SOCAN Songwriting Prize Announces 2021 Finalists

DijahSB, Savannah Ré, Emanuel, Clairmont The Second and Valley are among the nominees

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Jun 17, 2021

The 16th annual SOCAN Songwriting Prize is celebrating the next generation of brilliance in Canadian music creation by announcing its finalists for 2021.

Today, SOCAN announced this year's  finalists, with 10 in the English category and10 in the French category. Nominees this year include DijahSB, Clairmont The Second, Savannah Ré, Valley and LU KALA, among others.

Down below, you can see the full list of nominees in both the English and French categories.

"In a very challenging year, the 2021 SOCAN Songwriting prize finalists showed that great works of art can emerge from hard times," SOCAN interim CEO Jennifer Brown said in a statement. "As the pandemic continues to impact music creators disproportionately, we are pleased to maintain a prize structure that supports as many SOCAN members as possible."

This is the second year SOCAN will be awarding cash prizes to all 20 nominees, as financial stresses continue to disproportionately impact the music sector. The grand prize winners will each receive $5,000, a Yamaha keyboard and a $500 Long & McQuade gift card.

Fans can vote for their favourite song in each category once daily from June 17 to July 1 here. Winners will be announced the week of July 5.

SOCAN Songwriting Prize 2021 Nominees (English):

• "Black Woman" – written by Emanuel Assefa, Ryan Bakalarczyk, John Fellner, Kardinal Offishall; performed by Emanuel; published by BMG Rights Management Canada.

• "Dancing In My Room" – written by Carter Britz, Aidan Fuller; performed by 347aidan; published by Kobalt Music Publishing Canada.

• "delicate" – written by Jonah Yano, Schott Zhang; performed by Jonah Yano.

• "Dream" – written by Clairmont Humphrey II; performed by Clairmont The Second.

• "Frontin' Like Pharrell" – written by Kahdijah Payne; performed by DijahSB.

• "homebody" – written by Michael Brandolino, Alexander DiMauro, Karah McGillivray, Tom Peyton, Robert Sowinski; performed by Valley.

• "No Smoke" – written by Vanessa Kalala, David Charles Fischer, Christopher Larocca, Hrag Sanbalian; performed by LU KALA.

• "Purple Carousel" – written by Sydanie Nichol, Casey Manierka; performed by Sydanie.

• "Solid" – written by Savannah Ré Simpson, Johann Deterville, Akeel Henry; performed by Savannah Ré; published by Sony Music Publishing.

• "Western Skies" – written by Billy Raffoul; performed by Billy Raffoul; published by Warner Chappell Music Canada Ltd.

SOCAN Songwriting Prize 2021 Nominees (French):

• "Accident" – written by Laurence-Anne Gagné-Charest; performed by Laurence-Anne.

• "Demande-moi" – written by Maude Audet; performed by Maude Audet; published by Les éditions Bravo musique inc.

• "Income Tax" – written by Jonah Richard Guimond; performed by P'tit Belliveau; published by Édition Bonsound.

• "Le cœur a ses raisons" – written by Gary Derussy, Sarahmée Nicole Ouellet, Clément Langlois-Légaré, Thomas Lapointe, Diego Montenegro; performed by Sarahmée.

• "Les amants de Pompéi" – written by Thierry Larose, Alexandre Martel, Charles-Antoine Olivier; performed by Thierry Larose; published by Les éditions Bravo musique inc.

• "OK" – written by Micheal Christopher Mlakar, Adel Aoual Kazi, Émile Desilet, Clément Langlois-Légaré, Sébastien Pascal Boisseau; performed by Clay and Friends.

• "Oui Toi" – written by Léo Fougères, Clément Langlois-Légaré, Tom St-Laurent, Adel Aoual Kazi; performed by FouKi; published by FouKi.

• "Ta main" – written by Ariane Roy, Pierre Emmanuel Beaudoin, Vincent Gagnon, Dominique Plante, Cédric Martel, Roxane Azzaria; performed by Ariane Roy.

• "Tempérance" – written by Emerik St-Cyr Labbe; performed by Mon Doux Saigneur.

• "Tu m'connais trop bien" – written by Gabriel Bouchard; performed by Gab Bouchard; published by Les éditions Bravo musique inc.

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