Newcastle-bred songwriter Morgan Evans has been named in the Top 40 shortlist for the 2019 Vanda and Young Global Songwriting Competition.
Morgan’s ballad Dance With Me, from his 2018 album Things We Drink To, was named among tracks by the likes of The Veronicas, Clare Bowditch, The Presets, Far East Movement, Odette and Ruel.
The track itself is a lilting modern country love ballad made even sweeter by the fact that Morgan’s wife Kelsea Ballerini lends her talents to the tune.
Speaking to US station ABC News Radio in 2018, Morgan admitted that Dance With Me was the first song he wrote for Kelsea.
“That was something that we were pretty protective of doing,” he told the station about recording the track. “Like all the steps, I guess, in a relationship…we knew singing together would be really special, so we wanted to wait ’til a special occasion.”
Four top winners will be announced in July and they will be vying for the first-place prize of $50,000.
Two runners-up cash prizes are also on offer with second place receiving $10,000, and third place taking home $5,000, and best ‘Unpublished’ work will be awarded $5,000.
The competition, named after iconic songwriters and founding members of The Easybeats, Harry Vanda and the late George Young, raises money for the not-for-profit Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia.
Brisbane songstress Amy Shark took out the top prize in 2018 with her track Adore.
Morgan, who now calls Nashville home, will be back in town this week for a special sold-out performance at the Lucky Hotel as part of Southern Cross Austereo’s annual fundraising drive, Give Me 5 For Kids,
If you didn’t manage to nab a ticket, you can catch Morgan at the Enmore Theatre in Sydney on Thursday 17 October. But hurry because tickets for his second Enmore show the following night have already sold out.