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THE 2015 PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD powered by OPPORTUNITY DETROIT
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Americana Artist/ Group

 

Billy Brandt and the Sugarees

Mark Reitenga

Rio and the Rockibilly Revival

The Blueflowers

Ryan Dillaha and the Miracle Men

Michael on Fire

 

Americana Instrumentalist

 

Brian “Roscoe” White – guitar

Bonnie Kaye – violin

Billy Brandt – guitar

Joey Spina – guitar

Jason Dennie – guitar

Bryan Reilly – drums

Bob Monteleone – guitar

Audra Kubat – guitar

 

Americana Recording

 

Gia Warner “Say You Will”

Billy Brandt and the Sugarees “The Time is Now”

The Blueflowers “At the Edge of Disaster”

Michael on Fire “Healing Waters”

Longneck Strangler “Home”

Olivia Millerschin “Over the Weather”

 

Americana Songwriter

 

Michael on Fire

Jill Jack

Olivia Millerschin

Gia Warner

Billy Brandt

Mark Reitenga

 

Americana Vocalist

 

Gia Warner

Rio Scafone

Billy Brandt

Jill Jack

Kate Hinote

 

 

Blues Artist / Group

 

Eliza Neals and the Narcotics

Mainstreet Soul

Bobby Murray Band

Howard Glazer

Dirty Basement Blues Band

Laith Al-Saadi

 

Blues Instrumentalist

 

Bobby Murray – guitar

Jim McCarty – guitar

Howard Glazer – guitar

Motor City Josh – guitar

George Bedard – guitar

bugs Beddow – trombone

George Friend – guitar

Pete Peltier – guitar

 

Blues Recording

 

Johnny Rhoades “Waiting on the Sun”

Howard Glazer “Looking in the Mirror”

Mike Leslie Band “4am Blues”

Laura Rain and the Caesars “Closer”

Dirty Basement Blues Band “Coming Clean”

Paul Miles “Truth, Peace and Justice”

 

Blues Songwriter

 

Bobby Murray

Paul Miles

Eliza Neals

Laura Rain and George Friend

Motor City Josh

Howard Glazer

 

Blues Vocalist

 

Tosha Owens

Thornetta Davis

Eliza Neals

Kathleen Murray

Laura Rain

 

 

Classical Composer

 

Michele Ramo

Anthony Lai

Todd Schoeneman

Bonnie Kaye

 

Classical Instrumentalist

 

Takashi Iio - double bass

bugs Beddow – trombone

Stephen Vaglica – piano

Bonnie Kaye – violin

Michele Ramo - guitar

Sonja Lee – violin

 

Classical Recording

 

Stephen Vaglica “Chopin”

Bonnie Kaye “Suite Overture”

Michele Roger “Separation of Body and Soul”

Todd Schoeneman “Asylum”

 

Classical Small Ensemble

 

Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings

Il Segreto String Quartet

Cassini Ensemble

New Music Detroit

Pebble Creek Chamber Orchestra

Nuclassica

 

Classical Vocalist

 

Anamaria Ylizaliturri

Amber Williams

Brian LeDuc

Heidi Hepler

Ramsey Valentyn

 

Community Orchestra

 

Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra

Dearborn Symphony Orchestra

Warren Concert Band

Orchard Lake Philharmonic

Motor City Symphony Orchestra

Birmingham Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra

 

Country Artist / Group

 

Annabelle Road

Ty Stone

Horse Cave Trio

Julianne Ankley & the Rogues

The Orbitsuns

Whitey Morgan & the 78’s

 

Country Instrumentalist

 

Joey Spina – guitar

Brian “ Roscoe White “ – guitar

Roger Noonan – bass

Mark Richardson – guitar

Bobby Black – guitar

Bonnie Kaye – violin

Maggie McCabe - guitar, mandolin, bodhran

Rich Browarski – guitar

 

Country Recording

 

Ty Stone “The Boulevard”

Billy Brandt and the Sugarees “Blue Baby Blue”

Kat Beal “End of the Line”

Michael on Fire: duet with Carlene Carter “Done this Dance Before”

Longneck Strangler “Front Porch Swing”

Whitey Morgan & the 78’s “Whitey Morgan Born Raised & Live from Flint”

 

Country Songwriter

 

Don Duprie

Julianne Ankley

Scott Dailey

Matt Dmits

Kat Beal

Maureen Hogan

 

Country Vocalist

 

Julianne Ankley

Joe Jaber

Joey Vee

Ricky Lentz

Kat Beal

 

Electronic Dance Artist / Group

 

Eprom Colony featuring Merideth Lorde

Flashcash

Carjack

N2 Submission featuring The Impaler

Electrocrush

Ghost Synthesis

 

Electronic / Dance DJ

 

DJ Pleasure Kitten

DJ Psycho

DJ Dock

DJ Moondancer

Barbara Jean

DJ Disc Detroit

DJ Maestro

 

Electronic / Dance Recording

 

Flashcash “Listen to the Music”

DJ Psycho + Ryan Start “Element 06”

Electrocrush “Orpheus”

Seven the General “The Go”

The Fuhrer Macabre “Fearless”

