Fans Establish New Winners In The 10th Independent Music Awards Vox Pop Poll

Fans Establish New Winners In The 10th Independent Music Awards Vox Pop Poll

Girl In A Coma, Tripping Lily, Karim Baggili, Melissa Auf der Maur and Zhao Jiazhen Among Those Honored By Music Fans

July 19, 2011 • Music Resource Group (MRG) and The Independent Music Awards
(The IMAs), the international program for independent bands and fans today announced the results of The IMA Vox Pop poll, the fan-determined portion of the annual awards. More than 57,000 music fans from around the world voted online for their favorite self-released and independent label artists culled from the 250 Nominees in more than 70 Album, Song, Music Video and Design categories.

Included in the latest batch of IMA winners are the punk rocker group Girl In A Coma, the folk pop quartet Tripping Lily, and Belgian guitar/oud prodigy Karim Baggili. Among those adding Vox Pop honors to their IMA honors announced earlier this year are former Hole bassist Melissa Auf der Maur, and renowned guqin virtuoso Zhao Jiazhen from The Peoples Republic Of China.

The complete list of winners is below; their nominated work and bios available at

More than 75 percent of the “people’s voice” selections differed from those named in February by the artist and industry judging panel that included Tom Waits, Suzanne Vega, Ozzy Osbourne, Aimee Mann, Seal, Anthony DeCurtis (Rolling Stone), Kevin Lyman (Warped Tour), and Bill Bragin (Lincoln Center) among many other music industry professionals.

“The Independent Music Awards celebrate artists who follow their own muse and the music fans who support them,” said The IMA Executive Director, Martin Folkman. “The Vox Pop award is one of the many ways The IMAs motivates fans to discover and support incredible independent talent, which after all is the purpose of The IMAs,” Folkman said.

“One of the most compelling aspects about the Vox Pop results is the undeniable proof that active bands and motivated fans are a winning combination” said Folkman. In addition to targeted marketing outreach from The IMAs and partners, all Nominees were given a promotional tool kit that included a voting widget to share on their websites and social media pages. “Nominees who posted their widget improved their chances of earning the Vox Pop award by more than 56%,” said Folkman.

Several new performance and marketing programs will be added to The 11th IMAs currently accepting submissions at


Now in its 11th year, The Independent Music Awards is a prestigious international program that connects top ranked artists to new audiences and revenue opportunities. The IMAs yearlong promotions distribution and performance opportunities place winners and nominees in front of millions of Fans, Programmers, Talent Buyers, Film, TV & Gaming Music Supervisors, Media and other gatekeepers.

Past winners and nominees include: Holly GoLightly & The Brokeoffs, Cursive, Hoots & Hellmouth, Gemma Ray, The RaRa Riots, The Trews, Dirtfoot, Marco Benevento, Lacuna Coil, Animate Objects, The Cliks, Son De Madera, The Dollyrots, The Flatlanders, The Very Best, God Forbid, Denque Fever, Jamie Lidell, Johnny Dowd, The Apples in Stereo, Joan As Police Woman, Selasee, Tony Trischka, Martin Sexton, Jeff Healey, Speech, Koko Taylor, Ike Turner, Sweet Honey In The Rock, Dan Zanes, Miquel Migs, Oran Etkin, Lionel Louke, Bitter Sweet, Christopher Tin, and Jennifer Nettles.

Music Resource Group producer of The Independent Music Awards and publisher of the Musician’s Atlas has been connecting independent artists and other music entrepreneurs to new marketing and revenue opportunities since 1998.


