Wednesday, March 18, 2015
We all know there's world-class music in our own backyard but now the world is aware too thanks to the prestigious International Songwriting Competition. After thousands of submissions, many deserving local musicians were chosen as semi-finalists.
Kitchener's Alysha Brilla has her song Immigrant in two categories: Unsigned and Lyrics. JD Yanik, also from Kitchener, is up for best Latin tune with Ganas De Tí
Brantford's Benjamin Rogers was listed for three tracks: Pendulum (Instrumental), Move Ben Move (Teen) and Wayfarer (Teen).
Links: Benjamin Dakota Rogers, More Benjamin Dakota Rogers Stories, Video above courtesy of Benjamin Rogers
Cambridge boy (who now resides in Kitchener) Robbie Hancock has his song, Into The Bright (co-written by Andy Gabrys) in the running for the folk category.
Links: More Robbie Hancock Stories, Video above courtesy of Robbie Hancock
Dundas songstress, Maggie Szabo has two songs in the Pop/Top 40 category: Tragedy (co-written by w Lee Miles) plus Tidal Waves And Hurricanes (co-written by Andrew Allen)
Links: More Maggie Szabo Stories, Video above courtesy of All About Maggie
Lastly, we have Oakville's Natalie TomYew, for the tune Take .e. (Dance category).
Other semi-finalists of note include Raoul and The Big Time, Al Lerman of Fathead, Ali Matthews and Brock Zeman.
Judges for the competition include Pat Metheny, Sarah McLachlan, John Hiatt, Robben Ford, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jon Secada, Bela Fleck, James Cotton and more.
Click here for the complete list of semi-finalists
Blast from the Past: Steve Strongman Becomes Finalist in 2013
Links: International Songwriting Competition, More ISC Stories
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