A TOTAL of 16 tracks have made the shortlist for The Weekender’s Song of the Year Award.

The inaugural awards were launched earlier this year and the song category was the most hotly contested with dozens of entries coming in.

The winner will be announced at around Christmastime – with a date still to be confirmed.

Forth Valley College is sponsoring the Song of the Year Award and is offering the winner a free session to record, mix and master a brand-new track.

Sound production lecturer Barry Frame said: “I am really delighted that I will have the opportunity to work with new artists. I think it gives them a great experience to record in a professional studio but also gives me an insight into the current local talent and to also meet like-minded people.

“Having worked with a few artists during lockdown, one being Irish folk singer Liam McGrandles, album which reached number 5 in the iTunes Album Charts, it has definitely sparked my interest in working with others.

“Most recently I recorded Sister Gavin and The Gator’s new single which has a great gospel feel to it, so can’t wait to see what other musical styles are out there.

“I think the winner will be really impressed with the studios at Forth Valley College. These are truly the best studios I have worked in and features equipment found in the some of the world’s best recording studios. The winners are definitely in for a treat.”

Shortlist - Song of the Year

The Capollos - Electrify

Primes – Moment

Constant Follower – Set Aside Some Time

Deer Leader – Four Deuces

Drift – Lifeline

Joshua Grant – Edinburgh

Tamzene – Best of Me

HAVR – A Moment of Clarity

Foreignfox – Exit Frame

Cameron Ledwidge – Sometimes in Love

Fourth Daughter – Run

Dictator – Days Gone By

Cara Rose – Learn to Speak

Pleasure Heads – War & Orange Juice

Bemz (ft. Kobi Onyame and Cold North) – Suddenly

Static Satellites – Fortify

LISTEN TO THE TRACKS: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0QbaS40DvZCTJThV98iJZK?si=gAFXNQRGR0aN6kmoxycCZA