Through our partnership with the International Songwriting Competition, Ozark Blues Society is happy to share their announcement of the 2018 winners. Read on below to find out who came out on top in the Blues Category as well as information on the competition.
The International Songwriting Competition (ISC)
Announces 2018 Blues Winners
Jack De Keyzer, Jim Allchin, Tom Hambridge, Richard Fleming, and Tommy Castro Take Home Honors In ISC Blues Category
May 1, 2019 -- The International Songwriting Competition (ISC), widely recognized as the most prestigious and respected songwriting competition in the world, is pleased to announce its 2018 winners. Created in 2002, ISC received almost 19,000 entries this year from 140 countries. Prizes include more than $175,000 in cash and merchandise.
For the first time in the competition’s 18-year history, the Grand Prize is awarded to an R&B song. It is with great pleasure that ISC bestows its highest honor to R&B artist Reginald Lamar Williams Jr., (aka R.LUM.R) and artist/producer Josh Hawkins (aka Super Duper) for their co-written song "Frustrated." The Grand Prize includes $25,000 (USD) cash and over $30,000 in merchandise and services.
ISC is proud to also honor many Blues artists for their accomplishments in this year’s ISC. Taking home First Place in the Blues category is Jack De Keyzer (Toronto, ON, Canada) for the song “My Love Has Gone.” Second Place is awarded to Jim Allchin, Tom Hambridge, and Richard Fleming (Seattle, WA, USA and Nashville, TN, USA) for “Two Bad Dreams Ft. Bobby Rush,” and Third Place goes to Tommy Castro (San Rafael, CA, USA) for “My Old Neighborhood.” Blues judges include Judges Include John Mayall, Joe Louis Walker, Bruce Iglauer (Founder/President, Alligator Records), and more. See complete list below of all ISC judges. “All of the the Blues winners are so skilled at songwriting, and we are very proud to honor them and throw the spotlight on the Blues genre,” says ISC Founder and Director, Candace Avery. “It is exciting to see the quality of the songwriting and know that these artists are setting the bar for the future of Blues music.”
ISC winners hail from all over the world (50% of this year’s winners come from outside the USA) and range from talented amateurs to seasoned songwriting veterans. The 23 categories include all genres of contemporary music, from Blues to rock to pop to jazz to R&B/Hip-Hop and more.
Winning ISC is a distinction that has propelled many artists to achieve greater success. Previous winners have included: Illenium; Vance Joy; Bastille; Gotye; Lindsey Stirling; Kimbra; The Band Perry; Kehlani; Gregory Porter; Passenger; Lupe Fiasco; Gin Wigmore; Missy Higgins; For King and Country; and many more.
The complete panel of 2018 judges includes:
Recording Artists:Adam Lambert; Portugal.The Man; Tom Waits; Kane Brown; Nancy Wilson (Heart); Nicky Jam; Rodney Crowell; Sara Evans; Kristian Bush (Sugarland); Rakim (Eric B. & Rakim); Chris Lane; Keane; Danilo Perez; Jeremih; Peter Erskine; James McNally (Afro Celt Sound System); Nero; Sidewalk Prophets; Kenny Garrett; Krewella; Sara Watkins; Ted Nash; John Mayall; Joe Louis Walker; Nicholas Gunn; Kim Walker-Smith (Jesus Culture); Ashwin Batish; Lonnie Liston Smith; Micah Tyler; John Tibbs; and Gordon Goodwin.Industry Executives:Aaron Bay-Schuck (CEO/Co-Chairman, Warner Bros. Records); Jo Charrington (Co-President, Capitol Music Group UK); Mark Mitchell (Co-President, Parlophone Records); Daniel Glass (President, Glassnote Records); John Esposito (Chairman/CEO, Warner Music Nashville); John Burk (President, Concord Label Group); Ed Vetri (President, Wind-Up Records); Bruce Iglauer (Founder/President, Alligator Records); Nate Albert (Executive VP of A&R, Capitol Records); Jacob Edgar (Founder, Cumbancha); Craig Balsam (Co-Owner, Razor & Tie, Washington Square, and Kidz Bop); Josh Bailey (Senior VP of A&R, Word Entertainment); Gordon Kerr (CEO, Black River Entertainment); David Waxman (Senior VO of A&R, Ultra Music); Richard Stumpf (CEO, Atlas Publishing); Kim Buie (VP of A&R, New West Records); AJ Tobey (Head of A&R, Rough Trade Publishing); Cory Robbins (Founder / President, Robbins Entertainment); Julie Kertes (Editor / Manager, Hot Diggity Media); Laura Margolin (Publishing, Glassnote Records); Leib Ostrow (Founder / CEO, Music For Little People); Katherine Dines (Co-President, The Children’s Music Network); Claire S. Green (President, Parent’s Choice Foundation); Randy Frisch (Founder, LoveCat Music); Benjamin Groff (Founder, The Brill Building); Sas Metcalfe (President, Global Creative, Kobalt Music); Golnar Khosrowshahi (President, Reservoir Media Management); Tamara Conniff (EVP, Roc Nation); Carl Caprioglio (Founder / CEO, Oglio Entertainment); and Elena Epstein (Director, National Parenting Product Awards).
ISC is sponsored by: Art & Lutherie By Godin Guitars; Berklee College of Music; Celebrity Access; Eventric; Gig Salad; Lurssen Mastering; Merch Cat; Musician Wellness; Musicians Institute; oneRPM; PreSonus; Pro Tour Nutrition; Shubb Capos; SongU; Sweetwater; The Tracking Room; Tunedly; Vocal Eze; and Westone.
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