The 2021 edition of the Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition just had its deadline extended to October 22, and with official music credit gurus Jaxsta as sponsors, former winner Gretta Ray discussed with them of his journey with the competition from the beginning. , and up to fame.
With the deadline now extended to October 22 and the latest Jaxsta sponsors joining the team, there has never been a better time to enter the Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition. 2016 winner Gretta Ray chatted with Rod Yates of Jaxsta about her rise in the music business and can’t wait to see others follow her path and become the next global name in the music world.
Working towards her dreams since she was a child, Gretta Ray now has two EPs, an album and a good chunk of singles in her arsenal, and has amassed millions upon millions of streams through Spotify.
Want to try your skills for Vanda & Young as well as Gretta Ray? Simply go to the competition online portal, upload the song you want to enter into the contest, and attach a digital photo of yourself and a brief bio, and you could be the next big star in the world.
Check out 2016 Vanda & Young winner Gretta Ray chatting with Jaxsta:
Thus, as for the competition itself, it welcomes musicians at all stages of their careers, whatever their age, background, language or the absence of a professional studio. In other words, no matter where you are in the world, or in what language you like to sing, this competition is wide open for you.
As Gretta said about entering the competition, she was in the middle of her grade 12 exams. “It was so ridiculous. I missed a call from Milly from APRA to tell me I had won. I would like to forget about it completely at that point.
Her winning song, “Drive”, began to form around the age of 17: “It came together in the space of my high school music department,” Gretta begins. “I worked there for a few months.
“I think ‘Drive’ was a bit like, in a way, a patchwork of ideas that I had accumulated over the past two years,” it came from his brainstorming on the Melbourne trams or even in the ‘school. Conceptually, it’s oddly a song that celebrates unrequited love a bit and just focuses on that feeling of ‘it’s still a wonderful feeling even though it’s all still in your imagination.’
So as long as you’ve got a great song up your sleeve like Gretta Ray, a recording method, and the $ 50 entry fee, then you’re ready for the Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition.
Discover “Drive” by Gretta Ray:
One of the strengths of the Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition is the fact that it offers the biggest cash prize available of any songwriting contest with a whopping $ 80,000 spread across 14 winners. , with the first winner receiving $ 50,000.
For Gretta Ray, she remembers that moment fondly: “I called Milly, and the way she [told me I won] it wasn’t “you won the Vanda & Young songwriting contest”, it was “hey Gretta, you just won $ 50,000”. My little 18-year-old brain was telling me “what?”
With exams on the way, Gretta had to wait a few days before heading to Sydney to begin interviews, photoshoots, and speed up her path to stardom straight from high school. She remembers not knowing where to start with her prize money and feeling slightly overwhelmed, especially with comments like “oh, she’s going to have the brightest school kids.” “
Discover “Bigger Than Me” by Gretta Ray:
For Gretta Ray, the importance of winning the Vanda & Young competition cannot be understated, as it gave her the freedom to make her musical journey as she wished: “The security that the prize gave me was that I could really take the time to figure out what I wanted to do next, and how I wanted to present my artist project, which was so important to me.
“It meant that – although there was some interest around the project – I didn’t necessarily have to sign with the first label that was offered to me. […] In fact, I have to think about “okay, what will suit my artist project and who will be the best team for me”.
Thus, with the contest registrations well underway and open to anyone of any background, age, language and country for a simple registration fee of $ 50 which is sent directly to the Music therapy Nordoff-Robbins Australia (Noro) charity to shed light on the benefits of music therapy, there is no better time than now to follow your dreams.
Who knows, you might join Gretta Ray and other Vanda & Young winners like New Zealand pop artist Kimbra, Sydney rockers The Preatures, Melbourne indie-folk band Husky and other favorites like Amy Shark. , Matt Corby & Dann Hume and Thelma Plum in the music business.