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The International Songwriting Competition (ISC), the world's foremost global songwriting event, is pleased to announce its 2011 winners. ISC’s Grand Prize for 2011 is awarded to
Out of over 16,000 international entries,
Called “the songwriting competition to take note of,” by the New York Times, ISC was established in 2002 and awards more than $150,000 in cash and prizes to amateur and professional songwriters around the globe. Winners were selected from over 16,000 songs submitted from 112 countries worldwide. Judges included iconic artists Tom Waits, Jeff Beck, McCoy Tyner, Kelly Clarkson, Janelle Monae, Ozzy Osbourne, Lucinda Williams, Tori Amos, Wynonna, Keane, and many more. In addition to the high-profile artists, the roster of judges also included five record label presidents as well as other industry leaders, offering songwriters the unprecedented opportunity to have their music heard by influential decision-makers. See below for the complete list of judges.
Winning ISC's highest honor is
Only 22 years old, Kimbra began writing songs and performing at the age of 10. Spending her early years gigging around her native
Accolades include winning the 2011 NZ Critics' Choice awards and also the Best Female Artist for ‘Cameo Lover’ at the 2011 ARIA awards.
Even at such a young age, Kimbra already possesses the maturity and musical sophistication of the mavericks she is so often compared to - from vocal legends Nina Simone and Jeff Buckley, to radicals the likes of Prince, and contemporary artists such as Björk and Janelle Monaé. With her distinctive vocals and hook-laden creative songwriting, Kimbra is rapidly establishing herself as a significant talent and a fresh and exciting new voice on the international music scene.
Candace Avery, the Founder and Director of ISC, says this of Kimbra: “We first became aware of Kimbra in 2010 when she entered ISC and won First Place in the Pop/Top 40 category with her song ‘Settle Down’. At that time we knew she was one of those artists who had it. As a songwriter, her eclectic and somewhat quirky songwriting made her stand out. As an artist, she brings her songs to life with her her unique vocal styling and compelling stage presence. We are proud to have her as our 2011 Grand Prize winner.”
In addition to the Grand Prize winner, many other deserving
New Zealand Winners Include:
First Place Winner – Adult Album Alternative (AAA)
Anna Heiberg MacDonald (Annah Mac)
Raised on a sheep farm outside of Invercargill, First Place in the Adult Album Alternative (AAA) category is awarded to Annah MacDonald (Annah Mac) for her song “Celia.” Only 20 years old, Annah has already toured with Kelly Clarkson and The Script, and she is currently the opening act for the British pop sensation, One Direction. “Celia” is the current single from her debut album Little Stranger, which was released in September.
Second Place Winner – World Music
Opetaia Foa’i (Te Vaka)
Winning Second Place in the World Music category for the song “Lovely World” is songwriter Opetaia Foa’I of the band Te Vaka. Opetaia has been described as “one of
Third Place Winner - Pop/Top 40
Jane de Jong (Ruby Frost)
Third Place in the Pop/Top 40 category for the song “Hazy” is Jane de Jong, who goes by the name of Ruby Frost. Winner of MTV’s 42Unheard competition in 2009, and since signed Universal Music, she has released two EP’s and is currently working on her debut album, Volition.
“Free” - Amy McFarlane, Brent McFarlane (Reckless Mack) –
“TheSingingBush” – Eddie Rayner (RBR) –
“Forget About Me” - Massad Barakat-Devine (Massad) –
Recording Artists: Tom Waits; Tori Amos; Jeff Beck; Lucinda Williams; My Morning Jacket; Kelly Clarkson; Ozzy Osbourne; Keane; McCoy Tyner; Wynonna; Francesca Battistelli; Janelle Monae; Billy Currington; Tegan and Sara; Massive Attack; Simon Le Bon and Roger Taylor (Duran Duran); Michael W. Smith; Alejandro Sanz; Johnny Clegg; Jeremy Camp; Ray Wylie Hubbard; John Mayall; Craig Morgan; Basement Jaxx; James Cotton; Sandra Bernhard; Trombone Shorty; Robert Earl Keen; Black Francis (The Pixies); Mose Allison; Robert Smith (The Cure); Amadou & Mariam; Darryl McDaniels (Run D.M.C.); Toots Hibbert (Toots & The Maytals); and Matt Thiessen (Relient K)
Industry Executives: Monte Lipman (President, Universal Republic Records); David Massey (President, Mercury Records); Brian Malouf (VP A&R, Walt Disney Records); Bruce Iglauer (Founder/President, Alligator Records); Angel Carrasco (Sr. VP A&R, Latin America, Sony/BMG); Ric Arboit (President, Nettwerk Music Group); Anastasia Brown (Music Supervisor, FORMAT); Dr. Demento (Radio Host, The Dr. Demento Show); Allison Jones (VP of A&R, Big Machine Label Group); Steve Lillywhite (Producer); Dan Storper (President, Putamayo World Music Records and Putumayo Kids); Kim Buie (A&R and Artist Manager, Thirty Tigers); Douglas C. Cohn (Sr. VP, Music Marketing & Talent, Nickelodeon); Trevor Jerideau (VP of A&R, RCA Records); Antony Bland (Co-Owner, CandyShop Management); Steve Smith (VP of A&R, Aware Records); Leib Ostrow (Founder/CEO, Music For Little People); and Cory Robbins (Founder/President, Robbins Entertainment)
Sponsors included: Presonus, Lowden Guitars, Sennheiser, Posse, Mrs. Fields Cookies, ASCAP, Berklee College Of Music, D'Addario, Thayers, Onlinegigs, SongU.com, The Music Business Registry, SongTrust, Independent Mastering, Indie Venue Bible, George Stein, Esq., Sonicbids, Taxi, and music Submit.
ISC is now accepting entries for 2012. Go to http://http://www.songwritingcompetition.com/ for more information and an entry form.
For a complete list of 2011 ISC winners and to hear the winning songs, go to http://www.songwritingcompetition.com/winners
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