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Canadian Artists Earn Four First Place Wins in International Songwriting Competition

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The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) has announced its 2017 winners. Created in 2002, ISC is widely recognized as the most prestigious and respected songwriting competition in the world and received more than 16,000 entries from almost 140 countries. Prizes include more than $175,000 in cash and merchandise. Once again, Canadian artists did very well, with four first place wins, three third place, and 39 honourable mentions.

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 year’s winners come from outside the U.S.) 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.

“This marks the first time in the competition’s 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, Lindsey Stirling, Gotye, The Band Perry, Kasey Chambers, Lupe Fiasco, Rachel Bloom, Gin Wigmore, Kimbra, Gregory Porter, Kehlani, For King & Country, and many more.

The Canadian winners and honourable mentions for the ISC are:

First Place Winners

“Knock On My Door“ – Faouzia Ouihya (Faouzia) Carman, MB, Canada – Teen

“Sheep“ – Darrelle London Toronto, ON, Canada – Children’s Music

“This Little Light“ – Jaylene Johnson Winnipeg, MB, Canada – Christian

“Untouchable“ – Dylan Edward Roberts (King Dylan) Calgary, AB, Canada – Music Video

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

Honorable Mentions

“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)

For a complete list of ISC 2017 winners and to hear the winning songs, go to: www.songwritingcompetition.com/winners.

Entries are now open for the 2018 competition. For more information and to enter, go to www.songwritingcompetition.com.

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Mike Raine is the Senior editor of Canadian Musician.