Independent Music Awards win

Shameem’s latest EP Time Does Not Reverse has won the (international) Independent Music Awards, Urban EP category! This is the second win of an international competition for this recording.

A suite of songwriting nominations

A number of prestigious international songwriting competitions have nominated various tracks from Shameem’s latest EP, Time Does Not Reverse. This is in addition to Shameem’s recent grand prize win of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest with the track Pass It On.

1) The Independent Music Awards has nominated Time Does Not Reverse as a finalist in its Urban EP category. The final winners for this competition are yet to be announced.

2) The UK Songwriting Contest has nominated I Love You, But and Just A Show in the finals of the RnB / Urban and Adult Contemporary categories respectively. This means that these tracks were in the top 1-2% of entries from all around the world in their categories. Additionally, Pass It On and Moderation were named in the semi-finals, which means that all four tracks of the Time Does Not Reverse EP were nominated in this competition!

3) The USA Songwriting Competition has nominated Moderation as the finals of its R&B category.

This means that, while the Time Does Not Reverse EP has remained unsung in any songwriting competition in Shameem’s home of Australia, all four of its tracks as well as the EP itself have either won or been recognised as finalists in one of four different international competitions.

Recognition in Australian Songwriting Contest

asai_logoShameem is honoured to have been recognised in the Australian Songwriting Contest, with “Beautiful Soul” taking fourth place in the Contemporary Pop/ Dance category and “I Give Thanks” being nominated in the Top 30 of the Spiritual category.

Independent Music Awards finalist!

IMA-Nominee-LogoShameem has been nominated for the Independent Music Awards! The nominations in more than 80 Album, Song, Music Video and Design categories were culled from thousands of submissions from North America, South America, Asia, Africa, Australia, Greenland and Europe. Shameem’s track “Back To The Ground” has been nominated in the R&B/ Soul Song category.

Winners will be determined by a panel of influential artist and industry judges including Tom Waits, Ziggy Marley, Meshell Ndegeocello, McCoy Tyner, John Medeski & Chris Wood (Medeski, Martin & Wood) and Raul Midon. In addition to this industry-determined judging process, you can help Shameem to become a fan-selected IMA winner by voting here before Friday July 19!!


Australian Songwriting Competition

Great news! Shameem’s track “Boy” has made it to the Top 25 of the Australian Songwriting Contest in the Contemporary Pop Dance category.

The Australian Songwriting Contest began in 1979, and is Australia’s longest running national songwriting contest for professional and amateur songwriters. Songs are judged by music industry experts on originality and craftsmanship, and must be original and unpublished at the time of entry (i.e. the song must not be signed to a publishing company).

Vote for Shameem in the Musicoz Awards!

The National Musicoz Awards are billed in the media as the ARIA’s for independent artists. The recognition and exposure that they have given to the winning unsigned artists has heralded such success stories as The Jezabels, Art Vs Science, Bliss’n’Eso and Blue King Brown. Help Shameem win the People’s Choice category by clicking on the link below and scrolling down to place your vote – you can vote once a day, EVERY day until May 14th!

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Shortlisted for West Coast Blues ‘n’ Roots Festival 2011

The band has been shortlisted for West Coast Blues ‘n’ Roots Festival 2011! Eight selected Perth bands (including ourselves) will battle it out in the Breakthrough to Blues ‘n’ Roots Competition to win a performing spot at this amazing music event, which is headlined by none other than Bob Dylan himself. Please come to our heat at Clancy’s in Fremantle on Thursday March 10th to cheer us on!


“”Undertones” has been nominated for a WAM Song of the Year award in the urban category… I’ll be going to an awards night in mid-October to see if it wins! Congratulations to the other artists in the Soulaverse collective who also made the finals in the urban category: The Brow and NDORSE & Rezide. VOTE for “Undertones” as your favourite song in the WAM finals at Perth Now.

Generations in Jazz

BLOG ENTRY 18/05/10

I’ve been away! Spent a weekend in Mt  Gambier participating in the finals for the James Morrison Generations in Jazz Vocal Scholarship. It was awesome to be back in Mt Gambier (having participated in last years’ finals too) and so amazing to meet the other finalists – all these talented young musicians not unlike myself, but so diverse at the same time. Sorry fans, no win, but I’m very happy to say that the competition was stiff and that the winner (one Kate Kelsey-Sugg) was very deserving. A highlight was being able to rub shoulders and play with such fantastic Australian musicians as Phil Stack (of Thirsty Merc), James Muller, Emma Pask, Graeme Lyall, The Idea of North and of course, the man himself, James Morrison. This guy is so generous – after a full weekend of adjudicating not only the finalists for the vocal AND instrumental scholarships, as well as adjudicating division one of the National Stage Band Competition; at our celebration dinner on the last night, instead of sitting back and enjoying the good food and wine, he takes all 12 finalists into an adjoining room, one by one, and gives us all individual feedback plus a chat about music and life in general. What a champ… it’s good to know that the big people still care about the little people.

Checking out Mt Gambier's famous Blue Lake.