 

Electronic / Dance Writer / Producer

 

Jeff Rebrovich

DJ Maestro

The Impaler

Doc Colony

Jimmie Nitrez

Nabil “ DJ Sandman “ Ansara

 

General
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Anthology, Compilation/ Reissue

 

Scott Morgan “ Revolutionary Action “ ( Easy Action )

Various Artists “ Shady XV “

Various Artists “ Dirty Boogie: The Fortune Records Story “

Catfish Hodge “ Different Strokes: The Complete Westbound  Recordings ”

Stoney and the Jagged Edge “ Chasing Rainbows “

 

 

Live Performance

 

The Infatuations

Howling Diablos

Mainstreet Soul

Rio and the Rockabilly Revival

The Ruiners

White Shag

 

Live Sound Technician

 

Randal Roy

Joshua Wizinsky

Neil T Sever

Cool Chris Panacki

Tom Lubinski

Craiger

 

Local Record Label

 

Detroit Music Factory

Static Records

Mack Avenue

Musart

Funk Night Records

Jett Plastic Recordings

 

National Major Label /  Distribution Album

 

Bob Seger “Ride Out” ( Capitol )

Regina Carter “Southern Comfort” ( Sony Masterworks )

Jack White “Lazaretto”

Aretha Franklin “Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics” ( RCA )

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. “Produce Volume 1” ( mixtape )

Jaded Inc. “The Big Knock” ( Casablanca / Republic )

 

National Single

 

Bob Seger “Detroit Made“

Jack White “Lazaretto”

Aretha Franklin “Rolling in the Deep” ( The Aretha version )

Various Artists ( Eminem, Royce Da 5’9”, Big Sean, Dej Loaf, Trick Trick,  “Detroit vs. Everybody”

Eminem “Guts Over Fear”

We Came as Romans “Ghosts”

 

National Small / Independent Label Distribution Album

 

Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas “Secret Evil”

Bobby Murray “I’m Stickin With You”

Critical Bill “The New Eternal”

The Verve Pipe “Overboard”

Frigid Pink “Made in Detroit”

Brandon Williams “ XII “

 

Record Producer

 

Chuck Alkazian

Peter Jay

Al Sutton

Bryan Reilly

Tino Gross

Andy Patalan

 

Recording Studio

Pearl Sound

Funky D Studios

Metro 37 Recording Studio

The Tempermill

Rustbelt Studios

Peter Jay Audio Post

 

Video/ Independent Budget ( Under $ 10,000 )

 

Michael on Fire “100 Years from Now”

Artifical Agent “Master Blaster”

1592 “Think”

Critical Bill “Alone or Lonely”

Kaleido “Degenerate and Young”

Ben Sharkey “What You’ve Given”

 

Video / Major Budget ( Over $10,000 )

 

Jack White “Lazaretto”

Eminem “Guts Over Fear”

Passalacqua “The Baptism”

Bob Seger “Detroit Made”

Eminem, Headlights

 

Tribute Band

 

Whoremones ( All Girl Ramones )

Danny D. ( Rod Stewart )

The Polka Floyd Show

Al McKenzie ( Chick Licks ) (Chick Corea Tribute)

Raputa – J. Geils Tribute

In the Flesh – Detroit

 

 

Gospel/ Christian Act

 

The Gideon Crew

Sacred Heart Gospel Choir

Sweet Crystal

Arielle Crosby

Sounds of Imani

Joe Kidd & Sheila Burke

 

Gospel/ Christian Musician

 

Devon Whitehead – drums

Keith Lawrence – keyboards

William B. Pope II – bass

Pete Peltier – guitar

Bill Blatter – guitar

Al McKenzie – keyboards

Jay Caver – guitar

 

 

Gospel/ Christian Recording

 

Ty Stone “Backslidin”

Sounds of Imani “Must Be an Angel”

Speechless “100 Voices to Save 100 Souls”

Sweet Crystal “Foot of the Cross”

One Achord “Dream”

 

Gospel/ Christian Songwriter

 

Sonnie Day

Amy Susan Heard

Al McKenzie

Joe Kidd & Sheila Burke

Sharon Love Jones

 

Gospel/ Christian Vocalist

 

Ortheia Barnes

Al Jaquez

Amy Susan Heard

Sonnie Day

Tasha Page- Lockhart

Joe Kidd & Sheila Burke

 

 

Jazz Composer

 

Gary Schunk

Wendell Harrison

Kris Kurzawa

James Hughes

Tracy Kash

Scott Gwinnell

 

Jazz Instrumentalist

 

Ralphe Armstrong – bass

Gary Schunk – piano

Damon Warmack – bass

bugs Beddow – trombone, flute

Kris Kurzawa – guitar

Mike Jellick – piano

Andy Wickstrom – trumpet

Scott Gwinnell – piano

Demetrius Nabors – piano

 

Jazz Recording

 

Rodney Whitaker “When We Find Ourselves Alone” ( Mack Ave )

Ron Kischuk & The Masters of Music Featuring Curtis Fuller “ Alamode “

Michele Ramo World Jazz Orchestra “A Cigar & A Scotch”

