International Song Contest 2021

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The International Song Contest this year was judged by an independent panel of Ten ( 10 ) jurors who are currently part of the Worldwide Blues & Roots Radio team, they are all active in their music communities in Canada, USA, Europe and Australia, a number of the jurors sit on regional and national award panels in their respective countries. 

Thank you to everyone who submitted their songs to this years contest, we had a record number of entries from around the world, the quality of entries was extremely high making it a difficult task for our jurors.

 
Listed below are the chosen finalists (25) in each category.
 


Category Winners Announced January 20th 2022
($250 CAD Cash Prize )


Overall Winner Announced January 30th 2022
(Annual Award + $250 CAD Category + $750 CAD Overall = Total Cash Prize $1000)



Thank You To Our Amazing Sponsors

 

Blues & Roots Radio International Song Contest 2021 Overall Winner​

Terra Spencer - Feels Like Home

Blues & Roots Radio Annual Award + $1000 CAD ( $250 Category Winner + $750 Overall Winner )

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Nova Scotian funeral director-turned-songwriter and current Canadian Folk Music Contemporary Singer of the Year nominee Terra Spencer discovered her passion for crafting songs while touring with country artist Ryan Cook, after being recruited as a backup singer in 2014 while scooping ice cream at a music festival.

Since making her solo debut in 2018, she has charmed audiences in the Maritimes, Ontario, the UK, and Europe with deft fingerstyle guitar, gospel piano, butterscotch voice, and easy onstage conversation, making you feel knee-to-knee with her even in a room of 500.

 

Her knack for telling intimate stories with heart, humour, and 70s wood-panelled warmth has caught the attention of Canadian musical mentors like David Francey and Ron Sexsmith, and she has become a sought-after studio musician, co-writer, producer, and workshop facilitator.
 

https://terraspencer.ca/

Blues & Roots Radio International Song Contest 2021 Ist Place Runner Up​

Rob Lutes - That Bird Has My Wings

( $250 Category Winner )

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Since the release of his first album Gravity in 2000, Rob Lutes has steadily built a collection of exquisite songs that inhabit the intersection of blues, folk, Americana, and the contemporary singer-songwriter genre. As skilled delivering a Piedmont blues classic as he is performing his own acclaimed original songs, Lutes's masterful fingerstyle guitar work and soulful voice bring an unmistakable intensity to his live performances.

 

One of six kids raised in the town of Rothesay, New Brunswick, the Montreal-based recorded his eighth album Come Around during Fall 2020. The follow-up to 2017's Walk in the Dark, which earned Folk and Roots Radio's "Album of the Year", a Canadian Folk Music Award for Contemporary Vocals, and multiple nominations, Come Around was co-produced by Lutes and longtime collaborator Rob MacDonald at MacDonald's intimate Gambling Mule Studio. It features 11 original songs, a gritty cover of the traditional acoustic blues classic In My Time of Dyin', and gorgeous backing vocals from celebrated singer-songwriter Annabelle Chvostek. Replete with Lutes's literate, melodic songcraft, Come Around is another example of why Canadian critic Daniel Lemay calls Lutes "one of the most important songwriters of his generation.

https://www.roblutes.com/

Blues & Roots Radio International Song Contest 2021 2nd Place Runner Up​

Anders Drerup - Two First Kisses

( $250 Category Winner )

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Anders was singing and playing from his first gig at a jazz club at 16. He never looked back. Since then he has written and performed on countless albums, toured 18 countries spanning 5 continents, released two solo records plus a plethora of singles and recently earned a place on Nick Jonas’ team on season 18 of NBC’s The Voice.. in 2020, no less.

He is a consummate multi-instrumentalist believing that the best way to understand one thing is to know it in the context of another. He plays guitar, mandolin, piano, bass, pedal steel, writes, sings, acts, dances... you get the idea.

His career has taken a lot of interesting turns; being scooped up to front an all Cuban rock band based in Havana when he was 22 then touring Europe for years as a pedal steel/guitar player for numerous artists. He gained critical acclaim from the Montreal Gazette in 2013 for acting the lead role in a theatrical stage play about the life and times of Gram Parsons. Anders has toured extensively in Mexico, Canada, USA, Australia, China, Africa.. It's a rich tapestry with no boring moments. Through each experience Anders quietly worked on his performance and songwriting craft, never missing an important lesson to pour into his songs.

His style has been categorized as Americana in that it rolls smoothly down a track with frequent stops at the stations of blues, country, rock and roll, R&B and latino influenced music. The live shows have gained a reputation for being spontaneous and exciting on account of the phenomenal musicians he plays with and the wide variety of music on the palette. Truly accomplished players supporting a powerhouse writer and performer. Anders moved to Austin in 2019 and is quickly becoming a name to remember, despite being a little tough to pronounce. He remains a student of his business and a servant to his muse, prepared with experience beyond his years for whatever comes next.

