Back in June, the ACvA announced the Ozheart Song Contest – a way to bring the creativity of our musicians and songwriters together with an urgent need to raise awareness of the impact of cardiovascular disease, and the important role our excellent researchers have in decreasing the risk of developing disease, providing the best treatments and helping recovery.

We are excited to announce our finalists and overall winner of the competition!

In THIRD place, Chelsea Ellway – In a Heart Beat.

Chelsea is an up and coming singer, currently working on some new material to take her career to new heights. She is delighted to win Third place in the Ozheart Song Contest, having known someone who lost their father from cardiac problems and partner who died suddenly of a heart attack. She is very proud that her song has assisted in this important campaign.

In SECOND place, Joel Havea – It all Starts in the Heart

Joel Havea is a skilled songwriter, natural singer, unique guitarist and an overall engaging performer whose eclectic style reflects his roots as a true world citizen. Now residing in Hamburg, Germany Joel has formed a band, the Joel Havea Trio, and tours across Europe, performing in numerous Festivals.

Joel says, “I found out about the contest on the APRA newsletter. I thought it was a great cause to get behind and also never knew that heart disease impacted so many people across such a wide age range.”

You can find more about Joel Havea by searching their social media handle, @joelhavea, on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram, or visit his website.

And finally, in FIRST place, Nine Year Sister – Let the Heart Win.

Emma Wardle and Jennie Wardle – sisters from Stanthorpe, QLD, make up the Nine Year Sister duet. They write and perform all original songs and love to infuse their music with meaningful lyrics, strong harmonies and acoustic guitar.

They say, “Songwriting is our passion and we thought this song contest would be a great opportunity to get involved and collaborate on a song to spread a positive message about heart disease through our music.”

You can find more about the Nine Year Sister by searching their social media handle, @NineYearSister, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

We would like to thank all our contestants for their hard work and effort in composing the songs, our judges for having the difficult task of ranking the contestants and sponsors for the prizes.

See below for a preview of the Top 3 songs:

 

Click here for the media release.