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2022 International Songwriting Comp Aussie winners

Story Published Tuesday 30 May 2023
The Aussie ISC 2022 winners. Clockwise from top left - Hattie Oates, Loren Kate, Tom Cardy and LT (and Elizabeth Sawdon - not pictured)

Congrats to First Place finishers Hattie Oates, Ben Oldland, Tom Cardy, Loren Kate, Elizabeth Sawdon, LT, Joel Quartermain and Edwin White

An additional 38 Aussie entries took home 2nd place, 3rd place and Honourable Mention accolades.

Australian songwriters took home the most wins of any country, second only to the USA

Our friends at the prestigious International Songwriting Competition (ISC) have announced the 2022 winners of the competition, which included five First Place entries by Aussie songwriters. Additionally, 38 Australian entries took home accolades across the Second Place, Third Places and Honourable Mention categories. Unfortunately no Kiwi artists received honours this year.

This year continues the amazing winning streak by Australian songwriters, once again taking home the most wins of any country second only to the USA. ISC is the world’s largest and most prestigious international songwriting competition, receiving more than 15,000 entries from 150 countries.

Australians also completely swept the Unsigned category, taking home First, Second, and Third honors. The Unsigned category is for songwriters who are not signed to a major label record deal.

Congrats to the First Place winners!

“Congratulations to all the Australian songwriters who have been recognized by ISC. It is exciting to see so many Australians taking home top honors and making a mark on the global music scene. Their creativity and passion for music is an inspiration to songwriters everywhere.” - Candace Avery, ISC Founder and Director

Throughout the years, many Australian artists have been honored in ISC, including four Grand Prize winners: Tones And I; Kate Miller-Heidke; Kasey Chambers; and Vance Joy. Additional winners have included Amy Shark; Augie March; Big Scary; Birds of Tokyo; Dean Lewis; Eskimo Joe; Flight Facilities; Gang of Youths; Gotye; Guy Sebastian; Jebediah; Matt Corby; Missy Higgins; Ocean Alley; Ruel; Sarah Blasko; Shane Nicholson; The Living End; Troy Cassar-Daley; Vera Blue; Washington; and many, many more.

Check out the full list of Australian honourees

Australia Winners

Second Place Winners

  • "Hated For Who I Am, Loved For Who I'm Not" - Daniel Smith - Melbourne, VIC - Lyrics
  • "I Can't Try" - Carl Panuzzo - Heidelberg West, VIC - Performance
  • "Thing For You" - Zoe Marshall and Kyran Daniel - Melbourne, VIC - Unsigned

Third Place Winners

  • "Give Me Love" - Abby Dobson - Sydney, NSW - Adult Contemporary
  • "Unmatched" - Mahdokht Mahdavi - Richlands, QLD - Hip-Hop/ Rap
  • "Flare" - ASHWARYA- Melbourne, VIC - Unsigned

Honorable Mentions

  • "Because I'm Māori" - Nicolla Morehouse (Miss Nicky Says) - Gold Coast, QLD - Children's Music
  • "Black Behind The Blue" - Nigel Wearne - Woodford, VIC - Music Video
  • "Burnout" - Bree Rusev - Newcastle, NSW - Folk/ Singer-Songwriter
  • "Compromise" - Sahara Beck, Roberto De Sa (Sahara Beck) - Brisbane, QLD - AC (Adult Contemporary) & Performance
  • "Digging Up Graves" - Karen Andrews, Jade Macrae (Karen Lee Andrews) - Sydney, NSW - Americana
  • "Flare" - ASHWARYA - Melbourne, VIC - Pop/ Top 40
  • "Footsteps" - Alister Charles Morley - Melbourne, VIC - AAA (Adult Album Alternative)
  • "Fuzz Jam" - Harvey Geraghty, Itay Shachar (The Lazy Eyes) - Sydney, NSW - Rock
  • "Give Me Love" - Abby Dobson - Sydney, NSW - Folk/ Singer-Songwriter
  • "Goodbye" - Hattie Oates, Ben Oldland (Hattie Oates) (Tamworth, NSW, Australia) - Unsigned
  • "I Cried" Gabriel Paris, Darcy Spiller, Mark D'Aangelo (Gabriel Paris) - Sydney, NSW - AC (Adult Contemporary)
  • "Kind" - Ben Potter, Sarah Potter, Noah Paul Harrison, Courtney Lancaster (Ben Potter) - Sydney, NSW - Christian
  • "Me And You" - Rhia, Krayzie Bone - Melbourne, VIC - Hip-Hop/ Rap
  • "Mojo Ft. Goyo" Vincent Barbaro, Taka Perry, Tae Yoon Kim, Milush Piochaud, Jack Paech (DIVEBAR YOUTH) - Adelaide, SA - AAA (Adult Album Alternative)
  • "Mona Lisa" - Dan Parsons, Tracy McNeil (MINOR GOLD) - Brisbane, QLD - Americana
  • "Mr Breezy" Sahara Beck, John Alexander Henriksson (Sahara Beck) - Brisbane, QLD - AAA (Adult Album Alternative)
  • "My Own Worst Enemy" - Kiersten Nyman, Celeste Newman, Cameron Taylor (Chymes) - Melbourne, VIC - Pop/ Top 40
  • "Promise" - Karen Andrews (Karen Lee Andrews) - Sydney, NSW - Performance
  • "One Of These Days" - Loren Kate - Aldinga Beach, SA - Folk/ Singer-Songwriter & Music Video
  • "Rollercoaster" - LT, Joel Quartermain, Edwin White (LT) - Cairns, QLD - AC (Adult Contemporary)
  • "Run River" - Thomas Southey (Southey) - Sydney, NSW - Folk/ Singer-Songwriter
  • "See You Later" - Cheyenne Harper (King IV) - Melbourne, VIC - EDM (Electronic Dance Music)
  • "Sign Me Up Ft. Rei" - Christopher Arnott, Callum Rei (Friendless) - Sydney, NSW - EDM (Electronic Dance Music)
  • "Sobercoaster" - Jackson Van Issum, Lewis McKenna, Bradley O'Connor, Benjamin Wade (Beddy Rays) - Redland Bay, QLD - Rock
  • "So Close" - Sam McMillan, Chris McDonald, James Pender, Casey Bennetto (Sammy J) - Northcote, VIC - Comedy/ Novelty
  • "The Question" - Jo Fabro - Sydney, NSW - Performance
  • "Thing For You" - Zoe Marshall, Kyran Daniel (Zoe A'dore) - Melbourne, VIC) - Top/ Top 40 & Unpublished
  • "Wolves And The Water" Geoffrey Roberts (Edward R.) - Buderim, QLD - AC (Adult Contemporary)
  • "You Love" - Emma Mullings, Terrence Mullings (Emma Mullings) - Sydney, NSW - Christian