Kathleen Edwards Wins 2012 ECHO Songwriting Prize

Kathleen Edwards Wins 2012 ECHO Songwriting Prize
Kathleen Edwards has gone through some tough times in recent months, including going into anaphylactic shock following a wasp attack and cancelling tour dates due to vocal exhaustion. Well, here's something that's bound to act as some consolation for the Canuck singer: she just won SOCAN's ECHO Songwriting Prize for her track "A Soft Place to Land."

The song, which appeared on her recent album Voyageur, was written by Edwards, along with John Roderick. She won $5,000, beating out other nominees Japandroids ("The House That Heaven Built"), Dan Mangan ("Post-War Blues"), John K. Samson (for "When I Write My Master's Thesis"), and Sloan ("Unkind").

The winner was decided by public votes. ECHO's website notes that this year saw a record-setting number of public votes.

As for the French-language version of the same prize — known as the Prix ÉCHO de la chanson SOCAN — it was won by Koriass for "St-Eustache." He also took home $5,000, beating out nominees Avec pas d'casque ("Intuition #1"), Lisa LeBlanc ("Lignes d'Hydro"), Marie-Pierre Arthur ("Si tu savais") and Salomé Leclerc ("Dans la prairie").