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Blues & Roots Radio Announce Finalists in Their International Song Contest
The Blues & Roots Radio International Song Contest this year was judged by an independent panel of jurors who are currently part of the Worldwide Blues & Roots Radio team, they are all active in their music communities in Canada, USA, Europe and Australia, a number of the jurors sit on regional and national award panels in their respective countries.
Previous contest winners include Lynne Hanson ( 2019 ) and Thornetta Davis ( 2018 ), this year's contest saw a record number of entries from around the world, and for the first time cash prizes are being awarded to the category winners with an additional prize and award being given to the overall winner.
This years field of fifteen nominees in each category carries some heavyweight names in the world of independent music, styles range from Americana, Contemporary Folk, Roots, Blues, Celtic music and more. The overall winner will be chosen from the three winning category winners and will all be announced on January 30th.
Neil Mitchell, co-founder of Blues & Roots Radio, said " We are delighted with the strength of entries this year, and we are very grateful to our sponsors who have made it possible to award cash prizes, this is extremely important to us as we try and support artists around the world, especially in these trying times, we thank our jurors for their precious time, all the artists who have submitted a song, and we wish good luck to this years nominees"
Willow Sound Records Willow Sound is a record label dedicated to the development and distribution of independent music. With a special focus on education, Willow Sound provides full A&R services to fully understand the business of music while empowering the artist in becoming the CEO of their own music enterprise.
Vance Cooper is principal of Cooper Mediation Inc. Vance devotes 100% of his professional time to mediating and arbitrating primarily personal injury and insurance cases. Vance is a huge supporter of independent artists, hosting performances and raising money for charities.
Global Learning Solutions
Jay Quinlan is president of Global Learning Solutions, he is also a singer, songwriter and supports independent artists.
The Sound Cafe is a proud sponsor of the contest.
Category Finalists 2020
Band | Duo | Trio Category Finalists ( In Alphabetical Order )
Big Little Lions - Its Amazing
Birch Pereira and the Gin Joints - A Love I Can't Explain
Corn Nut Creek - Nowhere To Go
Flo Perlin and Pilgrims Dream - Life Lives Inside
Fresh Breath - Make It Together
Happenstance - Love Will Bring You Back
Kate Lush Band - Jackson
Liz Jones & Broken Windows - Candle
Our Man in the Field - Thin (I Used To Be Bullet Proof)
Paul Saint John and the Nighthawks - Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde
Stacey McNeill and Jonathan Smith - Between The Lines
The Nesrallah Artuso Project - Isolation Blues
The Winnie Blues - Coming Home To You
Tillers Folly - Go the Road
Waterstreet Blues Band - Riverside Child
Female Category Finalists Category Finalists ( In Alphabetical Order )
Anna Boulic - Who Stole My Crown
Anna Renae - Alaska
Aspen Jacobsen - Georgia Boy
Chanele McGuinness - Give Me Your Life
Dione Taylor - Workin'
Francine Honey - Cant Press Reset
Isobel Thatcher - More Than Words
Izzy Burns - Broken Compass
Jenny Biddle - Hero in Me (Hero in You Sequel)
Kim Moberg - Here Be Dragons
Liz Jones - Mother Earth
Loryn Taggart - The River
Sandra Sutter - Hypnotized
Sarah Yeo - Easily
Terra Spencer - Lunenburg Moon
Male Category Finalists ( In Alphabetical Order )
Braden Gates - New In Town
Bruce Coughlan - Lean Times
Colin Clyne - Where The Ships Go To Die
Glen MacNeil - The Quiet
Jeremy Hill - More And More Each Day
Kieran Begbie - Smile
Kirk Diamond - Let It Be Done
Lloyd Spiegel - Tangled Brew
Loveridge - The Doom Bar
Mark Crissinger - Poor Boy Blues
Mike P Ryan - Fais Do Do (A Cajun Lullaby)
Mitch Jean - All I Ever Need
RNR - 1492
Saoirse Mhór - Table of Losers (Part I)
Steve Warner Folk - Blue
Previous Finalists and Winners: