With her song ‘Marte', Melani Garcia will represent Spain. This is 'Going to Gliwice', our feature counting down to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2019 on Sunday 24 November in Gliwice-Silesia, Poland.
Melani Garcia's song is one about taking care of our shared planet. Marte was written and composed by Pablo Mora and Manu Chalud.
12-year-old Melani Garcia was born in the town of La Eliana in Valencia in 2007. Melani's music career began at the age of 8 when she participated in a local choir and her teacher taught her Mozart’s opera Due pupille amabili. Since then, Melani has developed a passion for opera singer Maria Callas.
Melani, who is of Argentinian descent, also likes rhythmic gymnastics, contemporary dance and ballet and she has various sporting awards.
Her first single Vivo Por Ella was released on 29 June 2018 and is a simple homage to the legendary Andrea Bocceli song made famous by Spanish singer Marta Sánchez in 1997. Melani's rendition was produced by Emilio Mercader.
Spanish broadcaster RTVE has revealed that Melani would represent Spain on their return to their Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Melani was surprised with the news live on air during the TV show ‘A partir de hoy’. On hearing that she will be her country's first representative at the competition for 13 years she began crying tears of joy!