Helen Austin Wins 2014 John Lennon Songwriting Contest
September 3, 2014 at 1:21 PM (PT)
RIPTIDE MUSIC GROUP artist HELEN AUSTIN has been named co-winner of the 2014 JOHN LENNON SONGWRITING CONTEST's "Song Of The Year."
AUSTIN won the contest along with her colleague PAUL OTTEN for the song, "Colour It."
The pair won $20,000 in cash, in addition to prizes from SSL, AVID, MACKIE and DIGITAL MEDIA ACADEMY. The duo also won last year’s “LENNON AWARD” and the Grand Prize in the JOHN LENNON SONGWRITING CONTEST's “Children’s” category.
“Colour It” was selected to win this year’s top prize by a panel of executive judges, including FERGIE, NATASHA BEDINGFIELD, GOERGE CLINTON, PRINCE ROYCE, BOOTSY COLLINS and SEAN PAUL, among others.
Earlier this year, RIPTIDE MUSIC GROUP placed an original song by AUSTIN, “Little Things,” in a national TV commercial for DAWN SOAP.
Originally from the U.K. and now living on VANCOUVER ISLAND in CANADA, AUSTIN met OHIO-based OTTEN while they both appeared on a songwriting conference panel. The pair co-wrote and produced the title track of AUSTIN’s 2014 JUNO AWARD-winning album “Colour It,” which also won a 2014 award from the INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITING COMPETITION (ISC). This collaboration spawned their new project, BIG LITTLE LIONS, which also won the ISC AWARD.
BIG LITTLE LIONS released its debut EP, “Paper Cage,” earlier this year. Songs from the EP have been licensed for advertisements for MICROSOFT and IKEA, as well as for TV shows “Catfish” (MTV) and “Total Divas” (E!).