Singer/songwriter/guitar & banjo player, Willie Ames, willieames.com, has independently toured all 50 United States, Canada, and Australia performing live original/cover songs of acoustic/folk/rock music and is now a 4 time award winner in the LA (2), eWorld (1), and Phoenix Music Awards!!! His main influences include Lindsey Buckingham with Fleetwood Mac and Mark Knopfler with Dire Straits, both very excellent guitar playing singer/songwriters. You can see photos of Willie next to all 50 United State's welcome signs in the "USA State Welcome Signs" photo album at http://www.myspace.com/willieames/photos and/or if you become a friend at facebook.com/willie.ames.
Willie's latest hit single "Night Owl", the title track of his current album Night Owl, charted on Billboard's Hot Singles Sales Chart for 6 weeks, peaking at #8, receiving it national radio play while also charting in the Top 30 Country from Satellite, College and Internet radio. It also went out in a press release to a million DJs and industry personnel around the world. The Night Owl album also got distributed through a national tier 1 FM and college radio campaign, you just may have heard it on one of your local stations!
Awards - Willie won Solo Artist of the Year and performances in the 20th Annual Los Angeles Music Awards (LAMAs) 2010 held at the world famous Paramount Theater in Hollywood, he also performed to a packed house for the award's voting party at the classic Whisky A Go-Go! He won Best Male Performer with a performance slot in the eWorld Music Awards 2011 at SIR Studios in Hollywood. He won National Solo Artist of the Year and a performance in the Phoenix Music Awards 2011 with recognition of his touring of all 50 States! His latest win was for Instrumental Artist of the Year in the 21st LAMAs 2011. "Night Owl" was nominated for Hot AC Single of the Year in the 22nd LAMAs 2012. His latest nomination was for Best Folk/Acoustic Artist in the Artists In Music Awards 2013!
Press - Willie unexpectedly received a shout out in SPIN magazine from actor Eli Roth for having Willie Ames music in his iPod while he was starring in Quentin Tarantino's #1 movie Inglourious Basterds with Brad Pitt. This came across in an interview Roth gave in the August 2009 issue of SPIN magazine! You can see the actual interview by visiting the following link (4th question): http://m.spin.com/articles/actor-eli-roth-reveals-his-favorite-music . Willie also continually received press in both Relix and Under The Radar magazine issues from August 2009 to 2011 with his songs "Desert Run", "Night Owl", "Ice Breaker", and "Dance With You" featured several times on their compilation CD inserts with several different half and full page ads throughout the issues introducing his musicianship, himself, and career highlights to hundreds of thousands of readers per issue, giving an estimated total of several million prints world wide. Willie was also a featured artist in the Hot Music 2011 issue of Campus Activities Magazine which goes out to the majority of the student activities offices for college campuses all across the USA! He's also recently been featured in Music Connection, Pollstar, Skope, and WHOA magazines with another feature coming up in WHOA magazine for their spring issue 2013!
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