The winners of a prestigious international songwriting contest have been announced with Brits taking home first prize in two categories.
The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) gives aspiring and established songwriters a chance to raise their profile in the international arena with past recipients including Gregory Porter, Gotye, Kasey Chambers and Bastille.
This year’s grand prize winners, who each pocketed US$25,000, were Nicholas Miller (aka Illenium, pictured), Annika Wells, Kate Morgan, and Michael Biancaniello.
There were 24 other competition categories encompassing different genres such as Americana, blues and folk.
The victorious Brits included Edinburgh’s Roseanne Reid, who won first place in the lyrics only category, and Andy Vitolo and John King (Hope) in the Unpublished category with their song Lying Still.
Second place in the hotly contested Adult Album Contemporary Category went to Barns Courtney and David Alfie Jackson (Attractions of Youth, Barns Courtney). Courtney is a rising star who earnt his performing chops fronting indie bands on the UK music scene before going solo and signing with Virgin EMI. He’s supported Tom Odell and Ed Sheeran and his song Champion was used by the BBC for its recent Rugby League World Cup advertising campaign.
Third place in the Folk/Singer-Songwriter category went to Thea Gilmore, a veteran singer-songwriter who has released 15 albums and supported the likes of Joan Baez. Her most recent, The Counterweight, is packed with her trademark emotive lyrics and good melodies.
Honorable mentions for UK artists
George Redwood (Benfleet, England) with No One Compares
Stephen Hughes (AUGUST) (London, England) with Heal
Innes Sibun (Bath, England) I’m So Tired Of Living
Paul Murray (Dun The Veil) (London, England) The Milky Stuff
Lara Christina Snowdon, Roger John Styles (L A R S) (Exeter, Devon, England) with Why Won’t You Hold Me?
Nate Chronik (Cardiff, Wales) with Cabin Fever
Isaac Gracie (London, England) with Love Ain’t Always So Good
Adam Waldmann (Kairos 4Tet) (London, England) with J-HO, From The Block
Tallia Storm, Tessa Hartmann, Alex Mann (Tallia Storm) (London, England) with He Loves Me
Emi Green, David Dawood (Emmi) (Devon, England) with Sleep On It
Oritse Williams, Nait Masuka, Nathaniel Ledwidge, Tekiva Ledwidge (Oritse) (East Croydon, England) with Kill It Off
Oritse Williams, Dem Jointz (Oritse) (East Croydon, England) with G.O.M.D.
Tallia Storm, Alex Mann (Tallia Storm) (Glasgow, Scotland) with Break It
Frank Edwards (The Solarwaves) (Manchester, England) with See Ya Round
Gerry Cinnamon (Glasgow, Scotland) with Sometimes