Qantas SOYA
Music Award

SOYA Music is always huge and 2013 was no exception, with hundreds of talented musicians vying for the award. Mentor Lee Groves and assessor, FBi Radio’s Dan Zilber, had no easy task ahead of them and selecting the winner was the toughest job of all.


We are thrilled to announce Sydney-based music producer, singer and songwriter Elizabeth Rose as our 2013 SOYA Music winner.

Known for her dreamy electro-pop tunes, Elizabeth has lent her vocals to Sydney duo Flight Facilities for their infectious disco track I Didn’t Believe, which saw an impressive forty thousand streams in its first hour of release. She has created a remix for New York artist Chairlift’s track Turning and Brisbane artist Georgia Potter’s The Good Life, and is currently collaborating on new music with 2004 SOYA Music finalist and Grammy Award winner Gotye.

Elizabeth launched her debut EP, Crystallise in 2012, which features Again, a collaboration with UK producer Sinden.

Elizabeth will follow in the footsteps of 2012 winner Caitlin Park – heading off to New York next month for CMJ and to spend time with Lee Groves, who relocated there earlier this year.


Brendan Maclean

Pounder of pianos, strummer of ukuleles, singer of melodies, enjoyer of Winnie The Pooh.”  Brendan Maclean is a critically awarded songwriter, singer and man of many creative talents.

“Brendan has proven himself worthy of the final three: this young man keeps moving and developing in leaps & bounds. Masterful effortless performance with wonderful witty and pithy pop melodies, he is surely one to keep an eye out for in the future”. – Lee Groves

The Preatures

Led by Isabella Manfredi and Gideon Bensen on vocals, Jack Moffitt (lead guitar), Tom Champion (bass) and Luke Davison (drums), The Preatures are on the verge of national and international stardom. In October this year they’ll play several career defining showcases in Los Angeles, New York City and London.

“It has already been a fantastic year for the Preatures and Isabella Manfredi. Hopefully the recognition in the SOYA Awards this year will help bolster the tremendous start that The Preatures have made. I am very keen to hear what they do next and how their sound develops. Highly recommended listening”. – Lee Groves

Elizabeth will receive $5,000 in cash, $5,000 in Qantas flights and 12 months mentoring with Lee Groves

Congratulations to all – awesome work.

Watch this space for news of when Music will re-open for next year’s SOYA 365 round, and keep an eye on our social media channels for the inside stories!