São Paulo, Brazil, Jul 27, 2009 – The Brazilian artist Roney Giah won Honorable Mention in The Billboard World Song Contest for his composition Time is so still. The contest, created by the prestigious music journal Billboard, is in its 17th edition.
Time is so Still, an acoustic track from Roney Giah’s fourth CD Queimando a moleira, was sent to Billboard before its official release, scheduled for 2010. “It’s very gratifying to have such a feedback for a song that has not even left the cradle. I hope it flies even higher”, says the artist, who for the second time wins an international award.
In 2008, The John Lennon Songwriting Contest, created by Yoko Ono with judges such as Carlos Santana, Wyclef Jean, John Legend, Fergie, Al Jareau, Bob Weir, and Lamont Dozier gave Honorable Mention in World category for thesong Amar com E from Roney Giah’s second CD, More days on earth.
Also in 2008, Giah signed a record deal with British Label ASTRANOVA for the release of a CD compilation entitledYesterday´s tomorrow. Featuring seven tracks from Semente – Seed – (1998), six tracks from Mais dias na Terra – More days on Earth – (2006), and one bonus track exclusively produced for the compilation, ASTRANOVA released podcast shows in 107 countries. The record company’s interest started when Roney Giah’s compositions Amar Com E and A Chuva were selected for garageband.com’s Track of the Day, which is an American site that has Sir George Martin, Beatles former producer, as chairman of their advisory board. The invitation to be part of the label’s team came from the executives Scott Hill (CEO) and Alex Catillo (A&R).
In addition to the compilation, Giah’s composition Translate the world was featured on the soundtrack of the American production No pain, no gain, a movie exhibited in 250 movie theaters in the United States and worldwide.
More days on earth was pre-selectedfor 2006 Brazilian TIM Award,and 2006 Latin Grammy, and Giah’s 1998 debut album Semente (Seed) was nominated for Brazil’s 1998 Sharp Award. As a guitarist, he was finalist at Brazil’s 1998 Visa Instrumental Awardand won a second place at the Berklee / Souza Lima Festival in his hometown São Paulo.