Fans Select Winners In The 12th Independent Music Awards Vox Pop Poll

Fans Select Winners In The 12th Independent Music Awards Vox Pop Poll

Music Fans From Around The World Pick Fan Favorites
In The 12 IMA Vox Pop Poll

Ben Kweller, Willie Nile, Emma-Lee, The Wiyos, Rozina Patkai, THEREMYN_4 and Suzanna Choffel Among This Year’s Vox Pop Winners

August 6, 2013 — The Independent Music Awards (The IMAs) and its parent Music Resource Group (MRG) today announced the results of The IMAs Vox Pop poll, the fan-determined portion of the prestigious international program for independent bands and releases.

Music fans from around the world voted online for their favorite self-released and independent label artists culled from the 400 IMA Nominees announced in April. Ben Kweller, Willie Nile, Emma-Lee, The Wiyos, Rozina Patkai, THEREMYN_4 and Suzanna Choffel are among the eclectic group of fan favorites chosen in more than 80 Album, Song, Music Video and Design categories.

More than 40 percent of the “people’s voice” winners named today differed from those named in June by The IMA’s artist and industry judging panel that included Tom Waits, Meshell Ndegeocello, Pete Wentz, Suzanne Vega, Ziggy Marley,
G. Love, Anthony DeCurtis
(Rolling Stone), Kevin Lyman (Warped Tour), and Colleen Fischer (Austin City Limits Live) among many other artists and talent buyers, music journalists, film & tv music supervisors and industry decision makers.

The diverse mix of established artists & rising stars named as 12th IMA Vox Pop winners hail from 14 countries on 4 continents.

“The IMAs roster of Winners and Nominees are a microcosm of the global independent music scene,” said Martin Folkman, Executive Director of The Independent Music Awards.

“The program’s international diversity highlights the fact that exceptional music doesn’t need a passport or major label publicity machine to win fans: just access and a level playing field. Artists earning top honors in this year’s program include self-released and fan-funded projects, as well as indie label and former major label acts. No matter what their country of origin or style of music, IMA artists are united in their pursuit of artistic excellence and originality,” Folkman said.

Included in the list of IMA fan favorites named today is music veteran Willie Nile whose fan-funded album yielded two Vox Pop Wins (Social Action Song and Rock/Hard Rock Album). The Alt. Country band, The Wiyos also earned top honors with their fan-funded project Twist (Concept Album) a musical collage loosely based on The Wizard of Oz.

Austin rocker Ben Kweller (Rock/Hard Rock Song winner) has been impressing fans & industry for more than a decade. Kweller has toured with music icons, inspired a cult following and earned a top 40 hit in the UK before turning 20.

With a smokey brand of indie-pop, Suzanna Choffel, another Austin native, seduced both fans and industry listeners, earning Vox Pop honors for her Folk Singer/Songwriter song “Golden Fires.”

Though never formally trained, Emma-Lee from Ontario, Canada has a vocal style that’s been compared to k.d. lang, Norah Jones and Feist. Her debut album, Never Just a Dream, released on Bumstead Records, won best Love Song in The 9th IMAs. Now, Lee’s 2nd album, Backseat Heroine, a winning mix of pop, country, rock and soul, and featuring collaborations with Nicole Atkins, Luke Doucet and Marc Rogers, received a total of 2 wins in The 12th IMA Vox Pop poll (Adult Contemporary Album, Short form Music Video).

The classically trained, young Hungarian pianist and singer, Rozina Patkai (named Vox Pop Jazz Song winner) found her true voice as a Jazz artist. For the past 3 years she has been thrilling fans with her bossa nova infused compositions, earning honors at numerous competitions, Jazz and Fringe festivals throughout Europe.

Regarded as as one of the Latin America’s most exciting bands, THEREMYN_4 (Vox Pop Dance/electronica Album winner) delivers a cutting-edge synthesis of musical styles. The band’s 7th release Fiction Beats – a melange of acid house, electro, techno & jazz, downloads of beats, sequences, and experimental textures – has earned the band their first IMA nomination & win.

“The Independent Music Awards celebrate artists the world over who follow their own muse and the true music fans who support them,” said Folkman. “The Vox Pop award is one of the many ways The IMAs motivates fans to discover and support an incredible roster of talent that can get lost among the noise. All IMA honorees receive marketing and sales support. Vox Pop Winners have the added satisfaction of inspiring fans to act on their behalf.”

The complete list of winners is below. Nominated work and bios are available at

Details about The 13th Independent Music Awards, currently accepting submissions are available at

Now in its 13th 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.

Submissions for the 13th edition of The Independent Music Awards are open at:

* Denotes artists who received honors in both the judge-determined and Vox Pop program components

