MusicNT’s has announced the Northern territory’s ‘Song of the Year’ finalists, with the winners set to be announced at the awards ceremony on July 8th at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory Amphitheatre.
Showing off the talents often hidden away in one of the more remote corners of the country, the awards are judged by a panel of industry experts, picking winners from an array of genres and even picking the best track for Northern territory tourism.
“Thanks to the judges for their work narrowing down over 350 entries to this year’s finalists,” said MusicNT’s Executive Director, Mark Smith. “The judges comments reflected how much the standard has grown over the last few years and the successful tracks reflect what is so good about the NT music scene.
Giving the judges a short break is the People’s Choice Award, for which voting has just opened – head here to get your vote in before 4pm on July 3rd.
The full list of nominees can be found below, ranging from icons like Gurrumul to new talent including Dhapanbal Yunupingu (daughter of Yothu Yindi’s Dr Yunupingu), soul singer and Briggs collaborator Caiti Baker, and the band who’ve been picked to support Queens of the Stone Age on their Splendour sideshow in Darwin, Lonely Boys.
2017 MusicNT Song of the Year nominees
Arrow Holder – Dylan Podsiadly, Paul Brandis, Zac East, Jay Wright, Jaxon De Santis | At the Dakota
Drop It Down – Ambrose Daniels, Kasley Daniels, Bert Rami | Lonely Boys
Lonely Boys Anthem – Ambrose Daniels, Kasley Daniels, Bert Rami | Lonely Boys
Say You Want To – Stuart Higlett, Lachlan Parsons, Kieran Parsons, Ben Rogers | Pole Top Rescue
Crying Song – Dhapanbal Yunupingu
Make Your Own Mistakes -Caiti Baker
Sittin’ Pretty -Rachel Younger | Rachel Rachel
The Sea Has Risen -Sam Carmody
Compass -David Yunupingu, Charlie Yunupingu | Saltwater Band
Ngabaju (Grandmothers Song) -Eleanor Dixon, Janey Dixon, Beatrice Lewis, Marc Peckham | Kardajala Kirridarra
Ngurra (Rain Song) -Eleanor Dixon, Janey Dixon, Beatrice Lewis, Marc Peckham | Kardajala Kirridarra
Something Left to Lose – Adam Scriven
Action Is My Word – Tristrum Watkins, Corinna Hall, Galen Cole | KnD
Cloud9 Ft. Kian – Danzal Baker, Kian Brownfield, Tobias Fakahi | Baker Boy
Moleskin – James Shakeshaft, Hugh Winterflood | Skank & Shake
Not Givin’ it Up – Atom Abdalla | Black Bird
TourismNT Territory Song
Desert Highway – Jonathan Lindsey Tjapaltjarri Hermawan, Dion Forrester | Apakatjah
Early Morning – Adam Scriven
Northern Residential – Huu Loc Nguyen | Col Infinity
Open Road – Tom E Lewis
Blues & Roots
Can’t Change Your Name – Tom E Lewis
Deep Dark Down – Xavia Nou | Ms Xavia
Heavy On My Heart – Caiti Baker, James Mangohig | Caiti Baker
I Can’t Make It On My Own – Tom E Lewis
Kakadu – Dhapanbal Yunupingu
Mari Wurrapa (Lady Whale) – Dhapanbal Yunupingu
Winter In Darwin -Kimberley Koole | Kim Koole
Yurra Rockhole – Ronald Morton | Central Desert Band
Generation Like – Callum Munro, Craig Ninness, Sam Washusen, Shane Jovanovic | Clever Monkey
Revelations – Dale Gladigau | Rigour Marauders
Thanks For The Day – Ashley McDonell, Tom Birch, Alan Dyer, Sam Hill | BADMATHS
Thumbtack – Callum Munro, Craig Ninness, Sam Washusen, Shane Jovanovic | Clever Monkey
Electronic / Dance
A Baru In New York (Yolanda Be Cool Remix) – Geoffery Gurrumul Yunupingu, Matthew Handley, Andrew Stanley | Skinnyfish Sound System
Gold – Paul Brandis, Dylan Podsiadly, Ben Allen | The Rowing Club
Steer Into the Storm – Ermin Nurovic | Pulzanti
Those Moments – Ermin Nurovic | Pulzanti
Castaway – Phoebe Wear
Infinity – Serina Pech
Kevin – Serina Pech
Leader – Felise Naufahu | JUICE C.A.