2019 Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition Announces Top 40 Finalists
The 2019 Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition shortlist is unveiled today, showcasing a mix of songs ranging from top of the pops to under-the-radar.
Nashville-via-Newcastle's Morgan Evans' Dance With Me, LA global pop group Far East Movement's Bamboo and two songs each from songwriter-performers Ruel, Bri Clark,The Presets and Odette figure into the Top 40 shortlist.
Ones to watch appearing in the list include Françoistunes, NYNE and Hayley Mengelwith tunes that stood out from the 3,683 entries from 48 countries. The Top 40 features 23 first-time entrants with a third of the songs categorised as 'unpublished.'
Through their collective efforts, songwriters helped raise a total $184,150 for Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy? Australia (NRMTA), with the full $50 entry fee going towards funding the organisation's transformative programs.
"It means the world to our organisation and the children and adults we work with daily to have the support of over 3,600 songwriters from around the globe, whose competition entry fees go directly to providing much needed resources for a range of therapies and programs. A heartfelt thank you to Alberts and APRA AMCOS for championing this initiative for the past decade and thank you to songwriting legends Harry Vanda and George Young who continue to inspire," said Belinda Leonard, CEO of NRMTA.
Four top winners will be announced in July. At stake is a first-place career-changing cash prize of A$50,000, courtesy of APRA AMCOS, Alberts and BMG. Two runners-up cash prizes are also on offer with second place receiving A$10,000 thanks to AMPAL (Australasian Music Publishers Association) and third place taking home A$5,000 courtesy of Aon, and best 'Unpublished' work will be awarded A$5,000.
The winning songs will be judged by a range of music industry professionals, including award-winning songwriter Lior, previous Vanda & Young first-place winner Isabella Manfredi of The Preatures, triple j Unearthed's Dave Ruby Howe, producer Franc Tétaz and more.
In 2018, Gold Coast singer and songwriter Amy Shark took out the top prize for her haunting pop anthem Adore, joining an impressive roll-call of past winners includingGretta Ray (2016), Husky Gawenda (2014), The Preatures (2013), Kimbra (2011)andMegan Washington (2009).
Named after the iconic songwriters and founding members of The Easybeats, Harry Vanda and the late George Young, the competition raises funds for NRMTA and its work with children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities, autism, trauma, illness, dementia, behaviour disorders and learning difficulties.
Without further ado, here is the 2019 Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition shortlist in alphabetical order:
PERFORMER SONG WRITERS
Aron Blom Low Low Low Jake Mason, Aron Blom, Hjalmar Wilenvand Felix Gothesson
Bri Clark Don't Love Me Bri Clark, Finlay Dow-Smith and Isabella Kearney-Nurse
Bri Clark What If I Break Your Heart Bri Clark and Adam Spark
Clare Bowditch Woman Clare Bowditch
CXLOE Show You Chloe Papandrea, Sam Farrar and Max Farrar
David Taylor Battered David Taylor and Peter Holz
Dean Lewis Be Alright Dean Lewis and Jon Hume
Emma Louise Wish You Well Emma Lobb
Françoistunes Seasons Frederick Mutswagiwa and Andrew Wortes
Hayley Mengel Sober Hayley Mengel
HOLY HOLY Teach Me About Dying Timothy Carroll, Ryan Strathie and Oscar Dawson
I Know Leopard Everything Goes With You Luke O'Loughlin, Todd Andrews, Rosemary Fitzgerald and Jenny McCullagh
Jess & Matt Virginia Phillip Barton, Jessica Dunbar and Matt Price
Kaiit Miss Shiney Kaiit Waup, Michael Lee Chan, Mohamed Komba, Vincent Goodyer and Nicholas Martin
Matt Corby Miracle Love Dann Hume and Matt Corby
Max Frost Money Problems Taka Perry, Clea Pratt and Max Frost
Ngaiire Shiver Ngaiire, Jack Britten and Will Cuming
No Mono Violence Broken Thomas Iansek and Thomas Snowdon
NYNE I Think You're Shannon Elliman and Sione Sisifa
Odette A Place That I Don't Know Georgia Odette Sallybanks
Odette Take It To The Heart Georgia Odette Sallybanks and Jason Cox
Ruel Dazed & Confused Ruel, Peter James Harding, Mark Landon and Sean Douglas
Ruel Younger Ruel, Mark Landon, Peter James Harding, Sarah Aarons, Larry Griffin and Javohn Griffin
Stella Donnelly Tricks Stella Donnelly
The Maes Driving Ali Through Mining Towns Elsie Rigby
The Veronicas Think of Me Jessica Origliasso, Lisa Origliasso, Roberto De Sa and Isabella Kearney-Nurse
Timothy James Bowen Sing Timothy James Bowen
VASSY Concrete Heart Vicky Karagiorgos, Philip Bentley, Daniel Muckala, Daniel Boselovic and Nicholas Ditri
Wafia I'm Good Wafia Al-Rikabi, Roget Chahayed, John Hill and Stephen Samuel
Winterbourne Better James Draper and Jordan Brady
Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey The Middle Sarah Aarons, Stefan Johnson, Marcus Lomax, Jordan Johnson, Anton Zaslavski, Kyle Trewartha and Michael Trewartha