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Nominations Are Now CLOSED for 2023

And The Nominees For this Year's OGIMA's are...

Here we have a growing selection of nominees, and there's still over 100 more to come!

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Bloodlin3
BEST RAP ACT

In a musical era often painted with monotony, Bloodlin3 shines as a beacon of originality. Eschewing the typical "safe" route many artists tread, they've chosen to break the mold. Where others rely on repetitive styles and auto-tune, Bloodlin3 boldly embraces a multifaceted approach, displaying a lyrical range that swings from fast to slow, dark to emotional.

Beyond their undeniable talent, what truly sets them apart is their conscious decision to redefine rap. By actively avoiding derogatory language and advocating for a culture of respect, Bloodlin3 isn't just creating tracks—they're sparking a movement.

With their unique sound, Bloodlin3 is not merely hoping for change but pioneering it. Their blend of originality, authenticity, and a desire for evolution makes them not just worthy nominees, but potential vanguards of a fresh musical era.

We wholeheartedly nominate Bloodlin3, anticipating the profound impact they'll imprint on the industry.

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ANTi

BEST RAP ACT

In today's ever-evolving music scene, ANTi emerges as a distinct voice amidst the cacophony. Their approach to music - seamlessly blending rap with melodic vocals - is a refreshing break from the norm. But it's not just the blend that catches one's ear; it's the mastery with which they do it.

ANTi's eloquent wordplay isn't just about showcasing linguistic prowess but about channeling raw emotion. Their tracks aren't mere songs; they are narratives, experiences, and emotions all intertwined into rhythmic poetry.

This duality - the harmonious juxtaposition of rap and singing, combined with heartfelt emotions and clever lyricism - sets ANTi leagues apart. They don't just perform; they connect, resonate, and leave an indelible mark on the listener's soul.

For their unparalleled artistry and unique sonic identity, we proudly nominate ANTi. Their music isn't just sound; it's a movement, a story, an emotion.

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SAMBOX & Anita Barbereau

RISING STAR AWARD

Amidst the lyrical cacophony of today's music scene, SAMBOX & Anita Barbereau stand out brilliantly in their unique sonic space. Their dedication to pure instrumentation, devoid of lyrics, showcases that emotion and stories can be conveyed powerfully without words.

The duo's musical sincerity is palpable. Each chord, each progression, every beat resonates with authentic feelings and transports listeners into an auditory narrative. Their compositions challenge the traditional boundaries, proving that storytelling in music isn’t confined to lyrics.

SAMBOX & Anita Barbereau's approach is a testament to their unmatched talent and genuine passion for music. Through their creations, they engage listeners in an intimate dance of emotions, letting the instruments do all the talking. Their refreshing take on music not only showcases their innovative spirit but also reminds the world of the raw power of sound.

For their distinctiveness, dedication, and the indelible mark they're beginning to leave in the industry, we proudly include SAMBOX & Anita Barbereau as nominees for the Rising Star Award.

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Attic Theory

BAND OF THE YEAR

Hailing from the rich musical landscape of Britain's Liverpool, Attic Theory emerges as a luminous beacon in the rock domain. As we seek to crown the Band of the Year, Attic Theory's meteoric rise and consistent excellence position them as contenders.

Their distinct sound, a harmonious amalgamation of melodic rock and soul-stirring lyrics, has not only graced our ears but also our hearts. From every deep vocal crescendo to the electrifying embrace of their guitar riffs, paired with a rock-solid rhythm section, they've carved a niche in the crowded panorama of rock bands.

However, their brilliance doesn't stop at studio recordings. Their live performances are a testament to their unwavering commitment to their art. Watching Attic Theory live is an experience - a heady mix of energy, emotion, and electrifying stagecraft. Their capacity to form a profound connection with their audience, often leaving them awestruck and deeply moved, showcases their innate ability to transcend mere performance into an immersive experience.

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Moon and Aries

BAND OF THE YEAR 

In the vast universe of music, MOON AND ARIES emerge as celestial trailblazers, crafting a sound that isn't just heard, but felt. Nominating them for an accolade isn't just about recognizing talent; it's about honoring innovation and audacity

MOON AND ARIES defy categorization. Their intriguing mix of Electro Pop, Cinematic Synth Pop, Trip-Hop, Alt Pop, and Soul isn't merely a combination; it's a revolution. 

