Indigenous talent leads this year’s WAM Song Of The Year nominees, with John Bennett’s Country Is Calling single scoring three nods, while rising stars Ziggy Ramo picks up two.

The 2017-18 list is just another snapshot of the state’s worldclass music scene, and all those nominated across the 16 categories will battle it out for a cut of a record-breaking $45,000 in prizes.

Bennett is the only act to score three nominations this year, being nominated in the Best Country, Best Regional, and Best Indigenous categories, while Ramo’s Same Script is vying for the Outstanding Indigenous and Urban/Hip Hop gongs.

Bolt Gun, Carla Geneve, Coin Banks, Farraday's Cage, JFK, Riley Pearce and Tangled Thoughts Of Leaving also scored two nominations each, while WA favourites Abbe May and Stella Donnelly also made the list.

The nominees were decided by a panel of industry experts, featuring talent from Double J, Pendulum, Birds Of Tokyo, UNIFIED, The Music’s Dan Cribb and more who whittled down this year’s 860+ entries.

“It’s great to see such authentic self-expression across this year’s nominated songs, using music to not only share personal stories but also to draw attention to issues close to their heart. This is songwriting at its finest,” WAM Song of the Year Coordinator Claire Hodgson said.

Details of the awards party have also been revealed, this year moving to the Fly By Night Musicians Club at the iconic Victoria Hall in Fremantle on May 16.

Hosted by MC Odette Mercy, there’ll be performances from The Justin Walshe Folk Machine, Feels and JFK.

Head over to the WAM website for more details.

WAM Song of the Year 2017-18 nominees


The Fire Inside — Farraday's Cage

Ghost — Kat Wilson Trio

Hometown Blues — Minky G and Rosco

Ask For It — Tracey Barnett

Lies — Carus Thompson


What Am I Fighting For — Jasmine Atkins

Country Is Calling — John Bennett

Wanted Man — Kim Wainwright

The Great Escape — The Justin Walshe Folk Machine

Maybe I'm Just In Love — The Little Lord Street Band


Juxtapose — Corbelle

Bitter Lake — Doublethink Prism

Prior Engagement — Feels

Formlessness — Mayhills

Calling — Ukiyo


Man is Wolf to Man Part 1 — Bolt Gun

Unveiled — feeding/ear

The One — Intenso

Bering (Foreboding) — samarobryn

No Tether — Tangled Thoughts Of Leaving


Friends I Want to Tell You (On My Mind) — Bill Lawrie

Red Rocks — Carla Geneve

Trains And Submarines — Carus Thompson

I Only Hide — Helen Shanahan

Misplaced — Riley Pearce


Man is Wolf to Man Part 2 — Bolt Gun

Uncharted — Make Them Suffer

Quantum Umbrella — Nucleust

Stuck — Odditry

The Alarmist — Tangled Thoughts Of Leaving

Red Light — Ultra Sound


Manzer Fesse — 457 World Jazz

Onward and Upward — Daniel Susnjar Afro-Peruvian Jazz Group

Don't Stop Here — Harry Mitchell

Catalyst — Kate Pass Kohesia Ensemble

Tony Umbridge — MFG


Country Is Calling — John Bennett

Culture Child — JoKeria

Little Country Town — Lullabies and Legacies

Wangkatjungka Woman — Rocky Ridge Band

Same Script — Ziggy Ramo


Red Rocks — Carla Geneve

The Mountain — Harry Jakamarra

Country Is Calling — John Bennett

Three Stories to the Truth — Short & Curly

Here and Now — Tanya Ransom


Love Decline — Abbe May

Forgive Us (feat. The WAAPA Gospel Choir) — Coin Banks

A Boy And A Boy — JFK

Misplaced — Riley Pearce

Boys Will Be Boys — Stella Donnelly


Back To The Grey — Hope Street

Make It Right — Incomplete

Witch — Los Solos

Stupefied — The Bible Bashers

Magic Glove — The Bob Gordons


Truthless — BATS

Ashes — Camarano

A Boy And A Boy — JFK

Critical — The Tommyhawks

Coping — Treehouses


Walls — Darcey Morton

The Fire Inside — Farraday's Cage

New Slate — Lily Kate and Amelia Grace

Sometimes — Luna Rozza

I Rise — Sienna Eddy

SCHOOLS 15 - 17

Hannah — Dexter Wright

Ear To Lend — Figurehead

Timeghost — hachi

The Stockman's Grandson — Lachy John

Now I'm Here — MALi JO$E


It's Usually Sunny in Perth — Bluntfield

Be Real (feat. Danny Martin) — Coin Banks

Navigator — Dead Tooth

Money For Portraits — POW! Negro

Same Script — Ziggy Ramo


Same Drum — Akolkol Dastan Gesa

Blah — Brassika

FANM — Grace Barbé

Binar — Phil Walley-Stack

Clarity — Rastatrix