Volunteer group, Songsalive! Australia, continues to help emerging singer-songwriters to achieve their dreams through The Song Comp.
The second instalment of the competition was held recently at Riverside Theatres in Parramatta and attracted more than 50 acts to the main stage.
Singer-songwriter, Emily Dwyer, 17, won the judges over with her song Because It’s Love.
The teenager won the Parramatta category, taking home a $2500 cash prize donated by Parramatta Council.
Chief executive and founder of Songsalive! Roxanne Kiely said she was highly impressed by the quality of singers.
‘‘The judges had a difficult choice to make as so many of the songs were of a high quality and deserved recognition for differing reasons,’’ Ms Kiely said.
‘‘The competition was song-based, which means that the quality of the singing actually had no bearing on the judges’ choice of the winning song.
‘‘That said, the singers on the night were all quality performers, providing an excellent night’s entertainment for the judges and the packed room which heard them.’’
The Song Comp was created to allow songwriters of any age, whether at grass roots or professional level, to help raise the profile of their songs in a forum which attracts industry attention.
Every song entered is judged by industry professionals including The Potbelleez singer Ilan Kidron and country performer Tamara Stewart.
Ms Kiely said the competition was a ‘‘win-win’’.
‘‘There are song competitions which provide category winners and overall winners with plaques and profiles in print and on websites, but little else.
‘‘We were, and remain determined to provide not only the writers of the winning songs [with] real and valuable prizes, which they can use in their recording pursuits, but help raise the profiles of the sponsors who provide these excellent prizes in order to help the aspiring songwriters achieve their goals.’’
Entries for the next competition open in July.