Winnipeg-based roots quartet Nathan is up for one of Canada's most prestigious national songwriting prizes: The ECHO Songwriting Prize. The Juno-nominated act's song "Scarecrow," off its latest Nettwerk Records release Key Principles, stands against songs from Chad VanGaalen, Feuermusik, Abdonminal, and The Besnard Lakes
SOCAN initiated the prize in order to identify developing talent in today's independent music scene. According to SOCAN's website, "the prize honours some of the most innovative, creative and artistic songs created in the past year by emerging songwriters in Canada." A panel of industry experts whittled the finalists down to the top five and then the public was able to make the final decision through online voting. Winning songwriters will receive a $5000 cash prize.
In 2006, the inaugural ECHO prize went to local political punk outfit Propagandhi and its song "A Speculative Fiction."
Nathan has been busy on the road for the summer of 2007, touring Key Principles and playing festivals across Canada and the U.S.
Click here to vote for the ECHO Songwriting Prize. You can vote for your favourite once a day, from now until the deadline of 4:59 p.m. on September 28, 2007.