Yet, what makes MOON AND ARIES truly shine is their unwavering commitment to authenticity. In an industry often swayed by mainstream trends, they've charted their course, following a path illuminated by their inner compass. Their music isn't crafted to fit into any mold; it's sculpted to break them.

The duo's ethos echoes clear: they are not of the mainstream, nor do they aspire to be. Their pursuit is one of genuine artistic expression, aiming to touch hearts and awaken senses.

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SAMBOX & Anita Barbereau

BAND OF THE YEAR 

In an era where lyrical content often takes center stage, SAMBOX & Anita Barbereau have carved a niche that's both powerful and distinctive, reminding us of the innate emotive capability of pure instrumentation.

Their commitment to a sound devoid of words speaks volumes about their ability to weave narratives using just chords, progressions, and beats. Each piece they produce invites listeners into a rich auditory tapestry, telling stories that words might sometimes fail to capture.

The musical sincerity of SAMBOX & Anita Barbereau is evident. Their compositions resonate with genuine emotion, challenging and expanding the very concept of musical storytelling. In an industry brimming with voices, their choice to communicate purely through sound sets them apart as innovators and visionaries.

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AZA (US)

BEST R&B ACT

AZA, a multi-talented artist hailing from Bethlehem, PA, embodies the spirit of creativity and versatility in the realm of music and beyond. A graduate from the Performing Arts High School in Bethlehem as a Vocal Major, she brings a strong foundation to her innovative pursuits in the arts.

What sets AZA apart is her unique approach to the creative process. Whether it's penning lyrics in a flash of inspiration or crafting songs through spontaneous improvisation, her music flows from a place of genuine originality. This quality doesn't just make her an artist; it makes her a versatile creator capable of crossing genres, offering listeners an expansive, cutting-edge repertoire to be inspired by.

AZA is not just a singer, songwriter, poet, and visual artist; she is a symbol of what it means to be a diverse and inspiring creative force in today’s world. Given her unique blend of versatility, creativity, and sincere expression, she is a compelling contender for the Best R&B Act Award.

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Hover Bird

BEST INDIE ROCK ACT

Based in Moscow, Hover Bird is redefining the art-rock landscape by blending funk, ethnics, British, and alternative rock elements into a singular, impactful sound. Their reach is global, with their latest EP drawing accolades from various corners of the world—UK, France, Brazil, Poland, Egypt, and India—within just two weeks of release.

Critics like Camil Bobin have applauded the EP's exceptional production quality, noting the inclusion of studio-recorded instruments and a grand piano, which lend both authenticity and emotional depth. Chris Mariotti highlights the band's mesmerizing dual vocals as a unique standout feature.

But Hover Bird is more than just sonic craftsmanship; they are storytellers. Their lyrics offer keen observations on the world, tackling life's ironies while fostering a thoughtful approach to both people and nature.

Considering their innovative blend of genres, technical excellence, global recognition, and narrative depth, Hover Bird stands as a compelling and deserving candidate for Best Indie Rock Act.

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28to15

BEST INDIE ROCK ACT

28to15 has burst onto the scene with a dynamism that is impossible to ignore. Garnering significant industry attention right off the bat (as evidenced in their press kit), the act has hit the ground running with their debut release and already has a roster of finished songs awaiting their next album or EP.

The project, led by Nikiforos Antonatos and Marc Ros, delivers rock tunes with a pop edge, crafting a sound that appeals to a wide and diverse audience. With influences ranging from Counting Crows to Bruce Springsteen and Dave Matthews Band, 28to15 has managed to create a modern yet familiar sonic experience. Their tracks are generally uplifting, infused with a contemporary electronic groove that positions them comfortably among current mainstream artists.

With original songs conveying relatable messages, a burgeoning momentum in the industry, and a sound that resonates with a broad spectrum of listeners, 28to15 is a compelling nominee for Best Indie Rock Act.

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Cas du Pree  - Song Title: Kelly

SONG OF THE YEAR AWARD

In the crowded landscape of contemporary music, it's rare to encounter a song that manages to capture raw emotion in a deeply authentic way. "Kelly," written by Cas du Pree and Arron Storey, does precisely that. A heartfelt ode to the profound experience of losing a sister, the song delves into the complexities of grief and the lingering thoughts of what might have been.

