Past Featured Artists

Exciting Bluegrass brother and sister duo "The Roys", is making waves in the Acoustic Music world. Growing up on traditional Country and Bluegrass music had given them a strong stylistic base, and their sound developed into a blend of Bluegrass, Country, Folk, Roots and Gospel music

They also debuted #7 on the Billboard Charts' Bluegrass Albums Chart and earned them a spot on Billboard charts' Top 50 Bluegrass Albums of 2011 chart.
Their heartfelt song “Another Minute” is written by Lee about his grandfather. A well produced track with beautiful harmonies, written with beautiful lyrics and imagery. They won Best Group/Duo in the 10th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) with this song. They are a music act to watch!
http://www.theroysonline.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)


Acoustic Folk Singer-Songwriter Victoria Celestine picked up the guitar at age 13 with Bobby Flores, at his Bulverde Academy of Music, and began writing songs the following summer (2010). Gordon Raphael, (producer - Regina Spektor, the Strokes) caught her singing during the next Christmas holidays , and invited her to record her first 7 songs acoustically.

She won runner-up award in the 10th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards). Victoria has a unique voice and the song "Homework" fits like glove with her, displays her artistry. The sutle music production suits her vocals and overal artistry.
http://victoriacelestine.com

RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars)


Jeff Oster is an American brass instrument player who has recorded flugelhorn or trumpet with artists such as William Ackerman, founder of Windham Hill Records. His music "2Di4" earned him a finalist in the 10th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music AWards). His trumpet performance and overall ambient music composition is beautiful, soothing and also very relavent for today's new music.
His music fits very well in the New Age channel on Sirius XM "Spa" channel, very radio ready and ready to hit the charts. This is an artist to look out for!
http://music.jeffoster.com

RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)
 
Maxim Cormier is a young virtuoso guitar player that hails from Canada. He combines genres of jazz, folk, blues, celtic and classical music. His musically maturity is beyond his years. He has collaborated with Grammy Award winning songwriter Gordie Sampson. Fans of Michael Hedges will appreciate his guitar techniques and overall music composition. This guitarist is the one to watch for!  He won Best Instrumental in the 10th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) with his song “Le Grand Boulanger de Lest”.
http://www.maximcormier.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)


Americana singer-songwriter Julie Kathryn's sultry alto voice shines in her song “Underground”, which she won an runner-up award in the Open category of the 10th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards). In 2011, she graced Music Connection Magazine’s esteemed annual “Hot 100 Live Unsigned Artists & Bands” list. Fans of Natalie Merchant will admire her songs and perforamnce.
http://juliekathryn.com
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars)


David Blair is singer/songwriter and acoustic guitarist from Vancouver, Canada. His artistry shines in his song "Heartbeat", which he was placed as a finalist at the 10th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards).
http://www.davidblairsongs.com
RATING: **** (4 out of 5 Stars) 
 
 
Los Angeles musician Kelley James fuses Acoustic Folk, Pop and Alternative into his music artistry. His song "Wonderful Place" fits his smooth vocals and guitar performance like a glove with catchy hooks. He crafts slick, radio-ready tunes beginning with a clean and polished pop backdrop. He’s had the opportunity to share stages with the likes of LMFAO, Sara Bareilles, Mike Posner, O.A.R., Kate Voegele, and Joshua Radin. He is also able to do freestyle rap. He is the younger modern version of John Mayer, but with an exteremely hip vibe.

Kelley won Overall Grand Prize at the 10th Annual International Acoustic Music Awards. This is an artist to watch for.
http://www.kelleyjames.com    
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)  


Fiona Joy Hawkins is an Australian new age composer and pianist. Her music suits well on Sirius XM Spa radio channel. Her song "Tango on Wednesday" was placed as a runner-up award at the 10th Annual IAMA. Her melodies are memorable and her arrangement is well suited for radio airplay. The background arrangement does not overpower her piano and is easy on the ears. Her collaborations have included an album with Will Ackerman of Windam Hill Records as producer.
http://www.fionajoyhawkins.com.au   
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars)

Hailing from Australia, Singer/songwriter Skii Harvey's sultry Alto vocals fits her song "Angels". Her use of Jazz chords makes her acoustic songs sound more interesting to the listener. The great thing for her is that she still has room for improvement.
http://www.skiiharvey.com   
RATING: **** (4 out of 5 Stars) 
 
