The grand prize of the 2019 International Songwriting Competition won’t go to a Kiwi, but it remains downunder at least. Having made waves around the world and breaking records almost weekly last year, the ISC’s top honour justifiably went to Australian Toni Watson, aka Tones And I (who just happens managed by Kiwi ex-pats Regan Lethbridge and David Morgan.)
The previously published results of the semi finalists indicated a record-breaking year for Kiwi artists doing well, and it speaks for the overall quality of music coming from our shores to see the positive trend follow through into the finals, beating worldwide competition and winning over an illustrious panel of judges.
First place in the Christian music category went to Auckland three-piece band The Sations for their song Floodgates.
Kaylee Bell came a heroic second among all country songs with her hit single Keith.
Based these days in Sydney, but still one of ours, Theia placed third in the Unpublished category with Not Your Princess. She also got an honorable mention for the same song in the Pop category.