Sydney singer/songwriter Isabella Manfredi from The Preatures has been announced as the winner of the 2013 Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition.
Isabella has won for her song ‘Is This How You Feel?” recorded with her band The Preatures. Isabella has won a $50,000 prize from APRA AMCOS and Alberts.
Her response to the win was “Astounding! Torrential! I cannot believe it. The boys and I are totally thrilled and very grateful!”
Second place and $10,000 prize went to Robert Conley for his song ‘Paper Thin’.
The judging panel could not decide between third place so decided on a tie between Thelma Plum for ‘Breathe In Breathe Out’ and Jasmine Nelson for ‘Keep Her Close’. Both will receive $5000.
APRA AMCOS CEO, Brett Cottle said, “There’s a lasting value in the work that Vanda & Young winners contribute to the Australian music scene and body of work. Knowing that we’ve invested in the creative careers of past and present winners and that the funds raised by this competition bring healing and connection through music therapy rounds this out as a really worthwhile endeavor for APRA AMCOS. We’re proud to be associated with it and extend our congratulations to this year’s winners”.
The Vanda & Young Song Contest is held every two years. Previous winners were Megan Washington (2009) and Kimbra Johnson (2011).
The complete winners’ details are:
1st Place – A$50,000: Is This How You Feel?
Isabella Manfredi (Unpublished)
Co-writers: Luke Davison, Thomas Champion and Jack Moffitt (The Preatures)
2nd Place – A$10,000: Paper Thin
Robert Conley (Published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing)
Co-writers: Alex Hope, Robby De Sa
Equal 3rd Place – A$5,000: Breathe In Breathe Out
Thelma Plum (Published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing)
Equal 3rd Place – A$5,000: Keep Her Close
Jasmine Nelson (UK) (Unpublished)