Songwriting Competition – Judging Panel

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Hugh McDonald>> (dec) was one of Australia’s most enduring and successful musicians. He is a singer and virtuoso multi-instrumentalist who toured the world as a member of Redgum – one of Australia’s most significant bands.

Lisa Crawley>> With a back catalogue that boasts two albums and three EPs, coupled with countless collaborations, tours, television appearances and acclaimed music-based projects, Lisa Crawley has well and truly earned her reputation as one of Australasia’s most well-respected musicians.

Mal Webb>> is a vocal adventurer, multi-instrumentalist and looping beatboxing songwriter, composer and teacher. Well know for such vocal techniques as sideways yodelling and beatbox. A founding member of the Oxo Cubans, Sock and Totally Gourdgeous, a frequent member of Formidable Vegetable Sound System, and as himself, Mal tours worldwide being a festival floozy (of the musical variety, of course). He did all the music for Wogs Out of Work and the TV shows “Woodley” and “The Adventures of Lano and Woodley”, as well soundtracks for many an ad and theatre show. He played mbira and sang “Eagle Rock” with Ross Wilson on John Safran’s Music Jamboree on SBS and has done a few spots on Spicks and Specks (ABCTV).

Jude Perl>> is a singer slash songwriter slash comedian slash piano player slash another thing, who has an irrational fear of punctuation marks not being written out as words. She was born in Texas (probably the same hospital as Matthew McConaughey, sorry not sorry for name dropping) but grew up in Melbourne, which is very similar to Texas, in that it’s not at all similar to Texas.

She has been described as “a mix between Tim Minchin and Katy Perry” (Plus Ones). Anyway to find out much much more about the zany Jude Perl, head over to the about section of her web page>>

James Blundell>> There are many terms people use when describing James Blundell>>. Icon. Legend. Controversial. Rebel. The truth is James Blundell is all of these things. He is unashamedly honest and comfortable in his own skin. He radiates an enthusiasm for everything that life has to offer and it’s this authenticity that makes him one of the most instantly likeable and recognisable artists in Australian music.

Robbie Greig>> is a Melbourne singer-songwriter who has received awards for his work from the Australia Council, the Australian Songwriters Association, Eltham Arts Council, Leader Newspapers and 3RRR. His song Al Saunders’ Garage has been an ABC Radio staple, and his Wurundjeri Sorry Song played frequently on 3CR and Koori stations around Victoria. He has had his compositions used in films, theatre and dance productions. He has recorded 11 albums of original material, ranging from folk to reggae to jazz-rock to blues, and featured on several compilation CDs.

Raleigh Williams>> Years of experience performing both in Australia and internationally (Italy, Turkey, France), as well as studying with some of the world’s finest vocal coaches, has delivered Raleigh Williams a standing reputation as one of Melbourne’s best session singers, featuring in genres as diverse as world music, urban, country, jazz, pop and soul.

Aside from fronting her own original project ‘RALEIGH’, featuring soul-funk-pop flavours and pop vocals, Raleigh leads French music ensemble ‘La Nuit Blanche’, covering contemporary and traditional French and French-inspired material in Melbourne and nation-wide. Raleigh also sings in world-music outfit Amanaska, the brainchild of pianist Simon Lewis. Amanaska also tours locally and nationally in schools working with Musica Viva Australia creating an exciting new music-in-schools program using multimedia and cross-cultural elements in the ensemble.

Most recently, Raleigh wrote and recorded with Amanaska a French translation of his popular Buddha Bar-featured track, ‘Sleep’, now available on iTunes.

Greg Champion>> came to notice in the 80s on ABC radio with the song I Made a 100 In The Backyard At Mum’s. Now he’s released around 30 CDs, and won one or two gongs in the VMI category: ‘Vaguely Minor Identity’. Champs has been a member of national ABC radio programme The Coodabeen Champions for 34 years. Greg grew up in the Hectorville Home For The Visually Unpleasant, and nowadays does guest speaking, where he’s classified as a De-Motivational Speaker. A three time runner-up in the Australian Underachiever Awards, Champs has no criminal record.

Tali White has been writing, recording and performing songs since the early nineties with (now disbanded) indie-pop group “the Lucksmiths” and the rarely seen but beloved band “the Guild League”.

Ava Sojo