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Published on May 3rd, 2021 | by Gerry Galipault

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Smith & Thell and Peter Kvint are ISC grand-prize winners

“Goliath” is a giant winning song, and the judges in the International Songwriting Competition agree.

Swedish folk-pop duo Smith & Thell (Maria Jane Smith and Victor Thell) and producer Peter Kvint were awarded the Grand Prize in the 2020 contest for their co-written “Goliath,” which was released internationally on Feb. 5 via Arista Records.

For the winning combination, the three receive $25,000 in cash and more than $40,000 in additional merchandise and services.

“We’ve always written about our real stories and our real-life history. It’s always beautiful to be acknowledged for telling your own, real-life story,” Smith & Thell said in a statement. “‘Goliath’ is about facing your fears and learning that no challenge is too big to handle. It’s an honor to hear that the message of the song reached through to the jury and to win this prestigious award especially during these challenging times.”

The big-sounding “Goliath” impressed the panel of music industry movers and shakers, which included Coldplay, Dua Lipa, Bebe Rexha, Nancy Wilson, Linkin Park, American Authors, Tom Waits, Trevor Daniel, Cam, Dave Koz, Camila, etc., as well as several label executives.

Past ISC winners include Vance Joy, Bastille, Fantastic Negrito, R.LUM.R, Gotye, Lindsey Stirling, Kimbra, Dustin Lynch, Faouzia, The Band Perry, Kehlani, Gregory Porter, Passenger, Gin Wigmore, Missy Higgins, for KING & COUNTRY and many more.

“Goliath” has already been a smash in Sweden, where it topped the radio charts and the trio won a Swedish Grammis Award for Songwriter of the Year.

For a complete list of ISC 2020 winners, visit https://www.songwritingcompetition.com/winners.

Entries are now open for ISC 2021. In honor of ISC’s upcoming 20th anniversary, entries are only $20 for a limited time. This marks the lowest entry fee in ISC this year.

(Pauseandplay.com is a media partner of the ISC.)

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