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Halifax singer Mo Kenney wins 2013 SOCAN Songwriting Prize

Mo Kenney.
Mo Kenney. Handout

TORONTO — Nova Scotia singer-songwriter Mo Kenney has won the 2013 SOCAN Songwriting Prize for her track “Sucker.”

The 22-year-old Halifax-based artist receives $5,000, a Gibson Les Paul Studio guitar and $3,000 worth of Roland products.

“I wrote ‘Sucker’ in my first apartment in Halifax after getting dumped,” said Kenney, in a press release. “I never dreamed back then that I’d win a prize for it.”

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Kenney’s song earned the most online votes after being nominated by a panel of Canadian music experts. “Sucker” beat out songs by Maylee Todd, Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland, Megan James and Corin Roddick, and Tamara Hope and Steven Lambke.

The winner in the French category was Keith Kouna of Quebec City for his song “Batiscan.”

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SOCAN represents more than 115,000 songwriters and composers.

Grant Lawrence, a SOCAN Songwriting Prize panelist, said Kenney deserves the win.

“She is a brilliant up-and-coming songwriter whose strong, mature voice and amazing knack for melody defy her young age,” Lawrence noted.