International Song Comp 2018 winners featuring The Presets, Sarah Aarons and more

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Drum roll please...the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) has announced its 2018 winners, with an impressive showing again from Aussie and Kiwi songwriters across an array of categories.

First place honours go to The Presets for Downtown Shutdown in the EDM category and Robbie Melville for his work Junkyard in the Instrumental category.


They won for Rock Work of the Year at the #APRAs and now Sarah Aarons and co-writers Sam Margin and Elliott Margin can add an ISC 2nd place honour (Pop/Top 40) for The Ruben's Never Ever to their list of achievements.

Second place honours EDM went to Wax Motif and collaborators including Anna Lunoe and Styalz Fuego for I Can't Hold. Comedy 2nd place went to Pete Denahy for Bat In The Cave; John Walsh won 3rd in the Lyrics Only category, and picking up a 3rd place Country finish was Casey Barnes for Be Mine, co-written with producer duo MSquared

The People's Voice prize went to Iranian-Australian songwriter Ali Pahlavan for Naab.

Congratulations to all the songwriters! 

ISC has the full list of winners and songs streaming here.

Australian and New Zealand honourees:

- Downtown Shutdown - Julian Hamilton, Kim Moyes (The Presets)

I Can't Hold - Daniel Chien, Anna Lunoe, Dillon Francis, Julio Alejandro Mejia, Kaeyln Behr, Matthew Van Toth (Wax Motif)

Pop/Top 40 - Never Ever - Sarah Aarons, Sam Margin, Elliott Margin (The Rubens)

Comedy - Bat In The Cave - Pete Denahy (Pete Denahy)

Lyrics Only - Things I've Learned - John Walsh
Country - Be Mine - Casey Barnes, Michael Paynter, Michael DeLorenzis (Casey Barnes)

Naab - Ali Pahlavan 

- Here We Go Again - Sahara Beck, Anthony Buchen (Sahara Beck)
Adult Contemporary - 49 Candles - Missy Higgins, Daniel Parker (Missy Higgins)
Adult Contemporary - Heavenly Gates - Georgi Kay
Americana - My Darling Kate - Nicholas Payne, Katie Brianna, Taylor Lynette Maree (Nick Payne)
Blues - Party at Red's - Fiona Boyes
BluesUn-Love Me - Darren Watson
Children's Music  - Throw Out the Grain - Anna van Riel
Children's Music - The Little Things - Rich Manic (Captain Festus McBoyle)
Christian - Mercy - Tenielle Neda
ComedyIt's Good To Be Alive Today - David Anthony Reeve, Ian Bruce Speirs  (David Reed)
Country - Save My Cents - Melanie Dyer 
EDM - Self Destruct - Angus Murphy (Amastro)
Folk/Singer-Songwriter - In This HouseÁine Tyrrell, Mark Stanley (Áine Tyrrell)
Folk/Singer-Songwriter - Rainbow - Louis Baker
JazzFork (In A World Of Soup) -  (Milton Man Gogh)
LatinEl Girasol -  Katherine Gailer, Amaru Tribe, Leonardo Rodriguez (Amaru Tribe)
Lyrics Only - Dirty - Shane Timmo
Music Video - Goodnight - David Taylor
Music Video - Secrets - Jessica Graham (Wren)
Pop/Top 40 - Candy - Em-Haley Walker, Josh Fountain (Theia)
Pop/Top 40 - Mirror - Nick de la Hoyde, Joseph de la Hoyde (Nick de la Hoyde) 
R&B/Hip-Hop - Diagonals - Caroline Tamati, Brent Park, Brandon Haru, Julien Dyne (Ladi6) 
Unpublished - I Haven't Done a Thing Today - Sahara Beck, Ocean Beck, Tony Buchen (Sahara Beck)
Unpublished - Ivy - Scott Lavender (Whitefield)
Unpublished - Other Side - Charles Wall, Paul Bromley (Bobby Alu)
Unsigned OnlySelf Destruct - Angus Murphy (Amastro)

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