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Barbara Hills / Blog

The ZMR Awards in New Orleans.

Well, I didn't win an award at the ZMR Music Awards but, as eminent British DJ Terry Hawke said, there's always next year! It was actually wonderful to be there and to meet old friends and make new ones. And it was an absolute privilege to attend the concert and enjoy so many great artists - I especially loved Jeff Oster's mellow flugelhorn and Ron Korb's ethnic flutes! A huge thanks to all the industry professionals who supported me, the DJs who voted for me and for ZMR for putting on such a great event. I really enjoyed my first visit to New Orleans and I hope there will be many more!

I'm at the ZMR Music Award Show!

The nomination rounds are over and I have come through with nominations for two ZMR radio airplay awards. The nominations are for 'Best Electronic Album' and 'Best New Artist'. My album , MOON AND SHADOWS, has been in the Top Twenty album chart at ZMR for four months. This is extraordinary and I can only thank all the DJs and radio stations worldwide who have been playing my music!

Zone Music Reporter collects data from the stations that play the instrumental genres into which my music falls. I feel privileged indeed to be nominated alongside an array of very fine musicians whom I'm really looking forward to meeting (and listening to!).

At the end of this week, on May 7th, the award winners will be revealed live at the ZMR Music Awards Ceremony which will take place at the Joy Theatre in New Orleans. It would be wonderful to win something but even if I don't, it will be great to meet up with musicians, reviewers and industry professionals I have only known online until now.

I will tell you the outcome (for better or worse) in my next blog!

Barbara x

RN Local and Regional Charts not working in UK

For a while now I have been in contact with RN over the state of the UK charts which fail to recognise Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland as Nations within a United Kingdom. There are no Local or Regional charts (even if they are called this) - everyone is just lumped together in one chart which covers the whole of the UK or put in a chart belonging to another nation. I see I am at present in a regional chart for Yorkshire (in England) despite being in Wales! I have been assured that the software developers will be informed. I do hope they will rectify this as for us in the UK, it makes a nonsense of these charts.

World Music Shows!

WOOT! MOON AND SHADOWS has been added to ALL of Tommie Brewster Musician's World Music shows airing in the US/UK/NZ. Thanks so much, Tommie! http://www.ttmradionetwork.com/worldmusic#!__worldmusic

Award Nominations in 3 categories!

I am stunned to have qualified for three ZMR awards. The categories I am nominated in are Album of the Year, Best New Artist and Best Electronic Album. There are more rounds to go though. We'll see what happens. The winners will be announced at the Joy Theatre in New Orleans on May 7th, 2016. Exciting times! :D

Onwards and Upwards to The Art Sanctuary!

A new year and lots of new goals! There is more music in the pipeline and I'm really looking forwards to my music being part of the International Art Exhibition at The Art Sanctuary in Belgium this summer. http://art-sanctuary.blogspot.co.uk

Wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas!

Have a lovely time with family or friends, or both, wherever you are. xx

Listen Out!

Some very good news! A radio promotion for 'Moon and Shadows' is now underway and you will soon be hearing the album on many, many, chillout, contemporary instrumental radio stations worldwide. It is being very well received by the stations and I am so grateful for all the plays that are in the pipeline.

Big Thanks!

A big thanks to Chris Duval for using my instrumental 'Woods After Rain' as the introductory signature tune for his programme 'Chris Duval Presents' on Splash Radio. www.splashradio.org

Listen before you Fan..

A plea to people - be authentic. Please. If someone who is an artist fans me here I don't automatically fan back. I go over and listen to what they do. I like most things that folks have put effort into though I don't like listening to people swearing (cussing) or being obscene. I don't think I am picky or stingey. Occasionally I meet with something that I cannot, in all honesty, say I like, even a bit. Not often. But sometimes. I would expect there are some people here who really don't like what I do. I would not expect them to fan me. Okay, I have heard the argument that if we all fan each other then everybody wins. Actually, I think all that does is to make 'fanning' totally worthless.

If I visit your profile, it is to find out more and to listen to your music. I hope you will extend the same courtesy to me because I won't be 'fanning back' those who are more interested in their ego trip number game than they are music.

Now I've got that out of my system, here's to inspiration and creativity! Let's all go out and do what we do best!

Barbara :)