Genesis Owusu Wins $50,000 Vanda & Young Songwriting Contest E! News UK

Fresh from the collapsed floor of the Enmore Theater and scooping the $30,000 Australian Music Prize (on the same day!), Genesis Owusu’s book gets another winning chapter.

His track “Gold Chains” won first prize at the prestigious Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition.

Currently on tour, Genesis and its co-writers (Kirin J. Callinan, Michael Di Franceso aka Touch Sensitive, Julian Sudek and bandmate/manager Andrew Klippel) pocket a cash prize of $50,000.

An elegant treatise on the toxic allure of consumerism and celebrity, ‘Gold Chains’ features on Owusu’s J Award and ARIA’s debut album Toothless smile. The track also made Barack Obama’s annual Favorite music playlist and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, via an American television performance broadcast by Owusu and his All-Star Black Dog Band. Look below

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Jerome Farah came in second place in the Vanda & Young competition, the solo artist/producer winning $10,000 for his 2020 single “Mikey Might.” In third place was Maya Cumming, better known as the pop sensation Sydney MAY-A (aka Flume’s new best friend), receiving $5,000 for “Time I Love To Waste” (aka the song that just missed out on Hottest 100 fame).

Baker Boy received $5,000 AMPAL Emerging Songwriter Award for ‘Move’, from his 2021 debut album Gelaalongside co-writers Dallas Woods, James Iheakanwa and Willie Tafa.

For the second year in a row, the cash prize extended to 10 honorable mention winners who each received a $1,000 prize. These include Amyl & The Sniffers, Ashwarya, Budjerah, Gang Of Youths, GRAACE, Miiesha, MAY-A (for “Apricots”), and more.

Genesis Owusu joins a list of previous winners that includes Thelma Plum, Matt Corby, Amy Shark, Gretta Ray, Izzi of the Preatures, Kimbra and Husky.

Named after Harry Vanda and George Young (of iconic Australian band The Easybeats), the Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition was launched in 2009, with Washington winning the inaugural prize. See more information here.

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