Youth Week contest hits high notes

JUGDES couldn’t believe the talent of the 35 local youth who entered the Young Songwriter’s Competition recently.

The competition which ran in conjunction with Youth Week, invited young songwriter’s between 15-24-years-old to submit their work and be in the running to win studio equipment and hours of studio recording time.

At the final event, seven finalists took to the stage to show off their work to a panel of musically renowned judges and cheering crowd at the Lismore City Hall.

Georgie Schultz, 17, took out the pop/rock category while Blake Walsh, 18, took out the hip-hop category. The Coy Kids from Kadina High who played at the Byron Bay Blues Festival earlier this month placed first in the country folk category.

Lismore City Council youth development officer Lizette Twiselton said the judges were blown away by the local talent and she hopes the inaugural event will turn into an annual regional competition.

“The finalists were judged on there song composition, the lyrics, the message they gave and how well it flowed,” she said.

“The standard was really high. It is was about getting their name out there and getting on a big stage.

“Obviously it was the first year but we want to make it a regional event next year.

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