11th annual Texas Music AwardsTM
Recipients Information


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.

 

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

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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.

 

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

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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.

 

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

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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.

 

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.

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

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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.

 
Jesse Sims
for the album SMALL TOWN OUTLAW
(Robby White & The Tejas Gringos)
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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.
 
Jason Helms Band

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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.

 
"A Texan's Prayer"
Robby White, songwriter

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

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.

 
Matt Harlan Click Here
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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.

 
"Just Getting Started"
Pauline Reese

 

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.

 
TIRED EYES
The Washers
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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.

 
KPFT - 90.1FM - Houston  

DISC JOCKEY OF THE YEAR

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

 

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.
 
Joe "King" Carrasco  

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

 
Founders' Awards
 
Historical Significance - Joe 'King' Carrasco
Artistic Excellence: Leyla Fences
Artistic Excellence: Mike Amabile
Artistic Excellence: The Bigsbys
MyTexan: Gus Samuelson
Palmwood: Bruno Michel
Musical Event of the Year:  Harestock 5
Lifetime Achievement Award: Wrecks Bell
Lifetime Achievement Award: Shake Russell