International Recognition for Novocastrian Songwriter

May 9, 2017


Local indie-pop performer and songwriting sensation Kristy Coote has been named amongst an elite list of international songwriters as a finalist in the 2017 International Songwriting Competition based in the USA, with her song Pretending selected in the Children’s Music category.

The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is a prestigious music competition for both aspiring and established songwriters. ISC provides artists with the opportunity to be heard by the most influential decision-makers in the music industry internationally.

The 2017 judging panel includes 38 artists and 43 industry heavyweights such as Tom Waits, Lorde, Ziggy Marley, the President of Warner Bros Records, Dan Mccarroll and Managing Director of RCA UK, Colin Barlow.

Ms Coote said the irony of receiving the recognition in the States now (after living there for so many years), was extraordinary.

“I have been co-writing in America for over ten years with little recognition of my work, and just when I decide to resettle back home in Newcastle, it’s then that I receive international recognition,” Kristy laughs.

Previous competition winners include Vance Joy, Gotye, Bastille, The Band Perry, Kimbra, Passenger, Kasey Chambers, Lindsey Stirling, Skrizzly Adams, Kate Miller-Heidke and Gin Wigmore.

“The inspiration behind the song were my two beautiful nieces Maddy and Bronte (now 16 and 13) who are also Newcastle girls. However, when I wrote the song in 2014, they were at an age where they were so vulnerable. I was just so worried about them in this big bad world and just wanted to keep them wrapped up in cotton wool to protect them,” Kristy explains.

Winners of The 2017 International Songwriting Competition will be announced later this month – stay tuned!

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