Brother-sister duo Berteal, from Nashville, TN has entered the Nashville's music scene with strong vocal harmonies (lead by Kim Gentry and brother Chad Gentry) and heartfelt songs and lyrics. Their song "How I Wanna Be" won Best Group/Duo at the 9th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards). Their fusion of Folk, Americana and Pop works well and keeps the listener wanting for more. This is an artist to watch out for.
http://www.reverbnation.com/berteal   
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)  
 
Australian musician Michael Fix is a virtuoso acoustic guitarist. He shines with his ragtime acoustic guitar composition "La Passeggiata". Fans of Michael Hedges would love his music. He has been seen regularly touring Europe, Japan and South-east Asia. He is a finalist at the 9th Annual IAMA in the instrumental category.
http://www.michaelfix.com   
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars)
 
Hailing from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Amirah Ali is blessed with great vocals. She is a World Music Acoustic Artist, she shines with "Queen of My Heart", a fusion of World Pop and Folk in her songs and vocal performance.
http://www.reverbnation.com/amirahali   
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars) 
 
From Toronto, Ontario, Canada, The Unseen Strangers is a modern Bluegrass band fusing Bluegrass, Folk and Pop genres. Led by Adam Shier (Guitarist/Vocalist), they won Best Country/Bluegrass at the 9th Annual IAMA with their song "Ramber's Plea". Fans of Mumford & Sons would appreciate their music. This is an artist to watch for!
http://www.unseenstrangers.ca
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)  

Finalist IAMA with their song "Nowhereland", Harpeth Rising is a quartet that blends Folk, Bluegrass and Traditional Classical music. they give listeners a sense of familiarity in Classical Cello performance and modern bluegrass performance and more.
http://www.harpethrising.com
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars)

Finalist of the 9th Annual IAMA with his song “Going To Mississippi”, Juke Joint Jonny is a traditional Blues man, Band Leader,Singer, Songwriter and Historian. This artist is a modern day Robert Johnson, professional slide guitar with blues that touches your heart, entertaining and keeping the listener wanting for more.
http://jukejointjonny.com
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars) 
 
Joel Rafael is an American singer-songwriter and folk musician from San Diego County, California. He won Best Folk Award for his song "Dance Around My Atom Fire". In July 2007, Rafael was one of seven performers honored at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival.
http://www.joelrafael.com   
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)  


Tanya Darling was a finalist at the 9th Annual IAMA with her song "Fly Me Home". Fans of Adele, Sarah McLachlan, Tori Amos won appreciate her artistry. This Berklee trained musician shines with her lyrical lines and artistry.
http://www.reverbnation.com/tanyadarling   
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)


Hillary Reynolds Band was a finalist at the 9th the IAMA, Berklee College of Music trained The Hillary Reynolds Band, fronted by award-winning songwriter Hillary Reynolds, is a pinnacle of innovation in today's Acoustic music with Pop/Alternative influences.
http://www.reverbnation.com/hillaryreynoldsband   
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars) 
 
 
Mayu Wakisaka hails from Japan, she fuses Folk and Pop into a cleverly catchy package. She won an International Acoustic Music Award winning with her song "Once" in the Open/AOG category. She has an expanding fan-base from all over the world. While studying at LA Music Academy with 4 time Grammy Nominee, Tierney Sutton, she recorded her first EP "Stars Won't Fall" and "24 hours" from the album was selected as Sony Walkman's preload song. This is an artist to watch.
http://www.reverbnation.com/mayuwakisaka   
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)  


Hailing from Canada, Ed Henderson composes and performs fingerstyle classical and folk orginal guitar music. His song "Charlotte" has displays his expert composition and fingerstyle guitar skills. He won a runner-up award at the 9th Annual IAMA. He wrote the score for Fuente Ovejuna at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, orchestrated eleven national anthems for the VSO recording sessions for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. Fans of Lenny Breau would appreciate his music.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/ed-henderson/id336478473   
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)


Jeffery Straker is a Canadian singer-songwriter-pianist touring 100+ shows yearly. His song "Birchbark Canoe" is a catchy Piano vocal with catchy laden hooks, sounding like a cross between Rufus Wainwright and Elton John. This song was placed as a finalist in the 9th Annual IAMA.
http://www.reverbnation.com/jefferystraker    
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars) 
 
 
Wes Carr won Australian Idol in 2008 and is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. After Idol, he signed a record deal with Sony Music Australia and released his debut single, "You". The song peaked at number one on the ARIA Singles Chart and was certified Gold by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). He won Best Male Artist at the 9th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) with his acoustic song "Blood And Bone", his artistry, vocal phrasing and songwriting makes him stand out from the crowd of singer-songwriters.
http://buffalotales.com.au   
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)  
 

