At the close of the 2016/17 WAM Song Of The Year Awards Party last night, we’re excited to reveal Sydnee Carter took out the coveted Grand Prize with her song When We Were Young. Being only 19-years-old makes this feat even more impressive, yet this wunderkind has been building up to this moment with a string of early achievements. On her CV already is previous Song Of The Year nominations, a stint on X Factor, a Telstra Road To Discovery Grand Finalist, showcases at Music Matters Live in Singapore, and a recent collab with Slumberjack blowing up the charts.
Independently and anonymously judged by a diverse panel of music industry experts from the likes of triple j, The Drones, Pendulum, Mix 94.5, RTRFM, X-Press Magazine, Perfect Pitch Publishing, TheMusic.com.au, Spotify, Nannup Music Festival, Pilerats, Radio Birdman and many more, the list of winners reflect the extraordinary depth of WA songwriting talent.
Ranging from established leaders in their genres (including WAMAwards and past #WAMSOTY winners) to exciting revelations with big futures ahead, the winners list also included Dan Howls, Ralway Bell, Tobacco Rat, The Intenso Band, Riley Pearce, Nucleust, Harry Mitchell, The Brownley Gospel Singers, Codee-Lee, Rag N’ Bone, High Horse, Farraday’s Cage, Burdiya Mob, Macshane and Jere Sosa.
Over $40,000 worth of prizes was distributed over the course of the night, the Awards for one of Australia’s biggest songwriting comps debuting at the WA Maritime Museum in Fremantle. The night also impressed with sets from DJ Charlie Bucket, The Money War, Ben Matthews Presents LIVEWYRE and Dan Howls.
For complete info of the awards and winners, head to WAM.org