IMA AWARD WINNERS Press Release
For Immediate Release [01/13/09]
Dallas/Chicago’S OWN BRENTLEY WILLIS AMONG WINNERS OF THE 8TH ANNUAL INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS
New York based Brentley Willis is among a diverse group of independent artists named as Winners of the 8th Annual Independent Music Awards (IMA) program. Brentley was named the winner of the Best R&B Album of the Year for album “Hand Written,” R&B category.
Pop/R&B singer Brentley Willis blends passionate Pop and Rhythm and blues to create a modern R&B sound and has performed among the likes of Donald Lawrence, Freddie Jackson, Karina Pasian, Karen Bernod, Gordon Chambers and many others. The Japanese Music community dubbed him “the next selling Chris Brown” and his music video has been seen on Vh1 and BET commercials.
Reflecting the breadth of the independent music community, this year’s IMA Winners and Finalists were culled from thousands of submissions worldwide, including the U.S.A., Canada, Australia, Cuba, China, Mongolia, Republic of Guinea, Israel, South Africa, Italy, France and Sweden. Additionally, they represent every level of experience including a variety of seasoned recording artists.
A 50-person judging panel consisting of influential artists and industry decision makers including Peter Gabriel, Suzanne Vega, Roger Daltrey, George Jones, Buddy Guy, Keith Urban, James “Blood” Ulmer, Butch Walker, Paquito D’Rivera, Lee Ritenour, and others determined this year’s Winners in 50+ Music and Design categories.
The following artists are among those who received Independent Music Awards alongside BRENTLEY this year: Martin Sexton (Live Performance Album), Jaime Lidell (Pop/Rock Album), Dan Zanes (Children’s Album), The Cute Lepers (Punk Album), April Smith (Pop/Rock Song), Sweatshop Union (Rap/ Hip-Hop Song), The Redwalls (College Label Release, Drexel University), Blackheart Records (Indie Label Web Site), Leerone (Music Video), The Trews (Hard Rock/ Metal Song), The Wilders (Alt. Country Album),Tony Trischka (Americana Album), Jeff Healey (Blues Album), Dengue Fever (World Fusion Album) and Lucy Wainwright Roche (Folk/ Singer-Songwriter Song).
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Additionally, many past IMA Winners and Finalists credit the program for boosting their profile with festival and club talent buyers, distributors, publishers, radio programmers, record label A&R and fans. Previous winners include Apples In Stereo, Koko Taylor, Lacuna Coil, Joan As Policewoman, Miguel Migs, Sugarcult, Chris Whitley, Richard Julian, Speech, Val Emmich, Hoots & Hellmouth, Bitter:Sweet, Jennifer Nettles, God Forbid, Mary Gauthier, Eleni Mandell, Girl In A Coma, The Mooney Suzuki, Phil Roy, Miko Marks and Kristy Kruger.
Hello Fans, Family and Friends,
As you know Brentley has officially started his TOUR! His First SHOW at the Village Underground in New York was good. We had tons of Celebrities in the audience, for example Dawn & Q from Dainty Kane and Day 26! Also Winners of BET's Sunday's best was in the building and many numerous amounts of Music Lovers! However, we would love your support in helping this tour be a SUCCESS! All of the album sales are going to fund his ending show in Tokyo JAPAN! And for those who are buying the CDs we THANK YOU so much for your support and please continue looking at Brentley's Myspace page and Website for more information, and stay tune for BRENTLEY's TOUR Merchandise coming SOON!!!!
Thank You BOUT DAT STAFF