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Ben Kweller, Band Of Skulls, Killer Mike, Dethklok, Willie Nile, Passenger, Five Finger Death Punch, Team Me, Gungor, Bernie Worrell Orchestra, The Wiyos and
Little Freddie King Among The 12th IMA Winners

Banned Iranian duo Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat Take Top Honors in World Traditional Album

Fan Online Voting Will Determine The 12th IMA Vox Pop Winners

June 11, 2013 – Ben Kweller, Band Of Skulls, Killer Mike, Dethklok, Little Freddie King, Passenger, Five Finger Death Punch, Team Me, Gungor, Bernie Worrell Orchestra, The Wiyos, and Willie Nile are among the exceptional self-released and independent label talent named today by Music Resource Group (MRG) as the Judge-determined Winners of The 12th Independent Music Awards (The IMAs), the influential international awards program for independent bands and fans.

The veteran artists and rising stars named as 12th IMA Winners in more than 80 Album, EP, Song, Music Producer, Music Video and Design categories were winnowed from thousands of submissions from around the globe, and were determined by a panel of influential artists and music industry executives.

For the first time, The IMAs honored producers associated with an album whose production quality was deemed extraordinary. The co-producers Kenny Siegal, Bryce Goggin and Brian Geltner received this inaugural award for the production of the Johnny Society album “Free Society.” The tracks were recorded at Siegal’s Old Soul Studios, located in Catskill, NY.

Stop-motion and animated videos from Kim Bingham for her song “UP!” and Le Peuple de l’Herbe for its song “Parler le fracas,” delighted judges with their ability to complement the songs’ messages and engage viewers over multiple viewings, resulting in a tie in the Music Video Short Form category.

Archival recordings from both Woody Guthrie and Louis Armstrong received honors for the Smithsonian-Folkways label in the Compilation and Album Reissue categories.

Also among the winning artists is the sister team of Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat of Iran, whose music is outlawed in their native country. Their album Twinklings Of Hope won in the World Traditional Album category. The record is made available on the Kirkelig Kulturverksted label based in Oslo, Norway.

Known for championing original, sometimes controversial work by artists who follow their own muse, The IMAs provides Winners with performance, promotion and distribution opportunities that will place them in front of music supervisors, talent buyers, record label executives, and most importantly, fans worldwide.

“Whether it’s from established artists like Killer Mike and Band Of Skulls, or breakout acts such as Air Traffic Controller, The Congregation, Gungor and Mama Rosin, independent artists excel at creating original music that takes risks and wins over new fans,” said Martin Folkman, Executive Director of The Independent Music Awards.

“With winning entries from the United States, Canada, France, U.K., Switzerland, Iran, Spain, Netherlands, Singapore, Venezuela, South Africa and Korea, The Independent Music Awards continues to provide unprecedented exposure for a diverse range of incredible self-released and independent label talent,” Folkman said.

The 12th IMA Judging panel featured exceptional recording artists including: Tom Waits & Kathleen Brennan, Ziggy Marley, Suzanne Vega, Del McCoury, Meshell Ndegeocello, Pete Wentz, Shelby Lynne, G. Love, Brandi Carlile, McCoy Tyner, Judy Collins, John Medeski, Chris Wood, Andrea Marcovicci, Raul Midon, “Weird Al’ Yankovic, Bernie Worrell, Jeremy Taggart, Frederick “Toots” Hibbert, Arturo Sandoval, Joel Madden, Jonatha Brooke and Jim Lauderdale.

