I honestly can’t believe it. When I entered the International Songwriting competition I didn’t think I even had a chance being up against songwriters from all over the world,..I thought it would be fun to enter anyway. I’ve heard about the competition for a while but it’s the first time I’ve ever entered. What a buzz knowing that the judges were artists/songwriters such as Tom Waits, Ben Harper, Peter Gabriel and Rhianna. Winning with the song Beautiful Mess makes it even more special as its a song I wrote for my two boys Talon and Arlo. Guess I better buy them an icecream . Ha
ISC Grand Prize Is Awarded To Australian Artist Kasey Chambers For The Song “Beautiful Mess”
The International Songwriting Competition (ISC), the world’s preeminent global songwriting event, is pleased to announce its 2010 winners. ISC’s Grand Prize for 2010 is awarded to Australian native, Kasey Chambers, for her song “Beautiful Mess”, entered in the Folk/Singer-Songwriter category. Chambers also has the distinction of winning First Place in the Americana category for her song “Devil On Your Back” and Second Place in the Performance category for “Little Bird”.
Out of more than 15,000 entries, songwriters originating from Australia held a commanding presence in ISC with many First, Second and Third Place showings in their respective categories, including artists such as Basement Birds, Inland Sea, The Chemist, Washington, dirtgirl/dirtworld, Paul Dempsey, Jonah’s Road, Glen Richards, Children Collide, and many more. Of the 66 winners, 24% hail from Australia, making Australia the country with the most winners second to the USA. This achievement demonstrates the extraordinary talent coming from the Aussie music scene.
Called “the songwriting competition to take note of,” by the New York Times, ISC was established in 2002 and awards more than $150,000 in cash and prizes to amateur and professional songwriters around the globe. Winners are selected from over 15,000 songs submitted from 115 countries worldwide. Judges include iconic artists Peter Gabriel, Tom Waits, Kings of Leon, Jeff Beck, Robbie Williams, McCoy Tyner, Kelly Clarkson, Train, Michael W. Smith, Robert Smith (The Cure) and many more. In addition to the prolific artists included in the roster of judges for 2010, ISC boasts five record label presidents as well as other industry leaders offering songwriters the unprecedented opportunity to have their music heard by influential decision-makers. See below for the complete list of judges.
Kasey Chambers’ Grand Prize winning song, “Beautiful Mess,” features Missy Higgins on backing vocals and is the second single from the album, Little Bird. Chambers wrote the song for her two children because, as she says, parenting is often a “beautiful mess,” and her songwriting is an outlet by which she expresses her love to them.
Winning ISC is yet another accolade in an already successful and respected musical career. Hailing from a family of musicians, Kasey Chambers’ distinctive voice and impeccable songwriting have carved an indelible niche in the Country and Americana genres in Australia and beyond. The winner of countless ARIA, APRA, and CMMA awards, she has achieved the distinction of being the only Australian Country artist to have a #1 single and album on the charts in Australia simultaneously. Aside from her multi-platinum sales and Billboard success, she has toured with such legendary voices as Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris, and more.
Candace Avery, the Founder and Director of ISC, says this of Chambers, “Kasey is that rare artist whose beautifully crafted songs cross over into such a wide variety of genres, including Country, Americana, Pop, Folk, and AAA. She has even put out an album of children’s music. But, it is the authenticity and sincerity of her music and lyrics that make her songs resonate so strongly with her fans – and also with the ISC judges. We are proud to have her as the 2010 ISC Grand Prize winner.”
“Lost Music Blues” has won an Honorable Mention in the Children’s Music category in the 2010 International Songwriting Competition.
“Christmas Time” has won an Honorable Mention in the Children’s Music category in the 2010 International Songwriting Competition.
“Little Bird” has won Second Place in the Performance category in the 2010 International Songwriting Competition.