Young Songwriters Competition judge Diana Anaid.
Young Songwriters Competition judge Diana Anaid.

Youth to go off in songwriting comp

Local Nimbin girl turned pop star Diana Anaid has been secured as the judge for the inaugural Youth Week Young Songwriters Competition and organisers have extended the deadline to give budding songwriters a last chance to enter.

Lismore City Council’s youth development officer Lizette Twisleton said Council would like to make the Young Songwriters Competition an annual region-wide event and they want the first year to set the standard.

“We know that there are lots of young people out there playing and writing music – we live in a really creative part of the world,” Lizette said. “It’s about promoting the creative, positive aspect of young people. I think in society we often look at what’s wrong with youth today but it’s actually good to look at what’s right and what our young people are out there creating. There’s been some really great musicians from the Northern Rivers who have gone on to have national and international careers – just like Diana.”

Diana Anaid was launched into the spotlight in 1997 when she released her single I Go Off at the age of 19. It became an Australia-wide hit and since then she has released three more albums and toured extensively right across America.

Lizette said it’s the sort of success they’d like to see other young people achieve, and the Young Songwriters Competition could well be the perfect launch-pad for a local rising star.

“I was really rapt when we secured Diana because she’s a real success story – a young person who started playing music locally, had a dream and a vision, and continued to pursue that all the way. She’s a fantastic role model for young people,” Lizette said. “I remember seeing her at a gig when she was about 16 and I was just blown away by the power of her voice, what she was singing about and her emerging confidence. “Songwriting is a powerful medium for young people to get their voice heard and this competition is a chance to get some really valuable experience.”

The Young Songwriters Competition is open to anyone aged 15-25 and there are three genres – rock/pop/metal, hip hop, and R&B/folk/country.

Finalists will be asked to perform at Lismore City Hall on April 16, where Diana will judge the winner. But hurry if you want to be in the mix, as entries close next Friday, April 2.

For an entry form, email lismoreyoung

songwriters@gmail.com or for more information phone Lizette on 6625 0500.


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