The IMA Judging panel was also comprised of record label executives, club and festival talent buyers, music journalists, film & tv music supervisors including: Terry McBride (Nettwerk Music Group), Kevin Lyman (Vans Warped Tour), Bill Bragin (Lincoln Center), Alan Light (Live From The Artists Den), Alec Bemis (Brassland Records), Dan Storper (Putumayo World Music), Jason Olaine (Jazz At Lincoln Center), Anthony DeCurtis (Rolling Stone), Evan Schlansky (American Songwriter), Delphine Robertson (Playtone Productions), Bruce Iglauer (Alligator Records), Bob Ludwig (Gateway Mastering), Dalis Allen (Kerrville Folk Festival), Lydia Hutchinson (Performing Songwriter), Kimberly Aldridge (AMI Entertainment), Anne Saunders (Falcon Ridge Folk Festival), Chris Diaz (Knitting Factory Entertainment), Colleen Fischer (Austin City Limits), Heather D (The Bell House), Sara Beesley (Joe’s Pub), John Scoles (High & Lonesome Club), John Sanders (Iron Horse Entertainment), Kath Borer (Music House For Children), Nisha Asnani (Nuyorican Poets Café), Patrick MacIntyre (Ironwood Stage & Grill), Paul Oveisi (ZirZamin), Art Szabo (The Starlite Room), Todd Pinnell (Tattoo Rock Parlour), Steve Silman (The Railway Club), Brice Rosenbloom (Le Poisson Rouge), Eugene Haslam (Zaphod Beeblebrox), Mads Black Just-Olesen (Littlefield), Jon Keats (The Cavern Club), Craig Laskey (Horseshoe Tavern), Edan Wilber (Death By Audio), Erika Nichols (The Bluebird Café), Andy Bodor (Cake Shop), David Jemilo (Green Mill Jazz Club), Hunter Rodgers (Cain’s Ballroom), James White (The Broken Spoke), Jeannette Murrietta (Arts & Venues), Skip The Funktologist (“A Funk Above The Rest”).

Artist bios, as well as music and images for all winning and nominated Albums, EPs, Songs, Design and Music Videos available at<br/ >

Fan Online Voting Will Determine The 12th IMA Vox Pop Winners

In addition to the judge-determined winners announced today, music fans from around the world have until midnight Friday, July 19th to champion their favorite Nominees and determine The 12th IMA Vox Pop Winners by voting online at

The fan-selected Winners will benefit from additional marketing support from The Independent Music Awards. To date more than 23,000 music fans have cast their votes in support of their favorite 12th IMA artists.<br/ >

Artistry Has Its Awards

For more than a decade 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 contact database The Musician’s Atlas, The IMAs uses its unrivaled access to performance, promotion and distribution to connect Winners and Nominees to new audiences and revenue opportunities.

The program receives submissions from artists previously on major labels as well as self-released and indie label talent from more than 70 countries on six continents.

Submissions for The 13th Annual Independent Music Awards are currently being accepted at

Program details available at

The 12th Independent Music Awards Winners:

