Winners of WAM Song of the Year 2021 revealed!
Following the much-anticipated live reveal at the sold-out Awards event, we’re proud to announce the winners of the 2021 WAM Song of the Year competition presented by Act Belong Commit. An exciting mix of emerging and established acts, the winning songwriters are a true reflection of the overwhelming talent, ingenuity and diversity renowned in WA’s contemporary music community.
Taking out the coveted Overall Grand Prize was alt-country/rock singer songwriter Siobhan Cotchin with her song Just The Way It Is. Known for coupling luminous, jangly melodies with honest, raw and emotive lyricism, Just The Way It Is explores the space left by the departure of a relationship and the dualism of sadness and hope that emerges. With extensive national and local radio airplay under her belt, Declan Byrne of Triple J noted Cotchin as ‘one to keep an eye on’.
No stranger to WAM’s Song of the Year stage, Timothy Nelson’s Folk category winning song, Biding Time was declared Runner-up, and Schools 15-18 years category winners Detour received Second Runner-up for their pop-rock anthem, Left Shoe.
It was WA’s First Nations songwriters that truly shone throughout the evening, with Cyndy Moody & Phil Bartlett taking out the Country category with Ngany Koorlangka (My Kid) and Kimberley artist Matalja winning Outstanding Indigenous for her debut release Malu Mabu Liyan.
Global category winners Warralgurniya captured the room with a stirring live performance of their winning song Warri Yungu, Warri Baba. Led by 87 year-old Thiinma man Peter Salmon and performed in the critically endangered Thiinma language, Warri Yungu, Warri Baba was recorded as part of WAM’s Sounds of the Mid West regional recording project, with Mr Salmon travelling from his Upper Gascoyne home for the special live performance.
Taking out the Act Belong Commit category was songwriter and Whadjuk and Ballardong woman, Natasha Eldridge, for her powerful song written for NAIDOC Week 2020, Always Was Always Will Be. Healthway A/CEO Jeremy Hubble congratulated WAM on becoming a leader in promoting and raising awareness about positive mental health in the music industry. “Through our partnership with Act Belong Commit, we have been able to recognise inspirational artists such as Natasha. The song explores her rich and ever-present connection to country, embodying a powerful message of community and belonging.” Mr Hubble said.
Other winners included Adrian Dzvuke, RATSALAD, Brayden Sibbald, Daniel Susnjar, Maver, The Harvest Trail, Jean-Michel Maujean, Pat Chow and Angelina Curtis (full list below).
WAM CEO Natasha Collier applauded the nominated and winning songwriters, noting the vital role WA artists play on the national and international stage. ‘I have watched with pride as my home state has emerged as one of the country’s cultural superpowers. Our songwriters are among the best in the world, and our contemporary artists are an absolute force – with millions of fans globally. The full list of Song of the Year award winning alumni is a true testament to the rich song-writing talent West Australian music has to offer.’
Award winning singer-songwriter Odette Mercy and media personality Blake Williams took on MC duties for the sold-out Awards ceremony at Fremantle live-music venue Freo.Social, with audiences tuning in online for the live-streamed event. The evening also saw live performances from award winners Sydnee Cartner and Detour, plus nominees Chaos Divine and local tunes from RTRFM’s Homegrown DJs.
WAM SONG OF THE YEAR 2021 WINNERS!
WINNER Just The Way It Is Siobhan Cotchin
RUNNER-UP Biding Time Timothy Nelson
SECOND RUNNER-UP Left Shoe Detour
ACT BELONG COMMIT
Presented by Act Belong Commit | Studio Sponsor Lolly Box Music
WINNER Always Was Always Will Be Natasha Eldridge
Loud Jordan Anthony, Are You Ok? Kelea, Cactus King Brown, Everglow PINSTRIPE, Grow Sam McGovern
Presented by Clancy’s Fish Pub Fremantle | Studio Sponsor Artisan Music
WINNER Just The Way It Is Siobhan Cotchin
Devils Curse Helen Townsend & Belle Harvey, Peaceful Kind of Love Jimmy McGrath, Storm Michael Day, Weeping Willow Mossy Fogg, Darkness In The Light Tracey Barnett
Presented by Country Music Club of Boyup Brook | Studio Sponsor Shanghai Twang Studios
