Song of the Year 2022 winners revealed!
Following the anticipated live reveal at the awards event, West Australian Music (WAM) is proud to announce the winners of the 2022 Song of the Year presented by Act Belong Commit. The awards event was ably stewarded by seasoned radio personalities-turned-MCs, Taylah Strano and Blake Williams at Fremantle live music venue Freo.Social.
A pool of 126 industry representatives judged the nominees and determined the competition winners list for 2022.
Spanning the breadth and diversity of WA’s music microcosm, this year’s winners are an eclectic mix of emerging and established acts, and a true reflection of the incredible talent that makes up WA’s contemporary music community.
Taking out the coveted overall Grand Prize was Regional category winning hip hop artist Dr Tasty with the song Hopscotch, which is more exciting still due to the song being a recording from WAM’s regional Demos from Esperance project. A fresh presence in the hip hop scene, Morgan Kelly aka Dr Tasty demonstrates real promise, showcasing lyrics that capture a sharp wit with an attitude that bites.
Song of the Year alumni Carla Geneve was awarded runner up with her Rock category winning song Dog Eared. The award caps off a big year for Carla following the release of her debut album and recent national tour. Fresh off the back of their debut Bigsound appearance, South Summit tops a big year by taking out the second runner up prize with Pop category winner, River Days.
This year’s winners list is peppered with femme representation and features both recognised and brand new names. Geraldton’s RATSALAD return to the SOTY winners list, taking out the Punk/Hardcore category with their song, Chicken Lips; and country songstress Codee-Lee took out the Country category prize with her song, Smoke & Mirrors.
Winner of this year’s Act Belong Commit category is Girls Rock! alumni and artist Iconyx, with the stunning tune, Dawn of the Future. Healthway Chief Executive Ralph Addis offered congratulations to Iconyx for a song that beautifully reflects the category’s ideals of Act Belong Commit, and promoting a positive mental health message through the work. “Music has an incredible ability to bring people together to create, engage, inspire and celebrate,” Mr Addis said. “We are so proud to partner with WAM through Act Belong Commit to create opportunities for artists to share their talent in a meaningful way.”
The event was filled with dynamic performances by nominees Natasha Eldridge, Siobhan Cotchin, Angelina Curtis and category winner RATSALAD lifted the roof off with the event opening performance.
WAM Executive Director Livia Carré acknowledged the outstanding talents of each of the nominees and winners, highlighting the depth and breadth of talent we have here at home in WA. “I am very proud of our state’s unique and talented pool of artists, especially our songwriters. It takes great vulnerability to be judged by the industry’s best. Each year, Song of the Year demonstrates that talent pool is growing. Applauding these artists, who sit at the heart of our industry, is the least we can do.”
We’d like to offer our sincere thanks to our sponsors and partners. Presenting Song of the Year just wouldn’t be possible without you all.
Sam Ford – Tone City Recording Studio Xpress Mag Ditto Music Spotify Will Hear Mega Music Perfect Pitch Publishing Debaser Studio XVinylX / Vinyl Café RTRFM Ocean Floor Music
385 Studios Artisan Music Blondel Recording Studios Crank Studios Debaser Studio Fremantle Recording Studios John Butler Studio Levels Studio Pavement Studios Poons Head Studios Real2Reel/James Newhouse Shanghai Twang Studios Soundbaker Sumo Sound Studios Tone City Recording Studio Tunafish Recording Company
Full winners list:
WINNER Hopscotch Dr Tasty
RUNNER-UP Dog Eared Carla Geneve
SECOND RUNNER-UP River Days South Summit
Category Winners & Nominees