Eschewing conventional song structure, "Kelly" features three verses and deliberately forgoes a traditional chorus. This choice allows the song to maintain its intimate tone while unfolding in a way that feels both natural and poignant. As the song progresses, layers of instrumentation are subtly introduced, each new element complementing and deepening the emotional narrative without detracting from the song's intimate core.

The result is a composition that stands out not just for its emotional gravity, but for its artistic bravery. Cas du Pree and Arron Storey have crafted a song that is both deeply personal and universally resonant, a rare achievement that underscores their exceptional skills as songwriters.

For its genuine emotional depth, its innovative structure, and the sheer craftsmanship it took to balance those two aspects so masterfully, "Kelly" deserves consideration for the Song Of The Year Award. 

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SAMBOX & Anita Barbereau - Song Title - Hanami

SONG OF THE YEAR AWARD

SAMBOX & Anita Barbereau defy convention with their purely instrumental creation, "Hanami." This unique offering proves that words are not a prerequisite for evocative storytelling or emotional resonance.

"Hanami," a term traditionally associated with the Japanese custom of enjoying the transient beauty of flowers, captures a sense of fleeting moments and ephemeral beauty. The song skillfully weaves an auditory tapestry that allows listeners to engage in a deeply emotional and almost meditative experience. Each chord, progression, and beat is deliberately placed, resonating with an authenticity that transcends language barriers.

SAMBOX & Anita Barbereau’s commitment to their craft is evidenced by the meticulous arrangement and emotional richness of the composition. Their ability to connect with listeners through pure instrumentation showcases not just their exceptional talent but a pioneering spirit that pushes the boundaries of conventional music-making.

For its originality, emotional depth, and innovative approach to storytelling in music, "Hanami" stands as a compelling contender for the Song of the Year Award.

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Emmanuel Carlos St.Omer

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Endowed with an exceptional talent for genre-spanning artistry, Emmanuel's catalog is as diverse as it is profound, covering Christian, Reggae, and Instrumental music. These compositions aren't mere songs but narratives that address the very complexities and subtleties of the human experience. This richness emanates from his life experiences, notably the tragic loss of his son, which he channeled into art, resulting in emotionally compelling albums like "Stronger Than a Storm" and "Brandon’s Songbook."

His accolades speak volumes about his prowess: finalists in the Commonwealth Song Contest, collaborations with industry stalwarts, and winner of the Great American Song Contest in the Christian music category. His music has received radio airplay across 41 countries, marking him as an international sensation.

The measure of a great songwriter isn't just the music he produces but the lives he touches. And Emmanuel Carlos St. Omer has, through his musical journey, touched hearts, uplifted spirits, and united people across borders and beliefs.

For his unparalleled dedication to his craft, the depth of his emotional narrative, and his international impact, Emmanuel Carlos St. Omer is a compelling candidate for the Songwriter of the Year Award.

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SAMBOX

ARTIST OF THE YEAR AWARD

In an industry that thrives on instant hits and fleeting fame, SAMBOX has carved a niche that transcends trends and time, delivering a consistent stream of emotive and evocative music since 2004. With a repertoire that has enriched over 70 iconic Lounge CD compilations like "Chillout Guide" and "Buddhattitude," SAMBOX's influence extends far beyond mere streaming numbers or chart positions.

This unique artist doesn't just make music; he creates atmospheres. His compositions are not merely listened to but are experienced, serving as sonic backdrops for luxury hotels, spas, and even television programs. Whether it's the ethereal touch of a lounge track or the immersive richness of downtempo and ambient pieces, SAMBOX's music transports the listener to places they've never been, but always wanted to be.

The exceptional quality of SAMBOX's work is further validated by its usage in high-end spaces such as Das Tegernsee, George V, and Westin Hotels, as well as its feature in television productions on networks like M6. This kind of broad, international, and cross-industrial appeal is rare and speaks volumes about the artist's versatile talents and the universal applicability of his music.

In an era marked by rapid change and ephemeral trends, SAMBOX stands as a testament to the enduring power of quality, consistency, and emotional depth. 

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Willy Hobal

RISING STAR AWARD

In a musical landscape often constrained by traditional norms and expectations, Willy Hobal emerges as a beacon of change, championing empowerment and inclusivity through his transformative reggaeton tunes. As an artist deeply committed to uplifting marginalized voices—particularly those within the LGBTQ+ community—Willy Hobal is not just another entertainer; he's a cultural game-changer.

