11th Annual Independent Music Awards Nominees Announced!

11th Annual Independent Music Awards Nominees Announced!


Jude Folkman
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Bruce Cockburn, Melissa Ferrick, JD McPherson, Girl in a Coma, Birdy Nam Nam,
RuPaul, Ellis Marsalis and Larry Carlton
Among Nominees of The 11th Independent Music Awards

More Than 300 Self-Released & Independent Label Artists Honored

For Immediate Release

March 8, 2012 – More than 300 exceptional self-released and independent label artists, as well as former major label acts were named by Music Resource Group (MRG) today as Nominees in The 11th annual Independent Music Awards (The IMAs), the influential awards program for independent bands and fans.

The 11th IMA Nominees are an eclectic mix of established artists and artists on the rise including Bruce Cockburn (Folk/Singer-Songwriter Album), Ellis Marsalis (Concept Album and Cover Song), Girl in a Coma (Indie/Alt. Rock Album and Song), Larry Carlton (Tribute Album), April Verch (Americana Album and Acoustic Song), Birdie Nam Nam (Dance/Electronica Album and Short Form Music Video), Melissa Ferrick (Folk/Singer-Songwriter Album and Acoustic Song), RuPaul (Social Action Song and Song used in Film, TV, Gaming or Multimedia), and retro-rock recording artist JD McPherson (Rock/Hard Rock Album).

Representing the broad spectrum of today’s global independent music scene, the Nominees in over 70 Song, Album, Music Video and Design categories were culled from thousands of submissions from North America, South America, Asia, Africa, Australia and Europe.

Winners will be determined by a panel of 77 influential artist and industry judges including Keith Richards, Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan, Suzanne Vega, Joshua Redman, Tori Amos, Michael Franti, Bettye LaVette, Del McCoury, Ozzy Osbourne, Shelby Lynne, Alan Light (Live From The Artists Den), Kevin Lyman (Warped Tour), Bill Bragin (Lincoln Center), Sara Beesley (Joe’s Pub) Chris Diaz (Knitting Factory Entertainment), and Evan Schlansky (American Songwriter) and will be announced in April, 2012.

In addition to industry-determined Winners, music fans from around the world have until Friday, July 20, 2012 to cast their votes at The IMA Vox Pop Jukebox to determine the fan-selected IMA Winners.

The Independent Music Award Winners will be promoted to nearly 1 Billion music fans worldwide.

Details and complete list of Nominees and Judges available at TheIndependentMusicAwards.com

    Artistry Has Its Awards

Celebrating the democracy of creativity and meritocracy of talent, The Independent Music Awards honor exceptional independent artists traditionally ignored by mass media and big box retailers.

For the past 11 years, artists and labels from around the world have found new fans and prominence through The Independent Music Awards. Produced by Music Resource Group, publisher of the popular industry networking database The Musician’s Atlas, and producers of the webTV series, Grooveable Feast, The IMAs uses its unrivaled access to performance, promotion & distribution opportunities to connect Winners and Nominees to new audiences and revenue opportunities.

Winners of The 11th IMAs will receive active promotions, distribution and performance opportunities that will place them in front of nearly 1 billion music fans. Artists, managers and labels credit The IMAs with increasing recognition among music fans and industry gatekeepers.

Submissions for The 12th Independent Music Awards will open later this month. More information is available at: www.TheIndependentMusicAwards.com

The 11th Independent Music Awards Nominees:

