Two Local Artists Finalists in International Songwriting Competition

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Two local singer songwriters are finalists in one of the world's most presigious songwriting competitions. "The Wind" by Keri Latimer of Juno-nominated roots quartet Nathan is one of 14 finalists in the AAA/Roots/Americana category for the International Songwriting Competition. Cat Jahnke's song "None Of Those Things" is up in the Performance category. Several Manitoba artists made it to the semi-final round, including Juno-winner Cara Luft (formerly of The Wailin' Jennys), Ruth Moody (of The Wailin’ Jennys), Mia Kulba (with Ben Dunk, Rob Patterson and Rob Wells), Robert Reimer, Scott Nolan, Abelardo Sarao (Project Overdrive) and Piet Shaw/Hazy Bright (The Revolutionary Theatre).

Finalists were selected out of almost 15,000 entries from 80 countries and represent the top 1.4% of all entries submitted. The finalists' songs are currently in the judges' hands. Winners will be announced in March when the ISC judges have made their decision. ISC's judges include the presidents of 10 record labels and well-known artists such as Loretta Lynn, Sonny Rollins, Tom Waits, Amy Ray (Indigo Girls), Steve Vai, Darryl McDaniels (RUN DMC) and many more.

The 2005 ISC finalists' songs are also listed online for the 2005 People's Voice - an online voting contest that allows the public to listen to and vote for their favourite ISC finalist. The winner of the People's Voice is selected solely by public vote and is in addition to, and completely separate from, the regular winners who will be selected by the prestigious ISC judging panel.

Prizes include $10,000 USD in cash, music equipment, and an eight-week college radio promotion campaign. The exposure to some of the top acts and industry bigwigs in the world is an added and invaluable bonus.

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