Songwriters Portland, Brightwell and Moran Win World Songwriters Award

Portland songwriters Kelly Brightwell and Woody Moran are the global winners of the 2022 annual songwriting contest hosted by Talent Is Timeless. The UK-based organization seeks to shine a light on songwriters aged 50 and over. The songwriting duo took home the award for their song ‘Bare Boards’, competing with thousands of entries worldwide.

Songwriter Woody Moran saw the entry form for the global competition in early 2022 and decided to enter one of the duo’s songs, “Bare Boards.” Moran said: “I don’t normally enter these types of competitions, but the grand prize included a recording contract, press, promotion, music video, audio equipment and a recording session in London at the Abbey Road studios. It was definitely a prize worth winning! The only caveat was that songwriters had to be 50 or older.

The duo were notified in June 2022 that they had won the grand prize and began planning an unforgettable experience: traveling to London and recording at Abbey Road Studios. Fergus McNeil, contest judge and 2021 global winner, commented: “I was looking for strong lyrics that avoided clichés, and a song that someone over 50 could just write – a perspective from someone with experience. of life, facing the challenges that come your way. at this time of life. »

The original version of the song is a ballad tinged with melancholy. For their Abbey Road session in early October, Brightwell & Moran reimagined the song as a more rhythmic country mix. Using a song by The Chicks as a reference, they brought in additional fiddle, mandolin, double bass, percussion and backing vocals to add to their acoustic guitars. Talent Is Timeless CEO Saskia Griffith-Moore said, “You know you have a great song when it adapts so easily to different treatments.

“Bare Boards” is a history song that follows the life of an old house in a corner of Portland – from the original inspiration of the builder, to an eventual state of disrepair, to the ultimate decision to “do the job that love demands” and rebuild it. The house also functions as a metaphor for ourselves and our community, and asks us to take a good look at “what we are made of”.


About Brightwell & Moran: Songwriter duo Brightwell & Moran, who also perform as Radio Stranger, began writing together in 2014. They have released two EPs and have a third titled “Land of Plenty” which will be released in Q1 2023. Brightwell & Moran’s music is available on all popular streaming platforms.; Youtube video:

About Talent is Timeless: Talent is Timeless is on a mission to turn songwriting and music making into an age-positive endeavor to celebrate your age, your wisdom, your experience, and most importantly, your talent. . We want to encourage people to start their career in the music industry without feeling like age is a barrier.






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