Karen Guymer

Karen is an award winning songwriter with multiple winning awards to date.

 

Karen continuously works seriously at her craft, growing from writing poetry from a young age to writing lyric that's adapted to the marketable music industry. Karen serves as a great adviser for Gentmuse and knows the difference between writing what just sounds good to listeners and writing lyrics that the music industry is currently interested into.

 

Karen has learned in many ways at the feet of a variety of industry music professionals such as Pat Pattison of Berklee Music School, Steve Saskin (hit songwriter) and completed the Magesongs School of Songwriting course. A couple of her songs have had close calls being put on hold by Sony Music Nashville for 6 months though not used,  as well as considered for a few  artists such as for Sara Evans (US) and Lenou Mouskouri (France).

 

Karen is a one of the most reliable songwriters we know around capable of adapting herself into writing for any project. She is a member of APRA.

 

Awards Won:

Winner of the APRA/ASA Australian Songwriter of the Year 2015 Award. 

Winner of Best Ballad at the 36th National Songwriting Awards (2016)

Winner of Best Open song at the 35th National Songwriting Awards (2015)

Winner of Best Ballad at the 33rd National Songwriting Awards (2013) (Co-written)

Winner of Best Instrumental of Songsalive Australia 2012

Winner of the Rudy Brandsma Award 2010

 

Award Nominations:

APRA/ASA Australian Songwriter of the Year 2016 Award Nominee

APRA/ASA Australian Songwriter of the Year 2013 Award Nominee

Tamwoth Country Pop Contemporary Top 4 Finalist

Numerous Top 10 finalist and award nominations.

 

*APRA - The Australasian Performing Rights Association

*ASA - The Australian Songwriters Association

 

GentMuse Songwriters

 

Jacques M. Gentil

Jacques is an award-winning songwriter with great ongoing determination for achievements. From his childhood, growing up in a musician family, his father being the composer of the National Anthem of Mauritius, his country of birth, Jacques has done the journey from being in a church choir, winning a TV singing contest, been the lead singer of a pop band, released albums of his own songs in French and in English, toured with a brass band for 4 years, toured the South-Pacific, Indian Ocean, Canada, USA with TV appearances as well as judging singing contests and more.

 

Jacques has collaborated with various famous hit songwriters including Joe Dolce (Shaddap You Face) on a song titled Lynetta on Dolce's 2008 album 'The Wind Cries Mary, a tribute to Hendrix. Jacques also has been commissioned to write a french lyric for a Diane Warren song, published by Realsongs (Ms. Warren's publishing) which is yet to be released. His influences include the 60's pop-rockers that were the Beatles, Little Richard, Elvis Presley, Cliff Richard and has continued through the years of listening to pop music to this day.  He heavily studies a variety of hit songwriters and their songwriting techniques. 

 

Jacques runs songwriters workshops online and on-location Australia wide, and he has been running his own school of songwriting for 15 years helping his students achieve songwriters awards one of whom is Karen Guymer above.

 

Jacques' latest accolades include winning various songwriting contest awards as well as the prestigious APRA/ASA Australian Songwriter of the Year Award in 2013. He is an all-rounder writing for any genre and can accommodate any project. With a passion for Christian gospel music, he happened to have won the spiritual Category in song contest awards, not only 3 times in Australia but also 2 years in a row in 2016 and 2017. However, 2017 also saw him winning the UK Songwriting Contest in the Christian/Faith category. Jacques is a member of ASCAP and currently lives in Melbourne, Australia.

 

Recently (July 2017) he performed 2 songs together with Karen Guymer at the NRL Games, round 20 (Parramatta Eels V/s West Tigers) at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney.

 

Awards Won:

Winner of the APRA/ASA Australian Songwriter of the Year 2013 Award 

Winner of Best Spiritual Song at the 38th National Songwriting Awards (2018)

Winner of Christian/Faith song at the International UK Songwriting Contest ​ (2017)

Winner of Best Spiritual Song at the 37th National Songwriting Awards (2017)

Winner of Best Spiritual Song at the 36th National Songwriting Awards (2016)

Winner of Best Spiritual Song at the 33rd National Songwriting Awards (2013)

Winner of Best Ballad Song at the 33rd National Songwriting Awards (2013) (Co-written with Karen Guymer)

Winner of Best Ballad Song at the 32nd National Songwriting Awards (2012) (Co-written with Rick Hart)

Winner of Best Instrumental of Songsalive Australia 2012 (Co-written with Karen Guymer)

 

Award Nominations:

The Rudy Brandsma Award 2010 Nominee

APRA/ASA Australian Songwriter of the Year 2018 Award Nominee 

APRA/ASA Australian Songwriter of the Year 2017 Award Nominee 

APRA/ASA Australian Songwriter of the Year 2016 Award Nominee 

APRA/ASA Australian Songwriter of the Year 2012 Award Nominee

30 Top 10 finalist songs and or award nominations.

 

*APRA - The Australasian Performing Rights Association

*ASA - The Australian Songwriters Association

*ASCAP - The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers