International Song Comp Finalists feature 33 entries by New Zealand and Australian songwriters.

Wednesday, 13 Mar 2019

Louis Baker is nominated as a finalist in the folk singer/songwriter category for Rainbow, by Louis Baker and Brad Ellis (Wellington, NZ)

We do love a shortlist around here. Or, in the case of the prestigious International Songwriting Competition, a Finalists lists, especially one that boasts 33 entries from Aussie and New Zealand songwriters. With a hefty prize pool of cash and songwriting necessities for the Grand Prize winner on down through the genre categories, ISC is always a special one in the song comp calendar.

Songwriters from this region have a history of success in this prestigious competition, with Vance Joy having taken out the grand prize in 2014. Other previous winners include Gotye, KimbraMissy Higgins, Matt Corby, David Le'aupepe, Kasey Chambers, Gin Wigmore, Flight Facilities, Augie March, Guy Sebastian, Sarah Blasko, Troy Cassar-Daley, Kate Miller-Heidke, Jebediah and many more. 

So, who's in with a chance this year? The answer is all of the below.

AAA (Adult Album Alternative):

Here We Go Again, Sahara Beck: Sahara Beck, Tony Buchen (Brisbane, QLD, AUS)

AC (Adult Contemporary):

49 Candles, Missy Higgins: Missy Higgins, Daniel Parker (Sydney, NSW, AUS)

Heavenly Gates, Georgi Kay: Georgina Kingsley (Perth, WA, AUS)


My Darling Kate, Nick Payne: Nick Payne, Katie Brianna (Sydney, NSW, AUS)


Party At Red's, Fiona Boyes: Fiona Boyes (Melbourne, VIC, AUS)

Un-Love Me, Darren Watson: Darren Watson (Wellington, NZ)

Children's Music:

The Little Things, Captain Festus McBoyleRich Manic (Te Atatu Peninsula, NZ)

Throw Out The GrainAnna van RielAnna van Riel (Wanaka, NZ)


Mercy, Tenielle Neda: Tenielle Neda (Perth, WA, AUS)


It's Good To Be Alive Today, David Reeve: David Anthony Reeve, Ian Bruce Speirs (Wollongbar, NSW, AUS)

Bat In The Cave, Pete Denahy: Peter Denahy (Yackandandah, VIC, AUS)


Be Mine, Casey Barnes: Casey Barnes, Michael Paynter, Michael DeLorenzis (Gold Coast, QLD, AUS)

Save My Cents, 
Melanie Dyer
: Melanie Dyer (Sydney, NSW, AUS)

EDM (Electronic Dance Music):

Downtown Shutdown, The Presets: Julian Hamilton, Kim Moyes (Sydney, NSW, AUS)

Self Destruct, Amastro: Angus Lee Murphy (Canberra, ACT, AUS)

Folk/Singer Songwriter:

In This House, Áine Tyrrell: Áine Tyrrell, Mark Stanley (AUS / IRELAND)

Rainbow, Louis Baker: Louis Baker, Brad Ellis (Wellington, NZ)


Junkyard, Robbie Melville: Robbie Melville (Melbourne, VIC, AUS)


Fork (In A World Of Soup), Milton Man Gogh: Milton Man Gogh (Brisbane, QLD, AUS)

Latin Music:

El Girasol, Amaru Tribe: Katherine Gailer, Amaru Tribe, Leonardo Rodriguez (Melbourne, VIC, AUS)

Lyrics Only:

Things I've Learned, John Walsh: John Walsh (Sydney, NSW, AUS)

DirtyShane Timmo: Shane Timmo (Melbourne, VIC, AUS)

Music Video:

Goodnight, David Taylor: David Taylor / Directed by Robbie Walcott (Sydney, NSW, AUS)

Secrets, Wren: Wren / Directed by Michael McGlynn  (Sydney, NSW, AUS)

Pop/Top 40:

Never Ever Ft. Sarah, The Rubens: The Rubens, Sarah (Sydney, NSW, AUS)

Mirror Mirror, Nick de la Hoyde: Nick de la Hoyde, Joseph de la Hoyde (Sydney, NSW, AUS)

Candy, Theia: Em-Haley Walker, Josh Fountain (Christchurch, NZ)


Diagonals, Ladi6Caroline Tamati, Brent Park, Brandon Haru, Julien Dyne (Auckland, NZ)


I Haven't Done A Thing Today, Saharah Beck: Sahara Beck, Ocean Beck, Tony Buchen (Brisbane, QLD, AUS)

Ivy, Whitefield: Scott Lavender (Werrington County, NSW, AUS)

Other Side, Bobby Alu: Charles Wall, Paul Bromley (Byron Bay, NSW, AUS)

Unsigned Only:

Self Destruct, Amastro: Angus Lee Murphy (Canberra, ACT, AUS)


Naab, Ali Pahlavan: Ali Pahlavan (AUS / Iran)

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