SCHOOLS 14 UNDER – Presented by Perfect Pitch Publishing | Studio Sponsor 385 Studios
WINNER: Elianie Moonlight
NOMINEES: Angelina Curtis Danny Blue; Girl in a Glitch On The Run; Sofia Rippingale See You Again; Iconyx Broken & Twisted
SCHOOLS 15-18 – Presented by Mega Music | Studio Sponsor Levels Studio
WINNER: Mia June Fish In A Bowl
NOMINEES: Jordan Anthony Company; Bailey Perrie Not Gonna Wait; SubZero Shame; Alex Belman Slowly Burning
ELECTRONIC – Presented by Ocean Floor Music | Studio Sponsor Fremantle Recording Studios
WINNER: PROJECT BEXX Don’t Touch Me
NOMINEES: Huey Brazadich Brazadich; Grace Barbe Fatige; Mal de Mer Do You See Me? Kindred Say It
COUNTRY – Presented by Country Music Club of Boyup Brook | Studio Sponsor Real2Reel | James Newhouse
WINNER: Codee-Lee Smoke & Mirrors
NOMINEES: Siobhan Cotchin Highway Song; The Money War Blood; Angie Colman Maths; Tanya Ransom Breakdown To Breakthrough
FOLK – Presented by Rosemount Hotel | Studio Sponsor Tunafish Recording Company
WINNER: Finn Pearson Band No Apologies
NOMINEES: Dave Johnson Nauru; Kiera Jas & ASKYA Above the Water; King Ibis Touch; Joan & The Giants Advocate
OUTSTANDING REGIONAL – Presented by Nannup Music Festival | Studio Sponsor Debaser Studios
WINNER: Dr Tasty Hopscotch
NOMINEES: The Money War Blood; Little Guilt Mum’s Advice; Kelea Dysfunktional; Tracey Barnett Haunted
HIP HOP/NEW R&B – Presented by Sorrento Strategic Music | Studio Sponsor Soundbaker
WINNER: Supathick & Adrian Dzvuke July (featuring Keely Brittain)
NOMINEES: Dr Tasty Hopscotch; LUCI Hands; Ella Gilbert Come Over; Jaycee Dreams Last
EXPERIMENTAL – Presented by Will Hear | Studio Sponsor Poons Head Studios
WINNER: Dan Sutherland Bridges
NOMINEES: Mark Gongs and Baritone Sax; Parnell March Melissa’s Meditation; Kit Parker In Spite Of Darkness; Huey Brazadich Brazadich
GLOBAL – Presented by Fairbridge Festival | Studio Sponsor Artisan Music
WINNER: Kate Pass Kohesia Ensemble Black Mountain
NOMINEES: Tim Newhouse Lower King; Grace Barbe Home; Salvador Dardy Comerse a Los Ricos (Eat The Rich); Rochelle O’Reilly Freedom
OUTSTANDING INDIGENOUS – Presented by Spotify | Studio Sponsor Shanghai Twang Studios
WINNER: Patrick Woodley & Lauralee Faith Something ’bout You Baby
NOMINEES: South Summit River Days; Joan & The Giants Just for You; The Struggling Kings We Belong; Natasha Eldridge Our Country
JAZZ – Presented by Xpress Mag | Studio Sponsor Crank Studios
WINNER: Artemis Orchestra The Elephant in the Room
NOMINEES: Kate Pass Kohesia Ensemble Silver Lining; Tim Newhouse Lower King; Mace Francis Plus 11 Squint Your Eyes; Ryan Daunt Trio The Clutch
BLUES & ROOTS – Presented by Clancy’s Fremantle | Studio Sponsor 385 Studios
WINNER: Angie Colman Maths
NOMINEES: Siobhan Cotchin Highway Song; Yo Yo Sun Lucky Star; Sash Seabourne Hourglass; The Struggling Kings We Belong
ACT BELONG COMMIT – Presented by Healthway | Studio Sponsor John Butler Studio
WINNER: Iconyx Dawn of the Future
NOMINEES: Natasha Eldridge Our Country; Young Robin Evermore; Sofia Rippingale See You Again; Sally Jane Too Young
PUNK/HARDCORE – Presented by Mojos Bar | Studio Sponsor Sumo Sound Studios
WINNER: RATSALAD Chicken Lips
NOMINEES: Shangrila Lift Me Up; Indigo Blaze Locals Only; MAGE The Righteous; The Reductors Identity
ROCK – Presented by Badlands Bar | Studio Sponsor Blondel Recording Studios
WINNER: Carla Geneve Dog Eared
NOMINEES: Mia June Fish In A Bowl; Little Guilt Mum’s Advice; Odlaw We Love Playing In The City; Humble Armada Los Alamos
HEAVY/METAL – Presented by XVinylX and Vinyl Cafe | Studio Sponsor Pavement Studios
WINNER: Darkmatter Parasite Culture
NOMINEES: Shangrila Lift Me Up; RATSALAD CRACKFLATZ (DICKTATZ part 2); Kimura Sharpen The Bones; MOANA Temple
POP – Presented by Freo.Social | Studio Sponsor Tone City Recording Studio
WINNER: South Summit River Days
NOMINEES: Supathick Can’t Keep Waiting; Priscilla Dance Through The Night; Klaude Let You In; Ella Gilbert Come Over