Los Angeles, CA (September 5, 2014)—Riptide Music Group artist Helen Austin has been named co-winner of the 2014 John Lennon Songwriting Contest’s Song of the Year.
Austin won the contest along with her colleague Paul Otten for having co-written the song “Colour It.” As Song of the Year winners, Austin and Otten won $ 20,000 in cash, in addition to prizes from SSL, Avid, Mackie and Digital Media Academy. “Colour It” was selected to win this year’s top prize by the John Lennon Songwriting Contest’s executive judges, who included Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas, Natasha Bedingfield, George Clinton, Prince Royce, Bootsy Collins, Sean Paul and others.
The duo received other prizes during 2013 after having won last year’s Lennon Award and the Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest’s Children’s category.
Earlier this year, Riptide Music Group, a global publishing administration company with services that include the worldwide synchronization of music for advertising, movie trailers, television, film and videogames, placed an original song by Austin, entitled “Little Things,” in a national TV commercial for Dawn Soap.
Originally from the UK and now living on Vancouver Island in Canada, Austin met Ohio-based Paul Otten while they both appeared on a songwriting conference panel. Austin and Otten co-wrote and produced the title track of Austin’s 2014 JUNO Award-winning album, Colour It, which also won a 2014 Award from the International Songwriting Competition (ISC). This collaboration spawned their new project, Big Little Lions, which also won the ISC Award.
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