Eli Brown has won the 2022 Slaight Music Emerging Songwriter Award, presented by the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (CSHF), in recognition of outstanding songwriting achievements in his early career, as an emerging star-in-the-making.
Singer-songwriter Lou-Adriane Cassidy was similarly honoured as the Francophone Winner. In addition to receiving a cash prize, Brown and Cassidy will be highlighted at the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala on Sept. 24, 2022, at Massey Hall in Toronto.
The other Anglophone finalists were Nate Ferraro, LOONY, TOBi, and Haviah Mighty, while the other Francophone finalists were Robert Robert. P’tit Belliveau, Lydia Képinski, LUMIÈRE, and Étienne Coppée.
Upon learning of his win, Eli Brown stated “It’s a privilege to be recognized here at home. Canada has been dominating the charts for the past few years, and it’s cool to have contributed to this new wave. Thank you to the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Slaight Family.”
“From an innovative producer-songwriter who is making waves in hip-hop to a pop-alt singer-songwriter who has been twice shortlisted for the SOCAN Songwriting Prize, this year’s winners of the Slaight Music Emerging Songwriters Award exemplify how talented and diverse the lexicon of Canadian songwriting truly is,” said Nick Fedor, Director, CSHF. “Without songwriters, there would be no songs to sing — so it’s imperative that we support and foster the success of emerging songwriters today so that we can continue the legacy of celebrating Canadian songwriting excellence tomorrow. On behalf of the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, congratulations Eli and Lou-Adriane on this deserving recognition.”
Brown is a Los Angeles-based, platinum-selling Canadian songwriter and record producer, originally from Brampton, Ont. He’s best known for his work on Drake’s In The Bible, with Lil Durk & Giveon, and Chris Brown & Young Thug’s Big Slimes, featuring Gunna and Lil Durk. Inspired by the sounds of the analog era, Eli caught the attention of numerous established producers with his unique and creative sound designs and relentless work ethic.
As a creative and music business innovator, he recognized the need for his fresh approach to “soundscapes” in today’s music and created Loophole Sounds, a ground-breaking music tech company that creates sound design tools now used by many industry creatives. Brown has collaborated with major artists and producers including Tommy Brown, PARTYNEXTDOOR, No-ID, Rex Kudo, DaHeala, and London On Da Track. The primary focus of the next phase of his creative growth is strengthening his skills in executive production and artist development. In partnership with global hit-producer Wondagurl (Drake, Travi$ Scott, Jay Z), he’s co-developing emerging artist Rhyan Douglas with global domination being the only goal in mind.
Brown recently signed a global co-publishing deal with Toronto-based music rights company Kilometre Music Group as part of a joint venture with multi-platinum hit producer Tommy Brown (Ariana Grande, The Weeknd, Justin Bieber).
Established in 2017, the Slaight Music Emerging Songwriter Award has shortlisted and bestowed the honour to songwriters who’ve gone on to have high-trajectory careers, including Juno Alternative Album of the Year winner Mustafa; four-time 2022 Juno winner Charlotte Cardin; and platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated artist Jessie Reyez.
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