*Denotes an artist with multiple wins
Album Categories Winner Winning Album
 Adult Contemporary  Emma-Lee  Backseat Heroine
 Alt. Country  Mama Rosin  Bye Bye Bayou
 Americana  The Steel Wheels*  Lay Down, Lay Low
 Bluegrass  The Dust Busters with John Cohen  Old Man Below
 Blues  Little Freddie King  Chasing tha Blues
 Cabaret  Bett Butler  American Sampler
 Children’s Music  Boxtop Jenkins  You’re Happier When You’re Happy!
 Compilation  Woody Guthrie  Woody at 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection
 Concept  The Wiyos  Twist
 Contemporary Christian / Gospel  SUPERHERO  Things We Need for the Journey
 Contemporary Classical  David Chesky  String Theory
 Country  JP Harris and The Tough Choices  I’ll Keep Calling
 Dance/Electronica  Morgan Page  In the Air
 Eclectic  Skeleton Key  Gravity Is The Enemy
 Folk/Singer-Songwriter  Suzanna Choffel  Steady Eye Shaky Bow
 Funk/Fusion/Jam  The Brown Edition  Soulpocalypse
 Indie/Alt. Rock  Team Me  To The Treetops!
 Instrumental  Kotebel  Concerto for Piano and Electric Ensemble
 Jazz  Winther-Storm  Spinnaker   
 Latin  Bang Data  La Sopa
 Live Performance  Gungor  A Creation Liturgy (Live)
 Metal/Hardcore  Dethklok  Dethalbum III
 New Age  Various Artists: Birds II: Where the Sounds of Nature Dwell  Birds II: Where the Sounds of Nature Dwell
 Pop  Marie-Pierre Arthur  Aux alentours
 R&B/Soul  The Congregation  Right Now Everything
 Rap/Hip-Hop  Killer Mike  R.A.P. Music
 Reissue  Louis Armstrong, Tyree Glenn, Tommy Gwaltney  Satchmo at the National Press Club: Red Beans and Rice-ly Yours
 Rock / Hard Rock  Ben Kweller  Go Fly A Kite
 Soundtrack / Cast Recording  Chad Farran  On Surfari Sessions Volume 2
 Spoken Word  One Hello World  The Listener
 Tribute  Lou Pallo of Les Paul’s Trio with Special Guests*  Thank You Les: A Tribute To Les Paul
 World Beat  Sofia Rei  De Tierra Y Oro
 World Traditional  Mahsa Vahdat & Marjan Vahdat  Twinklings of Hope
Song Categories Winner Winning Song
 A Cappella  The Steel Wheels*  “Rain in the Valley”
 Acoustic  Phoebe Elliot  “Ghosts Roam This Town”
 Adult Contemporary  Aaron & The Spell  “A Beating Heart”
 Alt. Country  Lucky Tubb & The Modern Day Troubadours  “Heard Your Name”
 Americana  The Western Swing Authority  “I’ve Got a Feelin'”
 Bluegrass  Mark Linford, Denny Johnston & The Buckeye Bluegrass Band  “It’s Okay To Pick It”
 Blues  Son Roberts  “Brakeman”
 Cabaret  Beth Duncan  “Comes the Fall”
 Children’s Music  Martin Zarzar*  “Piggy Piggy Piggy”
 Contemporary Christian / Gospel  Sarah Cheng-De Winne  “Love-Shape Void”
 Country  Shari Rowe  “Silly Boy”
 Cover  Gypsy Soul  “Angel From Montgomery”
 Dance/Electronica  Looshuss  “Not Myself”
 Eclectic  Orchid Ensemble  “Dancing Moon”
 Folk/Singer-Songwriter  Passenger  “Let Her Go”
 Funk/Fusion/Jam  Bernie Worrell Orchestra  “Get Your Hands Off”
 Holiday  Amanda Duncan  “Light Those Candles Bright”
 Indie/Alt. Rock  Air Traffic Controller  “You Know Me”
 Instrumental  Jorge Grundman  “On Blondes and Detectives” (performed by Brodsky Quartet)
 Jazz  Jeff Fairbanks’ Project Hansori  “Bi Bim Bop”
 Latin  La Sardina de Naiguatá  “Volveré (I Will Return)”
 Love  Soundtrack for Silent Films  “World Goes By”
 Metal/Hardcore  Five Finger Death Punch  “Coming Down”
 New Age  Kori Linae Carothers  “Carpe Diem” (Alternate Mix)”
 Pop  Kyle Patrick  “Follow Your Heartbeat”
 R&B/Soul  Dezmond Meeks  “Try Me”
 Rap/Hip-Hop  Wiz Gamb  “I Get It” (feat. Meek Mills & Gillie Da Kid)
 Rock / Hard Rock  Band of Skulls  “Sweet Sour”
 Social Action  Willie Nile  “One Guitar”
 Spoken Word  Paris and the Hiltons  “Quentin Will End Up Killing Himself”
 Story  Martin Zarzar*  “Two Dollars To Ride the Train”
 World Beat  Sofia Rei*  “La Gallera”
 World Traditional  Runa  “Amhrán Mhuighinse”
EP Categories Winner Winning EP
 Dance / Electronica  T.H. White  How Bad Do You Want Remixes!?
 Eclectic  Madiba2013  Madiba2013
 Instrumental  Catherine Marie Charlton  red leaf, grey sky: piano improvisations
 Jazz  Thelonius  Reminisce
 Pop  Paper Lions  At Long Creek – EP
 Rock  Goldrush  Making Moves
 Roots/Country  Don DiLego  Western & Atlantic
 Urban  Gyles  Love & Denial
 World  Khaira Arby  Tchini Tchini
Music Producer Category Winner Winning Work
 Music Producer  Kenny Siegal, Bryce Goggin, Brian Geltner  “Johnny Society – Free Society”
Design Categories Winner Winning Work
 Album Art  Wong Ping  “No One Remains Virgin – Life Fucks Everyone (LP)”
 Album Packaging  Visual Dialogue*  “Woody Guthrie – Woody at 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection”
 Artist Concert Photo  David Simchok  “Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue (Troy Andrews)”
 Artist Publicity Photo  Doug Seymour  “City Rain”
 Music Website  Crudely Chiseled Features
 Poster  Rachael Sage & Oliver Cartwright  “Haunted By You” Limited Edition Poster
 Swag  Visual Dialogue*  “Woody at 100 Limited-Edition T-Shirt”
Video Categories Winner Winning Video
 Long Form  Lou Pallo of Les Paul’s Trio with Special Guests  Thank You Les: A Tribute To Les Paul
 Short Form – (tie)  Kim Bingham  “UP!”
 Short Form – (tie)  Le Peuple de l’Herbe  “Parler le fracas”