International Songwriting Competition: British artist wins folk prize

Songwriting award winner Shannon St Clare

An unsigned artist from Brighton has won a top prize in the International Songwriting Competition, where the judges included Marc Anthony and Adam Lambert.

Nineteen-year-old Shannon St Clare is just one of the Brits who triumphed in the International Songwriting Competition (ISC).

The annual song contest is open to amateur and professional songwriters of all genres and this year attracted 19,000 entries from 140 countries around the world.

St Clare, who is influenced by Bon Iver and Birdy, took first in the folk category with her emotive composition, Keep Dancing.

Winning such a high profile award is a coup for St Clare who has spent the past few years earning her performing stripes by supporting the likes of Gabrielle Aplin. Here’s St Clare with a cover of Boys of Summer.

The rather dapper Charlie Winston, a singer, songwriter and film maker from London, picked up second place in the adult album alternative category. Winston has a strong following in Europe and will spend the next few months performing in France, Belgium and Monaco.

Seventeen other Brits received honourable mentions for their songwriting at the ISC, where judges included Adam Lambert, Tom Waits and Marc Anthony.

Honourable mentions

Dean Owens and Will Kimbrough from Edinburgh with Love Prevails (Americana)

Ian Yates from Liverpool with Hope Beyond Hope (Christian)

Jeremy Benjamin from London with Work of Art (Christian)

Rick Foot from Wareham with A Message to the Future (comedy/novelty)

Culture Code from Birmingham with Feel Again (EDM)

Charlie Thomas and Joe Cleere from Oxford with Clockwork (folk)

Lyndon Morgans from London with It’s Not A Love Thing (folk)

Emily Green, Peter Hanna, Ben Harrison, Ibrahim Asmar from London with Moments (pop)

Andrew Muscat, Brian Flack, Ben Kennedy, James Stephens, James Birt from Waterlooville with Over It (rock)

Hana Evans from Cardiff with I Don’t Say ILY (teen)

Katie Kittermaster from Cranbrook with T-Shirt (teen)

Tamsin Alawa from London with Breathless (teen)

Website: songwritingcompetition.com

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