This year’s Hungarian entry to the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen is not normally what one expects to hear in the yearly competition. ‘Running’ tells a real life story of child abuse and domestic violence. It is written and performed by half-Hungarian, half-American singer Andras Kallay-Saunders.
He explained the inspiration for the lyrics to euronews: “This song wasn’t written for Eurovision, I already had another song that I wanted to enter with. And then I was in the studio coming up with some melodies and then I came up with the melody for ‘Running’. And after listening to it, it reminded me of a story of a childhood friend of mine. Unfortunately, she experienced child abuse and domestic violence growing up. The feeling, the melody of the song immediately made me think of that and I started writing the lyrics “
Kallay-Saunders, 29, was born in New York to Hungarian model Katalin Kallay and American soul singer Fernando Saunders. On a trip to Hungary to visit his grandmother in 2009, he saw an advert for a Hungarian talent show. He entered, won fourth place and there was no turning back. His lifelong dream of becoming a musician was becoming a reality.
Kallay-Saunders believes the Eurovision Song Contest gives him a great opportunity to raise awareness about domestic violence and child abuse.