Carmel Mikol wins John Lennon Song Writing Contest for Folk Music
New Hampshire September 9, 2011- Halifax based Carmel Mikol has been awarded a Grand Prize from the 2011 John Lennon Songwriting Contest (JLSC) in the Folk category. "Twenty Something Girl" is the winning entry from Mikol's sophomore album Creature, released just last month.
The JLSC is an international contest open to both amateur and professional songwriters which allows them to submit entries in any one of twelve categories. Mikol has been named one of the 12 Lennon Award Winners in the first of two award sessions and will now contend for the coveted "Song of the Year."
We reached Carmel on tour in New Hampshire to get her reaction. Needless to say, she’s thrilled. You can hear our interview below.
Past winners of the award include Ben Sures in 2005 and David Francy in 2010. The album was recorded at Cape Breton’s LakeWind Studios. Madison Violet were 2009 Song of the Year winners.
Creature has received an overwhelmingly positive response since it's August 9 release on Sound of Pop/Fontana Records. The album is uniquely accompanied by a companion book of poetry and prose titled "Creature of Habit", which gives fans a deeper look into the artistic context of Creature - both are available for preview and purchase at carmelmikol.com.
A triple East Coast Music Award nominee in 2011, Mikol's career as a musician and songwriter has been met with acclaim for a number of years. And this prolific writer is no stranger to awards, having taken home both Great American Song Contest and International Singer Songwriter Awards in 2010.