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Aussie musicians are winners for latest ISC comp - Press Release


Jared Porter and Kaylee Bell Take Home Grand Prize For Their Song "Pieces"

September 10, 2015 - Nashville, TN, USA... The Unsigned Only Music Competition, geared toward musical artists who are unsigned to a major record label or its affiliates, announced its 2015 winners today. The competition recognizes the best in up-and-coming artists worldwide and acts as a benchmark for excellence in contemporary music. Winners were selected from 7,000 entries from all over the world and represent many genres of contemporary, commercial music. More than $100,000 in cash and prizes are awarded to a total of 26 winners. The winning songs can be heard

Unsigned Only judges, who are responsible for selecting the winners, include: Aimee Mann; Dustin Lynch; The Killers; David Crowder; Robert Smith (The Cure); Ray Wylie Hubbard; Aaron Shust; Lucero; Kelly Price; Colt Ford; Frank Foster; Rapsody; Kool And The Gang; Anthony DeCurtis (Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone); Kyle Anderson (Senior Writer, Entertainment Weekly); Josh Jackson (Co-Founder and Editor-In-Chief, Paste Magazine); Shirley Halperin (Music Editor, Billboard and Hollywood Reporter); Hardeep Phull (Music Critic, New York Post), and many more.

The 2015 Grand Prize goes to Australian (California-born) Jared Porter and New Zealander Kaylee Bell for their acclaimed duet and co-written song, "Pieces." In addition to winning $10,000 in cash and $20,000 in merchandise and services, Porter and Bell also receive the opportunity to be mentored by the top echelon of record company professionals, including Presidents and top-level executives from Atlantic, Warner Bros., Sony Music Nashville, RCA, Capitol, Big Machine, Roc Nation, Vanguard, Sugar Hill, and American Recordings. 

Porter and Bell, who are solo artists individually, teamed up to write and perform their stunning duet, “Pieces.” With this collaboration, they have crafted a song that showcases their beautiful vocals in an emotional, stellar performance. The artists have a lot in common, as both are Toyota Star Maker winners and have accumulated extensive accolades, including winning the APRA New Zealand Best Country Song award for “Pieces.” The song also went to #1 on the Australia Country Music charts. 

"We are so incredibly honored and blown away to have won this award,” said Porter and Bell. “We both are so proud of our song "Pieces" and will use this achievement for the better."

Founders Candace Avery and Jim Morgan stated, “As we entered the fourth year of this competition, the level of talent has grown exponentially. This year, the winners impressed the judges with their passion, creativity, energy, and artistry. The Grand Prize winners, Jared Porter and Kaylee Bell, embody the future of music, and we hope that the recognition they receive through Unsigned Only gives them the inspiration and ammunition to keep growing as artists and succeed in attaining their goals.”

Jared Porter, a California native, moved to Australia when he was only 15, and after suffering a serious rock climbing accident, he decided to pursue music instead of sport. Since winning the Toyota Star Maker award in 2014, his career has escalated, and he has performed with some of Australia’s biggest country artists and also has performed at major festivals, including the CMA World GlobaLive concert in downtown Nashville. 
He was also announced as a Golden Guitar finalist for New Talent of the Year 2015, and a finalist for CMC (Country Music Channel) New Oz Artist of the Year 2015.

Kaylee Bell, a sassy young singer who hails from the small town of Waimate on New Zealand’s South Island, already has an impressive list of accolades to her name. She has garnered numerous awards in both New Zealand and Australia, having been a NZ Gold Guitar Winner at the age of 18 and a Telstra Horizon Award winner at the NZ Country Music Awards. Bell also won the prestigious 2013 Toyota Star Maker in Tamworth, Australia. She has already had several singles on the Country charts in both countries, and last year she was invited to sing with Keith Urban on his Light The Fuse Tour of Australia in 2014. 

Mentors for the Grand Prize winner include: Pete Ganberg (Executive Vice President/Head of A&R, Atlantic Records); Mike Elizondo (Senior Vice President of A&R, Warner Bros. Records); Kim Stephens (President, Forward Entertainment and A&R, Capitol Music Group); Lenny Santiago (Vice President of A&R, Roc Nation); Taylor Lindsey (Director of A&R, Sony Music Nashville); Dino Paredes (Senior Vice President of A&R/GM, American Recordings); Katie Welle (Senior Vice President of A&R, RCA Records); Gary Paczosa (Vice President of A&R, Sugar Hill Records/Vanguard Records); and Allison Jones (Senior Vice President, Big Machine).