Hailing from Orange Country, CA, Micah Brown's music is a good mixture of Folk and soulful blues that is evident in his song "Coming of Age", his vocal feel is easy on the ears and keeps the listener wanting more. He won a runner-up award in the Best Male Artist at the 9th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards). This is an artist to watch for.
http://micahbrownmusic.com   
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars)
 

Australian singer/songwriter Claire Wyndham has been turning heads in her home country over the past five years - she’s sold out multiple shows at Australia's premier music venue, "The Basement," performed with the likes of Ben Harper, Jack Johnson and Kasey Chambers and more. Her song "Ordinary Words" shine and she has more potential to show the music world her artistry, music and lyrics.
http://www.clairewyndham.com   
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars) 
 
 
Loren Barrigar & Mark Mazengarb is a virtuoso Acoustic Guitar Duo combining Folk, Bluegrass, Jazz styles. Loren (from Central New York) and Mark (from New Zealand) first met in 2005 when they spent a few days working with the great guitarist Tommy Emmanuel at Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch guitar camp. Barrigar and Mazengarb have toured extensively in both the USA and in Europe, and their fan base is rapidly expanding. They won Best Instrumental in the 9th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) with their song "Onward". Fans of Chet Atkins and Leo Kottke would enjoy their music. This is an act to watch!
http://www.lorenandmark.com   
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)  
 

Jon D'agostino is a baby boomer singer-songwriter who was a runner-up winner (Country/Bluegrass) in the 9th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) with his song "All Night Long". His story, imagery, music performance shows the artistry.
http://www.dagsongs.com   
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars)
 

Jonas Friddle and The Majority is a Bluegrass/Folk band. The Chicago-based “orchestral folk” group is comprised of an unusual string section, brass, organ, banjo and drums. Their song "Belle de Louisville" was a finalist at the 9th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards)m the song combines Folk, Bluegrass and Pop influences. This is an act to watch for!
http://jonasfriddle.com   
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars) 
 
 
Gary Morse wows us with his 7 string guitar artistry with his song "Resophonic Rodeo". He is also one of the top working steel guitarists in the world. He has recorded and toured with many big name artists, including Suzy Bogus, Ricky Skaggs, Pam Tillis, Dwight Yoakam and Brooks & Dunn. This is an artist to watch!
http://resophonicrecords.com   
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)  


We love Michael Logen's music. He blends elements of folk and pop with his song "Mystery". His song is radio ready with commercial appeal. Fans of Philip Philips would love his music. Michael has performed around the world opening for such artists as John Legend, India.Arie, Jonny Lang, Mat Kearney and Sister Hazel. His songs have also been featured on “One Tree Hill”, “Parenthood”, “Real World”, “Kyle XY”, “The Hills”, “Switched at Birth” and “Beauty and The Beast”.
http://www.michaellogen.com   
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars)


Acoustic Folk artist Abbie Folken shines with her song "Wildflower". Her soothing voice is reminiscent of Norah Jones combined with catchy melodic hooks make her shine among the sea of singer-songwriters out there. She has also appeared on the TV's “America’s Got Talent”.
http://www.abbiefolken.com   
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars) 
 
 
AJ Croce is the son of legendary singer-songwriter Jim Croce. Ron Goldstein and Peter Bauman of Private Music signed AJ Croce to his first record deal at age 19. He recorded two CDs for Private Music. Hailing from San Diego, California, AJ Croce shines with "Beatles like" chord progressions in his song "I Should Have Known". His "Beatles" influence can be heard in his song "Coraline", with a bit of "Hey Jude" influence. His songs suits his vocals like a glove. This is an artist to watch!
http://www.myspace.com/ajcrocemusic   
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)  
 

New York singer-songwriter Heather Masse grew up in rural Maine and began singing at an early age. Trained at the New England Conservatory of Music as a jazz singer, she is steeped in the jazz tradition, which informs her distinct approach to singing folk, pop and bluegrass. A member of the Billboard-charting folk supergroup The Wailin’ Jennys, Heather has performed at the top venues, sharing the stage with the world’s most acclaimed pop, classical and jazz acts, including Elvis Costello, Wynton Marsalis, Sheryl Crow and the Boston Pops Orchestra. Her song "High Heeled Woman" made it to the finals of the 8th Annual IAMA.
http://www.heathermasse.com   
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars)
 