Section Category Artist Winning Work
Album Adult Contemporary Victoria Vox Exact Change
Album Alt. Country Moonshine Ramblers Moonshine Ramblers
Album Americana The Black Lillies Whiskey Angel
Album Blues Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps You Know You Love It
Album Children’s Music The Monkey Bunch Power To The Little People
Album Compilation Album Hans Mayer Silly Biz: Hanz Mayer Favorites
Album Concept Album Taylor Carson Defending The Name
Album Contemporary Christian Bridget Larson He Is
Album Contemporary Classical Alejandro Escuer Folklore Imaginario
Album Country Logan Mize Logan Mize
Album Dance/Electronica Svoy Automatons
Album Eclectic Diablo Swing Orchestra Sing-Along Songs For The Damned & Delirious
Album Folk/Singer-Songwriter Tripping Lily The Day Everything Became Nothing
Album Gospel Asylum Street Spankers God’s Favorite Band
Album Indie/Alt./Hard Rock Melissa Auf der Maur Out of Our Minds
Album Instrumental Incendio Vihuela
Album Jazz Tony Grey Unknown Angels
Album Latin Dislocados La Salida
Album Live Performance Kirsty McGee & The Hobopop Collective No. 5
Album Metal/Hardcore Echoes Nature|Existence
Album New Age Patrick Bernard Paix Amour & Lumière
Album Pop/Rock shoe. Speed of Life
Album Punk The Revelevens Welcome to Baltimore
Album R&B Michael Stewart Where I’m Going…
Album Rap/Hip-Hop Eastern Sunz Corroded Utopia
Album Reissue Doug Jenson and the Feel Kings Nickel and Wood
Album Tribute Album The Nu-Utopians Imagined
Album World Beat Karim Baggili Léa & Kash
Album World Traditional Zhao Jiazhen Zhao Jiazhen: Masterpieces of the Chinese Qin from the Tang Dynasty to Today
Album/EP College Label Release (Album or EP) Birdie Busch Everyone Will Take You In
EP EP The Paper Shapes Be Vigilant
Song Acoustic Tripping Lily High
Song Adult Contemporary The Speedbumps I Come From A Town
Song Alt. Country Lera Lynn Bobby, Baby
Song Americana Hymn For Her Grave
Song Blues Sunday Wilde That Man Drives Me Mad
Song Children’s Music Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights More Cowbell
Song Contemporary Christian Canopy Red All Around Me
Song Country The Steel Wheels Nothing You Cant Lose
Song Cover Song Girl in a Coma Walkin After Midnight
Song Dance/Electronica Svoy Automatons
Song Folk/Singer-Songwriter – tie Gina’s Picture Show Don’t Be Mad
Song Folk/Singer-Songwriter – tie Megan Slankard The Happy Birthday
Song Gospel The Steel Wheels Working On A Building
Song Holiday Song (Any Holiday) In A World… Halloween Masquerade Waltz
Song Indie/Alt./Hard Rock Midnight Spin Trigger Finger Itch
Song Instrumental The Marc Atkinson Trio Vorizo
Song Jazz Halie Loren Thirsty
Song Latin Manicato Familia
Song Love Song Scrapyard Lullaby Baby
Song Metal/Hardcore Stone Crusher Sea Witch
Song New Age David Clavijo Promises
Song Pop/Rock Quiet Company Its Better To Spend Money Like Theres No Tomorrow Than Spend Tonight Like Theres No Money
Song Punk Berri Txarrak Folklore
Song R&B Bobby Bookout Broken Promises
Song Rap/Hip-Hop Animate Objects feat. Maggie Vagle Jesse Jackson
Song Sing Out For Social Action Tom Neilson Solstice Morning
Song Song Used in Film/TV/Multimedia Tony Chen Righteous Marching
Song Story Song Alex Berger Snow Globe
Song World Beat Tosi Brooks Been So Long
Song World Traditional Vandana Vishwas Badara Re
Video Music Video, Short Form Yann Perreau L’amour se meurt
Video Music Video, Long Form – tie Various Artists Music of Central Asia Vol. 7: In the Shrine of the Heart: Popular Classics from Bukhara and Beyond
Video Music Video, Long Form – tie Various Artists Music of Central Asia Vol. 8: Rainbow
Video Music Video, Long Form – tie Various Artists Music of Central Asia Vol. 9: In the Footsteps of Babur
Design Album Art Geninne D. Zlatkis Jubal’s Kin – Jubal’s Kin
Design Album Packaging Keystone Designing Co. Xue-Shi You – The Steadfast Palm Grass
Design Artist / Band Publicity Photography John Mazlish Rachael Sage – Delancey Street UK
Design Band Venue Poster Matt Skoog The Paper Shapes – Official Passion Pit Aftershow
Design Concert Photography Doug Seymour Hoots And Hellmouth – Live Photo
Design Music Website (Artist, Band, Record Label, etc.) Dorotea & Madlenne Kramer Old Wives’ Tale – Official Site (band)
Design Swag [Merch] Sonya Cohen Cramer (drawing by Woodie Guthrie) Sarah Lee Guthrie & Family – Go Waggaloo T-Shirt