Boom Boom Cha a winner

THE YOUNG FEMALE SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR: Trinity Catholic College student Clee Worts has won the Lismore Young Songwriters Competition.
THE YOUNG FEMALE SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR: Trinity Catholic College student Clee Worts has won the Lismore Young Songwriters Competition. Marc Stapelberg

WRITING catchy pop songs is always harder than it sounds, but it happened naturally for 15-year-old Clee Worts.

The Trinity Catholic College student's two-chord tune with quirky lyrics was a crowd favourite at this year's Young Songwriter's Competition.

Clee was crowned the best young female songwriter of the year.

She described the song, Boom Boom Cha, as "reckless" and composed of random words that rhymed and sounded good together, like ugg boots and green t-shirts.

But it obviously worked, even though she admitted she "put no thought into it".

"One of the female judges said the riff got stuck in her head," Clee said.

Not bad for a song she recorded in one afternoon on her Mac using GarageBand.

The Year 10 student started making up songs at 10, but didn't seriously develop her repertoire until about 12, after taking music and guitar lessons.

Asked what her sound resembled, she replied a cross between Missy Higgins, Julia Stone, and Sarah Blasko.

But she said she didn't have any particular music idols, and wasn't fussed about becoming one herself.

"I'll always have music in my life, so it doesn't really matter if I have a career or anything," she said.

Taking out the male category was 23-year old Ned Cain, with Spooks of Hazard.

Mr Cain, a drummer and lead singer, said the song recalled the night his band mate's guitar, a $2000 Gibson Explorer, was stolen after a gig.

Another standout performer was 14-year-old Jackson Reid, whose I Really Want to Get to Know You brought the house down, according to audience members.


The 2014 Young Songwriters Competition

Young Female Songwriter of the Year: 15-year-old Clee Worts, Boom Boom Cha

Young Male Songwriter of the Year: 23-year-old Ned Cain, Spooks of Hazard

Other winners:

Folk: 16-year-old twins Deana and Julia Batten, Deeper Waters.

Pop: 18-year-old Lali Gill, 3am.

Rock/Indie: 23-year-old Tim Strong, Ignorance.

Punk/Metal: 22-year-old Rose Wadsworth, Kill Yourself Quietly.

Urban/Electronic: 14-year-old Jackson Reid, I Really Want to Get to Know You.

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