The International Music Software Trade Association (IMSTA) today announced that Toronto-based songwriter, producer, and vocalist Christina Gina (MademeX) has been crowned the winner of the 2016 IMSTA FESTA International Song Competition. A wild card entry at IMSTA FESTA Toronto, MademeX won the regional competition and ultimately earned the grand prize — a free trip to a songwriting camp hosted by Black Rock Studios in Santorini, Greece — and “Song of the Year” honors for her song “Q.U.E.E.N.”
Hosted by Broadjam, which maintains a searchable song database at www.broadjam.com, the IMSTA FESTA International Songwriting Competition is an annual affair that provides aspiring and established songwriters the opportunity to have their songs heard by industry professionals. From March to October 2016, IMSTA FESTA events around North America were host to live song reviews in which experienced professionals offered insightful, educated, one-on-one appraisals of songs brought to the show by attendees. Each event culminated in the crowning of a regional finalist, with the winner selected from songs previously submitted for the event, as well as one outstanding wild-card entry chosen from songs reviewed that day.
During IMSTA FESTA Toronto at Ryerson University, MademeX earned her entry into the competition as a wild card, subsequently won the regional title, and moved on to win the competition. Although MademeX has worked in the recording industry since 2011, it wasn’t until late 2014 that she dedicated her focus to creating her own music. “Q.U.E.E.N.” is among the songs she has created since then. Samplings of her other songs are available along with “Q.U.E.E.N.” at www.mademeXmusic.com.
The 2017 IMSTA FESTA International Songwriting Competition is already underway, having launched at the first IMSTA FESTA Miami event, held Feb. 25 at the SAE Institute. IMSTA FESTA Toronto will again be held at Ryerson University on Oct. 14, 2017.
For more information, go to www.imsta.org.