Unsigned Only is sponsored by: Sony Creative Software, Gretsch Drums, ADK Microphones, Guitar Center, D'Addario, Disc Makers, Ultimate Ears, Lurssen Mastering, Eventric, Bombplates, and The Music Business Registry.

In addition to the Grand Prize winners, more Unsigned Only winners hail from Australia, including:

AAA (Adult Album Alternative) 

Second Place
Allie & Ivy (Sydney, NSW, Australia) – “Cowboys And Indians” 

Honorable Mention
Nova & The Experience (Sydney, NSW, Australia) – “Jennifer Lawrence”
Enola Fall (Hobart, Tasmania, Australia) 
– “Lions”

AC (Adult Contemporary) 

Honorable Mention
Danielle Deckard (Sydney, NSW, Australia) – “I Lied”
Liam Burrows (Sydney, NSW, Australia) – “Never Fallen In Love”
Liam Burrows (Sydney, NSW, Australia) – “You Shook Me”


Second Place
Day (Kirrawee, NSW, Australia) – “How Great Is The Love”

Honorable Mention
Alabaster Box (Gold Coast, QLD, Australia) – “Give Me The Rain”


Honorable Mention
The Blackbird Collective (Sydney, NSW, Australia) – “Maybe, Maybe”

Pop/Top 40

First Place
Rita Satch (Melbourne, VIC, Australia) – “Not Ready For Love”

Honorable Mention
Jeremy Drakeford (Melbourne, VIC, Australia) – “Anyone But You”


First Place
Lucy Lowe (Sydney, NSW, Australia) – “Red Car, Cold Heart””

Honorable Mention
Stone Parade (Sydney, NSW, Australia) – “Be Someone”
Wren (Sydney, NSW, Australia) – “Raw”


Honorable Mention
Brooke Allan (Melbourne, VIC, Australia) – “Act Like This”
Anna Mannering (Albury, NSW, Australia) – “Son Of Korah”

Vocal Performance

Second Place
Liam Burrows – Sydney, NSW, Australia – “You Shook Me”

Honorable Mention
Rita Satch (Melbourne, VIC, Australia) – “Not Ready For Love”
Lucy Lowe (Sydney, NSW, Australia) – “Red Car, Cold Heart”

Unsigned Only is now accepting entries for the 2016 competition. Information on entering the competition can be found at
A complete list of winners can be viewed at For high-res photos and to schedule an interview with winners, contact Candace Avery at


Press release for ISC 2015


Contact: Candace Avery
International Songwriting Competition


Kesha, Boyz II Men, Moby, Pat Metheny, Lorde, Tom Waits, Sara Evans, Bastille, Avicii, Daddy Yankee, Casting Crowns, And Many More To Judge ISC

July 20, 2015 - Called "
the songwriting competition to take note of" by the prestigious New York Times," the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) today announced its esteemed panel of judges for the 2015 competition. The panel includes many iconic, high-profile recording artists, as well as Presidents and CEOs from Atlantic, Epic, Elektra, Sony Music Latin, Warner Bros., Tommy Boy, Wind-Up, Alligator, Concord Music Group, and more. 

Designed to nurture the musical talent of songwriters on all levels and promote excellence in the art of songwriting, ISC offers the opportunity for songwriters to have their music heard by some of the most influential decision-makers in the industry.

ISC gives away more than $150,000 in cash and prizes (shared among 68 winners) including an overall Grand Prize consisting of $25,000 (US) cash and $30,000 in merchandise and services. In addition to prizes, winners gain recognition, press, kudos, and more career opportunities. Open to both amateur and professional songwriters, ISC offers 22 categories to enter, representing all genres of popular music. More information on entering ISC can be found at

Last year's ISC Grand Prize winner, Australian singer/songwriter Vance Joy, was honored for his memorable hit song, "Riptide." In a statement, Joy said, "It is such an honor to win this songwriting prize. Writing songs is what gives me purpose, and I'm proud to receive this award." The winning song "Riptide" turned out to be the song that launched Joy's career worldwide and has since become a classic. He is currently on a six-month tour supporting Taylor Swift. 

Joy is one of many winners who have included artists such as Bastille; Gotye; Lindsey Stirling; Kimbra; The Band Perry; Andrew Bird; Passenger; Gin Wigmore; Missy Higgins; King Charles; For King And Country; and more.

