In a resounding victory for the power of collaboration and creativity, the children’s song ‘Born to be Brave’ recently clinched the top spot in the children’s category at the 28th Annual USA Songwriting Competition. Crafted by the dynamic team of 2-time JUNO award winners Kirk Diamond and Kairo Mclean, alongside the Canadian children’s music duo Sonshine and Broccoli, this anthem for young hearts emerged victorious from a competitive field of 10 finalists.
The genesis of this winning collaboration traces back to Sonshine and Broccoli, who extended an invitation to Kairo Mclean to join forces on a project. Mclean, in turn, brought in the talents of Kirk Diamond, and the musical synergy that followed made history. ‘Born to be Brave’ stands as a testament to the prowess of its writers—Kirk Diamond, Brock Burford, and Kairo Mclean, who also took on the role of producer.
Since its inception in 1995, the USA Songwriting Competition has been a beacon for songwriters, composers, and artists worldwide, irrespective of nationality. A distinguished Blue-Ribbon committee, featuring industry luminaries from record labels such as Universal Music, Warner, and Sony Music, selected the winners. This competition not only provides an unparalleled platform for recognition but also serves as a gateway to the music industry’s biggest names.
For aspiring songwriters, solo artists, and bands globally, the USA Songwriting Competition represents a shot at the big time—a chance to open doors, establish crucial connections, and have their music heard. Winning songs, including ‘Born to be Brave’, receive the added bonus of radio airplay, making this competition a groundbreaking opportunity for emerging talents.