South Perth singer wins grand prize at John Lennon Songwriting Contest

South Perth singer songwriter Constanza Herrero was a Grande Prize winner and received a Lennon Award at the 2018 John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Picture: Supplied.
Herrero performed at Telethon7 in 2017. Picture: Supplied.
South Perth singer songwriter Constanza Herrero was a Grande Prize winner and received a Lennon Award at the 2018 John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Picture: Supplied. Herrero performed at Telethon7 in 2017. Picture: Supplied.

A SOUTH Perth resident reflected on dramatic changes in her life for an award-winning song.

Australian-Chilean singer songwriter Constanza Herrero became a Grand Prize winner with her original song ‘Me Voy’ in the Latin category at the 2018 John Lennon Songwriting Contest.

“I wanted to write a song about the challenges of transitioning to different chapters or seasons in our lives,” she said.

“I already experienced a few big changes in my life, not only moving to a different country, but also personal events that have impacted me.”

Herrero also received the Lennon Award this month, which was determined by an online public voting throughout April.

At 10 years old, Herrero recorded her first EP in Chile and moved to Perth to study at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts after high school.

“I lived in South Perth for all my years in Australia since I moved from Chile,” she said.

“I am so grateful for the opportunities I received while I lived in Australia and … completely unexpected blessings like singing for Prince Charles of Wales when he came to Perth or singing at Telethon.”

The John Lennon Songwriting Contest started in 1997 and is founded by Yoko Ono Lennon.

Herrero moved to Los Angeles, California in January this year and said she was trying to enjoy the creative process of songwriting.

“I am working on new music right now, so hopefully I can be able to share it soon,” she said.