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Today Twitter told me my album Rogue Doubt has been nominated for an East Coast Music Award for Rock Album of the Year! A minute later an email from the ECMAs confirmed it. Not a bad way to start a Tuesday afternoon.

It’s nice to be nominated for an album that is not only very personal but also will be my last for a long time (due to my health issues). And in a category with all bands it is kind of neat to be the lone solo act. I’m in some great company, both with the cool acts in the Rock Album category and of friends and colleagues nominated for other awards. Newfoundland and Labrador is heavily represented which is always a hoot, cause we have such a wealth of great music here.

I must tip my hat to the ECMAs for instituting a full jury process this year. This means that a jury of music industry types decide not only which albums are nominated, but which albums will win. Whereas in the past it was a jury nomination but members voted for the winner. This new way removes some of the popularity contest and makes it about the album.

Will this mean anything in the long run for indie acts versus those with labels and management etc? Probably not. They have more money to spend on making an album than the independent acts. But it does mean we can get our names up there with them and that is worth something right?

Thanks again to all the fine folks who helped make Rogue Doubt a reality. Robert Kelly, Justin Merdsoy, J LaPointe, Chris Clarke, Brad Madden, Ian Foster, Paul Heppleston, Tino Borges, Jud Haynes, Joel Upshall, Janis Campbell, Naomi Kavka, Danika Drover, Chris Harnett, MusicNL and the internet choir (on Marathon Man).

Though I stopped performing live 2 months ago (Dat sux!) I had applied to perform in a few showcases at the ECMAs but I was not successful in getting any of those slots. Plus I am in school studying like a busy bee to learn all the fancy graphic design whoseewhatsits. So I don’t know if I will be attending the awards festivities or not. A lot of factors to …er…factor in there. But in case I am not there to say it… Congratulations to all the nominees. Just by putting out an album you show a dedication to art that not many have. Give yourself a minute to be proud of what you have done and what you may yet do.

Hugs and kisses


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