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Faouzia wins another international songwriting award

The Valley Leader

Carman-based singing sensation Faouzia recently won first place in the International Songwriting Competition’s Teen category for her single “Knock On My Door.” The awards were announced in mid-April. (SUPPLIED PHOTO)

Carman-based singing sensation Faouzia recently won first place in the International Songwriting Competition’s Teen category for her single “Knock On My Door.” The awards were announced in mid-April. (SUPPLIED PHOTO)

Carman Collegiate student Faouzia Ouihya has won yet another international songwriting honour. The seventeen-year-old recently won first place in the teen category of the U.S.-based International Songwriting Competition (ISC) for her single “Knock On My Door.”

Created in 2002, ISC is widely recognized as the most prestigious and respected songwriting competition in the world and receives more than 16,000 entries from almost 140 countries.

Over the years ISC winners have included: Vance Joy, Bastille, Passenger, Kate Miller-Heidke, Lindsey Stirling, Gotye, The Band Perry, Kasey Chambers, Lupe Fiasco, Rachel Bloom, Gin Wigmore, Kimbra, Gregory Porter, Kehlani, For King & Country, and many more.

Faouzia made history last year when she and Winnipeg artist Matt Epp won the ISC’s grand prize for their duet “The Sound.” They were the first Canadians ever to gain the contest’s top spot.

And with this year’s win, Faouzia helped make ISC history again.

“This marks the first time in the competition’s history that Canadian songwriters have scored four First Places in categories,” said Candace Avery, ISC Founder and Director. “It takes a lot of dedication and hard work to write great songs, and ISC is honored to throw the spotlight on these talented Canadian songwriters and their achievements.”

The competition describes Faouzia as a young artist who is wowing audiences and industry alike with her contemporary pop hooks and heart-wrenching lyrics, not to mention a voice that is truly distinctive with a huge range, taking on subtle trills and stylings.