* denotes an artist with multiple nominations

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Album Categories Nominee Nominated Album
Adult Contemporary Alan Hampton* The Moving Sidewalk
Alexandre Désilets La Garde
Barefoot Truth Carry Us On
Brooke Annibale Silence Worth Breaking
Seth Glier* The Next Right Thing
Alt. Country Buffalo Clover Low Down Time
The Lonesome Heroes Daydream Western
The Spinning Leaves & Hezekiah Jones* Hezekiah Leaves and The Spinning Joneses
The Wilders The Wilders
Americana April Verch* That’s How We Run
Mary Flower Misery Loves Company
Pharis & Jason Romero A Passing Glimpse
Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three* Middle of Everywhere
The Black Lillies* 100 Miles of Wreckage
Blues Ben Prestage One Crow Murder
Left Lane Cruiser Junkyard Speed Ball
Little Freddie King Gotta Walk with Da King
Scott H. Biram Bad Ingredients
Sugar Ray & the Bluetones Evening
Children’s Music Charlie Hope* Songs, Stories and Friends
Ella Jenkins A Life of Song
Kira Willey* Kings & Queens of the Forest
Miss Melodee Dancing with Miss Melodee
Once Upon An Opera Red Riding Hood (AKA Secret of the Ninja)
College Record Label Release (Album or EP) Kuf Knotz* Boombox Logic
The Spinning Leaves & Hezekiah Jones* Hezekiah Leaves and The Spinning Joneses
Various Artists Potential Unlimited 4
Compilation Various Artists Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology
Various Artists Made in Aurora Vol. 1
Various Artists New Arrivals: Vol. 4 – Artists Against Youth Homelessness
Various Artists Proximity One: Narrative of a City
Concept Amanda Richards Play Dead
Diana Panton to Brazil with love
Ellis Marsalis* A New Orleans Christmas Carol
Monica Pasqual* This Cold Desire
Don Rosler Rosler’s Recording Booth
Contemporary Christian Ben Apolinar Firm
Goodbye Audio Goodbye Audio
Jon Bauer Forevermore
Picnic in the Meadow* Livin’ in me
The Classic City Collective* Leave Your Guns with the Usher
Contemporary Classical Ju Percussion Group Moving On
Juice Songspin
Keeril Makan Target
Mercury Quartet Mercury Acoustic
Tansy Davies Troubairitz
Country Brad Monk Bradford Monk and The Foggy Hogtown Boys
Jared Rogerson Peace, Love and Horses
Madonna Nash Madonna Nash
Shawna Russell Shawna Russell
The Carper Family Back When
Dance/Electronica Atropolis Atropolis
Birdy Nam Nam* Defiant Order
Digital Virus Music Inspired by the Genre of Dubstep
Miguel Migs Outside the Skyline
Sahy Uhns An Intolerant Disdain of Underlings
Eclectic Amon Tobin ISAM
Misteur Valaire Golden Bombay
NOJO Explores The Dark Side Of The Moon
Randall Shreve & The Sideshow* The Jester
Spottiswoode & His Enemies* Wild Goosechase Expedition
EP Justin Tracy Bangla Motor
SHEL When the Dragon Came Down
Team Me Team Me EP
The Danberrys Company Store EP
The Gromble The Gromble
Folk /
Amy Correia* You Go Your Way
Bruce Cockburn Small Source of Comfort
Melissa Ferrick* Still Right Here
Philippe B Variations fantômes
The Bon Scotts We Will All Die at the Hands of C.G.I.
Indie / Alt. Rock Company of Thieves Running from a Gamble
Girl in a Coma* Exits & All the Rest
Kevin Devine Between the Concrete & Clouds
Monogrenade Tantale
The Revolving Birds The Revolving Birds
Instrumental Ben Tyree/BT3 re:Vision
Booka and the Flaming Geckos* The Not So Meaningful Songs in the Life of Jeremy Fink
Jerry Barlow Fields and Fences
Jon Thorne & Danny Thompson Watching the Well
Michael Torke Tahiti
Jazz Alon Nechushtan Words Beyond
