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June 25, 2019

The Year’s Most Exceptional Artists and Releases Announced
At The 17th Annual Independent Music Awards

Beyond Creation, Broken Rail, Ella Vos, Erik Scott, Juliana Hatfield, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Mamita Peyote, Masta Ace and Marco Polo, Miss Tara, Ne Obliviscaris, Nina Attal, Pedro Luìs, Prateek Kuhad and Rogério Caetano are among this year’s top honorees.

New York, New York – Established artists and rising stars from around the world packed the Symphony Space Performing Arts Center on Saturday, June 22 to celebrate indie artists and artistry at The 17th annual Independent Music Awards (The IMAs).

Beyond Creation, Broken Rail, Ella Vos, Erik Scott, Juliana Hatfield, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Mamita Peyote, Masta Ace and Marco Polo, Miss Tara, Ne Obliviscaris, Nina Attal, Pedro Luìs, Prateek Kuhad and Rogério Caetano are among the diverse roster of self-released and indie label artists honored at The 17th IMAs.

A complete list of winners are available at

The winning projects were selected by judging panels comprised of top recording talent including: Tom Waits, Lee Ann Womack, Robert Smith, Nicole Atkins, Todd Rundgren, Martha Wash and Jim Brickman, among many others; and influential press, managers and talent buyers from the Americas, Europe and the Pacific Rim.

Ten nominated bands including: Ale Jiménez, Alicia Michilli, Bombay Rickey, Between Giants, Claudia Acuña, Low Lily, Mark Erelli, Nsimbi, Shadow of Whalesand Shon Weathers performed between award presentations in 104 music, video and visual design categories. Bombay Rickey, Between Giants, Low Lily, Mark Erelli, Nsimbi and Shadow of Whales were also among this year’s Winners.

A limited edition red vinyl record inscribed with artists and project names were presented by current judges and past recipients who included: åMBe, Roman Miroshnichenko, Fiona Bloom, Fiona Joy, Jackknife Stiletto, Jan Bell, Jana Fisher, Jim Brickman, Jeff Oster, Lucy Kalantari and Martha Wash.

The award show and ceremony was the climax of The IMAs Indie Konference, a two-day convention of independent creatives and influencers from around the globe.


Now in its 18th year, The Independent Music Awards produced by Music Resource Group, elevate the year’s most exceptional music projects from self-released and indie label talent from around the world – in all styles and mediums. Known for championing artists who follow their muse, the prestigious award honors artists and artistry, rather than streaming stats or social reach, in more than 100 Album, EP, Song, Music Video, Producer and Visual Design categories.

Program winners and nominees are an eclectic mix of extraordinary artists and include: Amy Lee, Killer Mike, Valerie June, J.D. McPherson, Meghan Trainor, Nik West, Passenger, Macy Gray, …And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead, RuPaul, John McEuen, Sofia Rei, Jamie Lidell, Flying Lotus, and fun. among many, many more.

Winning projects are selected by panels of iconic Artists which have included Keith Richards, Tom Waits, Aimee Mann, M’shell Ndegeocello, Norah Jones, Chris Thile, Peter Gabriel, Suzanne Vega, Snoop Dogg, Melissa Etheridge, Buddy Guy, Ozzy Osborne, among many others; and programmers, talent buyers, music supervisors and other influencers worldwide.

Submissions for The 18th annual Independent Music Awards open in the summer of 2019. Details, as well as a complete list of nominees, winners and judges are available at



