Cameo Contest Win

Hamilton-born singer Kimbra has won the AU$5, 211 Vanda and Young Songwriting Contest, receiving the honour for her song Cameo Lover ahead of 4 other entries. Now based in Melbourne, Kimbra — real name Kimbra Johnson — said the award was a great way to be recognised for her songwriting so early in her career. “You never imagine where a song can lead when you write it,” Kimbra said. “It’s awesome to have the hard work that went into Cameo Lover acknowledged at this level.” As part of the prize she will travel to London to record with some of the industry’s top producers. She also receives a television advertising slot, studio time in Australia and a Les Paul electric guitar. In June, Kimbra signed a worldwide deal with Warner Bros. Records.

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