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Band News (more headlines) 02-21-2020

Ellis Paul Wins Top Honors In 16th Annual Acoustic Music Awards

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Website: http://www.inacoustic.com/winners
Critically Acclaimed Singer-Songwriter Ellis Paul wins top honors in the 15th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards). He also won Best Folk/Americana/Roots Award as well.

Charlottesville, VA based Ellis Paul is an award winning artist, armed with an acoustic guitar covering the human condition and documenting the hopes, dreams, loves, losses and innermost secrets of those he observes. He turns their stories into luminous and thrilling pieces of music that get under your skin and into your bloodstream. Paul’s 20th release in a career spanning 30 years is 2019’s The Storyteller’s Suitcase, named Album of the Year by the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA). The album represents a sonic triumph for Paul in his first solo run as a producer. Relying on a small coterie of musicians who sprinkle the songs with tasteful additions of Hammond B3, 12-string electrics, harp, mandolin and fiddles, Paul layers the instruments around the core foundation of his acoustic guitar and voice in a way that opens the songs up to their fullest potential without overwhelming their thoughtful arrangements.

"I’d like to thank the IAMA for the honor of this award. It’s nice to know that there are still nice surprises around the bend on this long winding path of a career. I love a good song— writing them, hearing them by other people, and sharing them that seems to fit into the mission of IAMA. Thanks for reminding me I’m on the right track still!", said Ellis Paul, this year’s top winner.

NOTABLE WINNERS AND FINALISTS
Other notable winners include Joel Rafael and Jason Mraz; they won Best Group/Duo.
Natalia Zukerman, who won a Runner-Up award in the Best Folk Category. Russian virtuoso guitarist Roman Miroshnichenko, who won Best Instrumental. He has performed with other notable guitarists such as Steve Vai, Al Di Meola and Larry Coryell.


Here is the list of winners of the 16th Annual IAMA:

Overall Grand Prize Winner
Ellis Paul

INSTRUMENTAL
FIRST PRIZE: “Ostrov” by Roman Miroshnichenko
RUNNER-UP: “Extension of the Heart” by John Evergon

OPEN
FIRST PRIZE: “Let’s Leave Town” by Sarah Kervin
RUNNER-UP: “At Least I’m Honest” by Ryan Curran

AAA/ALTERNATIVE
FIRST PRIZE: “Under the Gun” by Parker Ainsworth
RUNNER-UP: “Slopes” by GoCasual

FOLK/AMERICANA/ROOTS
FIRST PRIZE: “I Ain’t No Jesus” by Ellis Paul
RUNNER-UP: “Ride In The Rain” by Natalia Zukerman

BEST GROUP/DUO
FIRST PRIZE: “Under Our Skin” by Joel Rafael, featuring Jason Mraz
RUNNER-UP: “Love is a Weapon” by Stone & Snow

BEST MALE ARTIST
FIRST PRIZE: “Innocence” by Joe Cleere
RUNNER-UP: “Screaming” by Lew

BEST FEMALE ARTIST
FIRST PRIZE: “Somersault” by Tokunbo Akinro
RUNNER-UP: “Until You Let Her Down” by Siobhan Cotchin

COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS
FIRST PRIZE: “Jealous Wind” by Kyle Dillingham & Horseshoe Road
RUNNER-UP: “The Girl Up On the Hill” by Kevin Serey & Friends


ABOUT IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards)
IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) promotes the art and artistry of acoustic music performance and artistry. In its 16th year, IAMA has a proven track record of winners going on to get signed and hit the Billboard Charts. Notable winners include Jonatha Brooke, David Francey, AJ Croce and more. Meghan Trainor was discovered by IAMA nine years ago and is now a global phenomenon with #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts with "All About That Bass" (#1 for 8 weeks) and #1 on The Billboard 200 Charts with her debut album "Title", won for a Grammy award for Best New Artist. 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, finalist at the 9th Annual IAMA was a runner-up on X-Factor USA. Charlie Dore (known for her hit “Pilot of the Airwaves”) was the top winner in 2008. Information on winners and finalists, go to:
https://www.inacoustic.com/winners

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