Testimonials

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Testimonials
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“THIS NOMINATION IS AN HONOR FOR US AND WE TRULY APPRECIATE BEING RECOGNIZED FOR THE WORK AND EFFORT IN CREATING OUR MUSIC AND OUR ALBUM, DREAMTIME AND MY SONG “SOLITUDE”. MAKING MUSIC HAS BEEN A LIFELONG JOY FOR ME. TO HAVE THIS RECOGNITION HUMBLES ME YET MAKES ME PROUD AT THE SAME TIME. I AM GRATEFUL FOR THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT I’VE HAD AND FOR ALL OF THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN TOUCHED BY THE MUSIC AND HAVE BEEN SUPPORTIVE OF IT. I HOPE THAT YOU WILL ALL VISIT THE NEW AGE CATEGORIES IN THE VOX POP JUKEBOX AND CAST YOUR VOTE IN THE PUBLIC PART OF THESE AWARDS.”

Cornell Kinderknecht and Martin McCall
13th Annual IMA Nominee: New Age Album & New Age Song

“IN 2013 WITH HELP OF THE VOX POP AWARD AT IMA IN JAZZ SONG CATEGORY FOR ‘VOCÉ E EU,’ I COULD RAISE ENOUGH SUPPORT TO MAKE THIS ALBUM! :)”

Rozina Pátkai
13th Annual IMA Nominee: Jazz With Vocals Album, Latin Album, Jazz With Vocals Song; 12th Annual IMA Vox Pop Winner: Jazz Song

“THANKS AGAIN FOR THE HELP. I CAN NOW SEE WHY SO MANY PEOPLE CHOOSE TO WORK WITH THE IMAS. YOUR STAFF MAKES IT ALL SO VERY POSSIBLE AND GETS THE JOB DONE.”

Warren Addis Smith
16th Annual IMA Entrant

“I LOVE BEING PART OF A HUGE AND VIBRANT INDIE MUSIC COMMUNITY. I HAD A PREVIOUS NOMINATION FOR FOLK ALBUM OF THE YEAR FOR MY ALBUM WHEN I WAS MADE AND IT WAS AN HONOR. I’M THRILLED TO BE NOMINATED AGAIN FOR THIS RECORD WITH MY WONDERFUL FRIEND SARAH SAMPLE.”

Edie Carey & Sarah Sample 14th Annual IMA Winner: Children’s Music Album; 14th Annual IMA Nominee: Children’s Music Song, Story Song

“WOW.. YOU JUST MADE MY DAY! THANKS SO MUCH, I’M BEYOND WORDS HONORED AND HUMBLED!! THANK YOU, THANK YOU!! THIS GIVES ME REASSURANCE AND RENEWED INSPIRATION IN MY MUSIC! MY DEEPEST GRATITUDE TO ALL THE JUDGES AND EVERYONE AT IMA.”

Arshak, 14th Annual IMA Nominee, Jazz Instrumental Album, Jazz Instrumental Song, Music Producer

“THANK YOU VERY MUCH IMA’S. IT TOOK EVERYTHING IN ME TO TAKE A CHANCE AND PUT MY MUSIC OUT THERE LAST YEAR. I’M SO GLAD I DID! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY. JUST TO BE RECOGNIZED AS AN INDEPENDENT ARTIST IS SUCH A BLESSING. IT’S LIKE BEING NOMINATED FOR A GRAMMY!”

Maskerade
14th Annual IMA Winner, R&B/Soul Album

“THANK YOU AND EVERYONE AT IMA SO MUCH FOR THE NOMINATION FOR EASY LIVING! I’M BEYOND THRILLED, AND TRULY HONORED! I AM SO GRATEFUL FOR THE HARD WORK YOU AND THE IMAS ARE DOING ON BEHALF OF INDEPENDENT MUSICIANS.”

Jennifer Porter
14th Annual IMA Nominee, Jazz With Vocals Album

“AS AN ARTIST AND HEAD OF AN INDEPENDENT MUSIC LABEL, I AM STOKED TO BE A JUDGE AT THE IMAS THIS YEAR. MY AIM IS TO SUPPORT AND HELP COOL UNDERGROUND BANDS GET NOTICED AND WORK THEIR WAY UP. IN MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE, IT’S VERY CHALLENGING FOR MANY CREATIVE GROUPS TO BREAK INTO THE INDUSTRY, BUT WITH PROGRAMS LIKE THE IMAS, MANY TRULY TALENTED MUSICIANS CAN COME TO THE FOREFRONT.”

Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy, Owner/Decaydance Records),
9th IMA Judge

“I WON PUBLICITY PHOTO OF THE YEAR, AND IT SCORED ME MY PRODUCER! THANKS, IMAS TO A GREAT PROGRAM!”

Blake Berglund
9th Annual IMA Winner & Vox Populi Winner: Artist Publicity Photography

“JOE AND I WERE THRILLED TO LEARN THAT WE WON THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD FOR BEST BLUES CD 2010 ALONG WITH THE JUDGES AWARD. THIS IS JUST TOO COOL. WE ARE SEEING LOTS OF THINGS HAPPEN WITH OUR CAREER SINCE THE AWARDS. WE RECEIVED A REVIEW THIS JULY IN DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE, WHICH WAS DUE TO THE AWARD. WE WERE INVITED TO PERFORM FOR 3 DAYS AT THE ORANGEVILLE JAZZ AND BLUES FEST IN ORANGEVILLE, ON CANADA, WHAT A WONDERFUL TIME. AND OUR PERFORMANCE WILL BE AN ARTICLE IN BLUES REVUE MAGAZINES NEXT EDITION. WE HAVE BOOKED MANY FESTIVALS THIS YEAR AND HAVE HEADLINED 3 OF THOSE FEST. WE WILL BE PLAYING AT BUDDY GUYS IN CHICAGO ON SEPT. 24, A CLUB WE HAVE BEEN TRYING TO GET INTO FOR YEARS. WE ARE KNOW WORKING WITH BOOKING AGENT IN CHICAGO AND PLANNING A EUROPEAN TOUR NEXT SPRING. THE AWARD HAS DONE US A LOT OF GOOD AND WE CAN’T THANK YOU ENOUGH.”

Joe & Vicki Price
9th Annual IMA Winner & Vox Populi Winner: Blues Album

“THIS AWARD IS A VERY PRESTIGIOUS AWARD AND A HUGE HONOR FOR BOTH ROMAN AND K&B
ENTERTAINMENT.”

Kimberly Bjorklund, President of K&B Entertainment and Manager for Roman Miroshnichenko
9th Annual IMA Winner – World Traditional Song

“THE IMA NOMINATION OF ‘SALT’ WAS A VERY POSITIVE AFFIRMATION OF HOW I FELT ABOUT THE ALBUM. IT HAS ALSO BEEN A LEGITIMATE MARKETING TOOL, EVERY BIT AS EFFECTIVE AS A GREAT REVIEW, WITH REGARD TO PRESENTING AN ‘INDUSTRY’ REACTION TO THE ALBUM IN MY PRESS KIT.  I POST THE IMA FINALIST ‘BADGE’ ON MY WEBSITE’S STOREFRONT. SIMPLY MENTIONING THE IMA NOMINATION WHEN PITCHING THE ALBUM FROM THE STAGE ADDS TO ITS PERCEIVED VALUE. THE INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS, FOR ME, MAY AS WELL BE THE GRAMMYS. IN FACT, I’M NOT SURE THE GRAMMYS CAN BOAST SUCH LEGITIMACY! ONE LOOK AT THE PANEL OF JUDGES AND YOU KNOW THIS ISN’T JUST ANOTHER PSEUDO-MUSIC BIZ SCHEME OR RUN-OF-THE-MILL CONTEST. IT HAS HELPED ME PROMOTE WHAT I BELIEVE IN ARTISTICALLY AND THAT KIND OF ‘SUPPORT’ IS OF THE HIGHEST VALUE TO ME AS AN INDIE-ARTIST.”

Woody Russell
5th Annual IMA Nominee – Folk/Singer-Songwriter Album