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Local STL songwriter wins in international competition

The International Songwriters Competition (ISC) has recently released a list of its 2013 winners. Many musicians were represented a wide range of categories and a Saint Louis talent managed to win in one of them.

Third place in the teen category of the 2013 ISC awards went to songwriter Lily Ibur for her song “Chase The Moon”. The winning song can be heard in full at the ISC website linked above.

Lily Ibur is one half of the music duo Bella & Lily. The Saint Louis sisters recently released a Kickstarter backed EP, titled “Count To Ten”. Singles from the EP have been enjoying significant play on college radio stations across the United States.

The news was announced on the Bella & Lily Facebook page May 6. As of posting, the Facebook page has garnered likes from nearly fifty fans.

Missouri was also represented in the country category. Brad Cunningham from Columbia, MO, won second place for the song “Wings”, which is also playable at the ISC site. Only a total of two Missouri artists made it onto the 2013 winners list.

The overall grand prize for the International Songwriters Competition went to Japanese jazz trumpeter Shunzo Ohno. His winning song, “Musashi”, was inspired by the historical samurai of the same name.

The International Songwriting Competition is a yearly song contest that highlights the world's most talented songwriters from across all genres. Possible winners are judged on a variety of criteria, including song arrangement, overall melody, and the creativity of the lyrics submitted.

Bella & Lily's current discography can be accessed at their website, where their EP is currently streaming for free play. The duo's next live show is in the Duck Room at Blueberry Hill this Friday evening. Their opening act will be Flying House, a multi-genre musical act formed by James Ibur and made up of veteran Saint Louis band members from the nineties.

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