11th annual Texas Music AwardsTM
Nominee Information
Categories are in no particular order, nominees are in
a pre-determined alphabetical order within category;
some by last name, some by group name, some by project name.

Voting is through Jan 31st

As you know, the Texas Music Awards are open to all members of the Academy of Texas Music, Inc. 
Many categories require a release within the qualifying period. 
If you feel that there are too many artists in one particular genre, please help by
encouraging artists in all facets of Texas music to join the Academy. 
We look forward to the day when there can be awards in every genre. 
That can only happen when more artists join and release qualifying projects. 
Until then, you may have a Country artist being voted on next to a Rock artist or a Christian artist.
Thanks for understanding the process and thanks for your support
 

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Awarded to:  Academy Performing Member (male only) Eligible genre:  Any   Criteria:  Must appear on qualifying project    Guidelines:  The entire project is considered, but a single song can be the basis of the nomination.  Considerations are made for dynamics, emotional input, and creative delivery.  A driving factor for the nomination will be the ability to describe the performance as “memorable.” Quality factors:  Vocal delivery, musical performance, production, arrangement, and packaging of the project are studied.

The nominees are:

Mike Amabile
for vocal performance on
OPEN YOUR EYES
(Mike Amabile)

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Mark Allan Atwood
for vocal performance on
BURNED AT THE CROSSROADS
(Mark Allan Atwood & Brimstone)

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Cameran Nelson
for vocal performance on
RECKLESS IN TEXAS
(Cameran Nelson)

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Alex Smith
for vocal performance on
TRUE STORY
(The Bigsbys)

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Robby White
for vocal performance on
SMALL TOWN OUTLAW
(Robby White & The Tejas Gringos)

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FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Awarded to:  Academy Performing Member (female only) Eligible genre:  Any    Criteria:  Must appear on qualifying project    Guidelines:  The entire project is considered, but a single song can be the basis of the nomination.  Considerations are made for dynamics, emotional input, and creative delivery.  A driving factor for the nomination will be the ability to describe the performance as “memorable.” Quality factors:  Vocal delivery, musical performance, production, arrangement, and packaging of the project are studied.

The nominees are:

Ashlee Rose
for vocal performance on
SONGS IN A SUITCASE
(Ashlee Rose)

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Jessie Samford
for vocal performance on
PARKER HEIGHTS
(Parker Heights)

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Myrna Sanders
for vocal performance on
BIG HEAD DIVA
(Myrna Sanders)

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T.C. Smythe
for vocal performance on
THESE ROSITA HILLS
(Smythe and Taylor)

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Sue Young
for vocal performance on
GLIDING
(Sue Young)

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VOCAL DUO/GROUP OF THE YEAR

Awarded to:  Academy Performing Member who performs as either a duet or as a collection of three or more performers and, as a standard part of their normal performances, demonstrate vocals as a significant feature of their performance. One-time collaborations can also be eligible. Eligible genre:  Any  Criteria:  Must appear on qualifying project  Guidelines:  The entire project is considered, but a single song can be the basis of the nomination.  Considerations are made for harmony vocals, diversity and/or creativity in the use of vocals as an instrument, dynamics, emotional input, and creative delivery.  A driving factor for the nomination will be the ability to describe the performance as “memorable.” Quality factors:  Vocal delivery, use of multiple vocalists, musical performance, production, arrangement, and packaging of the project are studied.

The nominees are:

2-Bit Palomino
for vocal performances on
RIDES AGAIN
(2-Bit Palomino)

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Jeff Keith Band
for vocal performances on
SORROWS CREEK
(Jeff Keith Band)

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Parker Heights
for vocal performances on
PARKER HEIGHTS
(Parker Heights)

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Smythe and Taylor
for vocal performances on
THESE ROSITA HILLS
(Smythe and Taylor)

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The Washers
for vocal performances on
TIRED EYES
(The Washers)

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RISING STAR AWARD

Awarded to:  Academy Performing Member  Eligible genre:  Any  Criteria:  Performer should show remarkable promise for future endeavors.  Guidelines:  A Member’s released material during the qualifying period is considered.  Considerations are made for public presence, online presence, listener approval, airplay, career involvement, and potential for a high level of future notoriety and career advancement.  Quality factors:  Vocal delivery, musical performance, production, arrangement, and packaging of the Member’s qualifying project are studied.