WINNER Ngany Koorlangka (My Kid) Cyndy Moody/Phil Bartlett – Ngaalang Moort
Old Man On The Hill Al Mac, Charlotte Avenue Brandon Poletti, The Right Reasons Carla Geneve, Attention Claudia Tripp, Some Things Don’t Last a Very Long Time Jack Davies and The Bush Chooks
Presented by Freo.Social | Studio Sponsor Fremantle Recording Studios
WINNER Coppola (feat. Marksman Lloyd) Maver
Kind Regards Drew Mayhills, Highs Lows Fourth State Turiya, For Phil My Brother Fran, IIX House of Commons, The Protest Sonic Reflection
Presented by RTRFM 92.1 | Studio Sponsor Pavement Studios
WINNER Coodamurup Jean-Michel Maujean
Morning Call Furchick, I’m Gonna Kill You But I’m Gonna Take My Time House of Commons, Hela Kuti Injured Ninja, The Call samarobryn, Ashes to Oceans Matt Tondut
Presented by The Poster Girls | Studio Sponsor Tone City Recording Studio
WINNER Biding Time Timothy Nelson
The Right Reasons Carla Geneve, It Goes For Miles Helen Shanahan, Loving You’s Like a Mouldy Cup of Tea Jack Davies and The Bush Chooks, Clocks Kris Nelson, Wadandi Boodja The Nomadics
Presented by Lyric’s Underground | Studio Sponsor Soundbaker
WINNER Grid Wasteland, Sydnee Carter
Whole Anna Schneider, In The Fire Coterie, Out Of The Blue Ella Gilbert, A Pane Of Glass No Charisma, Your House Timothy Nelson
Presented by Spotify | Studio Sponsor Real2Reel / James Newhouse
WINNER Afterglow Brayden Sibbald
Good Faith Intrusion, Justify My Shadow and I, Everglow PINSTRIPE, Indigenous People Rocky Ridge Band, Fever Dreams Technicolor Dream Machine
Presented by Rosemount Hotel | Studio Sponsor Blondel Recording Studios
WINNER Bloke RATSALAD
Love Hate Cryot Girl, What Moral Compass Desert Dogs, We’re Just Blood Electric State, It Gets Worse Pat Chow, Cracks Sly Withers
Presented by Badlands Bar | Studio Sponsor Debaser Studios
WINNER It Gets Worse Pat Chow
I Wanna Know Big Orange, The Fair-Weather Friend Blues Siobhan Cotchin, Phone The Psychotic Reactions, Baanigarr The Struggling Kings, Skeleton Song Triangle Fight
SCHOOLS 14 & UNDER
Presented by Perfect Pitch Publishing | Studio Sponsor Vision Studios
WINNER Old Land’s Tale Angelina Curtis
Surely Bailey Perrie, Knock Knock Connor Perrie, Take my Heart SubZero, Ghost Tex Holmes, WOAH Vahsoong
Presented by Mega Music | Studio Sponsor John Butler Studio
WINNER Left Shoe Detour
Big White Lies Ani, Moving On Castle Hughes, The Time Machine Song Farraday’s Cage, Drop Dead Gorgeous ORCA, Away Patio Living
Presented by XVinylX / Vinyl Café | Studio Sponsor Blackbird Sound Studio
WINNER Warri Yungu, Warri Baba Warralgurniya
Locked Up Dr Cuz and Friends, Jesus Gav Brown, Standing Strong Randa And The Soul Kingdom, We Got It Wrong SKELTON, These 4 Walls VERONIKA
Presented by Kosmic | Studio Sponsor Sumo Sound Studios
WINNER Hunter The Harvest Trail
Put It To Rest Car Park Social, No Saviour (Rise & Fall) Chaos Divine, Suffer Slow KIMURA, Freeworld Psytopia, Gravy RATSALAD
HIP HOP/NEW R&B
Presented by Sorrento Strategic Music | Studio Sponsor Forest Studios
WINNER Darling Adrian Dzvuke
Right to Censor Bluntfield, Out Of The Blue Ella Gilbert, LadyBird Mali Jo$e, Till Dawn nxlly, Mother God Racka Chachi
Presented by Alex Hotel | Studio Sponsor Tunafish Recording Company
WINNER Cantuta Daniel Susnjar
Stranded Brodie Stewart, Uber-Fugue Harry Mitchell, Song For A Better Day Jayden Blockley, The Funk You See John Pin, Ebor Zac Grafton
Presented by Nannup Music Festival | Studio Sponsor Poons Head Studios
WINNER Malu Mabu Liyan Matalja
Wet Season Main River Band, Youngest OG Sarmec, Baanigarr The Struggling Kings, Ngaalija Yangoogoo Yaanaa (Come Let’s Walk Together) Theona Councillor, Warri Yungu, Warri Baba Warralgurniya
WAM RECOGNISES THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF OUR SONG OF THE YEAR PARTNERS AND SPONSORS.
Alex Hotel, Debaser Studio, Firestarter Music, Mega Music, Perfect Pitch Publishing, @placeorpoint, RTRFM, Spotify, The Poster Girls, XVinylX and Vinyl Café
Artisan Music, Blackbird Sound Studio, Blondel Recording Studios, Debaser Studio, Forest Studios, Fremantle Recording Studios, John Butler Studio, Lolly Box Music, Pavement Studios, Poons Head Studios, Real2Reel/James Newhouse, Shanghai Twang Studios, Soundbaker, Sumo Sound Studios, Tone City Recording Studio, Tunafish Recording Company, Vision Studios