Three Manitoba singer/songwriters are finalists in this year's massive International Songwriting Competition. Winners will be announced at the end of April, with prizes including over $150,000 in cash, merchandise, and services.
Scott Nolan's "Swing Low" is a finalist in the Americana category. Nolan, who is on tour with stops in Austin during SXSW this week, is no stranger to the ISC, having regularly appeared on the list of finalists over the years, taking third place in the Americana category in 2011, an honourable mention in 2010, and second place in 2007.
Another familiar name to the list of ISC finalists, Jaylene Johnson's co-write with Taylor Watson and James Andrew Tooke is a finalist in the country category for the Watson-performed song "Mine". Johnson's co-writes have landed her several honourable mentions in both the country and pop/top 40 categories over the years, include 2012's tune with expat Heather Longstaffe and Wendy Wills.
Cat Jahnke is a finalist in the dance/electronica categorie for her song "Do What You Say" with her new project, Cat and the Mengarie. Jahnke's song "Better" was also a semi-finalist in the same category.
Semi-finalists include Bubba B the MC, Bubba B's collaboration with Fresh I.E., Melissa Bandura of Familiar Wild, Chameleon's Nathan Nasby, Miss Rae and Vince Andrushko, Sweet Alibi, and Trevor Olfert.
ISC is open to amateur and professional songwriters from all over the world, including bands and solo performers. Winners are selected by a panel of high-profile recording artists and music industry executives, including big names like Tom Waits, Imagine Dragons, Black Francis, Selena Gomez, plus industry big wigs like Capital/Virgin president Dan McCarroll, Columbia Records UK co-president Alison Donald, producer Steve Lillywhite, and many more. Past winners include Gotye, Bastille, Kasey Chambers and many more.