The 17th Independent Music Awards Winners

Album CategoriesWinnerWinning Album
Adult ContemporaryJean RoheSisterly
Alt. CountryRich WebbLe Rayon Vert
AmericanaPharis and Jason RomeroSweet Old Religion
BluegrassVarious ArtistsThe Crooked Road's Mountains of Music Homecoming: 2017 Live Concert Recordings
BluesTom HambridgeThe NOLA Sessions
Children's MusicSara LovellWild Is Everywhere
CompilationVarious ArtistsBig Bend Killing: The Appalachian Ballad Tradition
ConceptElizabeth Joan KellyMusic for the DMV
Contemporary Christian / GospelTrueNorth WorshipTrueNorth Worship (Live)
Contemporary ClassicalEric KleinThe Myth of Tomorrow
CountryJP HarrisSometimes Dogs Bark at Nothing
Dance/ElectronicaMiss TaraLOVE
DebutBirdland AvenueCome Around
EclecticBombay RickeyElectric Bhairavi
Film / TV / Game ScoreKristoffer LoTrondheimsreisen
Folk/Singer-SongwriterLucy Wainwright RocheLittle Beast
Funk/Fusion/JamKarmic JuggernautThe Dreams That Stuff Are Made Of
Indie / Alt. RockÁrstíðirNivalis
InstrumentalGypsy Jazz ClubMenestrel
Jazz InstrumentalKobi AradSegments
Jazz with VocalsCamille ThurmanWaiting for the Sunrise
LatinPedro LuísVale Quanto Pesa - Pérolas de Luiz Melodia
Live PerformanceRogério Caetanoconvida ao vivo no Rio
Metal/HardcoreBeyond CreationAlgorythm
New AgeJeff OsterREACH
PopBetween GiantsJupiter
R&B/SoulNina AttalJUMP
Rap/Hip-HopMasta Ace & Marco PoloA Breukelen Story
Reggae/Ska/DancehallMamita PeyoteRunfla Calavera
Rock / Hard RockBrokenRail'Til Death Do Us Part: The California Vault
Spoken WordJeremy McEwenBarnyard Dream Poems
TributeJuliana HatfieldJuliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton-John
World BeatRon KorbWorld Café
World TraditionalSara AjnnakGulldalit: Can You Hear Me
Song CategoriesWinnerWinning Song
A CappellaPatrice JégouLover Come Back to Me (feat. Mark Kibble & Alvin Chea)
A CappellaAvivavoz (Vox Pop Winner)Ninguém Pode Calar Esse Amor
AcousticChris AyerRinging in My Ears
AcousticBobby Bookout (Vox Pop Winner)To Me
Adult ContemporaryLACESsomeday is not tonight
Adult ContemporaryFlecHaus (Vox Pop Winner)Beautiful Things
Alt. CountryRich WebbLet It Rain
Alt. CountryThe Krickets (Vox Pop Winner)Redbird
AmericanaJen SygitIt's About Time (feat. Luther Dickinson)
AmericanaMonica Pasqual (Vox Pop Winner)Feels Like Something
BluegrassLow Lily10,000 Days Like These
BluegrassLow Lily (Vox Pop Winner)10,000 Days Like These
BluesTiffany Pollack & Eric JohansonBlues in My Blood
BluesTiffany Pollack & Eric Johanson (Vox Pop Winner)Blues in My Blood
Children's MusicLucy Kalantari & The Jazz CatsI Know a Little Fellow
Children's MusicSara Lovell (Vox Pop Winner)Get Up
Contemporary Christian / GospelRocking Horse Music ClubEverywhere Is Home
Contemporary Christian / GospelRocking Horse Music Club (Vox Pop Winner)Everywhere Is Home
CountryBlane HowardPromise to Love Her
CountryAdam Warner (Vox Pop Winner)Semper Fi (feat. Trace Adkins)
CoverKristy KrügerFolsom Prison Blues (orig. by Johnny Cash)
CoverKristy Krüger (Vox Pop Winner)Folsom Prison Blues (orig. by Johnny Cash)
Dance/ElectronicaMosimannAnymore (feat. Carla Katz)
Dance/ElectronicaDrew DeWitt (Vox Pop Winner)Final Drop
EclecticMonica PasqualSun in My Eye
EclecticMonica Pasqual (Vox Pop Winner)Sun in My Eye
Folk/Singer-SongwriterRebecca HurnWaves
Folk/Singer-SongwriterThe Morning Sea (Vox Pop Winner)Listen Love
Funk/Fusion/JamCeCe Teneal & Soul KamotionDanger
Funk/Fusion/JamJason Gill (Vox Pop Winner)Favorite Drug
HolidayTwin KennedyI'm a Child Again
HolidayLeslie McKee (Vox Pop Winner)Still, Still, Still
Indie / Alt. RockShadow of WhalesWords
Indie / Alt. RockShadow of Whales (Vox Pop Winner)Words
InstrumentalRoberto Tola (Vox Pop Winner)Lullaby of Christmas (feat. Bill McGee)
Jazz InstrumentalIvan DiazWrite or Wrong
