Irish & UK Songwriters Are Recognised In US-Based International Songwriting Competition (ISC)

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ISC Grand Prize Is Awarded To New Zealander Kimbra For The Song “Cameo Lover”

The International Songwriting Competition (ISC), the world’s foremost global songwriting event, is pleased to announce its 2011 winners. Over 16,000 songs were submitted and of those, many UK and Irish-based songwriters were recognized with First, Second, and Third Place wins and over 20 Honorable Mentions. Winners Dan Smith, Mike Rosenberg, Martina Flaherty, Bryan Tess, and Rachel White each received First, Second, or Third place showings across five different ISC categories–attesting to not only the high caliber of songwriting, but also to the diverse representation of musical styles coming from UK and Ireland.

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. This year was the most competitive of any year in terms of quantity and quality of entries, and winners were selected from over 16,000 songs submitted from 112 countries worldwide. Judges included iconic artists Tom Waits, Jeff Beck, McCoy Tyner, Kelly Clarkson, Janelle Monae, Ozzy Osbourne, Lucinda Williams, Tori Amos, Wynonna, Keane, and many more. In addition to the high-profile artists, the roster of judges also included 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.

For a complete list of 2011 ISC winners and to hear the winning songs, go to

Winning ISC’s highest honor is New Zealand’s latest export, the quirky and wonderfully eclectic artist Kimbra. Kimbra has recently exploded onto the international music charts as the featured singer on Australian artist Gotye’s current #1 hit song, “Somebody That I Used To Know.” Her recent TV performances with Gotye on Jimmy Kimmel Live and Saturday Night Live were electrifying and introduced her to the US public, fortifying her meteoric rise to fame.