Atlanta, GA (PressExposure) December 05, 2011 -- Grammys week shines its spotlight on the independent music artists of the world at the "2012 All Indie Music Awards."
The 2012 All Indie Music Awards has nominated Emphasis Records recording artist Stevie Hawkins in two categories as "Best Blues Artist" and "Best Jazz Artist." Hawkins and his label are extremely excited about the news.
The All Indie Music Awards ceremony will take place on Friday, February 10th, 2012, just two days before the Grammys. The event will be hosted at the famous "Key Club" located on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood. The Red Carpet event begins at 6:00pm where nominees will be introduced and interviewed on the Red Carpet by members of the media and press.
The awards show starts at 8:00pm and runs until 10:30pm (Pacific). The awards presentation will be live. Nominees will have the opportunity to perform in front of hundreds of people, and the show will also be streamed live online in HD for viewers globally.
When asked about his initial reaction to the nominations, Hawkins says; "My initial reaction was one of shock, or the "wow" factor. Took me a day or so to get my head wrapped around the reality of the honor. The nomination comes as an unexpected, yet, very thrilling surprise! Especially being nominated in two different categories. After the many years of love, passion and heart that has been put forth into my art and entertaining, it feels great for my work as well as the work of others involved in my collaborations to be recognized by the industry. For this blessing, I am most grateful to God." Hawkins also says; "I wish all of the nominees the best of continued success in their career. As I see it, the prize has already been won by being nominated. What I mean is, we are all winners regardless of the awards outcome."
The mission for the 2012 All Indie Music Awards is to create a music award platform to not only promote, but to give a special recognition to the best unsigned and independent music artists from around the world and showcase in Hollywood, CA during Grammys week.
Categories for nomination are:
Artist of the Year
Album of the Year
Judges will determine the winners of each category and announce the award winners at the award ceremony. This includes selection for Artist of the Year and Album of the Year.
One winner will take home the coveted, "Alan Freed Award". During the 1950s, Alan Freed earned himself to be one of the founding pioneers of independent music and helped pave the way for future music artists. Freed helped bridge the gap between Rhythm & Blues and helped the genre become a part of mainstream music.
To be nominated for the "Alan Freed Award", candidates must have demonstrated outstanding achievement, have a distinguished body of work, and has made a recognizable contribution in the field of independent music and/or broadcasting field.
Voting is also open to the public. Please visit the All Indie Music Awards website to cast your vote for Stevie Hawkins in the "Blues" and "Jazz" categories.
For further information regarding the awards show or to purchase tickets to the show, please visit the All Indie Music Awards website.
About Stevie Hawkins:
Stevie Hawkins career span covers a lot of ground to include playing drums for recording artists John Lee Hooker, Percy Sledge, Rufus Thomas, Albert King, Willie Hill, Harvey Scales, Chuck Berry, Chubby Checker, Daryle Singletary (drummer/tour manager), Razzy Bailey, Bertie Higgins, Johnny Rodriguez, Doug Stone, The Ink Spots among others.
He has released three albums "Georgia Jam," "High Time," and his current 2011 release entitled "What The Funk?".
V.P. of A&R - Chief Audio Engineer and Staff Producer for the GRC Records -- HotLanta Records imprints in Atlanta, Georgia for seven years, working closely with GRC label clients (Universal/MCA, Warner Brothers, Atlantic, EMI, BMG, Sony, Ace/Kent) among others.
Publishing catalog manager/administrator and song plugger for the historic Atlanta based music publishing companies, Jalew Music BMI, Act One Music BMI, Moonsong Music BMI and Grapevine Music ASCAP, and was instrumental in securing artist cuts for the catalog to include Ray Charles, Mary J. Blige, Sammy Kershaw, Will Smith, Oak Ridge Boys, Jermaine Dupree, Lil Romeo, Diddy, Lil Kim, Wyclef Jean, X-Clan, Special Ed, Shaquille O'Neal, John Michael Montgomery, and motion picture song placements in the movies "Larger Than Life" starring Bill Murray - Matthew McConaughey - Jerry Adler, and "Made In America" starring Whoopie Goldberg - Ted Danson - Will Smith, among many others.
In 2001, he formed and currently owns two independent record labels under the Atlanta Music Group umbrella (Alternative/Urban Records and Emphasis Records), as well as two music publishing companies under the same umbrella (Hannon Hawkins Music-BMI and Uncle Slim Music-ASCAP).
Other areas of Hawkins' career span include jingle writer and producer, radio programming assistant, ad agency music producer, recording engineer, record producer, and a panelist for ASCAP.