Ottawa and Leamington-based Singer/Songwriter Nominated for “Stay” in both the Americana and Sing Your Heart Out/Love Songs Categories

An outstanding Canadian artist has been nominated for two 2018 International Songwriting Competition Awards with the same song.

Ottawa and Leamington-based Francine Honey has been shortlisted from more than 19,000+ total entries around the world for her outstanding songwriting contribution in Americana.  The song “Stay” was also selected as a TOP 10 for the “Sing Your Heart Out/Love Songs” category as well.

Although the bilingual Canadian Americana artist has made music since childhood — “I wrote my first song in 1976” — she never dreamed of making it a career. Instead, she studied math and computers, got married, had kids and worked as a project manager. Her life seemed perfect. Then a near-simultaneous breakup and job loss forced her to relocate, find a new career and raise a family alone. Music went on the back burner; she never stopped writing, but songs went unfinished — until her kids fixed that.

“When my 18-year-old daughter and 16-year-old son kept telling me to “Get a life, Mom!” they really were showing wisdom beyond their years. After spending time thinking about what my life would be after they left the nest, I realized I had stories to share, and there was still an opportunity for me to at least try and turn my musical hobby into my profession.”

Honey is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music Professional Singer-Songwriter Certificate Program, and a member of the Songwriter’s Association of Canada (SAC), Nashville Songwriters Association International, Canadian Country Music Association and Americana Music Association. Honey co-ordinates the SAC Leamington/Windsor Regional Writer’s Group, mentoring other songwriters. She has showcased at the Texas Songwriters Symposium four years in a row, the WinterFolk Blues and Roots Festival in Toronto, the Kingsville Folk Music Festival and the Folk Music Ontario conference. Her music and songwriting have taken her across North America, to the U.K., Switzerland and Italy.

Her most recent release To Be Continued… — including “Stay” — has received critical acclaim and is seeing airplay from CBC, Radio-Canada, AM800, CTV, SiriusXM, Folk Roots Radio, and more across Canada, the US, UK, Germany, Australia and the Netherlands.


The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is an annual song contest whose mission is to provide the opportunity for both aspiring and established songwriters to have their songs heard in a professional, international arena. ISC is designed to nurture the musical talent of songwriters on all levels and promote excellence in the art of songwriting. Amateur and professional songwriters and musicians are welcome to participate.

Judges span the gamut and include 50 artists such as Adam Lambert, Tom Waits, Portugal. The Man, Heart’s Nancy Wilson, 21 Savage, and Bastille, and 39 top-tier industry veterans from Warner, Capitol, Nettwerk, Roc Nation, Comedy Central, and Third Man Records.

Previous winners include Vance Joy, Gotye, Bastille, Kehlani, The Band Perry, Kimbra, Passenger, Kasey Chambers, Lindsey Stirling, Kate Miller-Heidke, Gregory Porter, King Charles, Gin Wigmore, Andrew Bird, For King & Country, Omar Sosa, and more.