ISC 2019ISCSemiFinalist

A few months ago ReverbNation gave me the opportunity to submit a song to the people organising the annual ‘International Song Contest’ in Nashville. I forgot all about it until the news that my number, ‘Devil’s Kiss’ – a ballad featuring the unique Fifi Rong sharing the vocals with me – had been accepted.

Yesterday, I got advised;

Hi George,


A song that you entered has been selected as a semi-finalist in the 2019 International Songwriting Competition (ISC). We received more than 18,000 entries, so this is a remarkable achievement!

I’ve been told it will be another two weeks or so before I know if I’ve made the finals – that’s left me in ‘I live in hope’ mode. There’s a lot of awards and rewards to be had for those who reach the top of the pile. Also, there’s a whole mass of judges including my favourite band of all time, Coldplay. Time will tell!

Some of you may have heard the song before, some not. Here it is along with the lyrics if you want to sing along. I hope you enjoy;

Devil’s Kiss
You ask the questions I hide from
I write the songs you won’t hear
Leave now in the company of egos
Stay safe where dreamers get to dream

Daylight, midnight, twilight’s just the Devil’s Kiss
Moonlight, sunlight, twilight’s just the Devil’s Kiss
Don’t let the panic start to build
Start to build

You’ve been up on that mountain
Seething – no one left breathing
Don’t let me fade into despair

Daylight, midnight, twilight’s just the Devil’s Kiss
Moonlight, sunlight, twilight’s just the Devil’s Kiss
Moonlight, sunlight, twilight’s just the Devil’s Kiss

I hate photos of me. At times like this the obligatory mug shots shared across this and other platforms I’m told are advisable – accepting that that might not work in my favour! ‘Gulp’ mode!



As ever, if any poets out there are interested in having your poems turned into songs then click here to check it out: POETRY TO SONG

If you are looking for all my other music then you’ll find it to download on BANDCAMP or you can stream and/or make a playlist of it on SPOTIFY

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  1. Congratulations, I have to add that it would be kind of weird if you´re playing-singing in front of a crowd and nobody sees you, so I guess that the photos are necessary for your profession, plus your a hottie come on. Anyways George, hope to see you soon here in Spain. I specially liked the beggining, the first four sentences. Right to the jugular

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    1. Thanks, Christy B. I remember that you were the very first WP blogger to buy my album download on Bandcamp + you ‘followed’ me there (not many do!). I’ll remember you forever and thanks again ~ fingers-crossed, George

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  2. Hey hey, congrats! I know I’m ridiculously behind, but it’s lovely to hear you achieved such a high point in the competition. Obviously the comp’s over now, but I’m looking forward to hearing more in the future posts. Well-earned, George, and certainly something to be proud of xxxxxxxxx

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    1. Thanks. I entered this song because I thought there would be only a few ballads. That bit worked out OK, but a ballad was never going to be the winner – I did get very close though ~ George


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