Wednesday 20 March 2019

RTE, Jacob’s begin search for talented songwriters

THE search is on yet again to find the most talented songwriter in Ireland as part of the 23rd RTE 2fm/Jacob’s Song Contest 2005.

THE search is on yet again to find the most talented songwriter in Ireland as part of the 23rd RTE 2fm/Jacob’s Song Contest 2005.

The unique competition gives songwriters the opportunity to enter with their own work and for musicians to perform live on both RTÉ 2fm and RTÉ Television.

This contest has proved to be a starting point for many of the nation’s musical talents with past winners including Naimee Coleman (1994), David Geraghty (1995) – who is currently involved with the successful band, Bell X1 – and Laura Isibor (2003), who is making her new album in America and has been signed to Jive who are associated with pop icons, Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears.

Contestants all over the country aged 20 or under are invited to write their own song, both the lyrics and the music, and send it to RTÉ 2fm either on cassette tape, mini disc or CD.

Hundreds of contestants enter this competition every year with the final selection being whittled down to just ten songs.

Application forms are available by calling 01-208 3461 or email including your name, age, address and telephone number.

Closing date for all entries is Friday, December 3.

Judges on this year’s panel include: Justin Green from MCD, Cormac Battle from RTÉ 2fm, Ritchie Taylor from The Sun, Roisin Murphy of BMG Records, singer/presenter Flo McSweeney, journalist Bairbre Power, Eddie Rowley of The Sunday World and the chairperson will be the legendary, Larry Gogan.

Well-known RTÉ 2fm presenter, Gerry Ryan is the compere for the grand finale taking place in Vicar Street on Friday, February 18.

This year’s winner will receive ?8,000 worth of Yamaha musical or recording equipment.

The second and third prize winners will walk away with Yamaha vouchers valued at ?4,000 and ?2,000.

Speaking about the competition, Kevin Hough, Executive Director of the RTÉ 2fm/Jacob’s Song Contest said: ‘I am very pleased this contest is still running 23 years on, and from what started as a small competition back in my Poparama days, it is now producing talented, young songwriters many of whom will enter this business professionally.’

Moving the contest from RTÉ headquarters into the city centre has also enhanced the competition and giving the contestants a chance to perform in Vicar Street where many big names have worked is a huge plus.

They also get to sing with some of the top session musicians in Ireland.