Austin McMahon Many Muses Vol. 2
JC Stylles Exhilaration & Other States
René Marie Black Lace Freudian Slip
Vincent Gardner The Good Book Chapter Two
Latin Cimarrón* ¡Cimarrón! Joropo Music from the Plains of Colombia
Dislocados* Pasaporte Universal
Jose Conde Jose Conde
Locarno Una Mas Y Ya Nos Vamos
Los Hermanos Lovo ¡Soy Salvadoreño! Chanchona Music from Eastern El Salvador
Live Performance Brother Joscephus and the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra Live at Brooklyn Bowl
Manhattan Island Sessions Manhattan Island Sessions
Monty Alexander Harlem Kingston Express Live!
Randy Weston & his African Rhythms Sextet The Storyteller
Various Artists Down on the Bayou II: Live Jam from New Orleans
Metal/Hardcore 16 Second Stare Beautiful Disaster
Asking Alexandria Reckless & Relentless
Hemoptysis* Misanthropic Slaughter
Scarab Blinding the Masses
Shadowside Inner Monster Out
New Age Agostino Silvestri Natural
David Vaughn Merlin The Healing Journey
Jeff Oster* Surrender
Paradiso and Rasamayi 3rd Eye Rising
Psicodreamics Ancient Wisdom
Pop Bleu Four
Ida Gard Knees, Feet & the Parts We Don’t Speak Of
The Smart Set Remixing with The Smart Set
Whitton Rare Bird
Yuksek* Living on the Edge of Time
Punk The Mahones The Black Irish
Victims of Circumstance Acupunkture
R&B CeCe Teneal* Train from Osteen
FiL Straughan FiL the SouL
Teri Tobin* Love Infinity
The Soul of John Black* Good Thang
Zigaboo Modeliste* New Life
Rap/Hip-Hop Bigg Brass Byrd Boy Flow
Gliffics Against All Odds
Various Artists OnTrak Entertainment presents: Girls & Headphones
Yahzilla Yahzilla…the Movie
Reissue Big Star Third [Test Pressing Edition]
Hamza El Din Eclipse
Pixie Williams For the Record – The Pixie Williams Collection 1949-1951
The Motels Apocalypso
Utah Phillips Making Speech Free
Various Artists The Yoruba / Dahomean Collection: Orishas Across the Ocean
Rock / Hard Rock Filligar The Nerve
Hellbros Goodtime Machine
JD McPherson Signs & Signifiers
The Dig* Electric Toys
The Postelles The Postelles
Tribute Ernie Hawkins Whinin’ Boy
Graham Reynolds & the Golden Arm Trio Duke! Three Portraits of Ellington
Larry Carlton Plays the Sounds of Philadelphia
Various Artists Long Gone – Utah Remembers Bruce “Utah” Phillips
Various Artists Whiskey Devils – A Tribute to The Mahones
World Beat Alfio Antico Guten Morgen
Anna Pingina Moy
Malika Zarra Berber Taxi
The Alaev Family The Alaev Family & Tamir Muskat
Zoobazar* Uno
World Traditional Jamie Laval Murmurs and Drones
Karjam Saeji Tibet in My Heart
Khaira Arby Timbuktu Tarab
Various Artists Music from Aluku: Maroon Sounds of Struggle, Solace, and Survival
Vira Lozinsky Wondrous Way
Song Categories Nominee Nominated Song
Acoustic April Verch* Worth the Wait
Art Gomperz Band Court in Session
Melissa Ferrick* Singing in the Wind
Parlor Hawk Saddest Song
The Spinning Leaves & Hezekiah Jones* Strange Dream
Adult Contemporary Antigone Rising Everywhere Is Home
Blame Sally* Wide Open Spaces
Mariana Bell Balloon
Spottiswoode & His Enemies* Chariot
Zach Deputy Remember
Alt. Country Blame Sally* Big Big Bed
Deanna Cartea Open Road
Maxim Ludwig & The Santa Fe Seven Stacy C’mon
Rattlehand Pike River
Wendy Parr Lucky Penny
Americana Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three* Ain’t the Same
Shiny and the Spoon Coriander Blues
Spring Creek Mockingbird
Sugar Bayou Too Proud to Cry
The Edna Project (Liz Queler & Seth Farber) Keen (duet w/ Shawn Mullins)
Blues Michael Jerome Browne At It Again
