Canadians Matt Epp and Faouzia Win the Grand Prize in the US-Based International Songwriting Competition (ISC)

Canadians Matt Epp and Faouzia Win the Grand Prize
in the US-Based International Songwriting Competition (ISC)

Judges Include Chris Cornell, Tom Waits, Ziggy Marley, Bastille, Hardwell,
Joe Bonamassa, Martie Maguire (Dixie Chicks), and More

18, 2017 — The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is pleased
to announce its 2016 winners. Now in its 16th year, ISC is the world’s
largest international songwriting competition, receiving more than
16,000 entries from 137 countries throughout the world. More than
$150,000 in cash and merchandise is awarded to 71 winners in 23
categories covering all genres of music.

the first time in the history of the competition, the Grand Prize is
awarded to Canadian songwriters. It is with great pleasure that ISC
bestows its highest honor to Canadian troubador Matt Epp and
Morocco-born Manitoba-raised 16-year old phenom Faouzia for their
co-written song “The Sound Ft. Faouzia.” The Grand Prize winners take
home $25,000 in cash (USD) and over $45,000 in additional prizes.

song is a duet and is the perfect synergy between the seasoned
songwriter Epp and the up-and-coming young artist Faouzia. It showcases
the talents of each songwriter and singer, interweaving the yin and yang
of Epp’s stark, tender vocals with Faouzia’s soaring delivery.

collaboration came about while Epp was on tour in Germany and received
an email from his infant daughter, who he had been writing to since she
was a newborn. The unexpected email from her read “What sound does a
longing heart make?” In a hotel bathroom, he tearfully wrote the chorus
of this song.

forward a few months to when Epp was assigned to mentor a group of
talented young performers; among the participants in the program was
Faouzia. Perhaps unlikely kindred spirits, Epp and Faouzia formed a
quick friendship, and they finished the song together. The song went to
#1 on the CBC Radio 2 chart, and it recently earned the SOCAN No.1 Song
Award in Canada based on its radio success.

Avery, the Founder and Director of ISC, states, “Lyrically the song’s
central theme of longing is universal, so everyone can relate to it.
Combined with its haunting melody, the song’s vulnerability hits you to
the core. This is the first time the Grand Prize has ever been given to
Canadian songwriters, and we are very excited to be awarding our highest
honor to these very talented artists.”

Epp heard that they had won the Grand Prize, he said, “I’ve always felt
that we songwriters receive songs, more than write them. I’m so
grateful for this one to have chosen me and my very talented
collaborator Faouzia, and especially to the ISC for this prestigious
Grand Prize award!”

addition to the Grand Prize winner, many other deserving songwriters
also share in the prestige and kudos of winning their respective
categories in ISC. These winners hail from all over the world (59% of
this year’s winners come from outside the USA) and represent diverse
cultures while ranging from talented amateurs to seasoned songwriting
veterans. The 23 categories include all genres of contemporary music,
from rock to pop to jazz to R&B/Hip-Hop and more.

For a complete list of ISC 2016 winners go to:

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