The annual Songwriters’ Award Grand Final was held last night (Thursday 17 September) via a special radio broadcast on 3KnD Radio. Hosted by Neda Rahmani, the broadcast featured the 12 finalists’ songs, interviews, and the announcement of the winners of both the Darebin Songwriters’ Award and the People’s Choice Award.
This year’s judges Emma Donovan, Jess Ribeiro and Charles Jenkins had the unenviable task of determining the winner from over 100 entries.
Paige Black is a soulful pop singer whose rich heartfelt vocals and bittersweet candid storytelling, takes listeners on a journey, narrating the places she’s been, the relationships she’s made and the difficulties of navigating life. Paige is in the midst of recording her debut album which is sure to pull on many heartstrings.
The Darebin Songwriters’ Award is an annual song writing competition that seeks to recognise, showcase and promote the talents of local songwriters in the City of Darebin.
This year’s prize included $2,000, eight hours recording at HeadGap studios, EP Mastering by Crystal Mastering, $500 Implant Media Voucher for CD duplication services, a $500 Echo Tone Guitars voucher and an I Manage My Music Masterclass.
The People’s Choice Award, voted by members of the public, was won by Quinny for his original song, Found & Lost. Quinny is a Scottish songwriter whose music has seen him tour the UK and America before coming to live in Melbourne in 2020.
The People’s Choice prize includes $500 and an I Manage my Music Masterclass. The People’s Choice Award was determined by Public Vote and received over 1000 votes. The 12 finalists will each receive a one on one song writing mentor session with a Darebin Songwriters’ Award judge.
The 2020 Darebin Songwriters’ Award was presented in association with FUSE Darebin. For more information, visit: www.fusedarebin.com.au for details.
Image: Paige Black (supplied)