We reported last month that Reverb's John Roderick and songwriting partner Kathleen Edwards (aka Justin Vernon's ex-girlfriend) had been nominated for a Canadian songwriting award--the ECHO--for their song, "A Soft Place To Land" from Edwards' latest album Voyageur.
The ECHO Songwriting Prize seeks to "recognize the best in new Canadian independent music by letting independent music fans vote for the winners." Brad Wheeler, one of the 2012 ECHO panelists who selected the song for nomination says the prize "is a reward for tune-smithing by independent artists" and that credentials are based on "melody, words, and framing."
Edwards and Roderick swept the win with a record number of votes. "'A Soft Place to Land' is a victory of transcendent emotion and grace, with an affecting, clear, and memorable waltz-time appeal," says Wheeler. "As such, ECHO is represented perfectly."
"Being acknowledged for songwriting is the highest compliment I could ever hope to be paid," Edwards responds. "It's nice to think that after releasing four albums and being a touring musician for over 10 years, I'm living proof that artists who are nurtured and supported can evolve and grow and do their best work years after making their debut."
"Kathleen Edwards is a great songwriter and all the credit rightly goes to her," Roderick says. "She's amazing. I just sat on a leather couch and watched her work, trying not to nod off behind my dark sunglasses while demanding a constant supply of pharmaceutical grade beef stroganoff." He adds, "Kathleen wrote the song, I just muscled my way onto the credits because my uncle is in show business."