https://andersdrerupband.com/

Category Finalists 2021

 Duo | Trio | Band  Category Finalists

  • Anders Drerup - Two First Kisses

  • Big Little Lions - Only A Friend Like You

  • Blue Moon Marquee - As I Lay Dying

  • CFI Celtic Rock - The Storm

  • Chris Andres Band - Scars

  • Dean Owens - Land Of The Hummingbird

  • Fresh Breath - World Gone Crazy

  • igoodea - Late December

  • Jabbour - Carling Lake

  • Jason Lee McKinney Band - Paperback Novels

  • JJ ROOTS - Boxcars and Memoirs

  • Karen Morand and The Bosco Boys - Never Enough

  • Kayulta - Take the Easy Way

  • Leslie D King and The Trembling Shakes - The Standard Dream

  • Linda Arseneault - Cranky Pants

  • Liz Jones and Broken Windows - Stain

  • Mermaid Avenue - Turn the Page

  • Nesrallah Artuso Project - I Love My Girl

  • Paul Saint John and the Nighthawks - Sideshow Queen

  • Rambal - Give Me a Little Love

  • Shock Sorrow - Lament

  • Stacey McNeill and Jonathan Smith - Blood on My Hands

  • The Swamp Stompers - Wishing I Had You

  • The Water Runners - Point of No Return

  • Wild Flight - Whiskey Talkin

Jurors Top Ten Song Choices

  • Anders Drerup - Two First Kisses (USA)

  • JJ ROOTS - Boxcars and Memoirs (Canada)

  • Fresh Breath - World Gone Crazy (Canada)

  • Big Little Lions - Only A Friend Like You (Canada/USA)

  • Dean Owens - Land Of The Humming Bird (Scotland)

  • Stacey McNeil and Jonathan Smith - Blood On My Hands (Wales)

  • Blue Moon Marquee - As I Lay Dying (Canada)

  • The Swamp Stompers - Wishing I Had You (Australia)

  • Karen Morand and The Bosco Boys - Never Enough (Canada)

  • Mermaid Avenue - Turn The Page (Australia)

CATEGORY WINNER 

Anders Drerup (USA)

Cash Award $250 CAD

Singer Songwriter

Female Category Finalists

  • Amanda Grace - Please Dear Sun

  • Amy Blake - Blue

  • Briar Summers - Stronger

  • Elly Wininger - The Blues Never End

  • Emma Gale - Enjoy Life While You Can

  • Francine Honey - Hold On

  • Hannah Acfield - Like Lovers Do

  • I Claudia - The Elephant and You

  • Ingrid Gerdes - Water Through Your Hands

  • Izzy Burns - Where Did We Go Wrong

  • Kate Reid - Caroline

  • Kate Weekes - Sing it to the Hills

  • Kim Doolittle - Poor Boy (Oh My My)

  • Kim Williams Music - Fight Strong

  • Laura Keating - Mercy Me

  • liza Ohlback - bad day

  • Lucie Tiger - Gasoline

  • Moira Bren - Just Cars

  • Nancy Dutra - I Cry

  • Piper Butcher - Before The Thunder

  • Rachel Walker - I Never Knew

  • Rhona Macfarlane - No Rain

  • Sandra Sutter - Standing People

  • Terra Spencer - Feels Like Home

  • Tiki Black - Colour Me Blue

Jurors Top Ten Song Choices

  • Terra Spencer - Feels Like Home (Canada)

  • Rhona Macfarlane - No Rain (Scotland)

  • Sandra Sutter - Standing People (Canada)

  • Lucie Tiger - Gasoline (Australia)

  • Piper Butcher - Before The Thunder (Australia)

  • Kim Doolittle - Poor Boy (Oh My My) (Canada)

  • Francine Honey - Hold On (Canada)

  • Kim Williams Music - Fight Strong (Canada)

  • Amanda Grace - Please Dear Sun (USA)

  • I Claudia - The Elephant and You (England)

CATEGORY WINNER 

Terra Spencer (Canada)

Cash Award $250 CAD

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Male Category Finalists

  • Andre Bisson - When I'm Gone

  • Bert Deivert - Badge 623

  • Bobbo Byrnes - Hold Me

  • Broke Fuse - Strawberry Moon

  • Daniel Cook - Take it Slow

  • Danny Garrett - Make it Talk

  • Duffmusiq - Ordinary Fool

  • Glen MacNeil - Car Window

  • Greg Hancock - Changing

  • Ian David Green - Born Under a Northern Light

  • Ian Roland - Beyond Words

  • James Bennett - Before I Fall

  • Jay Elle - She's So Fine

  • Jeremy Parsons - Good Ole Days

  • Kyle McKearney - Devil Water

  • L.A. Moore - Reach Out

  • Mark Sterling - Deep Down

  • Michael Cunningham - Last Dance

  • Nicholas James Thomasma - The One That Got Away

  • Rob Lutes - That Bird Has My Wings

  • Sam Barbour - Freedom Wheels

  • Steve Warner - Grace

  • String Bone - Where Do You Go

  • Terry Penney - Valley Of The Whispering Pine

  • Tim Isberg - Jerusalem Road

Jurors Top Ten Song Choices

  • Rob Lutes - That Bird Has My Wings (Canada)

  • Kyle McKearney - Devil Water (Canada)

  • James Bennett - Before I Fall (Australia)

  • Terry Penney - Valley Of The Whispering Pine (Canada)

  • Michael Cunningham - Last Dance (Northern Ireland)

  • Tim Isberg - Jerusalem Road (Canada)

  • Jeremy Parsons - Good Ole Days (USA)

  • Glen MacNeil - Car Window (Canada)

  • Ian David Green - Born Under A Northern Light (England)

  • Sam Barbour - Freedom Wheels (Hong Kong)

CATEGORY WINNER 

Rob Lutes (Canada)

Cash Award $250 CAD

OVERALL WINNER 2020

Colin Clyne - Where The Ships Go To Die

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OVERALL WINNER 2019

Lynne Hanson - Higher Ground

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OVERALL WINNER 2018

Thornetta Davis - I Believe ( Everything Gonna Be Alright )

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