The Soul of John Black* My Brother
Trampled Under Foot Goodbye
Transvaal Diamond Syndicate Devil on My Shoulder
Will Scott Last Rest Stop (feat. Deacon Jones)
Children’s Music Charlie Hope* Best Friends
Kiddle Karoo Say Please
Kira Willey* Roller Coaster
Marlowe & tHe MiX Life Is a Roller Coaster
Meg Russell (Meg’s Melodies) Smile and Say Hello
Contemporary Christian Christopher Williams Great Affection
Joal Kamps Take My World Apart
Matthew Browne Our God Is Alive
Picnic in the Meadow* Burn
The Classic City Collective* No Greater Love
Country Herrick* Cry Memphis
India Ramey Don’t Tell Me (It Was the Wiskey)
John Carter Own It
Leah Durelle Coming Back as a Cowboy
LiveWire What Makes You a Man
Cover Annie Minogue Band Jet
Ellis Marsalis* Winter Wonderland
Ernie Hawkins Shuffle Rag
Margot B. Breakeven
Bill Abel w/ Old Gray Mule Dee Dee Dee
Dance / Electronica dJ ArkAngel Get Up (Breaks Mix)
kontaktor Back to School
Lennart Jensen Shadows on the Wall
PASCAL Beautiful, Technical, Digital
zircon The End
Eclectic Boy Things Buyer’s Remorse
Le Boeuf Brothers* Everything You Love
Life in a Blender Does the Lady?
Monica Pasqual* These Darkened Days
Randall Shreve & The Sideshow* The Ghost
Folk /
Alan Hampton* Change Your Mind
Heather Maloney No Shortcuts
Martyn Joseph There’s Always Maybe
May Stands Still Gotta See
Robin Bacior Man Before Me
Gospel Bec Laughton Holy Love
CeCe Teneal* I Heard You Prayin’
Freda Mitchell Just For Your Love
Jay Semko Drop You In The Water
Kira Small I Will Raise My Voice
Holiday Amanda Duncan Mistletoe (feat. Chris Ayer)
Brad Fitch Worst Holiday
Clint Maedgen/Helen Gillet Reindeer Games
Dislocados* Navidad en Heathrow
Zigaboo Modeliste* Holiday Kiss
Indie / Alt. Rock Girl in a Coma* Adjust
Leo Goes Grr… Crowns
Not A Planet Turn Me On
Tan Vampires Digital Rot
The Dig* You’re Already Gone
Instrumental Cimarrón* Joropo quitapesares (Joropo Quitapesares)
Gina Izzo Samba
Jaron Freeman-Fox and The Opposite of Everything Caboose
Karrnnel Coast / Rain
Rumbo Nuevo Hotel Espana
Jazz Ferenc Nemeth Band Joy
Gregory Page Love Made Me Drunk
Jim Heineman’s Dream Band Rh Positive
Le Boeuf Brothers* Circles
Mark O’Connor Quintet The Sound of Joy
Latin Camilo Velandia Deja El Afán
Cimarrón* Cimarroneando (Cimarrón-ing)
Del Castillo Boricua Del Cielo
Dislocados* Como Tú (feat. Jimmy Bosch)
Lisandro Torres y su Orquesta A Tiempo Justo
Love Amy Correia* Love Changes Everything
Meghan Trainor Leave a Kiss
Robinson Wherever You Are
Roscoe James Irwin 1000 Nights
Ursa Minor All of the Time
Metal / Hardcore .49 Grain Broken Record
Hemoptysis* M.O.D.
No Class Assassins 3rd Time’s Not a Charm
Razed A New Light
Rivethead Difference
New Age Darlene Koldenhoven Lucid See
Jeff Oster* Beautiful Silence
Kelly Andrew You Strengthen Me
Michele McLaughlin Melancholy Snowfall
Tony Chen Sweet Smile
Pop Echo and the Empress Balloon
Katrina Stone Songbird
Lian Amber In Style and Rhythm
NIXON (formerly Tiny Danza) Beat Fly
Yuksek* Always on the Run
Punk Hastings 3000 Modern Man
Lights From Space Zombie
Max Raptor Carolina
Scary Tales Damn the Speed Limit
The Motorleague Good Men
R&B CeCe Teneal* I Wanna Go Home
Delonda Harvey Winner
Jasmine Williams Dreamer
Teri Tobin* Free
Tess Henley Boy in the Window
Rap/Hip-Hop Big Page Europe
Kuf Knotz* Clock Tickin’
Nukky Grissom I Wonder Where You Are
Ridah Redd Nothing Lesser (feat. Brisco & Tay Dizm)
Thoughtsarizen Living a Dream
Rock / Hard Rock Death Valley High Multiply
