Singer-songwriter Harry Cleverdon wins international exposure

Harry Celverdon. Photo: contributed
Harry Celverdon. Photo: contributed

Young's Harry Cleverdon is still pinching himself after this week winning an International Songwriting Competition award.

The 18-year-old's song 'Hit Me While I'm Down' was voted the winner of the 2019 International Songwriting Competition People's Choice Award.

For winning the People's Choice Award, Harry received a cash prize and various subscriptions to music-based services, but international exposure is the big prize, he said.

"It was a feeling of amazement. I don't think it's clicked yet. I received some emails from teachers with messages saying 'internationally acclaimed songwriter' and that hasn't kicked in yet. I'm just a kid from Young," Harry said.

"The biggest prize is exposure. International exposure and developing contacts which we're already getting."

'Hit Me While I'm Down' covers themes of self-exclusion, bullying, kindness and finding true friendship.

It featured on his debut EP 'From My Side of The Stage' which was released during August last year.

Harry had 'Hit Me While I'm Down' written and recorded within one day.

"It touches on social exclusion and bullying which I've experienced, but so have a lot of other people my age and younger, and older than me. It's not 100 per cent my experience. A lot of it came from stuff I heard from friends, and also seen," he said.

"I sat down one day and, without thinking I'm going to write a song, it just sort of happened. I think I wrote and recorded the song in one day. Most songs will take two weeks. It wasn't recorded to a release standard but it was a pretty decent recording."

Harry's in Year 12 this year and while planning to go to university to study a science-based degree, he's excited by the idea of pursuing a career in music.

"I want to most of my time in my music career and see where it takes me," he said.

Harry has recorded his debut album which will feature 11 songs and is set to be released in August this year.

The International Songwriting Competition is an annual event and receives thousands of entries from across the world.