The nominees are:

Eric Myers Band

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Crissy Harrold

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Jason Helms Band

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Cameran Nelson

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Parker Heights

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MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR

Awarded to:  A musician appearing on an Academy Performing Member’s qualifying release.  Eligible genre:  Any  Criteria:  Musician must deliver an outstanding performance.  Guidelines:  The entire project is considered, but a single song can be the basis of the nomination.  Considerations are made for dynamics, innovative use of technology, demonstration of skill, and creative delivery.  A driving factor for the nomination will be the ability to describe the performance as “memorable.”  Quality factors:  Performance, production, arrangement, and delivery of the musical selection are studied.  The entire project is also studied for overall quality.  Packaging is allowed to be a factor.

The nominees are:
Brad Hobson
for musical performance on
TRUE STORY
(The Bigsbys)

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Mark LaFon
for musical performance on
SMALL TOWN OUTLAW
(Robby White & The
Tejas Gringos)

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Charles Peters
for musical performance on
OPEN YOUR EYES
(Mike Amabile)
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Tubie Pushee
for musical performance on
WHEN THE RUBBER MEETS THE ROAD
(Tubie & The Touchtones)
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Jack Saunders
for musical performance on
NORTH BOUND TRAIN
(Keith Rea)
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PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

Awarded to:  The producer of an eligible Academy Performing Member’s project.  This can be the Member or a person hired by the Member to produce the project. Eligible genre:  Any  Criteria:  Must appear on qualifying project; the person considered must be listed on the project as the producer and cannot be listed solely as the executive producer.  Person considered must have had creative control of the project with or without the input of the Performing Member.  Guidelines:  The entire project is considered.  Considerations are made for song flow, recording quality, continuity, arrangement, listener appeal, creative uses of technology, marketability to audio-only performance venues, and overall sound.  Quality factors:  Clarity, both traditional and innovative instrumentation, dynamics, proper uses of enhancements, and packaging of the project are studied.

The nominees are:
Billy Jo High /
Adam Odor

for the album TIRED EYES
(The Washers)
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Lyndon Hughes
for the album TRUE STORY
(The Bigsbys)
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Adam Odor
for the album BURNED AT THE CROSSROADS
(Mark Allan Atwood & Brimstone)
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Jesse Sims
for the album SMALL TOWN OUTLAW
(Robby White & The Tejas Gringos)
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Mark Sinko
for the album SORROWS CREEK
(Jeff Keith Band)

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LIVE BAND OF THE YEAR

Awarded to:  Member Band who played a great number of shows during the qualifying period and who demonstrates the ability to deliver a quality live performance.  Criteria:  May include number of shows, existence of current releases, connection with audience, sound quality, stage presence, and individual personality.  This is a cross-genre award. 
Since the fans are the ones catching live performances, this award is decided 100% by public vote.
The nominees are:
Aubrey Lynn &
Yellow Rose

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Ben Morris & The Great American Boxcar Chorus

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Jason Helms Band

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Jerry Audley Band

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Sammy Fox &
The Intervention

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SONG OF THE YEAR

Awarded to:  Academy Performing Member and any co-songwriters Eligible genre:  Any  Criteria:  Must be written or co-written by Member, must appear on qualifying project  Guidelines:  Song will be a great example for songwriters, considerations are made for musical hook, lyrical hook, melody, and structure.  Quality factors:  Vocal delivery, musical performance, production, arrangement, and packaging of the project are studied.

The nominees are:
"A Texan's Prayer"
Robby White, songwriter

off SMALL TOWN OUTLAW
(Robby White & The Tejas Gringos)

"Gettin' There"
Connie Mims, songwriter

off GETTIN' THERE
(Connie Mims)

"Soldier's Wife"
Lou Ann Petty, songwriter

off BLUEGRASS BONUS SET
(Lou Ann Petty)

"Tennessee Left Texas"
john Arthur martinez &
Rick Bussey, songwriters

off YOU PLAY MY HEART
(john Arthur martinez)

"Word"
Jonathon Dewveall, songwriter

off WORD
(Dewveall)

SINGER / SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR

Awarded to:  Academy Performing Member  Eligible genre:  Singer/Songwriter, predominantly acoustic  Criteria:  Performer should deliver the best vocal, musical, and songwriting performance.  Guidelines:  A Member’s entire career during the qualifying period is considered.  Considerations are made for public presence, online presence, community involvement, listener approval, notoriety, airplay, career involvement, career advancement, and Texas pride.  Above all, the recorded material should contain quality lyrics, clarity of delivery, dynamics, emotional input, and creative delivery.  Quality factors:  Vocal delivery, musical performance, production, arrangement, and packaging of the Member’s qualifying project are studied.  Production quality should be high and the project should be lyrically sound, demonstrating the performers songwriting ability.

The nominees are:
Matt Harlan Click Here
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Michael Hearne Click Here
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Brian Kalinec Click Here
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Brennen Leigh Click Here
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Connie Mims

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RECORD OF THE YEAR

Awarded to:  Academy Performing Member  Eligible genre:  Any  Criteria:  Recording must appear on qualifying project.  Guidelines:  A recording is considered.  Considerations are made for mass marketability, notoriety, being covered by additional performers, wide-reaching impact, and fan base approval.  Quality factors:  Vocal delivery, musical performance, production, arrangement, and packaging of the project are studied.

The nominees are:
"Hometown Hero"
Jason Helms Band

"Just Getting Started"
Pauline Reese

"Thrown"
Cameran Nelson

"Trouble Is"
Randy Brown

"Yeah Yeah Yeah"
Jeremiah Houston Band

 

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Awarded to:  Academy Performing Member  Eligible genre:  Any  Criteria:  Album should display all the elements expected in the promotion of fine Texas music.  Guidelines:  A full album project is considered.  Considerations are made for mass marketability, song flow, song selection, and fan base approval.  Quality factors:  Vocal delivery, musical performance, production, arrangement, and packaging of the project are studied.

The nominees are:
BURNED
AT THE CROSSROADS

Mark Allan Atwood
& Brimstone
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OPEN YOUR EYES
Mike Amabile
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SMALL TOWN OUTLAW
Robby White &
The Tejas Gringos
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TIRED EYES
The Washers
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TRUE STORY
The Bigsbys

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BROADCAST RADIO STATION
OF THE YEAR

These nominees were decided by the public, and this award is also decided 100% by the public vote.

The nominees are:
KFWR - 95.9FM - Ft. Worth  
KHYI - 95.3FM - Dallas  
KOOP - 91.7FM - Austin  
KPFT - 90.1FM - Houston  
KRVF - 106.9FM - Corsicana  

DISC JOCKEY OF THE YEAR

These nominees were decided by the public, and this award is also decided 100% by the public vote.

The nominees are:
Ted Branson
KOOP - Austin
 
Brett Dillon
KHYI - Dallas
 
Justin Frazell
KFWR - Ft. Worth
 
Big Gus Samuelson
KHYI - Dallas
 

Roark Smith
KPFT - Houston

 

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

Awarded to:  Academy Performing Member  Eligible genre:  Any  Criteria:  Performer should exemplify the true spirit of Texas and the music of Texas. Guidelines:  A Member’s entire career during the qualifying period is considered.  Considerations are made for public presence, online presence, community involvement, listener approval, notoriety, airplay, career involvement, career advancement, and Texas pride.  Quality factors:  Vocal delivery, musical performance, production, arrangement, and packaging of the Member’s qualifying project are studied.
The nominees are:
Mike Blakely  
Randy Brown  
Joe "King" Carrasco  
john Arthur martinez  
Pauline Reese  

POPULAR COVER
AWARD

The Academy found that performers had covered some very popular songs that almost everyone has heard before.  You should be able to easily recognize these songs.  Listen to what the Academy member has done with the song and tell us your favorite.  Also, the artist who made the song popular is listed within, who might not necessarily be the writer of the song.
This award will be determined 100% by public vote.
The nominees are:
"Carefree Highway"
off STRAWBERRY MOON (Rick Busby)
(song made popular by Gordon Lightfoot)

"I Can't Make
You Love Me"

off SONGS IN A SUITCASE (Ashlee Rose)
(song made popular by Bonnie Raitt)

"Missing You"
off THESE ROSITA HILLS (Smythe and Taylor)
(song made popular by John Waite)

"Sing Me Back Home"
off YOU PLAY MY HEART (john Arthur martinez)
(song made popular by Merle Haggard)

"Tiger By The Tail"
off SMALL TOWN OUTLAW (Robby White & The Tejas Gringos)
(song made popular by Buck Owens)