Dose of Adolescence I’m Rad, You’re Rad, It’s Been Fun
Finding Clyde Answer Me
Melodrome Complacent
The Trews Hope & Ruin
Social Action Chevy Speak!
Chris Volpe Ain’t No Politician
RuPaul* Get Your Rebel On
Seth Glier* Next Right Thing
Tiller’s Folly Death and Taxes (feat. John Cowan & Josh Shilling)
Story Amy Correia* Took Him Away
Blame Sally* Bird in Hand
Herrick* Hangmen Hill
McCarthyizm Victor’s Morning
The Black Lillies* Two Hearts Down
Used in Film, TV, Gaming or Multimedia Anni Rossi Crushing Limbs
Audiolotz Outing (feat. Edoardo De Angelis)
Booka and the Flaming Geckos* Sowetto Alley
RuPaul* Glamazon
World Beat Dave Eggar and Deoro Jonan
Fely Tchaco Goba
Jumple Motavation
Kes the Band Wotless
Prophet-Z Officer
World Traditional Ali Khattab A…dios
Battlefield Band A’ Bhriogais Uallach (The Pompous Trousers)
Papa Aneli Alabi, sipi e booko genti e kon
Various Artists – From Kuno to Kebyar: Balinese Gamelan Angklung Godeg Miring
Zoobazar* Fun Faria
Design Categories Nominee Nominated Work
Album Art Elizabeth Maplesden / EMdash Design Electrotype – 7.50 (Seven and a Half) cover
Mark Weaver & Andrew Capener Parlor Hawk – Hoarse & Roaring
Ombilicus Mundi, Alexandre Désilets & Ariane Charbonneau Alexandre Désilets – La garde
Tessa Farmer Amon Tobin – ISAM
Thomas Steenland Keeril Makan – Target
Album Packaging Greg Allen / Omnivore Recordings Big Star – Third (Test Pressing Edition) (Limited-Edition Clear Vinyl)
Håvard Gjelseth / This Way Design Nils & Prepple (Box Set)
Matt Ellis Matt Ellis – Births, Deaths & Marriages (Limited Edition Handmade CD-Pack)
Qing-Yang Xiao Macy Chen – After 75 Years
Visual Dialogue / Smithsonian Folkways Recordings* Various Artists – Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology (Box Set)
Artist Concert Photo Doug Seymour Kuf Knotz Concert Photo
George Abruzzese / Killshot Photography Cory Smoot – Rest in Peace My Friend
Artist Publicity Photo Antonio Deckard Gamboa Gliffics – Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil
Denise Perri Kuf Knotz Publicity Photo
Erin Wallis / Erin Wallis Photography Jasmine Chadwick Publicity/Album Photo
Steve Meyer D. Gookin – Glasslands Gallery, Photo. No. 2
Band/Venue Poster Damien Weighill Giggle Party – Kettle Art Gallery
Daniel Harryman and Morgan King The Spinning Leaves – Tour Poster
Isabelle Ramsey and David Grandin Zigaboo Modeliste – “New Life” Poster
Patricia Evanoff Jose Conde – CD Release Poster
Richard Solstjärna / Solstjärna Art Universal Love – poster
Music Website Michael Mania-Bond Ridah Redd – www.ridahredd.com
Olga Lutsenko Nastassiya – www.nastassiya.com
Ombilicus Mundi & Ariane Charbonneau Alexandre Désilets – www.alexandredesilets.com
RJW Collective, Treble Red Caroline Jones – www.carolinejones.com
Swag MAD Dragon Records Water Bottle with USB Drive containing MAD Dragon Records Sampler
Sarah Dodds / Backstage Design Studio Injustice Down – Logo T-Shirt
Visual Dialogue / Smithsonian Folkways Recordings* Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology – T-Shirt
Video Categories Nominee Nominated Video
Long Form Cimarrón* Cimarrón discusses Llanero (Plains) Music
DeScribe Who is DeScribe?
In the Country Sounds and Sights
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / Mickey Hart Collection Behind the Scenes Tour of Smithsonian Folkways with Mickey Hart
Short Form Birdy Nam Nam* Goin’in
Dirtfoot Cast My Plans
Radio Radio Guess What?
Vincent Minor Late Night Show
Will Knox Cog in the Machine