, and in 1993, he won the Malta edition of the Song For Europe contest, going on to represent Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest in Cork, Ireland with the self-penned song This Time CD. He placed 8th out of 25 entries, which to date remains the largest ever number of participants of all the editions of Eurovision. While many regarded the placing a disappointment, William's performance gave him further international exposure, expanding his audience to include a wider range of age groups. This Time CD also remains one of the most popular Maltese Eurovision entries, as well as being a crowd favorite in his live repertoire. In 1994, William was once again contracted as the resident musician at the Piano Bar at the Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza in Sliema. During this time, he also performed for several celebrities, ©  William Mangion 2010 including Rita Coolidge, LaToya JacksonWilliam with LaToya Jackson, Demis Roussos, George McRae, actor Rutger Hauer, who was in Malta filming The Voyage, and Geena Davis, who was on the island filming Cutthroat Island. In 1995, William relocated to the UK, basing himself in the Manchester area. He spent the first two years touring with a three-man band called Sabora, who he left to form his own duo act, Manjon. With these two bands he performed in more than 500 clubs all over the UK, including venues in Yorkshire, Hull, Newcastle, Blackpool, Manchester, Nottingham, Liverpool, the Midlands and South Wales.In 1996 he formed Still WatersCD with Jerry Christopher and Peter Williams. They released a 2-track CD single, Dreams To The Windvideo and Love Is Never EasyCD on Gosh Records via Warner Brothers Austria. The following year, William returned to Malta, re-establishing himself with countless performances at various clubs and open-air festivals. In 1998, he was again engaged as the resident musician at the Piano Bar at the Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza in Sliema. Apart from this residency, he also fronted The William Mangion Band, performing at several other venues, such as BJ's, Black Gold, The Black Bull, Bar Bamboo, Frenchies and the O'Connor's Irish Pubs in Bugibba and St. Julian's on a regular basis. He also did some TV and radio shows and performed with the band at Axis Discotheque, Malta's largest nightclub in 2001, at a promotion show to launch the new Mini Cooper in Malta. Also in 2001, William travelled to Thailand, performing at ony's ClubT in Pattaya and at the Bamboo Bar in Bangkok, clocking up yet another international landmark in his career. This period of William's career was highlighted by the release of a retrospective CD album in 1998, which he decided to go ahead with following encouraging positive crowd response to his performances and the overwhelming public demand for recordings of his songs. The album, titled simply CompilationCD, included the entire Getting Closer album, the Eurovision entry This Time and its Maltese version, Issa, and the two songs William recorded with Still Waters. Compilation was well-received and continues to be in demand to this day
©  William Mangion 2017
WilliamMangion

About

My Biography

THE SOLO YEARS (part I) (1993-2001)

Pursuing a solo career was nothing new to William. He had maintained a steady solo schedule throughout his career, only now he had all the time to focus strictly on pushing forward as a solo artist. The work paid off, and in 1993, he won the Malta edition of the Song For Europe contest, going on to represent Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest in Cork, Ireland with the self-penned song This Time CD. He placed 8th out of 25 entries, which to date remains the largest ever number of participants of all the editions of Eurovision. While many regarded the placing a disappointment, William's performance gave him further international exposure, expanding his audience to include a wider range of age groups. This Time CD also remains one of the most popular Maltese Eurovision entries, as well as being a crowd favorite in his live repertoire. In 1994, William was once again contracted as the resident musician at the Piano Bar at the Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza in Sliema. During this time, he also performed for several celebrities, ©  William Mangion 2010 including Rita Coolidge, LaToya JacksonWilliam with LaToya Jackson, Demis Roussos, George McRae, actor Rutger Hauer, who was in Malta filming The Voyage, and Geena Davis, who was on the island filming Cutthroat Island. In 1995, William relocated to the UK, basing himself in the Manchester area. He spent the first two years touring with a three-man band called Sabora, who he left to form his own duo act, Manjon. With these two bands he performed in more than 500 clubs all over the UK, including venues in Yorkshire, Hull, Newcastle, Blackpool, Manchester, Nottingham, Liverpool, the Midlands and South Wales.In 1996 he formed Still WatersCD with Jerry Christopher and Peter Williams. They released a 2-track CD single, Dreams To The Windvideo and Love Is Never EasyCD on Gosh Records via Warner Brothers Austria. The following year, William returned to Malta, re-establishing himself with countless performances at various clubs and open-air festivals. In 1998, he was again engaged as the resident musician at the Piano Bar at the Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza in Sliema. Apart from this residency, he also fronted The William Mangion Band, performing at several other venues, such as BJ's, Black Gold, The Black Bull, Bar Bamboo, Frenchies and the O'Connor's Irish Pubs in Bugibba and St. Julian's on a regular basis. He also did some TV and radio shows and performed with the band at Axis Discotheque, Malta's largest nightclub in 2001, at a promotion show to launch the new Mini Cooper in Malta. Also in 2001, William travelled to Thailand, performing at ony's ClubT in Pattaya and at the Bamboo Bar in Bangkok, clocking up yet another international landmark in his career. This period of William's career was highlighted by the release of a retrospective CD album in 1998, which he decided to go ahead with following encouraging positive crowd response to his performances and the overwhelming public demand for recordings of his songs. The album, titled simply CompilationCD, included the entire Getting Closer album, the Eurovision entry This Time and its Maltese version, Issa, and the two songs William recorded with Still Waters. Compilation was well-received and continues to be in demand to this day