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Australians Pick Up Accolades at International Songwriting Competition

Australian artists internationally recognised for songwriting prowess


The International Songwriting Competition (ISC), a prestigious and respected US-based songwriting competition, has announced its 2018 winners. The ISC received almost 19,000 entries from 140 countries and prizes include more than $175,000 in cash and merchandise.

Winners hail from all over the world (50% of this year’s winners come from outside the USA) and range from talented amateurs to seasoned songwriting veterans. The twenty-three categories include all genres of contemporary music, from Rock to Pop to Country to R&B/Hip-Hop.

Aussie songwriters did extremely well this year, with two First Place Wins, two Second Place wins, two Third Place wins, and twenty Honorable Mentions.

The list of 2018 Australian winners is as follows:

First Place Winners:

“Downtown Shutdown” – Julian Hamilton, Kim Moyes (The Presets) Sydney NSW EDM

“Junkyard” – Robbie Melville Melbourne VIC, Instrumental

Second Place Winners:

Bat In The Cave” – Peter Denahy Yackandandah, VIC, Comedy/Novelty

“I Can’t Hold” Anna Lunoe, Daniel Chien, Dillon Francis, Julio Alejandro Mejia, Kaeyln Behr, Matthew Van Toth (Wax Motif) Sydney, NSW EDM

“Never Ever Ft. Sarah” The Rubens, Sydney, NSW, Pop/Top 40

Third Place Winners:

Be Mine” Casey Barnes, Michael Paynter, Michael DeLorenzis (Casey Barnes) Gold Coast, QLD, Country

“Things I’ve Learned” John Walsh Sydney, NSW Lyrics Only

Honorable Mention:

49 Candles” Missy Higgins, Daniel Parker (Missy Higgins) Sydney, NSW Adult Contemporary

“Dirty” Shane Timmo (Shane Timmo) Melbourne, VIC, Australia Lyrics Only
“El Girasol” Katherine Gailer, Amaru Tribe, Leonardo Rodriguez (Amaru Tribe) Melbourne, VIC, Latin Music
“Fork (In A World Of Soup)” Milton Man Gogh (Milton Man Gogh) Brisbane, QLD Jazz
“Goodnight” David Taylor (David Taylor) Sydney, NSW Music Video
“Heavenly Gates” Georgina Kingsley (Georgi Kay) Perth, WA Adult Contemporary
“Here We Go Again” Sahara Beck, Tony Buchen (Sahara Beck) Brisbane, QLD Adult Album Alternative
“I Haven’t Done A Thing Today” Sahara Beck, Ocean Beck, Tony Buchen (Sahara Beck) Brisbane, QLD Unpublished
“It’s Good To Be Alive Today” David Anthony Reeve, Ian Bruce Speirs (David Reeve) Wollongbar, NSW Comedy/Novelty
“Ivy” Scott Lavender (Whitefield) Werrington County, NSW Unpublished
“Mercy” Tenielle Neda (Tenielle Neda) Perth, WA Christian
“Mirror Mirror” Nick de la Hoyde, Joseph de la Hoyde (Nick de la Hoyde) Sydney, NSW Pop/Top 40
“My Darling Kate” Nick Payne, Katie Brianna (Nick Payne) Sydney, NSW Americana
“Other Side” Charles Wall, Paul Bromley (Bobby Alu) Byron Bay, NSW Unpublished
“Party At Red’s” Fiona Boyes (Fiona Boyes) Melbourne, VIC Blues
“Save My Cents” Melanie Dyer (Melanie Dyer) Sydney, NSW Country
“Secrets” Wren (Wren) Sydney, NSW Music Video
“Self Destruct” Angus Lee Murphy (Amastro) Canberra, ACT EDM
“Self Destruct” Angus Lee Murphy (Amastro) Canberra, ACT Unsigned Only

“Australian songwriters always excel in ISC, so we have come to expect an unusually high level of songwriting skill from them” said Candace Avery, ISC Founder and Director. “This year was no exception, and we are proud to honor the many ISC-winning artists who are writing and performing some of the best music to come out of Australia.”

Throughout the years, many Australian artists have been honored in ISC: Kate Miller-Heidke, Kasey Chambers, Vance Joy, Amy Shark, Augie March, Big Scary, Birds of Tokyo, Dean Lewis, Eskimo Joe, Flight Facilities, Gang of Youths, Gawurra, Gotye, Guy Sebastian, Jebediah, Matt Corby, Missy Higgins, Ruel, Sarah Blasko, Shane Nicholson, The Living End, Troy Cassar-Daley, Vera Blue and Washington.

Created in 2002 The ISC is an annual song contest whose mission is to provide the opportunity for both aspiring and established songwriters to have their songs heard in a professional, international arena. Amateur and professional songwriters and musicians are invited to participate.

The panel of 2018 judges included industry executives and recording artists such as Adam Lambert; Tom Waits; Nancy Wilson (Heart); Rodney Crowell; Keane; Sara Watkins; Ted Nash; John Mayall and Joe Louis Walker.

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Australian artists internationally recognised for songwriting prowess

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