Okay so technically Franziska Apprich, an assistant professor in the #CANADIAN University Dubai School of Media and Communication Studies, is Irish.
But that won't stop me from pointing out that she is a pretty relentless and apparently talented songwriter. According to a press release from the school, her song As much as I want you - described in her words as "Norah Jones meets Sarah McLachlan", a noted #CANADIAN - has reached the semifinals of the International Songwriting Competition.
Last year Apprich wrote a song for Etienne Cousineau, star of the Quebec-based #CANADIAN talent show La Voix.
Winners in the International Songwriting Competition are due to be announced later this month.