The reggaeton genre, with its history of male domination and problematic lyrical content, is overdue for a makeover. Willy Hobal stands at the vanguard of this transformative movement, producing music that doesn't just entertain, but also enlightens and includes. By pushing for gender neutrality in a genre that has often perpetuated harmful stereotypes, Hobal is not merely contributing to the reggaeton community; he's redefining it.

Moreover, it’s not just about the message, but also about the medium. Hobal’s artistry doesn’t compromise on musicality while delivering his impactful messages. His beats are infectious, his lyrics are poignant, and his stage presence is magnetic.

As the industry undergoes this much-needed shift, Willy Hobal rises as an emblematic figure whose influence is felt far beyond the scope of music alone. For his audacious efforts to reform the genre from within, and for his exceptional artistry that seamlessly fuses meaning with melody, Willy Hobal contends for the title of "Artist of the Year."

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SAMBOX & Anita Barbereau

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Endowed with an exceptional talent for genre-spanning artistry, Emmanuel's catalog is as diverse as it is profound, covering Christian, Reggae, and Instrumental music. These compositions aren't mere songs but narratives that address the very complexities and subtleties of the human experience. This richness emanates from his life experiences, notably the tragic loss of his son, which he channeled into art, resulting in emotionally compelling albums like "Stronger Than a Storm" and "Brandon’s Songbook."

His accolades speak volumes about his prowess: finalists in the Commonwealth Song Contest, collaborations with industry stalwarts, and winner of the Great American Song Contest in the Christian music category. His music has received radio airplay across 41 countries, marking him as an international sensation.

The measure of a great songwriter isn't just the music he produces but the lives he touches. And Emmanuel Carlos St. Omer has, through his musical journey, touched hearts, uplifted spirits, and united people across borders and beliefs.

For his unparalleled dedication to his craft, the depth of his emotional narrative, and his international impact, Emmanuel Carlos St. Omer is a compelling candidate for the Songwriter of the Year Award.

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Emmanuel Carlos St.Omer

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Emmanuel Carlos St.Omer has delivered an exceptional body of work with his latest album, "Radical Son - Back to Roots." Unlike any conventional album, this project serves as an intricate tapestry of St.Omer's life experiences, diverse talents, and artistic vision.

While he humbly admits he may not be the greatest singer or storyteller, the raw, emotive power behind his vocal delivery and lyricism speaks for itself. This album isn't about technical perfection; it's about the authentic conveyance of life in all its dimensions—the good, the bad, and the ugly. St.Omer not only wrote every song from an experiential vantage point but also showcased his skill as a serious producer, successfully blending various musical elements into a cohesive whole.

"Radical Son - Back to Roots" is a labor of love, sweat, and tears that represents the artist’s versatility and unwavering dedication to his craft. Emmanuel Carlos St.Omer's genuine expression and artistic bravery make him a compelling nominee for Artist of the Year.

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Daniel de Boer

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

In a musical landscape teeming with talent and innovation, Daniel de Boer makes a compelling case for Artist of the Year with his debut album, "Out of Shadows." Garnering high praise from respected publications such as Illustrate Magazine and Earmilk, this album is not merely a collection of songs but an artistic statement of global scale.

What distinguishes "Out of Shadows" is its remarkable international blend—incorporating musicians from thirteen distinct countries and seamlessly fusing various world music genres into a singular, cohesive pop framework. This is not merely an album; it is a celebration of the rich tapestry of global culture, masterfully expressed through the universal medium of music.

Daniel de Boer's album reflects an unyielding commitment to artistic excellence and a unique ability to distill the intricacies of the human experience into universally relatable tunes. His work over the past year epitomizes the transformative potential of music, solidifying his position as an ideal candidate for Artist of the Year.

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Tomm

BEST INDIE ROCK ACT

Hailing from Bologna, Italy, Tommaso Monaco—professionally known as 'Tomm'—is a force to be reckoned with in the indie rock scene. Born in November 2002, Tomm has been crafting songs since childhood, but it wasn't until age 16 that he released his first song, "Ginger Ale." What started as a lighthearted endeavor has evolved into a serious musical career, boasting three albums and an EP.

