Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition Kimbra Announced as 2011 Winner

Posted on 15 Jul 2011

After receiving over 4000 entries from talented songwriters across the globe, APRA|AMCOS and Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia are proud to announce Kimbra (Kimbra Johnson) as the Winner of the 2011 Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition for her song ‘Cameo Lover’.
Voted by the 18 member music industry judging panel, Kimbra is joined by Catherine Britt in Second Place for her song ‘Sweet Emmylou’ and Gotye (pronounced Gore-ti-yeah, Wally de Backer) in Third Place for his song ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’.

Spending her early years gigging around her native New Zealand, Kimbra’s debut album ‘Vows’ will be released in September.  ‘Cameo Lover’ is the second single from the album and is “a call back to embrace love again” to someone who’s become disconnected and retreated into isolation. 

‘Sweet Emmylou’ is one of three #1 singles for Catherine Britt from her fourth and self-titled studio album. Catherine has spent six years living in Nashville and has toured, performed and recorded with some of music’s most respected names including Kasey Chambers, Paul Kelly, Sir Elton John, Shane Nicholson and Tim Rodgers.

Gotye is the music-making mantle of Wally De Backer, songwriter, producer and all-round one-man band. Since the creation a few years ago of his album ‘Like Drawing Blood’ that became something of an underground classic, Gotye recently released the single ‘Somebody That I Used to Know [featuring Kimbra]’. It’s the second single from Gotye's forthcoming album ‘Making Mirrors’ and as it recounts with heartbreaking clarity the fall-out of a fading relationship, it is equally an exercise in emotional punch and classy restraint.

With 100% of the $50 AUD entry fee going directly to support Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia, over $200,000 has been raised for the charity – an increase of $70,000 on the amount of money raised in the Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition’s inaugural year. 

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Since 1984, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia has promoted and developed the understanding, training and practice of creative music therapy. The therapists work with children and adults, utilising music’s interactive and participatory nature as an agent for change and healing.

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