By Stevie Connor.
The Blues & Roots Radio 5th Annual International Song Contest this year was judged by an independent panel of Ten (10) jurors who are all currently part of the Worldwide Blues & Roots Radio team, they are all active in their music communities in Canada, USA, Europe and Australia, a number of the jurors sit on regional and national award panels in their respective countries.
This year the competition was so strong that the jurors were given extra time to go over the many songs that were entered from all over the world. The quality and diversity of genres that came in from entrants is testament to the far reaching listenership that the award winning station pulls in. Songs were submitted from Australia, Canada, The United States, Scotland, England, Ireland, Wales, Spain, Latvia, Estonia, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Japan, Indonesia and more. Listed below are the chosen finalists in each category.
We spoke to Blues & Roots Radio's President, Anne Connor, who is based in Toronto, Canada, about this year's contest, she said, "We were delighted and a little overwhelmed by the number of entries again this year, and were very pleased to see such a diverse range of genres that artists are performing under, although it's always difficult to pigeon hole. We gave the selected jurors an extra week to go through the submissions, and I know they had some very difficult decisions to make as the field was very strong. I'd like to thank everyone who submitted a song, a number of artists submitted more than one, we wish all the category finalists good luck. I'd also like to thank this years sponsors, Global Learning Solutions, Cooper Mediation and The Sound Cafe, without their input and support the competition would not be possible."
The category winners will be announced on January 25th 2023, and the overall winning song will be announced on January 30th 2023.
Blues & Roots Radio Worldwide was established in 2013 by professional musicians and music lovers, an independent global online platform was created for artists to be heard by as wide an audience as possible. From their headquarters in Ontario, Canada and office in Victoria, Australia they broadcast over forty radio shows, most of which are exclusively produced for their network from around the world.
Blues & Roots Radio continues to expand, evolve and maintain the highest standards of artistic content. They have developed a unique network of media partners, affiliations and friends around the world who share their passion and values, and work together to advance opportunities for artists to be heard and read about globally.
The international Song Contest was launched 5 years ago and is designed to nurture the musical talent of songwriters on all levels, both amateur and professional, and promote excellence in the art of song craft.
Previous winners of this coveted award include: Terra Spencer (Canada), Colin Clyne (Scotland), Lynne Hanson (Canada), and Thornetta Davis (USA).
Duo | Trio | Band Category Finalists
Andrew Bate & Chloe Gorman - Flowers On My Grave
Andre Bisson Band - The Ballad Of Lucy Stone
Andres Roots feat Lorete Medne - Solitaire
Andres Roots feat Louie Digman - Alligator Blues
Emma Gale - Love Got The Better Of Me
igoodea - Winter Sun
Jeff Plankenhorn - Piece Of Cake (feat. Emily Gimble)
Jeff Plankenhorn - Trouble Find Me
John Duer & the Blues Freaks - Baby, Wont You Come Back Home
Matt Storch & The Miles Between - 18 Wheels
Mermaid Avenue - Prisoner
Mist & Wing - Country Mile
Pamela Ward & Paul Cherrington - Sail On By
Pete Temple & The Cornerstones - What is The Blues
Robert Hill & SJ - Maybe You Will Someday
Rusty Creek - Hello Old Friend
Smiling Jack Smith - Nowhere To Go But Up
Stacey MacNeil & Jonathon Smith - Lies
Sun-Pinned Leaves - Monterey Bay
Vince Vanguard - Broken Bones
Female Category Finalists
Ashley Puckett - Anchor
Ashley Puckett - Tequila
Christina Hutt - I Should Have Changed
Christina Hutt - Thought You'd Always Be My Man
Emma Gale - She'll Never Be Me
Emily Brown - Weren't There
Evelyn Laurie - My Scottish Heart
I, Claudia - The Envy Of Kings
Izzy Burns - Bandaids On Bruises
Izzy Burns - Guessing Game
Laura Keating - Blue Water
Lucie Tiger - Burn It Down
Madison Galloway - The River
Melissa Jane Carroll - Where Are You Chris
Mia Kelly - Garden Through The War
Ruth Hazelton - Aphelion
Shirley Jackson - Before It's Over
Ingrid Gerdes - Red Bird
Ingrid Gerdes - The Weight Of Blood
Isobel Thatcher - Wings
Male Category Finalists
Andre Bisson - Down The Line
Cormac O Caoimh - When My Kids Grow Too Old To Hold Hands
Cory M. Coons - Freedom Road
Daniel Cook - Lucky
Dougal - Beat Up Old Ford
Ian David Green - White Sand, Black Star
Jason Baker - The Dream Of Peace
Joel Brogon - Little Warbler
Jeff Plankenhorn - Bird On The 9th
Kayulta (Solo) - Anither Wey (fae thi steamhaimer)
Kenny MacDonald - Don't You Be A Stranger
Keyon Harris - The Devil
Mark LeCornu - Sunflower
Matt Storch - Rhythm Of The Road
Oatpod - Sense Of Place
Smiling Jack Smith - New Shoes Blues
SOHM - In The Morning
Sun King Rising - No. 6 Magnolia Avenue
Victor Nesrallah - The Train Don't Stop Here No More
Vince Vanguard - Let Me Go