Kasey Wins ISC for Beautiful Mess & More..

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.


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  1. John Kendall
    Posted May 12, 2011 at 7:46 am | Permalink

    Nice work mate!! I think my man Karl Broadie won that comp a few years back with Black Crow Calling!! Kick some ass mate!!

  2. Dennis Loewen
    Posted May 12, 2011 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    Congratulations! I've enjoyed listening to you since the first album. I'm not surprised you won. Thank you for your music!!

  3. Rebecca Jenkinson
    Posted May 12, 2011 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    Congratulations Kasey, what an award to receive. But we all know that you & your music rock. Can't wait to see you in June.

  4. Ron Johnston
    Posted May 12, 2011 at 11:35 pm | Permalink

    Congrats Kasey I loved Beautiful Mess I played it everyday when I voted.

  5. flstrangers
    Posted May 17, 2011 at 7:26 am | Permalink

    hi kasey my names ben. im the drummer from the familiar looking strangers. we were 3rd place in the performance group. on behalf of the band and myself we would like to say congrats on winning, we really enjoyed listening to your songs. if you ever come to liverpool england to play we would love to get the chance to support you.
    you can check us out and contact us on our site http://www.familiarlookingstrangers.net

    once again well done kasey.

    keep music real and live

    the familiar looking strangers

  6. Paul Busch
    Posted May 18, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Permalink

    Kasey….movin on up!
    Can I borrow that thousand now?

  7. dean
    Posted May 26, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

    i have every cd of yours – myself & my 10 year old ( at the time ) saw you in swan hill – you signed a poster for her which she still has on her bedroom wall – even my 3 & 4 year old girls sing along to your music in my ute
    dean – swan hill

  8. Mark Travis
    Posted May 30, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    Great work and congrats!

  9. john follman
    Posted July 19, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    I've loved your muse since I first heard it. Your a grown woman with a child/woman's voice. Even for those of us who date in their age group, it is seductive. Keep up the the wonderful music, avoid trash drugs all too available worldwide. Wish I an American had seen you when I spent a month in Australia. Hope you go to to the moon. I like you way too much. You give me comfort in in your blues!

  10. Truddi Greene
    Posted July 21, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    kasey- although old enough to be your mum, I am your biggest fan in the tiny state of Vermont (4 hours north of NYC, two south of Montreal) and make sure your music is played on the local indie station. Here's the problem: when I listen to Little Bird, so many of the songs seem like heartbreak and loss, I want to make sure you and your partner are ok. The mother in me wants to cut you a slice of warm cake when I you sing "i just don't want you that bad…' Hope all is well with you and your boys in any case. Your music keeps me happy and singing along for hours while I design and sew beautiful quilts- thanks so much and keep up the gifted writing!!

  11. anna green
    Posted September 2, 2011 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    Hey Kasey, wow….you have come along way from that cool "Dead Ringer Band" that use to keep us rocking in the South East!! I just saw you on an add and had flash backs to Millicent High!! You have done so well for yourself, you are so talented and have remained grounded which is so refreshing for a change! You are clearly an amazing mother too. Much love, a blast from your past Anna Green (nee Miels) x

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