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Irish musician wins international songwriting award

The competition was judged by the likes of Tom Waits.

Source: Jack O Rourke/YouTube

IRISH MUSICIAN JACK O’Rourke has won an international songwriting award for a song released in support of marriage equality.

His track Silence won first place in the ‘lyrics only’ section of the Nashville-based International Songwriting Competition.

Judges include Tom Waits, Bill Withers and Kesha. Cork-based O’Rourke said of his reaction to the win that “over the moon is an understatement”.

The organisers of the award said that the “ISC has the most prestigious panel of judges of all the songwriting and music contests in the world, offering exposure and the opportunity to have your songs heard by the most influential decision-makers in the music industry.”

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There were thousands of entries from across the world, making O’Rourke‘s win a special one. He also won smaller awards for his songs I’ll Forget You in the Morning and Shining for You.

The prizes include a cash award for the overall winner, and a range of musical equipment and subscriptions for the other winners.

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