Jazz InstrumentalSyreeta Thompson Trumpetlady (Vox Pop Winner)Blow Yo Horn
Jazz with VocalsLindsay KayLush Life
Jazz with VocalsCamille Thurman (Vox Pop Winner)The Nearness of You
LatinJuana LunaVienen Como
LatinOmar Quezada & Manny Audico (Vox Pop Winner)La Cumbia Cínica
LoveBleuLove You So
LoveThe Morning Sea (Vox Pop Winner)Listen Love
Metal/HardcoreNe ObliviscarisIntra Venus
Metal/HardcoreNe Obliviscaris (Vox Pop Winner)Intra Venus
New AgeJeff OsterFive Great Mountains
New AgeParadiso and Rasamayi (Vox Pop Winner)Agape's Call
PopElla VosWhite Noise
PopMathew Edmondson (Vox Pop Winner)If I Wait
R&B/SoulJessica Lá RelHere Comes the Sun
R&B/SoulA-natural (Vox Pop Winner)Thirst
Rap/Hip-HopYoung RadoMake Sense
Rap/Hip-HopYoung Rado (Vox Pop Winner)Make Sense
Reggae/Ska/DancehallLeilani WolfgrammLive Wire
Reggae/Ska/DancehallMartin Zarzar (Vox Pop Winner)Dance Alone
Rock / Hard RockHead With WingsGoodbye Sky
Rock / Hard RockSavannah Pope (Vox Pop Winner)Creature
Social ActionMark ErelliBy Degrees
Social ActionRosie & the Riveters (Vox Pop Winner)I Believe You
Spoken WordJ.ournalPride & Prejudice (feat. The Rogue Pianist)
Spoken WordDiemm (Vox Pop Winner)Mythmaker
StoryEmily Scott RobinsonOveralls
StoryAdam Warner (Vox Pop Winner)Semper Fi (feat. Trace Adkins)
Used in Ad CampaignBleuLove You So
Used in Ad CampaignBleu (Vox Pop Winner)Love You So
Used in Film / TV / Game ScoreAndré BarrosLeda
Used in Film / TV / Game ScoreKerri Brown & Martene Clayton (Vox Pop Winner)Crown
World BeatNsimbiLeo Ni Leo
World BeatGraeme Drum (Vox Pop Winner)Sand Storm (feat. Ahmed Al-Badr)
World TraditionalToronto Tabla EnsembleFaceoff
World TraditionalMilli Janatková (Vox Pop Winner)Buoh
EP CategoriesWinnerWinning EP
EclecticEmily Pinkerton, Patrick Burke and NOW EnsembleRounder Songs
InstrumentalDevine ScorePinnacle
PopPrateek Kuhadcold/mess
RockQUORThe Way We Are
Roots/CountryJessi MasonNight Owl
Music Producer CategoriesWinnerWinning Work
Dance/ElectronicaLeo SalomLeo Salom - Sugar on Demand
EclecticRiley McMahonSpottiswoode & His Enemies - Lost in the City
InstrumentalErik ScottErik Scott - A Trick of the Wind
JazzEarl MacDonaldEarl MacDonald - Open Borders
PopRachael Sage, John ShyloskiRachael Sage - Myopia
RockKevin Billingslea, Andrey Borzykin, Adam SoucyMajor Moment - one small stEP
Roots/CountryIulianoIuliano - Hidden Roots
UrbanJoseph VitteritoAgency - Exponents
WorldRonald Mente Miyares, Richi MartinezLudmila Mercerón & Guitarras y Trovadores - La Pastelera del Tivolí
Design CategoriesWinnerWinning Work
Album Art / PhotographyCody BlockerKatie Cash - Gift Horse
Album PackagingYi-Hsiang Chao, Jheng-Han LiFlesh Juicer - Fairy Tales of Ocean Deep
Artist Concert PhotoSergi Paramès / Furalabfoto"Imagine a Concert"
Artist Publicity PhotoAlya Michelson, Irina Logra"ALYA"
Music Promo PosterRachael SageRachael Sage - 'Myopia'
Music WebsiteTom Jestus Jr.Casii Stephan Website -
SwagAmazing Show, Chen Hsin HaoAmazing Show's King of Light Homemade Musical Instrument
Short Form Video CategoriesWinnerWinning Video
Animated/Stop-MotionMarsh DondurmaJambo
Animated/Stop-MotionOri Dagan (Vox Pop Winner)Sting of the Cactus
Concept/ExperimentalNukaDon't Be Afraid
Concept/ExperimentalMélisande [électrotrad] (Vox Pop Winner)Sur la ritintin
DirectorNavzar EraneeNuka - Don't Be Afraid
DirectorMichael McCallum (Vox Pop Winner)Jen Sygit - Love Is Wild
LyricRich Aveo (Vox Pop Winner)Weightless
NarrativeLaura ClauzelGolden Boy
NarrativeJosh David & The Funeral Puppets (Vox Pop Winner)James Island Blues
PerformanceBon DébarrasEn panne de silence
PerformanceJohn Gaar (Vox Pop Winner)Roll Like That
Social ActionJ. HarrisBleed Like You
Social ActionLudmila Mercerón (Vox Pop Winner)No hay perdón
Long Form Video CategoriesWinnerWinning Video
Long Form Music VideoElio PaceThe Billy Joel Songbook Live