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Section Category Artist Winning Work
Album Adult Contemporary *Emma-Lee Backseat Heroine
Album Alt. Country *Mama Rosin Bye Bye Bayou
Album Americana Evie Ladin Band Evie Ladin Band
Album Bluegrass *The Dust Busters with John Cohen Old Man Below
Album Blues Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps Come On Home
Album Cabaret *Bett Butler American Sampler
Album Children’s Music Pacha’s Pajamas – A Story Written By Nature, Vol. I Pacha’s Pajamas – A Story Written By Nature, Vol. I
Album Compilation Album Various Artists: Occupy This Album Occupy This Album
Album Concept Album *The Wiyos Twist
Album Contemporary Christian / Gospel Maggie Ingram & The Ingramettes Live in Richmond
Album Contemporary Classical Homzy/Kesler Duo Dragon Suite
Album Country Katie Quick Valley Between Love
Album Dance/Electronica THEREMYN_4 Fiction Beats
Album Eclectic Echo Us Tomorrow Will Tell The Story
Album Folk/Singer-Songwriter *Suzanna Choffel Steady Eye Shaky Bow
Album Funk/Fusion/Jam House of the Rising Funk House of the Rising Funk
Album Indie/Alt. Rock Love Darling The Occupant Theory
Album Instrumental *Kotebel Concerto for Piano and Electric Ensemble
Album Jazz Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra Córdoba
Album Latin Rick Davies Salsa Norteña
Album Live Performance Blame Sally Live at KVIE Studios Volume One
Album Metal/Hardcore Stick To Your Guns Diamond
Album New Age Jose Luis Serrano Esteban A New Horizon Special Edition
Album Pop Carson Henley 100 Hours
Album R&B/Soul Mary’s Mine Another Day Through Beats & Pieces
Album Rap/Hip-Hop Noesis The Way Things Work
Album Reissue Catherine Marie Charlton River Dawn: Piano Meditations (10th Anniversary Edition)
Album Rock / Hard Rock Willie Nile The Innocent Ones
Album Soundtrack / Cast Recording *Chad Farran On Surfari Sessions Volume 2
Album Spoken Word (with music accompaniment) Totem Maples In the Realm of the Senses
Album Tribute Album *Lou Pallo of Les Paul’s Trio with Special Guests Thank You Les: A Tribute To Les Paul
Album World Beat Pascuala Ilabaca y Fauna Busco Paraíso
Album World Traditional Lenka Lichtenberg Songs For the Breathing Walls
Song A Cappella *The Steel Wheels “Rain in the Valley”
Song Acoustic *Phoebe Elliot “Ghosts Roam This Town”
Song Adult Contemporary Martin Rivas “Your Heart Will Be Broken Again”
Song Alt. Country Tom Freund “Cruel Cruel World”
Song Americana *The Western Swing Authority “I’ve Got a Feelin'”
Song Bluegrass Beef Tea “Bring Me Along”
Song Blues Amanda Broadway “Somethin’ Funny Goin’ On”
Song Cabaret Bihzhu “Palpitations”
Song Children’s Music *Martin Zarzar “Piggy Piggy Piggy”
Song Contemporary Christian / Gospel Joshua Aaron “Hoshiana (A Lament For the Nations)”
Song Country Kelsey K “Country Mess”
Song Cover *Gypsy Soul “Angel From Montgomery”
Song Dance/Electronica MERCURIUS FM “Unicorn Techno (Original Mix)”
Song Eclectic Erin Hill & her Psychedelic Harp “Stun”
Song Folk/Singer-Songwriter Suzanna Choffel “Golden Fires”
Song Funk/Fusion/Jam Atlas Soul “This Won’t Take Long”
Song Holiday Terry McDade & The McDades “Maybe This Christmas”
Song Indie/Alt. Rock A Great Big Pile of Leaves “Pet Mouse”
Song Instrumental Jenni Roditi “Initiation”
Song Jazz Rozina Pátkai “Vocé e Eu”
Song Latin Radio la Chusma “Cruzando Fronteras”
Song Love Band Called Catch “When In Rome”
Song Metal/Hardcore Digital Summer “Forget You (feat. Clint Lowery)”
Song New Age Andy Robinson “The Open Door”
Song Pop *Kyle Patrick “Follow Your Heartbeat”
Song R&B/Soul Tess Henley “Daydreaming”
Song Rap/Hip-Hop MC Friction “The Cure”
Song Rock / Hard Rock Ben Kweller “Mean To Me”
Song Social Action *Willie Nile “One Guitar”
Song Spoken Word (with music accompaniment) Sheila K Cameron (SKC) “Yesterday I Felt Two Inches Tall”
Song Story *Martin Zarzar “Two Dollars To Ride the Train”
Song World Beat Villalobos Brothers “El Pijul”
Song World Traditional *Runa Amhrán Mhuighinse
EP Dance / Electronica Wake Oakland Blackouts
EP Eclectic *Madiba2013 Madiba2013
EP Instrumental Thomas Kopystecki Jr. Pentacle
EP Jazz *Thelonius Reminisce
EP Pop Lucy Stone Would You?
EP Rock Motion City Soundtrack Making Moves
EP Roots/Country *Don DiLego Western & Atlantic
EP Urban *Gyles Love & Denial
EP World Atlas Soul Gypsy Wind – EP
Producer Music Producer Greta Gertler & Adam D Gold The Universal Thump – The Universal Thump
Design Album Art Janée Meadows “Kingsize – All These Machines”
Design Album Packaging Hui-chen Huang & Szu-wei Cheng / Keystone Design Co. “Daniel Ho – On a Gentle Island Breeze”
Design Artist Concert Photo *David Simchok “Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue (Troy Andrews)”
Design Artist Publicity Photo *Doug Seymour “City Rain”
Design Music Website Grevia
Design Poster *Rachael Sage & Oliver Cartwright “Haunted By You Limited Edition Poster”
Design Swag *Visual Dialogue “Woody at 100 Limited-Edition T-Shirt”
Music Video Long Form Wu Man and Master Musicians from the Silk Route Music of Central Asia Vol. 10: Borderlands
Music Video Short Form Emma-Lee “Shadow of a Ghost”