In August of 2011 Guitarist/Instrumentalist Charlie Hill released his debut CD "The Landing." Recorded at his home studio in Tulsa, Oklahoma, then mixed and mastered at Home of Tone by Steve Thornbrugh of Tulsa, the disc contains 7 guitar instrumentals, one harp guitar instrumental, and one vocal tune. The result is an album that blurs the boundaries of acoustic, folk, and new age. His music is radio ready for Sirius XM's Spa channel. He is a finalist at the 8th Annual IAMA.
http://www.sonicbids.com/charliehill   
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars) 

 

Anouschka is a Swedish American singer-songwriter. Her Acoustic Pop song "Kiss Me Hello" would appeal to those who like Norah Jones, her haunting vocals shine through her acoustic guitar playing in this song. This music artist has potential and would be great collaborating with other music acts. Anouschka is an artist to watch for.
http://www.anouschka.net   
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars)  


J.W. McClure shines through his voice, poetic storytelling, lyrics, soothing guitar accompaniment. He was a finalist at the 8th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) with his song "End Of The Road".
http://www.jwmcclure.com   
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars)


Jubilant Bridge is a duo made up of a dulcimer wizard (Willie Jaeger) and a guitarist/vocalist (Carol Van Alstine). They received finalist placement at the 8th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) with their song "Stray".
http://www.jubilantbridge.com   
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars) 
 
 
Ruth Moody is an Australian-born soprano singer-songwriter and member of the Canadian folk trio The Wailin' Jennys. Her silky-smooth soprano vocals shine in her song "The Garden", which also garnered her a runner-up award in the Best Folk category of the 8th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards). This is an artist to watch for.
http://www.ruthmoody.com   
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)  


Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Dave Nachmanoff shines with his Acoustic Alternative song "Descartes in Amsterdam". He was placed finalist at the 8th Annual IAMA with the same song. He is also a sideman to famous music artist Al Stewart ("Year of the Cat" and "Time Passages"). Fans of David Wilcox, Ellis Paul will like this music artist.
http://www.davenach.com    
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars)


The Pine Needles is an acoustic band that blend acoustic stringed instruments with bluegrass, alternative, world, classical, and Northern California jamband sensibilities. Their song "Universe" garnered them a finalist position at the 8th Annual IAMA.
http://www.thepineneedles.net    
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars) 

 

William Michael Dillon has an amazing story. As an innocent man, songwriter, Dillon spent nearly 28 years behind the razor wire of Florida’s harshest prisons. Framed for murder in 1981 and exonerated through DNA testing in 2008, he has released a full length CD of original songs.. He has appeared on CNN. His lyrics, music, pain and passion shows in his music and jumps off the speakers. He also won first prize in the Folk category of the 8th Annual IAMA. This is an artist to watch for.
http://www.williammichaeldillon.com   
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)  

Hailing from Yakima, Washington, The Village Musicians (AKA: Village) is a genuine band of Brothers. The Alternative Pop/Folk band features 3 teenage brothers and a best friend. Their song "All This Time" won them a won them a runner-up award in the Best Group category of the 8th Annual IAMA.
http://www.thevillagemusicians.com   
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars)

Imaaji Phenoon is from Kingston, Jamaica and raised in Montego Bay by a single parent and migrated to Toronto as a teen. Her powerful vocals, soulful Pop/Acoustic sound and original songs shine through. It really shows as her song "Angel" won her a runner-up award in the Best Female Artist category of the 8th Annual IAMA.
http://www.imaaji.com   
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars) 
 
Lizzy Hoyt is a celtic Canadian fiddler, singer, songwriter and step-dancer from Edmonton, Alberta. Lizzy's soothing vocals and musicianship is displayed in her song "Vimy Ridge", where she won Best Female Artist in the 8th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards). She is a 2011 Canadian Folk Music Award Nominee for Traditional Singer of the Year.
http://www.lizzyhoyt.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)  

Canadian Singer songwriter Arlene Bishop's strong vocals, lyrics and guitar playing landed her a runner-up award at the 8th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) with her song "Save Me". This artist is the one to watch.
http://www.arlenebishop.com
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars)

Hailing from Bend, Oregon, USA, Casey Willis plays both fiddle and mandolin. His fine Acoustic Folk music composition and performance landed him a finalist award at the 8th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) with his song "Funkolin". Casey still has room to grow, watch out for him!
http://www.reverbnation.com/caseywillis
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars) 
 
Canadian singer songwriter Ian Sherwood won Best Male Artist at the 8th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) with "What Am I Doing Here". He also won Music Nova Scotia’s 2008 and 2010 Musician of the Year award. This is an artist to watch!
http://www.iansherwood.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)  


