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