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Past Winners Include Jonatha Brooke (pictured), Meghan Trainor, Bertie Higgins & Bellamy Brothers, etc. This is a great opportunity for the musician to take that All-important Step to enter the awards…

Deadline Looms – The 16th Annual Acoustic Music Awards

The deadline is fast approaching for the 16th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards), this is great opportunity for music artists everywhere. IAMA is the preeminent awards for musicians, promotes excellence in acoustic music performance and artistry. Acoustic artists in various genres can gain exciting radio and web exposure through this competition. Participating sponsors include Acoustic Cafe and Sirius XM Satellite Radio. Music artists stand a chance to win awards in eight different categories: Best Male Artist, Best Female Artist, Best Group/Duo Folk, Americana/Roots/AAA, Instrumental, Open (any musical style or genre), Bluegrass/Country, etc. There will also be an Overall Grand Prize winner awarded to the top winner worth over US$11,000, which includes radio promotion to over 250 radio stations in US and Canada.

IAMA is sponsored by: D’Addario Strings, New Music Weekly, Loggins Promotion, Airplay Access, Sirius XM Radio, Acoustic Café Radio Show, MixButton, MusicGateway.com, Kari Estrin Management & Consulting, etc.

In its 16th year, IAMA has a proven track record of winners going on to get signed and hit the Billboard Charts. Meghan Trainor was discovered by IAMA seven years ago and is now a global superstar with #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts with “All About That Bass” (#1 for 9 weeks) and #1 on The Billboard 200 Charts with her debut album “Title”, won for a Grammy award for Best New Artist in 2016. Meghan hit #46 on the Billboard Charts last year with “No Excuses”. Meghan has a staggering 9 songs so far on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts so far, enough to release a “Greatest Hits Album” in her young career. The 2nd Annual IAMA winner Zane Williams’s winning song was recorded by country music star Jason Michael Carroll, that song hit #14 on Billboard Country Charts and #99 on Billboard Hot 100 Charts. Jeff Gutt, a finalist at the 9th Annual IAMA was a runner-up on X-Factor USA. Charlie Dore (known for her #1 hit “Pilot of the Airwaves”) was the top winner in 2008.

Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Jonatha Brooke (see pictured) won top honors at the recent 15th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) with her song “Put the Gun Down”. For more than two decades Jonatha Brooke has created musical gems – combinations of poetic lyrics, complex harmonies and memorable melodies – that have earned her devoted fans and journalistic raves as a highly respected artist. With ten solo releases (and two from her duo The Story) to her credit, her most recent endeavor was writing and performing the one-woman musical My Mother Has 4 Noses.

“I am thrilled and honored to be recognized. It’s also inspiring that my song “Put the Gun Down” that addresses such a pressing issue in a personal way, can have an impact and win this award,” said Jonatha Brooke.

She was previously signed to MCA Records and Elektra records. The project—which ran in NYC at The Duke on 42nd Street— documents the poignant journey of caring for her mother, who was in the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s-induced dementia, during the last two years of her life. Another notable project was 2008’s The Works, a collection of songs written after being invited into Woody Guthrie’s archives by his daughter. Jonatha combed through previously unseen lyrics of Woody’s, edited, pared, and set them to her own new music, creating a stunning collection of songs.

Currently, Jonatha, who lives in Minneapolis, is touring her recently released CD Midnight. Hallelujah., working on two new musicals and plans on performing more dates of 4 Noses in various cities. A 5 song EP of new songs will be released soon.

STARS AMONG THE WINNERS AND FINALISTS

Bertie Higgins, known for his #1 hit “Key Largo” and Top 10 hit “Just Another Day in Paradise” was a finalist in the Best Folk category. Singer-Songwriter Rory Block won a runner-up award in the Best Female Artist category. She was previously signed to Chrysalis records and Rounder records.

Do not miss this opportunity, the deadline to enter is November 8th. For more information, go to:
https://www.inacoustic.com

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