2013 International Songwriting Competition Finalists Announced

Several sirens were recently nominated for the 2013 International Songwriting Competition, known as the most prestigious international songwriting competition in the world.  Among the nominees were:

Ghost In My House – Lucy Schwartz (Los Angeles, CA, USA)
Set Me On Fire – Missy Higgins, Butterfly Boucher (Melbourne, VIC, Australia)
Running From Love – Toby Lightman (New York, NY, USA)
Silver – Lena Fayre, Brian Howes (Manhattan Beach, CA, USA)
Come Into My Head – Kimbra Johnson (Kimbra), Keith Ciancia, Sonny J Mason (Auckland, New Zealand)

Representing a broad variety of musical genres, finalists were recently selected from 124 countries worldwide.  Judges include heavyweights such as Tom Waits; NAS; Josh Turner; Bernie Taupin; Martina McBride; Duran Duran; Garbage; Robert Smith (The Cure); Selena Gomez; Bruce Hornsby; Dido; and many more.

To view the full list of nominees, go to http://www.songwritingcompetition.com/winners. Winners will be announced at the end of April 2014.


Butterfly Boucher @ Hotel Cafe (06/17/2009)

Butterfly Boucher @ Hotel Cafe (06/17/2009)

Australian artist, Butterfly Boucher has become a staple in Southern California since the release of her latest CD, Scary Fragile.  Aside from playing at Spaceland, House of Blues San Diego, and Sainte Rocke in Hermosa Beach, Butterfly is currently in the middle of a weekly residence at Hotel Cafe in Hollywood, CA.  I was able to catch her show on Wednesday, June 17th.

Butterfly opened the show with her catchy single “Gun For A Tongue” and it didn’t take long for her to kick it in high gear. So high that she was forced to shed her black leather jacket in the middle of the show and later took a longer than usual pause to tune her guitar (which she admitted was only a cover for her to catch her breath, to the amusement of everyone). Mixed in with other songs from Scary Fragile, she didn’t forget to play “Another White Dash” and “I Can’t Make Me”, two hits from her debut CD, Flutterby.

Butterfly Boucher ends her June residency at Hotel Cafe with a show on June 24th and then travels north for shows in Portland and Seattle before circling back to San Francisco.  Check her website for tour details.

More pics from the show follow…

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