Past Winners

Throughout the history of the Q Song Awards there has been some outstanding talent discovered through the thousands of entries received. Some previous winners include Kate Miller-Heidke, The Boat People, Tim Steward, My Fiction, Emma Louise, The John Steel Singers, Hungry Kids of Hungary and Dan Parsons.

This page will detail some of the successful and exceptional artists that have been become part of the Q Song history. We intend to continue our discovery of amazing new talent with the Queensland Music Awards.

View a full list of previous winners HERE.


Emma Louise is perhaps Q Songs most intriguing story to date. Emma is one of those people who were born to play music. She was the one who avoided maths and science classes to teach herself guitar and write songs in the high school music room. At age 15 it started to pay off with Emma winning two Q Song awards. It was from the Q Song competition that she started to catch the eye of industry, something that rarely happens at such an early age.

Once Emma had completed her last years in high school she had managed to land a string of well-known supports including Sarah Blasko, Bob Evans and a number of residencies around her hometown of Cairns. Emma then made a decision to move to Brisbane where she could take her music to the next level.

Now with her recent release ‘Full Hearts & Empty Rooms’ released nothing can stand in the way of Emma Louise and her majestic songwriting career.


In 2008 & 2009, The John Steel Singers won Q Song’s Pop category for their amazing work on the tracks ‘Strawberry Wine’ & ‘Rainbow Kraut’. However this is not the only success the band has had claiming many good supports as well as entering the overseas market.

The Brisbane six-piece have had a lot to smile about on their journey leading up to their debut record. Their catchy blend of pop has seen them become firm Triple J favourites, verified by the station granting them the 2008 Unearthed J Award for best newcomer of the year. The John Steel Singers are a treasured act that Brisbane holds onto and will continue to in the coming years.


After sparking attention with a rotation spot on Triple J for the title track of ‘Firestarter’, Dan Parsons garnered national attention. Parsons’ Firestarter album was firstly toured around Australia in a full band format and was welcomed home with a Q Song Award for Best Pop Song for 2010. This was closely followed by signing to Mushroom Publishing with Parsons joining some of Australia’s finest artists including Dan Kelly, The Finns, Clare Bowditch, The Panics and Josh Pyke.

With 2011 half conquered Dan Parsons is back in the studio helming new material and is eying his debut international jaunt.


Brisbane’s Indie Pop band Hungry Kids of Hungary are particularly embedded into the history of the Q Song Awards winning the Alternative category in both 2009 and 2010. Little wonder then that in an impossibly short space of time they’ve graduated from local lads who can pen a tune, to one of Australia’s most exciting prospects.

With two excellent EP’s under their belt, an understanding of what makes an contagious melody Hungry Kids of Hungary bounded into 2011 with their new album ‘Escapades’. 2011 has already seen Hungry Kids of Hungary hit the overseas shores for both Canadian Music Week and the epic South by South West. With the natural gift of writing exceptional songs Hungry Kids of Hungary show no sign of fading out anytime soon.


From small humble beginnings, on the banks of the Fitzroy River in Rockhampton, folk inspired pop outfit, Busby Marou has made a serious impact on the Australian stage.

Since recording their debut EP (The Blue Road) with Australian singer/songwriting icon, Pete Murray and acclaimed producer Anthony Lycenko, at Pete’s home studio in Northern NSW in late 2007, Thomas Busby, Jeremy Marou and their band have come a long way! After recording and releasing their debut self titled album in late 2010, it continues to climb the charts, reaching number #4 on the Australian Independent Music Charts in December 2010 and has remained in the top 20 in the songwriting category on the iTunes charts since September 2010.

Last year Busby Marou won the Deadly Award for ‘Most Promising New Talent in Music’ and a Q Song Award for their song “Paint My Cup” The debut is currently being played on radio and television playlists across Australia, including rotation on Triple J, ABC, 98.9FM. Video Hits, the Country Music Channel.


Impressive songwriting has been the backbone for local hero’s The Cairos. In 2010 the band won the Q Song Encouragement Award for their track ‘Todays Song’. Although this achievement proves their excellence in songwriting it has not been the single motivating factor to their success with 2010 being the year that found them playing at Parklife music festival, a number of dates on Powderfinger’s farewell tour, the main support slot for The Mess Hall’s national tour and secure a spot on Peat’s Ridge Festival for New Years Eve 2010/2011. It will be very interesting to see where the future takes these guys.