Canadian group, The Wailin' Jennys is made up of Nicky Mehta, Ruth Moody and Heather Masse. Oddly, none of them are named Jenny. Their song "Bird Song" won Best Group Award at the 8th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards). They also shine with "Once Voice" and "Swallow" fit their beautiful three-part harmonies very well. With a touch of Bluegrass and Folk influences, makes this trio the ones to watch for. They continue to garner rave reviews for their album, Firecracker, which spent over 30 weeks in the Top 5 on the Billboard Bluegrass chart, and has charted in the Top 20 on Billboard's Top Heatseakers, Top Independent Albums and Top Internet Albums.
http://www.thewailinjennys.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)


Hailing from Portland, Oregon, Tony Furtado is a virtuoso banjo player and slide guitar, and singer songwriter. He won runner-up award in the Best Instrumental category of the 8th Annual IAMA. Furtado's 1987 win at the National Banjo Competition (a feat he would repeat in 1991) led to a touring sideman stint with bluegrass musician (fiddle) Laurie Lewis (Laurie Lewis and Grant Street) and the launch of his professional career. But, bluegrass was only one style of music that interested Mr. Furtado. He has spent his decades in the music business fusing bluegrass, country, rock, blues, jazz, and folk (both American and European) on his expanding instrument arsenal of banjo, guitar, slide guitar and voice.
http://www.tonyfurtado.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars) 
 
 
Virtuoso fingerstyle acoustic steel-string guitarist Doug Young is based in the San Francisco South Bay area. His song "Autumn Roads" won Best Instrumental Award at the 8th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards). Other virtuoso guitarists and IAMA winners such as Tim Farrell and El McMeen have sung praises of Doug's guitar playing. He is a Contributing Editor for Acoustic Guitar Magazine, and has also been published in Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine. Fans of Michael Hedges would appreciate his music. His music would do every well on Sirius XM's Spa channel. Windham Hil Records should sign him up!
http://www.dougyoungguitar.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)


Patrick Joseph is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist hailing from Los Angeles, CA. His gentle vocals that soar to higher notes in the latter part of the song, guitar playing, music production, beautiful chord changes and lyrics shine in his song "Escape Artist", which he won a runner-up award a the the 8th Annual IAMA, Male Artist category.
http://patrickjosephmusic.com
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars)


Hailing from New Berlin, WI, Piano pop-rock acoustic artist Jayme Dawicki shines with “Joe Barry”. Her sweet vocals, music arrangement, choice of song fits her like a glove. She won an runner-up award at the 8th Annual IAMA in the AAA/Alternative category. This is an artist to watch.
http://jaymedawicki.com
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars)
 
 
John Floridis wows us with "Dancing At The Rascal Fair". His music flows effortlessly, never forced. Guitar virtuoso, hit, winner! Stellar guitar playing..fine melodic/harmonic sense and groovy rhythmic feel..songs that are thoughtful and evocative and a voice that’s soulful and strong. Fans of Michael Hedges would love his music. His music would be great on Sirius XM Spa channel.
http://www.johnfloridis.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)  


Fans of Jack Johnson and John Mayer would like Caleb McGinn, a singer-songwriter form Wichita, Kansas who shines with "Girl of My Dreams", his smooth performance and story telling stands out in the sea of singer-songwriters out there. Music production and arrangement fits his artistry. This artist is the one to watch.
http://www.calebmcginn.com
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars)


Hailing from Perth, Australia, Acoustic Blues singer-songwriter KNiKi whose artistry shines with "Dead on". She has recorded her CD with singer/guitarist Mike Beale. This artist shows promise and potential.
http://www.kniki.com
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars) 
 
 
Indie-maverick and former Atlantic Records music artist Melissa Ferrick is an accomplished singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has shared stages with artists as wide-ranging as Bob Dylan, Paul Westerberg, Weezer and Ani DiFranco, and performs over 150 shows a year, often for audiences of 7500 or more. Her song “You Let Me Be” displays her passion, vocals, acoustic guitar playing, songwriting and artistry. She is also a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston.
http://www.melissaferrick.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)


Canadian Singer-Songwriter Maddy Rodriguez shines with “Picture In Your Eyes” Her Beautiful artistry shows through her lyrics, melody and soothing vocals. Excellent hook in the catchy chorus, simple but excellent music production with just guitar and vocals shows that this artist can really perform. This artist is the one to watch!
http://www.maddyrodriguez.com
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars)


Hailing from New York, Folk singer-songwriter Ed Romanoff shines with “Fifth Of July”. His lyrics, melody, vocals, music production and artistry fits perfectly like a glove. He is a story teller with a mission. Ed performs with music veterans Josh Ritter and Mary Gauthier in his new album. