Taree songwriter claims top UK title

Creative collaboration: Katie Kardyman and Laura Zarb.”What an amazing end to such a fantastic year” is how Katie Hardyman of Taree described news overnight that she had won the Christmas category of the 2015 UK Songwriting Contest.

The award-winning ballad is called ‘Snowflake’ and it is performed by Laura Zarb.

The Manning River Times spoke to Katie last year about ‘Snowflake’ when it was awarded a second place in the open category of the 2014Australian Songwriting Association’s National Song Writing Contest.

Katie says ‘Snowflake’was inspired by a trip to a snow resort called ‘Les Gets’in France.

She was dazzled by the dancing snowflakes, so much so she asked her instructor to stop the ski lift, just so she could pen some more lyrics.Now the snow resort loves to play the ballad.

Katie is thankful for those who helped to bring ‘Snowflake’ to life.

The artwork was drawn by artist, Monica Markovina. Katie’s producer Pete Stevenson arranged the ballad.Matt Zarb performed wonderful guitar work, which was teamed with Laura Zarb’s gorgeous vocals.

The balladis available for purchase on iTunes.

TheChristmas Song category finalists were:

A Madrigal Christmas – Paul Barker

Christmas Dream Come True – Chris Broom

One Day – Jules Anna Jones

The Little Holly Tree – Ange Hardy

Winter Carol – Fiona Lander

Lonely Angel – Georgia Gage

Take Me Home For Christmas – Martin G Isherwood / Stephen Parker

Christmas Day – Justin Stretch

Silent Starry Night – Dave Harding

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‘Snowflake’ artwork was drawn by Monica Markovina.

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