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

Rock

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

Pop

Crying Song – Dhapanbal Yunupingu

Make Your Own Mistakes -Caiti Baker

Sittin’ Pretty -Rachel Younger | Rachel Rachel

The Sea Has Risen -Sam Carmody

Folk

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

Urban/ Hip-hop

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

Country

Kakadu – Dhapanbal Yunupingu

Mari Wurrapa (Lady Whale) – Dhapanbal Yunupingu

Winter In Darwin -Kimberley Koole | Kim Koole

Yurra Rockhole – Ronald Morton | Central Desert Band

Heavy

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

Youth

Castaway – Phoebe Wear

Infinity – Serina Pech

Kevin – Serina Pech

Leader – Felise Naufahu | JUICE C.A.