X Factor UK 2016 runner up Saara Aalto has signed a five-album deal with Sony Music UK and Sony Finland. Additionally, The Sun is reporting that hit songwriter/pop star Sia has written music for the Finnish singer to perform on her next album.
From an a recent press conference in Helsinki Saara said:
“I’m now working with some of the best songwriters in the world and Sia has written a song that has been given to me.
“Oh my god, it’s just insane. I think Sia is a pretty good reference for me because her way of singing and the way she composes the melodies and writes the lyrics is very similar to what I’ve always done.
“I describe my own music as epic love pop. I don’t want to sing about going to a party with friends, I want to sing meaningful songs that can inspire people and I think Sia’s songs are really deep.
“Chandelier is about young girls who think they have to please others to be loved and that really touched me. The lyrics are so inspiring and life-changing.”
Also, Saara will head to Los Angeles next year to work with songwriters Diane Warren and David Foster.
“It’s really exciting because I have two labels from different countries doing it together,” Saara said of her record deal.
“I have always wanted to be a global singer so it already makes me global because Sony Finland is going to concentrate on Scandinavia – so that would be Finland, Sweden, Estonia – and hopefully Sony Music UK for the rest of Europe.
“We still have lots of meetings and lots of planning so it’s very open at the moment.”
Saara also hinted that American Idol singer Adam Lambert, whom she performed with in the X Factor UK final, may be open to working with her.
“Adam and I have been tweeting and sending some Instagram messages to each other.
“He used to have a Finnish boyfriend so he has a connection and can even speak some Finnish things.
“We immediately connected and hopefully in the future we can work together – he said it would be really nice to do something together so let’s see.”