After a three-year hiatus, Tomm burst back onto the scene with 'ATLAS,' a project that stunned audiences and critics alike. This latest release has led to multiple radio partnerships overseas, as well as a plethora of positive reviews and playlist placements. As a self-made artist who continually strives to elevate his craft, Tomm embodies the qualities deserving of the Best Indie Rock Act award.

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Daniel de Boer

MULTI MUSIC DISCIPLINARY EXCELLENCE AWARD

This year, Daniel de Boer captivated audiences with his groundbreaking album, "Out of Shadows." A melting pot of global influences, the album is a masterclass in multi-disciplinary excellence, featuring musicians from an impressive thirteen countries. Each collaborator infuses the project with their unique style and cultural background, contributing to a rich tapestry of sounds.

But what sets "Out of Shadows" apart is its genre-defying nature. The album seamlessly blends a myriad of styles, including folk, pop, jazz, oriental, classical, rock, electronic, and Mediterranean music, coining a new genre Daniel calls "world pop." This musical kaleidoscope not only entertains but also broadens the listener's horizons, making it a universal celebration of cultural diversity.

With "Out of Shadows," Daniel de Boer has demonstrated a rare ability to harmonize disparate musical disciplines into a cohesive and universally resonant narrative. His work makes him an exemplary candidate for the Multi Music Disciplinary Excellence Award.

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Emmanuel Carlos St.Omer

RISING STAR AWARD

In 2023 alone, Emmanuel Carlos St.Omer has showcased an unprecedented level of productivity and creativity. He released a 10-song reggae album, adding a vibrant layer to his musical oeuvre. His Instrumental EP, a collection of five genre-defying tracks, showcases another facet of his artistry. On top of that, he has contributed four original singles and appeared on four compilation albums, demonstrating his range and adaptability.

But it's not just the quantity of his output that’s remarkable; it's the quality. His songs aren’t just making waves; they're earning him significant accolades. Ten of his compositions have advanced to the Semi-Finals of the prestigious UK Songwriting Contest, a feat that speaks to his talent as a songwriter. Additionally, his status as a finalist in this year's Commonwealth Song Contest underscores his international appeal and artistic merit.

The critical acclaim Emmanuel has garnered further cements his reputation as a rising star. Outstanding reviews from esteemed publications add to the growing consensus that he is an artist of considerable skill and significance.

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Tomm

RISING STAR AWARD

After taking a three-year hiatus, Tomm returned this year with his latest release, "ATLAS," which has taken the music world by storm. The album made waves not only within the indie rock community but also among mainstream audiences, capturing global attention and achieving international radio airplay.

The soundscape of "ATLAS" reflects a polished and refined artist who knows exactly what he wants to convey. Its blend of genres and tones fits perfectly with various types of radio programming, showcasing Tomm's ability to create music that is not only aesthetically pleasing but also universally relatable. This unique, appealing sound has led to its widespread acclaim, multiple overseas radio deals, and a plethora of reviews and playlist placements.

What makes Tomm a compelling candidate for the Rising Star Award is his grassroots journey in the music world. He represents the epitome of a self-made artist, someone who has built his career from the ground up without the benefit of industry connections or significant external investments. The term "underdog" might come to mind, but his story is that of an underdog defying the odds, with talent and determination in spades.

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DM Ascension

RISING STAR AWARD

In a remarkably short span of time, DM Ascension has risen through the ranks to make a significant mark on the music scene, primarily in the Chill-out, Lounge, and Jazz genres. The band consists of Mike Dooley, who lends his mastery on drums, bass, and keyboard while also taking on composing and co-producing duties, and Daniel White, the visionary producer and co-composer. The duo met in 2010, but it wasn't until 2019 that their synergistic partnership really took off with their debut track, 'Oceana.'

Fast-forward to today, and the accolades are piling up. Their recent release 'Affinity' featuring ARIA award-winner Miroslav Bukovsky clinched 3rd place for 'Best Chillout Single' from One World Music Radio. With a diverse listenership tuning in from Ibiza's Costa Del Mar to Australia's Top 100 Jazz iTunes Chart, DM Ascension has secured international recognition. These achievements not only exhibit their global reach but also testify to their rising star status.

