[Grand Prize winner Carla Geneve, Act-Belong-Commit category winner Indigo Ellis]
Following the anticipated live reveal to thousands of world-wide viewers at the Virtual Awards Party, West Australian Music (WAM) are excited to celebrate the WA songwriters crowned winners of Song of the Year 2020 presented by Act-Belong-Commit.
Taking out the coveted overall Grand Prize win for the second year in a row was Albany born singer-songwriter Carla Geneve with her song, 2001. Named after the Stanley Kubrick film ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’, 2001 showcases Geneve’s relatable lyricism and impressive guitar stylings as she explores escapism into the old films and books from her childhood. The Grand Prize win was one of three Geneve received on the night, with 2001 also winning the Rock category, and her song Things Change crowned winner of the Folk category.
Grand Prize Runner-Up was awarded to Jack Davies and The Bush Chooks, with their song Half Frozen Beer taking out a win in the Country category. Second Grand Prize Runner-Up was awarded to Adrian Dzvuke, following his incredible performance of Urban/Hip Hop category winning song Bad Like Ri Ri (feat. POW! Negro).
Joining the multi-award winners for 2020 was 14 year old singer-songwriter, Indigo Ellis, whose powerful song Home received category wins for Schools 14 & Under and the Act-Belong-Commit category presented by Healthway. With a voice that could “carry across oceans” [Declan Byrne, triple j], Home speaks of Ellis’s strong connection to her culture and finding lost connections through music.
Healthway Acting CEO Jeremy Hubble said it’s wonderful to celebrate emerging young artists like Indigo Ellis, who through her music, is helping to promote positive mental health to her peers and the wider community. “Act-Belong-Commit encourages us all to take action to maintain our mental wellbeing, and Healthway’s partnership with WAM enables young people to share this message in their own voice,” Mr Hubble said.
The full list of winners is a true testament to the rich songwriting talent West Australian music has to offer, with RATSALAD, MissGenius, The Gusset, Karin Page, Grace Barbé, Bolt Gun, Grievous Bodily Calm, The Hunting Birds, Vmarie, Desert Dogs and Harry Mitchell also taking out category wins (below).
WAM CEO, Mike Harris, said of this year’s competition and winners, “As ever, Song of the Year has demonstrated the high quality of songwriting here in WA. The 2020 competition has had the added layer of going on a journey through the impact of Covid-19 with this year’s Awards Party being delivered to your screen via digital means.
“I never envy the judges as this competition goes from strength to strength each year, and the depth of talent is astounding.Congratulations to Grand Prize Winner Carla Geneve who has remarkably won this for the second year running; a unique achievement.Also congratulations to all nominees and category winners and everyone who took time to enter”.
The special edition Virtual Awards Party saw more music-lovers than ever take part in the celebrations. The incredible Odette Mercy took on MC duties for the evening, with an opening address from Premier of Western Australia, Hon. Mark McGowan MLA, and special appearances from WA music icons, Dave Faulkner (The Hoodoo Gurus), Katy Steele, Joe Ryan (POND), Stella Donnelly, Anna Laverty, Slumberjack, Ziggy Ramo, Lucy Peach, Kučka, Hyclass and Stu MacLeod (Eskimo Joe). Viewers were treated to performances from Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse, this year’s winners Adrian Dzvuke and The Hunting Birds, plus nominees Siobhan Cotchin, Fourth State Turiya and Latehorse.
FULL LIST OF SONG OF THE YEAR WINNERS
WAM WOULD LIKE TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND EXTEND THEIR THANKS TO THE INCREDIBLE SUPPORTERS, SPONSORS AND PARTNERS FOR SONG OF THE YEAR 2020.
Alex Hotel, Sennheiser, Perfect Pitch Publishing, Firestarter Music, Audiofly, RTRFM 92.1, Debaser Studio, Pen Cap Chew Studios, Red Room Design, Spotify, Mega Music, The Poster Girls, @placeorpoint, Vinyl Café/XVinylX, Space Cassette.
Artisan Music, Blackbird Sound Studio, Blondel Recording Studios, Crank Recording, Debaser Studio, Forest Studio, Fremantle Recording Studios, Hopping Mouse Studios, Lolly Box Music, Pavement Studios, Poons Head Studios, Real2Reel/James Newhouse, Shanghai Twang Studios, Sumo Sound Studios, Templeman Audio, Tone City Recording Studio, Tunafish Recording Company.
Johnny Ma Studios, Made In The Pile, Rosemount Hotel, Wildergrim.