Australian singer-songwriter Kasey Chambers has earned the Grand Prize for this year’s International Songwriting Contest, an annual event open to both aspiring and established songwriters. Chambers wrote the winning song, “Beautiful Mess,” about parenthood.
Says Chambers: “I honestly can’t believe it. When I entered the International Songwriting Competition, I didn’t think I even had a chance being up against songwriters from all over the world…I thought it would be fun to enter anyway. I’ve heard about the competition for a while, but it’s the first time I’ve ever entered. What a buzz knowing that the judges were artists/songwriters such as Tom Waits, Ben Harper, Peter Gabriel, and Rihanna. Winning with the song “Beautiful Mess” makes it even more special as it’s a song I wrote for my two boys, Talon and Arlo. Guess I’d better buy them an ice cream.”
Other big winners include Nashville’s Nicole Witt (Country), Toronto’s Tucker Finn (Folk/Singer-Songwriter), and Kahn Morbee of the South African band The Parlotones (Rock).
For information on the 2011 International Songwriting Contest, visit http://www.songwritingcompetition.com.