Planet D Nonet “ Just a Sittin and a Rockin”

Meri Slaven “Get Out of Town”

Epic Movement “Project One: A Dreamer”

 

Jazz Vocalist

 

Meri Slaven

Joan Belgrave

Trish Shandor

Ben Sharkey

Sheila Landis

Penny Wells

 

Modern Jazz Artist / Group

 

Hot Club of Detroit

Ben Sharkey Quartet

Carl Cafagna and North Star Jazz

Muruga Booker & Mark Hershberger

Dave McMurray and the Cover Collection

Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra

 

Traditional Jazz Artist / Group

Metro Jazz Voices

Planet D Nonet

Craig Strain Orchestra

Ron Kischuks’ Masters of Music Band

John Trudell Orchestra ( Small Ensemble )

Gary Schunk Trio

 

 

Rock Instrumentalist

 

Wolf - guitar

Joey Fava –drums

Erik Gustafson – guitar

Dennis Burr – guitar

Jim McCarty – guitar

Brian Lord – guitar

Johnny Bee Badanjek – drums

Eddie Baranek – guitar, keyboards 

 

Rock Recording

 

Bristol Street- Saul Goodman “Feelin Strong”

Alyssa Simmons “Now or Never”

Bulletproof Snow “Here We Come”

Tiles “Off the Floor”

Dave Edwards band featuring Jimmie Bones “Bring It on Home to Me”

Kaleido “Unbreakable”

 

Rock Songwriter

 

Christina Chriss & Joey Fava

George Aneed & Evan Maguire

Carolyn Striho

Alyssa Simmons

Gia Warner

Robert Libres, Dana Forrester, Brent Hall, Peder Seglund, James Trunko

 

Rock Vocalist

 

Trey McLaughlin

Laura Mendoza

Gia Warner

Barbara Payton

Christina Chriss

George Aneed

Steven Tuthill

 

Heavy Rock ( Metal, Industrial, Goth , Thrash et al. ) Artist / Group

 

Artificial Agent

Chrome Mollie

Harlow

Dead in 5

Critical Bill

Wilson

 

Alt/ Punk/ Indie Artist/ Group

 

Flint Eastwood

Royal Blackbirds

Choking Susan

Bristol Street

The Ruiners

Crud

 

Rock/ Pop Artist Group

 

White Shag

Kaleido

The Infatuations

Bulletproof Snow

Hatchetmen

Citizen Zero

 

Urban Artist / Group

 

The Infatuations

Tmoney Greens Roadwork

Mainstreet Soul

Tosha Owens

Gabe “ Undisco Kidd “ Gonzalez

Howling Diablos

 

Urban Musician

 

Kat Orlando – sax

Johnny Evans – sax

George Friend – guitar

Wolf – guitar

Brandon Williams – bass

Kris Kurzawa – guitar

Tmoney Green – bass

Gabe Gonzalez – drums

 

 

Urban Songwriter

 

Gabe Gonzalez

Brandon Williams

Shotgun Soul

Tino Gross

The Infatuations

Tmoney Green

 

 

Urban Vocalist

 

L’Renee

Tino Gross

Laura Rain

Tosha Owens

Caleb Guiterrez

Tmoney Green

 

 

Urban Recording

 

The Infatuations “Detroit Block Party”

Various Artists “My Home Detroit”

Third Coast Kings “West Grand Blvd.”

Paul Miles “Strawberry”

The Blackman featuring Shirley Hayden “Stop Being Messy”

 

 

World Artist / Group

 

Victor Peraino’s Kingdom Come

Tumbao Bravo

The Process

Zap Toro

Michele Ramo World Jazz Orchestra

1592

 

World Instrumentalist

 

Sean Blackman – guitar

Javier Barrios – percussion

Lynn LaPlante – piano

Kris Kurzawa – guitar

Michele Ramo – guitar

Muruga Booker – percussion

Harper – Peter D. Harper – harmonica

 

World Recording

 

The Muruga Band “Michigan Mud”

1592 “Think”

Roots Vibration “Only Yu” ( reggae / dancehall )

The Process “Fire is Burning” ( Scientist vocal mix )

 

World Songwriter

 

Michele Ramo

Eric Abbey

Kris Kurzawa

David Asher

“Harper” Peter D. Harper

Dave Edwards

Bob Monteleone

 

World Vocalist

 

Ping Spells

Eric Abbey

David Asher

Maggie McCabe

Dave Edwards

Heidi Hepler

 

 

 

Rap Recording

 

Passalacqua “Church”

Hush “Sprinklers”

David Bigham “Dolla Bills”

Magnanomus “Roy G. Biv”

GB Cortez McGhee “Imported from Detroit”

Profit “Motor City Miracles”

 

Rap MC

 

K-Squeez

Hush

Microphone Phelps

Seven the General

Doc Waffles

Powerdise

 

Rap Composer

 

Eddie Logix

Volcano

Seven the General

Jon Conner

K-Squeez

Profit

 

Rap Producer / DJ

 

Seven the General

Nabil “ DJ Sandman “ Ansara

Denaun Porter

Nick Speed

Eddie Logix

Volcano