The prestigious International Songwriting Competition (ISC) has announced its 2012 winners and Native Tongue artists have once again polled highly.
Taking out first place in the AAA (Adult Album Alternative) category was Clairy Browne & The Bangin' Rackettes for their song, "Love Letter". The hit single also featuring in the 2012 Heineken beer commercial 'The Switch' which rolled out across Europe & the US last year.
Also securing a placing was Alexander Gow from Oh Mercy who won second place in the Adult Contemporary category for "Drums". Alexander is no newcomer to ISC, with a third placing last year for "Stay, Please Stay" and Honorable Mentions in both 2011 and 2010. The band's third studio album, Deep Heat, features the ISC winning song "Drums", and has already earned the band ARIA nominations, AIR and EG awards, and supported a sold out national tour followed by shows with Father John Misty, Paul Kelly and Neil Finn to name a few. Alexander also received an Honorable Mention in the Rock category this year for his song, "Fever".
Over 20,000 entries were submitted for the 2012 competition from 119 countries worldwide, and for the first time ever, more than half of the competition's 68 winners are from outside the USA. Established in 2002, ISC awards more than USD$150,000 in cash and prizes, "ISC's mission is to inspire and promote greatness in the field of song writing," says Candace Avery, Founder and Director. "It is humbling to hear so many talented songwriters, and it is gratifying to play a part in the growth of the winners' careers." Past ISC winners include Gotye, Kasey Chambers, Amanda Palmer, Kate Miller-Heidke, Gin Wigmore, King Charles, Kimbra, Passenger, Andrew Bird, The Living End, Eskimo Joe, and many more.
As well as these winners, the following Native Tongue writers also received Highly Commended nods in their respective categories;
The Blackwater Fever - "Don't Fuck With Joe"
Tom Lark - "All You Want Is Money"
Oh Mercy - Fever
The Blackwater Fever - "Can't Help Yourself"
Sola Rosa - "Love Alone"
The ISC Grand Prize was awarded to California songwriter Joshua Hanson (Yellow Red Sparks), for his folk song "Monsters With Misdemeanors".
For a complete list of 2012 ISC winners, and to hear the winning songs, go to