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Contact: Candace Avery
International Songwriting Competition
Canadian Songwriters Honored In US-Based International Songwriting Competition (ISC)
Judges Include Lorde, Hardwell, Tom Waits, Nancy Wilson (Heart), Ziggy Marley, Kaskade, The Mavericks, Martie Maguire (Dixie Chicks), Bastille, and More
-- The International Songwriting Competition (ISC is pleased to announce its 2017 winners. Created in 2002, ISC is widely recognized as the most prestigious and respected songwriting competition in the world and received more than16,000 entries from almost 140 countries. Prizes include more than $175,000 in cash and merchandise.
The Grand Prize winners this year are Nicholas Miller (better known as Illenium), Annika Wells, Kate Morgan, and Michael Biancaniello for the song Crawl Outta Love Ft. Annika Wells." The Grand Prize consists of $25,000 in cash (USD) and over $35,000 in additional prizes.
Winners hail from all over the world (61% of this years winners come from outside the USA) and range from talented amateurs to seasoned songwriting veterans. The 23 categories include all genres of contemporary music, from Rock to Pop to Country to R&B/Hip-Hop and more.
Canadian songwriters fared extremely well in ISC, garnering four First Places and three Third Places. Canadian winners also received 39 Honorable Mentions.
This marks the first time in the competitions history that Canadian songwriters have scored four First Places in categories, says Candace Avery, ISC Founder and Director. It takes a lot of dedication and hard work to write great songs, and ISC is honored to throw the spotlight on these talented Canadian songwriters and their achievements.
Over the years ISC winners have included: Vance Joy, Bastille, Passenger, Kate Miller-Heidke, Lindsey Stirling, Gotye, The Band Perry, Kasey Chambers, Lupe Fiasco, Rachel Bloom, Gin Wigmore, Kimbra, Gregory Porter, Kehlani, For King & Country, and many more.
For a complete list of ISC 2017 winners and to hear the winning songs, go to: https://www.
The complete panel of judges includes:
Lorde; Tom Waits; Ziggy Marley; American Authors; Nancy Wilson (Heart); Martie Maguire (Dixie Chicks); Booker T. Jones; The Mavericks; Sara Evans; Bastille; Keane; Hardwell; Danilo Perez; James McNally (Afro Celt Sound System); Billy Cobham; Gerald Casale (Devo); Natalie Grant Lee-Phillips; ; Krewella; Matt Nathanson; Amadou & Miriam; John Tibbs; Kaskade; John Mayall; Joe Louis Walker; Nicholas Gunn; Ashwin Batish; Lonnie Liston Smith; Walter Trout; Trilok Gurtu; Tommy Chong; and Tony Joe White.
Gregg Nadel (President, Elektra Records); Seymour Stein (Chairman/CEO, Sire Records); Daniel Glass (President, Glassnote Records); John Esposito (Chairman/CEO, Warner Music Nashville); John Burk (President, Concord Label Group); Ed Vetri (President, Wind-Up Records); Bruce Iglauer (Founder/President, Alligator Records); Steve Yegelwel (Sr. VP, Island Records); Nate Albert (Executive VP of A&R, Capitol Records); Jacob Edgar (Founder, Cumbancha); Aaron Bay-Schuck (President of A&R, Interscope Records); Mike Easterlin (President, Fueled By Ramen/Roadrunner Records); Josh Bailey (Senior VP of A&R, Word Entertainment); Gordon Kerr (CEO, Black River Entertainment); Richard Stumpf (CEO, Atlas Publishing); Steve Greenberg (CEO, S-Curve Records); Kim Buie (VP of A&R, New West Records); AJ Tobey (Head of A&R, Rough Trade Publishing); Cory Robbins (Founder/President, Robbins Entertainment); Angel Carrasco (Latin Music Consultant); Julie Kertes (Editor/Manager, Hot Diggity Media); Laura Margolin (Publishing, Glassnote Records); Leib Ostrow (Founder/CEO, Music For Little People); Katherine Danes (Co-President, The Childrens Music Network); Claire S. Green (President, Parents Choice Foundation); Benjamin Groff (Founder, The Brill Building); Sas Metcalfe (President, Global Creative, Kobalt Music); Golnar Khosrowshahi (President, Reservoir Media Management); Carianne Marshall (Partner, Songs Music Publishing); Tamara Conniff (EVP, Roc Nation); Dara Frank (Head of Comedy Central Records/Viacom); Carl Caprioglio (Founder/CEO, Oglio Entertainment); and Elena Epstein (Director, National Parenting Product Awards).
ISC is sponsored by: AKG By Harman; Berklee College of Music; Celebrity Access; D'Addario; Dark Horse Institute; Disc Makers; Eventric; Gig Salad; JBL Professional by Harman; Lurrsen Mastering; Merch Cat; Musician Wellness; Musicians Institute; ONErpm; PreSonus; SongU.com; Sweetwater Sound; PAWW Premium Sound; and Tunedly.
Entries are now open for the 2018 competition. For more information and to enter, go to http://www.
For low-res photos of all winners, go to http://www.
For high-res photos, please contact Candace Avery at press@songwritingcompetition.
The list of 2017 Canadian winners is as follows:
First Place Winners
Knock On My Door Faouzia Ouihya (Faouzia) Carman, MB, Canada Teen
Born in Morocco and raised in the Canadian prairies, Faouzia is a young artist who is wowing audiences and industry alike with her contemporary pop hooks and heart-wrenching lyrics, not to mention a voice that is truly distinctive with a huge range, taking on subtle trills and stylings. Her first single Knock On My Door found its way onto regular rotation at Canadian radio, and the follow up My Hearts Grave is already seeing adds in both Canada and her native Morocco. Already a multiple award winner in ISC, as well as the Grand Prize winner of the 2017 Unsigned Only Music Competition, Faouzia is an up-and-coming artistic force whose star just keeps shining brighter.
Sheep Darrelle London Toronto, ON, Canada Children's Music
A piano pop singer/songwriter, Darrelle London is known for her clever quirkiness and has performed at festivals such as Lilith Fair, Canadian Music Week, Pop Overthrow, and more. She was named the Toronto Lilith Talent Search winner and the BellMedia Emerging Artist. London has attracted some celebrity supporters along the way, including fellow Canadian songstress Chantal Kreviazuk who discovered her music and collaborated with her on several songs for Londons album Eat A Peach. The celebrity blogger Perez Hilton has also been a vocal champion of her music. Her latest album is a lullaby EP entitled Sing To The Moon.
This Little Light Jaylene Johnson Winnipeg, MB, Canada Christian
Jaylene Johnson, is a singer/songwriter based in Winnipeg, MB. Her song, "Fallin'" took second place in the ISC last year in the Christian category. Her work has been heard on network TV shows including Pretty Little Liars, So You Think You Can Dance, and Degrassi: The Next Generation. Co-written songs have been recorded by artists including JJ Heller, Amy Sky, Brian Doerksen and Luke McMaster among others. Her most recent album, Potter & Clay, was nominated for a Juno Award, a Western Canadian Music Award, and several Covenant Awards. Two of her songs earned songwriting trophies at the Covenant Awards this year.
Untouchable Dylan Edward Roberts (King Dylan) Calgary, AB, Canada Music Video
The winner of the Music Video category for his stop-motion animation video of the song Untouchable, King Dylan (the King didn't give himself that name - it was written in his high school yearbook) is best described as if Blink 182 had a lovechild with Eminem and Lady Gaga's backup dancers. This one-man machine has performed live for thousands across Canada and released a handful of albums and music videos. Previously he played bass guitar in the hard Rock band Broken Ride (Regional Radio Star winners 2013), performed in and produced the hip hop group The DC Show, and played piano for the band Lost In Film at CMW 2014. Dylan has also just finished a new full-length album featuring "Untouchable" and eleven other hard-hitting tracks. The award-winning video utilized over 4,000 photos of legos taken over the course of 450+ hours.
Third Place Winners
Backroads Jimmy Zee (The Jimmy Zee Band) Vanvouver, BC, Canada Blues
Never Have Time Jared Salte, Bethany Salte (The Royal Foundry) Sherwood Park, AB, Canada Rock
Tequila Johnny Simmen, Hunter Leath, Matt McGinn Toronto, ON, Canada Country
A Flat Miner Troy Kokol Calgary, AB, Canada Comedy/Novelty
Ambition Soul Toronto, ON, Canada R&B/Hip-Hop
Ask Too Much Ft. Spence Holden Spencer Heaslip, Spence Milne-O'Neil (Taabu) Dundas, ON, Canada EDM (Electronic Dance Music)
Baby, I Understand Kat Goldman Toronto, ON, Canada Folk/Singer-Songwriter
Beautiful Thing Aaron Buchholz, Ian Eskelin Langley, BC, Canada Christian
Booger Song Tim Machin (Sing Along Tim And The Pacifiers) Toronto, ON, Canada Children's Music
Campfire Dinah Desrochers, Aaron Cadwaladr, Phil Wipper, Jocelyn Hallett (The Kerplunks) Gabriola Island, BC, Canada Children's Music
Chills James Barker, Donovan Woods, Travis Wood, Gavin Slate (James Barker Band) Toronto, ON, Canada Country
Ciento Viente Roman Smirnov Newmarket, ON, Canada Instrumental
Don't Give Up Maggie Szabo, Stefan Lit, Chaz Mason Dundas, ON, Canada Pop/Top 40
Eleven! Dylan Bell, Ed Hanley, Suba Sankaran (Autorickshaw) Toronto, ON, Canada Children's Music
Fall In Love Again Chris Graham, Mikalyn Hay (Xtro And Mikalyn Hay) Toronto, ON, Canada Teen
Firetruck Firetruck John Donnelly (Rockin' Robin And The Magical Tree) Delta, BC, Canada Children's Music
Freedom Ariana Gillis Vineland, ON, Canada Folk/Singer-Songwriter
Gamblin Man Richard Tichelman Surrey, BC, Canada Teen
Good Thing Go Powell Peebles, Brett Sheroky, Andy Wills (Powell Peebles) North Vancouver, BC, Canada Country
House On Fire Don Oriolo, Jason Gleed, Chris Bolger Toronto, ON, Canada Rock
I Don't Want To Lose You Luca Fogale Burnaby, BC, Canada Performance
Knock On My Door Faouzia Ouihya (Faouzia) Carman, MB, Canada Unsigned Only
Lay It Down Jordan St. Cyr, Jaylene Johnson, Ben Calhoun, Taylor Watson Niverville, MB, Canada Christian
Love It Up Tyler Lorette, Roberta Quilico Courtice, ON, Canada Performance
Lowdown Matt Zimbel, Doug Wilde (Manteca) Toronto, ON, Canada Instrumental
Move On Down The Track Spencer Mackenzie, Rich Mackenzie (Spencer Mackenzie) Ridgeway, ON, Canada Blues
My Heart's Grave Faouzia Ouihya (Faouzia) Carman, MB, Canada Pop/Top 40
My Heart's Grave Faouzia Ouihya (Faouzia) Carman, MB, Canada Teen
Nosotros Christopher Alexander Gaitan Valencia (Ness El Digital) Montreal, QC, Canada Latin Music
Roses Gus McMillan, Robyn Dell'Unto (Gus McMIllan) Toronto, ON, Canada AC (Adult Contemporary)
Sanctuary City Cat Toren (Cat Toren's HUMAN KIND) Vancouver, BC, Canada Jazz
Sing For Kwanzaa Chris McKhool, Richard Bona (Sultans Of String) Toronto, ON, Canada World Music
Summer Paula Eve Kirman Edmonton, AB, Canada Lyrics Only
Temptation Debra Power Airdrie, AB, Canada Blues
The Pee Song Jason Gleed (Redd Butts ) Toronto, ON, Canada Comedy/Novelty
This Little Light Jaylene Johnson Winnipeg, MB, Canada Unpublished
Three Words Sara Diamond, Austin Tecks, Noah Barer (Sarah Diamond) Montreal, QC, Canada Unpublished
Unsure Sara Diamond, Austin Tecks, Noah Barer (Sarah Diamond) Montreal, QC, Canada Unsigned Only
Untouchable Dylan Edward Roberts (King Dylan) Calgary, AB, Canada Unsigned Only
What's A Boy Gotta Do Sean Thomas Langley, BC, Canada Teen
When You Think No One Loves You David Leask, Daryl Burgess (David Leask) Mississauga, ON, Canada Performance
Worth It Wes Mason Rockwood, ON, Canada AC (Adult Contemporary)