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SHANNON DARCY

RISING STAR AWARD

In an industry where talent is abundant but recognition can be scarce, Shannon Darcy has made remarkable strides in a very short period. Within just eight months, she has released three singles that have received overwhelming positive reviews, capturing the attention and hearts of listeners. But her achievements extend far beyond personal milestones; Shannon has used her rapidly growing platform to contribute to the greater good, participating in an international charity single that has had a significant impact.

Beyond her studio successes, Shannon has proven her mettle on the stage, performing at an array of venues ranging from private events to charity functions. Her performances are not just gigs; they are experiences that have won her two music awards, affirming her skills and resonating with a diverse audience.

Her swift rise from an aspiring artist to a budding star who is not just admired but also loved by her growing fan base makes Shannon Darcy an outstanding nominee for the Rising Star Award. 

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Glenn Valles (Songwriter)

RISING STAR AWARD

In a time when the world is saturated with aspiring musicians and songwriters, Glenn Valles has not only managed to stand out but has also received multiple accolades that set him apart in the music industry. Not confined to a single genre, his songwriting prowess extends across rock, folk, country, and EDM, as validated by numerous prestigious awards.

In 2021, Valles made a splash by winning the Clef Music Award in its inaugural year. Undeterred by the expectations set by such early recognition, he rose to even greater heights in 2022 by securing the Great American Song Contest award for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Songwriting’ in the Alternative Rock Category. That same year, he also clinched Clef Music Awards in an astonishing three separate categories—Rock, Folk/Country, and EDM.

Glenn's star continues to rise in 2023, with yet another Clef Music Award under his belt—a remarkable third consecutive win—as well as a victory in the UK Songwriting Contest in the Country Category.

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Blindness & Light

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR AWARD

the present into their work, but Colin M. Potter, the mind behind Blindness & Light, has achieved just that. His writing is a time-traveling conduit, steeped in the raw energy of '80s post-punk but unmistakably stamped with the nuances and realities of 2023.

Colin's work exhibits a rare and sensitive duality. It straddles the rugged landscapes of post-punk while peering into a hopeful utopia. It is a guide from blindness to light, a metaphorical journey guided by the vulnerabilities and compassion embedded in the songwriting.

For Colin, the album embodies resilience, a poetic look at the human condition, and a masterful blend of past and present musical styles. Blindness & Light's album is not just a collection of songs but a significant chapter in an extraordinary journey. His work is a compelling case for why he deserves to be recognized as the Songwriter of the Year.

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Lara Eidi

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Lara Eidi, with 15 years of songwriting experience, has unveiled a transformative album in 'Sun,' a lyrical and musical odyssey that navigates through themes of hope, loss, and empowerment. Born to Lebanese-Canadian parents and now based in Athens, her work represents a cross-cultural fusion where global influences coalesce into genre-defying soundscapes. The album has earned critical acclaim, including praise from award-winning jazz artist and journalist Fiona Ross, testifying to Eidi's remarkable ability to heal and empower through her compositions. In addition to her art, she is a significant figure in the musical community, having founded the songwriting podcast "The Notes Between" and the educational platform Phonica Music Coaching. Her multi-dimensional contribution to music, coupled with her compelling and potent lyrical storytelling, makes Lara Eidi a deserving candidate for the Songwriter of the Year Award this year. 

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Glenn Valles (Songwriter)

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Glenn Valles brings a unique versatility to the world of songwriting, crafting tunes that span a wide array of genres—from Pop and Rock to EDM and Hip-Hop, and even extending to Praise & Worship and CCM. This adaptability has not only led to multiple nominations but also prestigious international songwriting awards in various genres. His music resonates deeply, offering listeners the chance to visualize stories and experience a range of emotions through his poignant melodies and lyrics.

In addition to his genre-spanning talents, Valles covers an expansive range of themes in his work, touching on autobiography, hope, love, self-empowerment, and more. Songs like "Story Of My Life," "Stay Afloat," and "Karma" provide a glimpse into his storytelling prowess. His ability to weave complex narratives and explore intricate emotions makes him a compelling candidate for Songwriter of the Year.

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Alan Dreezer - Song Title - Take Me Back

SONG OF THE YEAR AWARD

Alan Dreezer, an Eastbourne-based Electro-Pop/Singer-Songwriter, brings a seasoned perspective to the music scene. With a history that includes touring with '80s pop act "Brother Beyond" as part of the duo "Tara 2," and captivating audiences with rock-pop band "ADProject," Alan has established a wide-ranging musical portfolio. His solo career took off with the 2018 debut album "LONDON E12," and he has continued to make his mark on stages across London and Essex.

His latest song, "Take Me Back," is a strong contender for Song of the Year, captivating audiences with its universal nostalgia and timely message about technology's impact on society—especially young people. The song is not only high in lyrical quality but also excels in production, promising an equally well-crafted music video. With "Take Me Back," Alan Dreezer issues a compelling wake-up call while offering a masterclass in songwriting and production.

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Moon and Aries - Song Title -
Traffic

SONG OF THE YEAR AWARD

Moon and Aries, composed of Jordana Moon and Tom Aries, join forces with saxophonist Jokomagic, to offer more than just music—they offer a soundscape for life's journey. With their latest song, "Traffic," they have created a compelling candidate for the Song of the Year Award. The song serves as an anthem for navigating life's complexities, encouraging listeners to take control and find inner peace amid the external chaos. Infused with 80s/90s retro R&B, soul, funk, and smooth jazz influences, yet completely contemporary, "Traffic" isn't just a song; it's a mantra for living, pushing us to reflect, act, and ultimately, feel better. With its universal message and genre-blending sound, "Traffic" successfully drives home the idea that we are all in this journey together, inviting us to embrace the traffic of life as a collective experience.

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Glenn Valles (Songwriter) - Song Title - The Warden

SONG OF THE YEAR AWARD

Glenn Valles, known for his ability to craft songs across a wide array of genres, has touched upon an urgent issue with "The Warden," making it a compelling contender for the Song of the Year Award. The song serves as a metaphorical exploration of mental health, describing the internal "wardens" that confine many individuals to their own mental prisons. By tackling such a pressing yet often under-discussed topic, Valles goes beyond mere songwriting to ignite a conversation around mental health awareness, a concern increasingly crucial in today's complicated societal landscape. With its profound lyrical content and emotive delivery, "The Warden" transcends entertainment to become an impactful message, elevating its significance well beyond that of a typical song.

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zO-AlonzO

ARTIST OF THE YEAR AWARD

zO-AlonzO is a multi-dimensional artist whose talents span across poetry, songwriting, rap, acting, and more, making him a standout nominee for Artist of the Year. His accolade as Best Spoken Word/Rap Artist at the Lehigh Valley Music Awards and his impactful music videos, like “The Party Iz Ova (Itz Breakfast),” highlight his unique blend of spoken word and rap. His commitment to social issues is evident in his anti-bullying anthem “Ball and a Chain.” Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Hip-Hop with a notable performance, zO-AlonzO continues to honor the genre's legacy while pushing its boundaries. With new projects on the horizon that promise to integrate spoken word, literature, and rap, along with ambitions to produce and write for others, his expansive artistic vision cements him as a true innovator in the field.

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Daniel de Boer

BEST POP ACT

Daniel de Boer's "Out of Shadows" stands as a vibrant testament to the global village of contemporary pop, meriting his nomination for Best Pop Act. His journey from playing with the Metropole Orchestra and the Celebrity Edge Theatre Ensemble to pursuing his vision at Berklee College of Music has culminated in an album that redefines the pop genre. "Out of Shadows" features an ensemble of musicians hailing from sixteen different countries, each infusing the music with their unique cultural sonorities, from the haunting timbre of the oud to the rhythmic complexity of oriental percussion. This rich tapestry of global sounds, woven into the accessible fabric of pop, showcases Daniel's ability to create a unified, yet eclectic sound—world pop. Daniel's international collaboration has resulted in a sound that's both innovative and deeply resonant with the spirit of our times.

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Daniel de Boer

RISING STAR AWARD

The Rising Star Award perfectly aligns with the trajectory of an artist whose debut has resonated so powerfully across the music landscape. The first single, "Fly Away," not only premiered to critical acclaim, featuring in Rolling Stone India, but also set the tone for an upward artistic journey. Following the single's success, the release of "Out of Shadows" marked a significant step, garnering praise from notable publications like Earmilk and Illustrate Magazine. "Fly Away" itself has been recognized with nominations for Best Pop Song from the World Songwriting Awards and the W.A.M. Awards 2023. With the album now vying for a spot at the 2024 GRAMMY Awards®, the path ahead looks luminous for this rising talent

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Emmanuel Carlos St.Omer -  Song Title -  A Lifetime or a Hundred Years

Song Of The Year Award

"A Lifetime or a Hundred Years" by Emmanuel Carlos St. Omer is a poignant entry for the Song of the Year Award, capturing the essence of enduring love across the decades. Crafted to honor his 30th wedding anniversary, Emmanuel condenses thirty years of partnership into a few heartfelt minutes. The song traverses the joy of meeting and committing to a shared life's journey, the challenges of parenthood and the profound grief of losing a child, encapsulating the complexities of shared life experiences. The third verse culminates in the testament to the couple's resilience, anchored by faith and love. Its universal appeal lies in its raw honesty and its ability to mirror the highs and lows that every relationship endures. With its cross-genre potential, "A Lifetime or a Hundred Years" stands out as a song that not only tells Emmanuel's personal story but also resonates with the collective heart of listeners everywhere.

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Daniel de Boer - Song Title - Fly Away

Song Of The Year Award

"A Lifetime or a Hundred Years" by Emmanuel Carlos St. Omer is a poignant entry for the Song of the Year Award, capturing the essence of enduring love across the decades. Crafted to honor his 30th wedding anniversary, Emmanuel condenses thirty years of partnership into a few heartfelt minutes. The song traverses the joy of meeting and committing to a shared life's journey, the challenges of parenthood and the profound grief of losing a child, encapsulating the complexities of shared life experiences. The third verse culminates in the testament to the couple's resilience, anchored by faith and love. Its universal appeal lies in its raw honesty and its ability to mirror the highs and lows that every relationship endures. With its cross-genre potential, "A Lifetime or a Hundred Years" stands out as a song that not only tells Emmanuel's personal story but also resonates with the collective heart of listeners everywhere.

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Emmanuel Carlos St.Omer -  Song Title -The Girl with the Stars in her Eyes

Song Of The Year Award

Emmanuel Carlos St. Omer's touching composition, "The Girl with the Stars in her Eyes," presents a strong case for the Song of the Year Award. This tender ode to his daughter Jasmyn encapsulates the resilience and spirit of a young woman before and after a profound family tragedy. The song is a paternal tribute and a reminder of the innate strength she possesses, which can rise anew. Its broader message of empowerment resonates deeply, offering a narrative that women and girls can identify with and find inspiration in. The song's capacity to comfort, empower, and reignite lost sparkles makes it not just a personal lullaby, but an anthem for anyone seeking to reclaim their vibrancy in the face of life's adversities.

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Fiona Ross

Songwriter Of The Year Award

Fiona Ross, with her formidable presence in contemporary jazz, is a deserving candidate for the Songwriter of the Year Award. Recognized in the 100 Alternative Power Music List for 2020, her artistry goes beyond her role as a vocalist and pianist; she's an accomplished composer and producer renowned for a sound that blends rapid Latin Jazz, neo-soul, and evocative ballads. Her influence extends into journalism and advocacy, helming Women in Jazz Media and championing equality and mental health. With a history of celebrated live performances and globally played music, alongside honors such as Best Jazz Song from the World Songwriting Awards, Fiona's career is a beacon of dedication to music's transformative power. Her song 'Mistress' has earned a place in the British Library archives, ensuring her impact will be felt for generations.

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Project 1268

Songwriter Of The Year Award

Project 1268 has swiftly distinguished themselves in the music world, making them strong contenders for the Songwriter of the Year Award. With two full albums and a single from an upcoming third, their prolific output of over 20 original songs is impressive. Their music has consistently resonated on Amazing Radio, England's largest internet radio station, earning each release rave reviews. Their unique blend of folksy storytelling and retro pop/soul creates a distinctive sound that sets them apart. More than their musical ingenuity, it is their profound aspiration to impart hope and love through their life experiences that truly marks their songwriting as worthy of recognition.

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Daniel de Boer

Songwriter Of The Year Award

Daniel de Boer's emergence on the music scene with his debut album "Out of Shadows" positions him as a compelling nominee for Songwriter of the Year. The album, consisting of nine original songs penned by de Boer, along with a collaborative piece with Italian composer Simone Bottasso, showcases not just his songwriting versatility but also his ability to create a harmonious narrative from a tapestry of diverse musical influences. The cohesive quality of the album, despite its genre-spanning nature, underscores de Boer's deft craftsmanship and singular artistic vision.

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