He said: "To make the long-list is a great achievement and I warmly congratulate Julie on that. She is a fantastic ambassador for Gaelic music and Scots music in general, putting it on the world map.
"Julie should be proud of her efforts to raise the profile of Scots song around the world. This nomination is a reflection of her hard work and talent for writing beautiful songs."
Set in the mythical medieval Highlands, Brave tells the tale of Merida, a skilled archer and the impetuous daughter of King Fergus, who unleashes chaos in the kingdom when she defies an age-old custom.
Fowlis also sang the national anthem before Scotland's World Cup qualifier with Serbia this year and performed at the closing ceremony of the Ryder Cup in Chicago.