By John Kendle
Winnipeg’s Ruth Moody and Scott Nolan have been named among the winners of the prestigious International Songwriting Competition.
Moody, one-third of the Juno-winning Wailin’ Jennys, won top prize in the Gospel/Christian category for the song Storm Comin’, while singer/songwriter Nolan earned third place in the Americana category.
The competition received over 16,000 entries from 112 countries, and winners were chosen by a panel of judges that included Tom Waits; Jeff Beck; Ozzy Osbourne; Robert Smith (The Cure); Tori Amos; McCoy Tyner; Kelly Clarkson; John Mayall; Monte Lipman (President, Universal Republic Records); and many others.
New Zealand songwriter Kimbra took top prize overall for the song Cameo Lover. The Grand Prize is ISC’s highest honor, and prizes include $25,000 US cash and over $25,000 US in merchandise and services.