Kimbra Johnson was won the 2011 Vanda and Young Songwriting Content.
Melbourne based, New Zealand born Kimbra Johnson won the award for her song ‘Cameo Lover’, ahead of 4000 other entrants.
The award, presented by APRA/AMCOS and Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia, is named after two of Australia’s greatest songwriters Harry Vanda and George Young from The Easybeats and Flash & The Pan.
George is the brother of Malcolm and Angus Young from AC/DC. Vanda & Young produced the Bon Scott era AC/DC albums including songs ‘It's a Long Way To The Top’, ‘Jailbreak’ and ‘Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap’.
In a statement Kimbra says, “Thanks to APRA|AMCOS, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia, sponsors and the judges for the honour of receiving first prize, it’s a great gift being able to write and share songs and even more amazing to be recognised this early on in my career. You never imagine where a song can lead when you write it, it's awesome to have the hard work that went into Cameo Lover acknowledged at this level.”
Second prize went to Catherine Britt for ‘Sweet Emmylou’ and Gotye for ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’.
VIDEO: Kimbra performs for uSessions:
VIDEO: Catherine Britt performs for uSessions: