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Posted By: Brian Austin Whitney

2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 02/17/17 11:06 PM

Hi Folks,

I thought I'd create a post for our newest JPF Nominees to check in and say hi. Tell us about yourselves and your music!

Brian
Posted By: Kevin Emmrich

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 02/18/17 02:49 AM

Nominee list is here: http://www.jpfolks.com/2017awards.php
Posted By: Joanne Lurgio

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 02/18/17 02:44 PM

So thrilled to find my name among the nominees!! not once, but 3 times!
Americana Album, Rise from the Storm
Americana Song, Pennies
Gospel Song, Walking on Sacred Ground
WOW! Such an honor to be listed with so many talented people
Congratulations to ALL the nominees
Thank you to Brian, obviously a huge task .. that's a lot of music!
Excited to be included .. Hoping I can make to LA for the award ceremony!
I am a singer/songwriter from Warwick, RI, USA.
I submitted 2 albums for consideration ...One was nominated in the album category (rise from the storm) and the other was produced by JPF mentor, the very talented Mike Dunbar, in Nashville, TN,.. Walking on Sacred Ground is from that album is nominated for Gospel song
YAY JPF!! grin




Posted By: Jody Whitesides

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 02/18/17 03:53 PM

Pretty cool to see 5 songs nominated. Looking forward to the awards show.

Kicking along writing & producing. One of the nominated songs will be having something cool happening next month. Will announce what and when, when it finally happens.
Posted By: maccharles

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 02/18/17 07:34 PM

Holy cow, five nominations for those humble song a week demos, I'm a bit pleasantly surprised...thank you!
Posted By: Trentb

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 02/18/17 08:24 PM

Congratulations to all nominees. I didn't think I had a solid enough rcording so I didn't even consider entering. It's nice to be considered, I would imagine. Will there be a nominee or finalist cd or streaming site to hear all the noms?
Posted By: Joe Wrabek (D)

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 02/18/17 08:46 PM

I'm nominated, too. Thanks, Brian, and everybody. And congrats, all.

Joe
Posted By: John Clinebell

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 02/18/17 08:50 PM

Hey everyone! So excited to have 4 songs total from 2 very different projects nominated for awards.

These are the songs of mine that were nominated:

Traditional Folk
Genuine Brandish - "Like We Weren't American"

Political/Social Song
Genuine Brandish - "Torture in America"

Metal Song:
Violane - "Rise!"
Violane - "Crystal Ball"

Both albums are available on Spotify for free streaming if you wanna take a listen. smile
Posted By: Brian Austin Whitney

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 02/18/17 10:24 PM

Congrats Joanne, Jody, Mac, Joe and John!

All of you exemplify the diversity of music we got this year. I also believe at least one or two of you missed an album nomination. Might want to check that.

As for quality, I recall one year a gal won an award for a song literally recorded in her college dorn bathroom with a keyboard and the natural reverb. Still love that song. We don't "judge" music the way others do. Our only criteria is "Does the music move you?" That's why it isn't really a competition between anyone in a way, it's simply music that has moved the collective judges the most, regardless of how it was recorded, who is or isn't singing etc. Sure, it always helps to put your best foot forward, but I know of poor records with lots of passion or humor that still made the grade. I can only imagine that people listening for the love of music and no other agenda (and I can assure you most of the nominees were strangers to those listening) or special interest getting in the way.

240K songs... 17,400 albums. That's a lot of music so you guys and gals rose to the top by moving folks a lot or even a little more than others did.

Brian
Posted By: Ginger Ackley

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 02/19/17 12:27 AM

So happy and honored to be here! My music is Celtic Folk - but that often comes with a twist! I love writing story songs, even when they don't have lyrics. I also love to sit in and add my penny whistles when my friends give me a nod, whether it is guitar, hurdy gurdy or saxophone! I find I can play along with most instruments... Where is the info on the awards get together? I want to be sure it is on my calendar! Thanks everyone!
Posted By: Jeff Oster

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 02/19/17 05:43 AM

Thank you for recognizing my music. EIGHT times smile - I am grateful. I hope to see you in Los Angeles!
Here are links to the albums SURRENDER and NEXT: http://www.jeffoster.com
Thank you for your fine work!
Posted By: GEStevens

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 02/19/17 03:24 PM

Wow! Thanks Brian and all the other judges for nominating my band Nervous Germans in both the Rock Album and Rock Song categories. We feel honored and wish all the other bands and artists as much success as we wish for ourselves. We have an EP for imminent release too so if you'd like to keep yourself informed here's a couple of links: http://www.nervousgermans.de and https://www.facebook.com/NervousGermansOfficial/
See you around!
Posted By: Brian Austin Whitney

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 02/19/17 03:36 PM

Congrats GE and Jeff! Thanks for checking in and I look forward to seeing one or both of you at the awards show on April 29 in LA.
Posted By: Perry Neal Crawford

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 02/20/17 05:42 AM

I am speechless. For a nominee for best albums in spoken word and storytelling it is a serious condition (Warning from the Caveman and the Poet & Twinkleberry the Belly Dancing Chicken). I am t.he "coward" of a previous post who lacked confidence in my writing abilities. Someone else sent my first stories to a toy company. That led to a recording of the stories which became a demo I took to Brent Lewis, a percussionist, music writer, performer, and producer. The synergism and collaboration between us has culminated into four CDs of topics ranging from serious and provoking to funnybone poking. The JPF nominations for stories and albums in an international forum is the stuff of dreams. Thanks to all who labor with love for the universal language.
Posted By: Brian Austin Whitney

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 02/20/17 05:08 PM

Perry,

It's funny, when I saw that story you told, I had no idea until this moment that you were involved in those Brent Lewis nominations. Congrats!

Brian
Posted By: Perry Neal Crawford

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 02/21/17 03:57 AM

I wrote and performed all the stories on the Warning CD and wrote all the stories on the Twinkleberry CD except for Monkey Hip Gumbo (Brent's writng). Brent performed all stories on that CD as well. He lives to perform live and will be contacing you about a chance to perform at the awardsshow. We both plan to be there.
Posted By: Brian Austin Whitney

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 02/22/17 05:50 AM

That's wonderful! I hope we can pull it off, having serious venue issue at the moment. We really need to find help tracking down missing nominees on Facebook and beyond to make sure they know.

Brian
Posted By: MidniteBob

JPF Awards Nominees! Post your links here! - 02/22/17 06:30 PM

The latest awards, for a variety of reasons. have taken a long time to pull together.

To those who have been nominated, whether you are a new member or old, please post your links here so that we can all celebrate your efforts!!

Midnite
Posted By: Brian Austin Whitney

Re: JPF Awards Nominees! Post your links here! - 02/23/17 03:03 PM

I think there's a check in on the Music Awards Board, but it's slow. Most are contacting us via Facebook but we're going to keep working on getting them to stop in here. We've heard from about 230 of the on Facebook, only a few have made their way here year.
Posted By: Trentb

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 02/23/17 11:58 PM

I have managed to find maybe 25% of the songs nominated using Google and YouTube, but couldn't find a lot more of them.

Some good stuff in what I have found
Posted By: Brian Austin Whitney

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 02/24/17 07:41 AM

Trent,

Spotify has at least 80% of it and you can get that free (with commercials).

Brian
Posted By: floyd jane

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 02/24/17 01:56 PM

I am (of course) very pleased to have a song in the list of nominations. How nice it is to get a bit of attention to our efforts in the incredible flood of music (via the internet) these days - as has often been discussed on these boards.

Midnite requested in a thread elsewhere that people provide a link(s) to their nominated songs... I think this would be a good place - wish that mac would list his here - I'd like to listen to those again (without having to dig...and the world should hear his stuff!) - and others, as well...(some have).

Brian - thanks for all you do to allow us this opportunity.



So...for anyone interested...

I DON'T CARE IF THE MOON COMES OUT TONIGHT

Posted By: Trentb

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 02/24/17 04:41 PM

Good one Floyd! One thing I noticed on YouTube that cdbaby seems to be doing, is if you have an album on cdbaby, a generic video with the album art work and the song is made into a video, strictly for listening purposes. I guess they feel it expands the reach of the music to have a quasi video on YouTube.

I saw Joanne lurgios album like this in YouTube: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yM1K__AGh_E
And Jody Whitesides: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_SrpCYXCAl8

I don't know when cdbaby started doing this, but I think it's fairly recently
Posted By: Trentb

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 02/24/17 04:53 PM

Yeah duh, I don't know why I didn't think to look on Spotify, finding many more now
Posted By: Robin Schulte

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 02/24/17 08:02 PM

As with the other nominees, I am so happy to be a 2017 nominee for my Storytelling Album "Jack and the Levitator & Other Stories". It is a collection of personal, true stories. I am really excited to hear the others listed. Thank you for providing this opportunity to so many of us, Brian!
Posted By: Ariel Kalma

Re: JPF Awards Nominees! Post your links here! - 02/25/17 01:29 AM

Dear Indiependent artists and labels,

We have the proof there is much talent out there, and glamour is not needed to produce uplifting, titillating, provoking music.
I am so glad that Music Mosaic is a label featuring those talents... and I get to chose them, lol.... here is some of the cream in our compilations!!

Music Mosaic - Ariel Kalma - JPFolks Nominees 2017

Music Mosaic: www.music-mosaic.com
Ariel Kalma : www.ariel-kalma.com


African Song Nominees
Africa Calling (World Beat Mix) by TNA Groove on Tribal Groove 2 https://musicmosaic.bandcamp.com/track/africa-calling-world-beat-mix


Ambient Song Nominees
Forest Mystics by Ariel Kalma on Meditation In The Forest https://ariel-kalma.bandcamp.com/track/forest-mystics

Heart Groove by Ariel Kalma on Reallusions https://ariel-kalma.bandcamp.com/track/heart-groove

Asian Song Nominees
Ganesha Mantra by Sandeep Raval on Urban Mantra III https://musicmosaic.bandcamp.com/track/ganesha-mantra

Pyg-meje byTomas Reindl on Global Village Party https://musicmosaic.bandcamp.com/track/pyg-meje


Dance/Electronic Song Nominees
Trance Harmony – Didge mix by Ariel Kalma on Didgeridoo Trance Dance 4 https://musicmosaic.bandcamp.com/track/trance-harmony-didge-mix


World Song Nominees
Camels by Vinod Prasanna/Tarshito on Global Village Party https://musicmosaic.bandcamp.com/track/camels

Dreamscape by Lee Boice on Groove Medicine https://musicmosaic.bandcamp.com/track/dreamscape

Sitaram by Om At Last on Urban Mantra III https://musicmosaic.bandcamp.com/track/sitaram

Sanctus-Gayatri by Tomas Reindl on Urban Mantra III https://musicmosaic.bandcamp.com/track/sanctus-gayatr

Shimmer byThe Riff Tin on Drum Drive https://musicmosaic.bandcamp.com/track/shimmer

Slightly Sprightly by Wild Marmalade on Digeridoo Drum Dance https://musicmosaic.bandcamp.com/track/slightly-spiritely-wild-marmalade

Tabacunda by Hilight Tribe on Drumming Planet 2 https://musicmosaic.bandcamp.com/track/tabacunda-2

Time To Go CraZy by Rishi & Harshil on Drumming Planet 2 https://musicmosaic.bandcamp.com/track/time-to-go-crazy

Whakarongo by Aonua on Tribal Groove 2 https://musicmosaic.bandcamp.com/track/whakarongo


Techno Song Nominees
DidgiGaganji by Eat Your Guru on Didgeridoo Trance Dance 4 https://musicmosaic.bandcamp.com/track/didgigagaganji



Posted By: Brian Austin Whitney

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 02/25/17 03:24 AM

Great to hear from you all.

Floyd, I remember seeing your song keep clearing hurdles round by round and I didn't even realize it made it all the way to nominations. I mostly dealt with the ties in the final round so I would guess you weren't in any danger of not getting nominated and I like that song of yours. I am especially happy to see so many board members with songs and albums making the cut, something that hasn't happened in past years nearly as often, even though this years music is as good as any previous year. Good for you and your peers.

Robin, you're the first storyteller to check in, so welcome to JPF and I hope people will check that genre out, you'll be pleasantly surprised, no matter what kind of music you like, we have Children's and Adults storytelling with some brilliant entries in both. There's also much to like in the Spoken Word genre in case anyone wants to stretch out their usual listening habits. It can require a little more time (some are short pieces, some much longer) but if you're doing some work on line, put some on and enjoy a lot of interesting viewpoints and stories often based on real people and real lives.

Brian
Posted By: Margaret Davis

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 02/25/17 04:59 PM

Hello everyone! I am checking in for Celtic/Medieval band Broceliande (of which I am the leader) and Celtic rock band Avalon Rising (of which I am a proud member). We are absolutely delighted that our CDs "Make We Merry" and "Elbows & Antlers" were nominated this year, as well as a song each from each CD! Both bands have been around for over 18 years. Avalon Rising plays the Celtic Festival/Scottish Games circuit, and Broceliande brings its unique twist on Celtic and Early Music to concert series & house concerts around the Bay Area. Thanks again! Can't wait for the awards!

Margaret Davis
Broceliande
Avalon Rising
Flowinglass Music
Posted By: Brian Austin Whitney

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 02/26/17 03:46 AM

Margaret,

Wow, you're in both bands. I had no idea. Congrats! So you kinda have bragging rights in both eh? Please tell your band mates congrats for us and now the question is, which one do you want to win? hahahah. Don't answer, though I am sure that would be like picking between kids!
Posted By: Brian Austin Whitney

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 02/26/17 11:10 AM

Great Job Ariel! You and the acts you brought to us did great this year. Congrats!
Posted By: Scott Campbell

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 02/28/17 05:55 PM

I have a song, "Some Assembly Required" nominated in the traditional folk category. It's a cliché, but to say I'm surprised would be an understatement.

Though it sometimes serves me well, I have an unfortunate tendency to accept all criticism but to disregard any pat on the back.

Not this time. smile

The song is on Spotify (I'm pretty sure) but here is another link:


https://soundcloud.com/s-w-campbell/some-assembly-required


Thanks, Brian - means more than I can express - which is odd for one who writes songs. smile

Scott
Posted By: MidniteBob

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 03/01/17 04:47 AM

Well done, Scott, although I don/t think that I'm quite happy with you now....I cllcked on your link and then had to track more of your music down,..And now I'm gonna be late for work in the morning!

Midnite
Posted By: Lene Riebau

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 03/01/17 12:22 PM

Hello Brian,

I have just been informed that I am nominated in the two categories:
Vocal Jazz song: The lady was to blame
Cabaret song: Bittersweet

Both of the songs are from the album Fishing For Zebras, which are nominated in 5 categories in total.

This is absolutely fantastic news. Thank you all so much.

I still carry the adventure from 2009 in my heart and soul from when I attended the Just Plain Folks music awardshow in Nashville, and came home to Denmark having won the award for Best RnB album of the year (Jazz Handle)
The following months here was absolutely amazing, and although Denmark is a very very tiny country compared to yours, the recognision and attention the award provoked was an experience I shall never forget.

In the autumn of 2012 I was invited to collaborate with a very skilled producer from Germany Martin Kratzenstein and his project Club Des Belugas which I did 3 tracks with all done by sharing ideas and workfiles over email. Two of the songs are now nominated in this years Just Plain Folks music awards.

I just can´t get my hands down!
Posted By: Brian Austin Whitney

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 03/01/17 12:46 PM

Lene,

That's so great to hear. I am getting a lot of similar feedback from other previous nominees with similar experiences and in the end, this is why I do the work. Sincere, no strings attached recognition is a rare thing in the arts, and I am very happy to have contributed to nudging deserving talented people of all genres and types forward to the of our ability .

I had no idea you were even involved in that group until after the noms were done, but I am not surprised, it's a wonderful and diverse album!

Brian
Posted By: Perry Neal Crawford

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 03/01/17 07:05 PM

Spotify has my albums as does Youtube.


Warning from the Caveman and the Poet (Poet: Perry Neal Crawford author and performer of all stories, Caveman: Brent Lewis-Melodic Percussion Music)
https://open.spotify.com/album/1Q3KozMtGKg9QpaK2WGDtM

Twinkleberry the Belly Dancing Chicken (Perry Neal Crawford: author of all stories except Monkey Hip Gumbo, Brent Lewis : author Monkey Hip Gumbo, performer of all stories and music with guest musicians). https://open.spotify.com/album/32i3AgUxNmLxQxZL0NrFsn
Posted By: MidniteBob

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 03/01/17 10:05 PM

Originally Posted by Trentb
Yeah duh, I don't know why I didn't think to look on Spotify, finding many more now


You and me both, Trent!!!!

Midnite
Posted By: MidniteBob

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 03/01/17 10:14 PM

Originally Posted by Lene Riebau
Hello Brian,

I have just been informed that I am nominated in the two categories:
Vocal Jazz song: The lady was to blame
Cabaret song: Bittersweet

I just can´t get my hands down!


Raise your hands high, Lene, and keep them clapping and share!!!.....You created something special!

Midnite
Posted By: MidniteBob

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 03/01/17 10:25 PM

Originally Posted by Brian Austin Whitney
Great Job Ariel! You and the acts you brought to us did great this year. Congrats!


What Brian said!!!!!!

Midnite
Posted By: Jody Whitesides

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 03/02/17 06:17 PM

Originally Posted by Trentb
Good one Floyd! One thing I noticed on YouTube that cdbaby seems to be doing, is if you have an album on cdbaby, a generic video with the album art work and the song is made into a video, strictly for listening purposes. I guess they feel it expands the reach of the music to have a quasi video on YouTube.

I saw Joanne lurgios album like this in YouTube: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yM1K__AGh_E
And Jody Whitesides: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_SrpCYXCAl8

I don't know when cdbaby started doing this, but I think it's fairly recently


I don't know if CD Baby does that. I use DistroKid now. They have an option to distribute to YouTube like that.
Posted By: Trentb

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 03/02/17 09:33 PM

I don't know for sure, but it seems anytime I see a video like that, the artist has an abum or single on cdbaby. i thought cdbaby had a YouTube program in their books too. Might be something all the distributors do.

I have actually seen some videos where zero people had viewed it

Paul Simon had released demos of his Graceland album, the original demos for the public to hear/buy. He had one of those videos just uploaded to youtube, I was the first person to view it. IM not sure who does it, but it seems to be the same company with same goal.
Posted By: Brian Austin Whitney

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 03/03/17 07:16 PM

Roughly 70% of the songs are on Spotify. I have them all in genre playlists. The only genre with every song on spotify is Instrumental oddly enough. All others are missing at least one or two. Some barely have any songs, Country is missing a bunch. I have been working my way through the playlists, really nice to hear them as a collection instead of one at a time. If you are on spotify, send me a note if you'd like to check them out. But please do not share them until we make an official public announcement.

Brian
Posted By: BZ Lewis

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 03/07/17 10:40 PM

Super cool to be nominated for 5 songs and two albums!! I'm humbled and honored. Maybe I'll get to meet and see you in L.A.!

I'm nominated for:
Best Instrumental Rock Song: "Autonomiton" and "Short Controlled Bursts" from my BZ 2.0 Album.
Best Techno Song: "Double Helix" and "The Grind" from the Unobtainium Album, and "Violent" from 2.0.

Also for my albums "BZ 2.0" and "Unobtainium".

Wish me luck!

https://www.facebook.com/BZrocks/
Posted By: Brian Austin Whitney

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 03/08/17 07:40 AM

BZ,

Welcome aboard and congrats on your nominations! That's a nice haul, 6 nominations!

Brian
Posted By: Perry Neal Crawford

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 03/10/17 08:10 PM

www.brentlewis.com/

All four of my CDs done with Brent Lewis are on his site with all lyrics (my writings) posted for each CD. He has done many CDs of percussion music on his melodic Ikauma drums. His music is world renowned and used in movies, by professional dancers and dance troupes, schools, and as therapy. They are audio amphetamines and will perk up any mundane chore or workplace as well as heating up your personal workout routines.

PNC
Posted By: Jayme

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 03/13/17 06:14 AM

Honored to be nominated for my song Tunisia in the vocal jazz category.

I have fond memories of performing at a JPF open mic in the SF Bay Area the very first year Brian started out.
You can hear my song at https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CT_hV9BWb-k&feature=youtu.be

Love, peace, joy,
Jayme Kelly Curtis
Posted By: Brian Austin Whitney

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 03/17/17 08:10 PM

Congrats Perry and Jayme! Which show did you do, the voodoo lounge or the one in Oakland or one of our chapter meetings? We started out technically in 1985, but we did start touring No. Cal in the 90's.

Brian
Posted By: Bob Cushing

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 03/24/17 06:49 PM

My apologies for checking in late. I'm honored to have two of my songs nominated "Somehow We Survived It All" from "Troubadour Songs" for "best rock ballad", and "C'mon Big Brother" from "Live at the Blue Note" for "best political/social commentary." I was shocked to say the least! www.bobcushing.com www.reverbnation.com/bobcushing, and yes I'm on Spotify as well as Pandora, I-Heart radio ect. Thanks again!
Posted By: MidniteBob

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 03/25/17 08:49 PM

Hey BC, from one Bob to another:-)

No apologies necessary for checking in late!

And when you say "thanks again'....Well, I'm jes' gonna hafta turn it right around and send the "thanks" back to you!

Thanks!!!! You are living proof that hard-traveling musicians, and the music that they make, matter!!!!

You are an inspiration!

Midnite

Posted By: Brian Austin Whitney

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 03/26/17 12:45 AM

Hey Bob, I wondered where you were hiding out. Welcome back and congrats again!

Brian
Posted By: Wouter

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 03/28/17 12:56 PM

Hi everyone,

My 2nd album 'Folies de Flandre' received a JPF nomination in the category Contemporary Classical. This is great news - thanks a lot!

Folies de Flandre is a triptych for cello: my friends Robrecht Kessels and Armand Coeck and I composed each 3 pieces for the album. I gathered some excellent musicians and we recorded this album back in 2012 already. Besides cello are also featured: classical guitars and piano.
In 2009 my first album Nightbird also received some JPF nominations - it's a good feeling to get again some recognition :-)


Since 'Folies de Flandre' is not on Spotify I'd like to share the album here on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/wouter-vercruysse/sets/folies-de-flandre/s-EiU56

Happy listening!
Posted By: Brian Austin Whitney

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 03/29/17 11:48 AM

Thanks Wouter! And congrats again!

Brian
Posted By: Bob Cushing

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 03/30/17 06:01 PM

Thank you sir!
Posted By: Bob Cushing

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 03/30/17 06:07 PM

I've been super-busy getting ready for the move to FLA, and the "happy troubadour semi-retirement tiki bar circuit". Once again, I'm eternally grateful for the nominations!
Posted By: swestern

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 03/30/17 09:22 PM

Brian, et al.,
Wow, this is quite an honor, thank you to all those who worked at bringing these nominations about.
It would seem I came out strong as a songwriter and have been sliding down ever since because, "Come to the Table" in the Gospel category, was the first song I put to music and I think I submitted around a dozen for consideration.
There is probably something very important in that experience I can learn from.

http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=12571131

Thanks Again!
Skip
Posted By: maccharles

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 04/01/17 03:18 AM

I put my six nominations in one spot for the time being, thank you again.

https://maccharles.bandcamp.com/album/jpf-nominated
Posted By: Bubboon

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 04/23/17 06:47 PM

So honored to be nominated! Thank you all for the work you do and for the recognition. Congratulations to all the nominees! Very exciting!
Posted By: Brian Austin Whitney

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 04/24/17 11:26 AM

Thanks Bubboon! Sorry you can't make the awards show on August 5th.
Posted By: CharlieMosbrook

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 04/25/17 04:44 PM

I am looking forward to the announcements. I am sorry I will be so far from LA for the show. Will there be a live stream?
Posted By: Brian Austin Whitney

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 04/26/17 03:39 PM

Charlie, only if there's enough budget to do so, otherwise we'll post the winners in the morning after.
Posted By: cloudsongs

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 05/24/17 04:45 PM


Thrilled to be nominated also! Mind blowing that you went through so much music!

I am especially grateful as mine, like so many, is hard to categorize.

Is it no coincidence that the lyrics align with Brian's credos? http://www.capncloudmusic.com/shake-your-head.html

Other than just (humbly?) telling everyone, what other steps?....

Thanks again. Wow

cloudsongs.com
Posted By: Brian Austin Whitney

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 05/26/17 12:33 AM

Hi CapnCloud,

Congrats on the nomination. I can't always explain why something gets nominated beyond the simple reality that real people collectively loved your music when given a chance to hear it, without bias and without any agenda beyond listen to music and flagging songs "that moved them" which is another way of saying songs they connected to, or even more simply, liked. Often they pick songs that even the artists as surprised by, which I love because I long ago learned that knowing which of their songs will connect to others is the last thing an artist becomes good at most of the time. Some are thrilled, some surprised, some even get angry asking "how could they have picked THAT song" to which I reply "well, YOU wrote and recorded it, it must have meant something to you as well the day you created it." So often musicians are programmed to try and look at music the way they think "industry" will look at it when sometimes people who perhaps have just experienced a similar set of feelings as you did when you wrote a particular song, connect to it in ways even they may not realize. That's the wonderful magic of music.

Glad you checked in. We've sent you some info (hopefully you got it via email) and as long as you sent us MP3's for individual song(s) nominated, you're good to go beyond deciding if you'll be joining us at the awards show which we just moved from August to October in hopes of more people being able to attend without touring conflicts and family vacations etc.

Welcome aboard, feel free to post on any topic, start your own and join some nice people talking about music.

Brian
Posted By: cloudsongs

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 05/27/17 04:29 PM

Your reply is spot on! I've played the "what will "they" think" game and all the analysis in the world won't get you a "right" answer for anybody else, let alone a universal answer. And you're right that the song that was nominated was one of those songs that wouldn't be denied - Just already existed. I read that John Lennon felt that he received songs. And I think that the really good ones are received or unearthed etc. I certainly don't pressure much that doesn't inspire me.

Thanks again - I'm looking forward to receiving (more songs) and your email..

Thanks

Cap'n Cloud
Posted By: Sandy Andina

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 06/14/17 02:22 AM

Delighted on behalf of Andina & Rich (and myself as writer) to be nominated twice this year! Grateful to Brian for the amazing work he has done over the years—and the herculean task he so ably undertook to administer and supervise the Awards process for 2017.

Working on getting you .mp4s (or .mp3s) of my nominated songs, as well as link to a YouTube video (a fan filmed us singing at least one of the songs at our holiday concert in Madison a couple of years ago). My singing partner Stephen Lee Rich might have it up on his “OldYodeler” YT page—I need to see if it’s up on mine as well.

Do we have a firm date and venue yet for the banquet in Oct.? Need to firm up my schedule and make travel arrangements—might already have some immutable conflicts. (FARM Oct. 18-21, and family vacation the following weekend).
Posted By: Brian Austin Whitney

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 06/16/17 06:40 AM

Our only options for October is either Oct 14th or Oct 28th. I am only available those two days that month to do it. The next and likely last possible date would be Nov 11th. Beyond that are holidays and we must finish before the end of the year as it is the 2017 awards after all. No matter the date, we'll have many people upset they have conflicts. If we can't find a date that works for enough people to financially make the show viable, I will simply announce the winners once voting is done and we won't have a show, though they are often life changing events for many people, myself included. They're LONG, but they are full of diverse talents from around the world representing their genres and their countries and cultures and sharing in an evening about celebrating the collection of talent in the room and the nominees overall and how great it is to make music that connects with others.

We'll do what we can.

Brian
Posted By: Perry Neal Crawford

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 06/28/17 08:07 PM

Howdy! I did not receive an email about the change of date for the Awards Show, so I am glad I poke my head in now and then for the yackin' in the forums. I submitted MP3 versions of my nominated cuts. Has the process for submitting the full nominated albums been worked out yet?
Posted By: Barry_Mc_Cabe

Re: 2017 Nominees Check In Here! - 08/19/17 02:05 PM

Hi all,

Just popping in to say "hello" to everyone. How exciting to be nominated for a JPF Award. In my case, it's for the song "The Peace Within" in the "Traditional Folk" category and in the Video category it's for the Troubadour DVD.

I only found out about the award date change recently. It takes time for the news to reach Ireland it seems! :-)
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