Vance Joy’s “Riptide” has bagged another major award — the 2014 International Songwriting Competition, according to Billboard.com.
The Melbourne artist’s infectious ukulele hit has taken out the overall Grand Prize in the prestigious — and lucrative — U.S.-based songwriting comp after receiving perfect scores from every judge. It’s the first time in the award’s 14-year history that an entry has had top marks across the board.
“It is such an honor to win this songwriting prize,” Joy (real name James Keogh) said in a statement. “Writing songs is what gives me a feeling of purpose. I’m proud to receive this award voted on by my songwriting peers.” The Grand Prize winner receives $25,000 in cash and more than $45,000 in merchandise and services.
The annual competition “encourages songwriters to create, develop, and challenge their artistry by creating something truly meaningful,” commentsCandace Avery, founder and director of the ISC. “It is vital for all artists to be recognized for their talents, as well as to be awarded respect and honor for their accomplishments.” Vance Joy’s victory, she adds, “exemplifies extraordinary talent.”
The panel of judges this year included Pat Metheny, Sarah McLachlan, Bastille, Avicii, Sara Evans, Keane, Casting Crowns and Darryl McDaniels(Run D.M.C), plus key label execs Dan McCarroll (president, Warner Bros. Records), Craig Kallman (chairman, CEO, Atlantic Records), Mike Smith(president, Virgin EMI Records), Jeff Castelaz (president, Elektra Records) and Ted Cockle (president, Virgin Records U.K.).