MIA Grad JoJo Worthington wins grand prize for songwriters.
Fanshawe College graduate JoJo Worthington (Music Industry Arts, 2015) has won the Grand Prize in the inaugural Songwriters Hall of Fame Song Competition.
The competition, hosted by the Songwriters Hall Of Fame (SHOF) and Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), provides aspiring songwriters an opportunity to share their music, develop their songwriting skills and take the first steps toward a successful career in the music industry.
"I am full of joy and honored to be the recipient of this award," said JoJo in a media statement. "I am jubilantly anxious to see what will come of this juncture and the connections that are to be made."
The Grand Prize package includes the opportunity for an exclusive music publishing contract with UMPG, as well as an Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE guitar, tickets to the 2015 Songwriters Hall of Fame Annual Induction and Awards Gala and recognition from the stage at the ceremony.
"This is the stuff of dreams for a young songwriter," said SHOF President/CEO Linda Moran in a statement published on June 1. "JoJo is a talented young songwriter, as are the four Second Place Winners. We look forward to hearing much more from each of them in the years to come!
Since starting the Music Industry Arts (MIA) program at Fanshawe, JoJo has made a big impact on the College, performing at United Way and Athletic events and winning Fanshawe's Got Talent in 2013. Earlier this year, JoJo was honoured by professors and fellow students in her graduating class as MIA Artist of the Year.
In photo: JoJo Worthington (far right) in April 2015 winning the MIA Artist of the Year Award, presented by hosts The Standstills (Renée Couture and Jonny Fox).
She has also won several local and international songwriting competitions, including Best Song and Best Folk at the 2014 Toronto Independent Music Awards, the 2014 Barrie Folk Songwriting Competition, the Spring 2013 Indie International Songwriting Competition, the 25th Waterloo Region's Leading Edge Award and the 2012 Maxwell's Music House Songwriting Competition. In April 2014, JoJo was also selected to be a featured artist at the July 2014 Mariposa Folk Festival in Orillia, Ontario.
JoJo and the other prize winners will be featured in an article in the 2015 SHOF Gala Dinner Journal, circulated to the music industry's creative and business elite, and have their music and biographies profiled on the songhall.org website, visited by thousands of industry professionals each month.
JoJo Worthington is an independent folk/alternative artist who uses loops, reverbs, delays and distortion to create a euphoric atmosphere in her music. She couples whimsical melodies with dynamic use of the ukulele to produce unique and catchy songs. Growing up in Waterloo, Ontario as part of a musical family, JoJo cites musical theatre and classical music as some of her earliest influences. At age eight, JoJo began taking singing lessons and by the time she was 14, had already performed in over 15 musical productions and events. At 16, JoJo decided she wanted to go solo, switching from guitar to ukulele as her primary instrument. Her first EP, "SOON," released in 2012 and her three-track Christmas compilation EP, "O Christmas – A Yuletide Collection", released in 2013, have both received radio play all over Canada including 91.5 The Beat and CBC Radio 1 along with a number of U.S stations.