The complete list of 2015 judges includes: 

Recording Artists
Kesha; Tom Waits; Bill Withers; American Authors; Lorde; Pat Metheny; Sara Evans; Bastille; Casting Crowns; Keb Mo; Avicii; Boyz II Men; Bill Withers; Keane; Hardwell; Robben Ford; Danilo Perez; Moby; Jon Secada; Daddy Yankee; Afro Celt Sound System; Anthony Hamilton; Gerald Casale (Devo); Sean Paul; Justin Townes Earle; Hawk Nelson; Jean-Luc Ponty; Shakey Graves; Darryl McDaniels (Run D.M.C.); Chayanne; Joy Williams; Matt Maher; Art Alexakis (Everclear); Far East Movement; Femi Kuti; and more to be announced.

Industry Executives:
Craig Kallman (Chairman/CEO, Atlantic Records); Sylvia Rhone (President, Epic Records); Dan McCarroll (President, Warner Bros. Records); Jeff Castelaz (President, Elektra Records); Nir Seroussi (President, Sony Music Latin); Daniel Glass (President, Glassnote Records); Ed Vetri (President, Wind-Up Records); Rosie Lopez (President, Tommy Boy Entertainment); Glen Barros (President, Concord Music Group); Bryan Stewart (VP of A&R, Curb Records); Jason McArthur (VP of A&R, Provident Label Group / Sony Music Entertainment); Bruce Iglauer (Founder/President, Alligator Records); Edward Chmelewski (President, Blind Pig Records); Sharon Tapper (Head of Publishing, Glassnote Records); Kevin Welk (Chief Creative, Vanguard/Sugar Hill Records); Angel Carrasco (President, Discos 605); Steve Lillywhite (Producer); Joseph Burney (VP of A&R, RCA Inspiration/Sony Music Entertainment); Richard Stumpf (CEO, Atlas Publishing); Steve Greenberg (CEO, S-Curve Records); Kim Buie (VP of A&R, New West Records); Albert Schilcher (VP of Music and Music Marketing, MTV International); Jamie Masada (Owner, Laugh Factory); Cyndi Nelson (General Mgr., Zanies Comedy Club); Cory Robbins (Founder/President, Robbins Entertainment); Gary Briggs (A&R Executive); Claire S. Green (President, Parents' Choice Foundation); Leib Ostrow (Founder/CEO, Music For Little People); Julie Kertes (General Manager, National Parenting Publications Awards, NAPPA); Nate Dern (News Editor, Funny Or Die News); Wende Curtis (Owner, Comedy Works); and more to be announced. 

ISC is sponsored by Lowden Guitars, D'Addario, Thayers, Disc Makers, Gig Salad, and The Music Business Registry.


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Unsigned Only announces judges for 2015

Unsigned Only is a unique international music competition designed for solo artists, bands, and singers who are not signed to a major label record company or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, or imprints. Unsigned Only is looking for outstanding, talented artists: a band, singer, or solo artist...a newcomer or veteran...raw or polished - the gem that needs to be discovered. Unsigned Only is looking for the total package.

Unsigned Only gives away over $100,000 in cash and prizes, including $10,000 cash to the overall Grand Prize winner (as well as other prizes) and $1,000 to the First Place winner in each category. Prizes will also be awarded to Second Place winners in each category. Unsigned Only also offers the Grand Prize winner the unprecedented opportunity to be mentored by and directly network with the top echelon of record company professionals and get guidance, advice, feedback, and networking opportunities.

More Information is available here if you want to enter this year's competition

Judges include: Aimee Mann; alt-J; Robert Smith (The Cure); Sinead O'Connor; Kem; Aaron Shust; Rosanne Cash; The Killers;  Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC);Dustin Lynch; Rapsody; Jason Gray; Ray Wylie Hubbard; David Crowder; Lucero; Colt Ford; Frank Foster; Kool & The Gang; Kelly Price; Kyle Anderson (Senior Writer, Entertainment Weekly); Shirley Halperin (Music Editor, Billboard andHollywood Reporter); Josh Jackson (Co-Founder and Editor-In-Chief, Paste Magazine); Anthony DeCurtis (Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone); Lucy Jones (Deputy Editor, NME); Hardeep Phull (Music Critic, The New York Post); Michael Hann (Music Editor, The Guardian); and Chris Richards (Pop Music Critic, The Washington Post)

NOTE: Unsigned Only accepts both original and cover songs in all categories, except Screen Shot, which requires original songs only. Entries in the Vocal Performance category will be based solely on the quality of the vocals. Unsigned Only accepts all genres of music in the Teen, Vocal Performance, and Screen Shot categories.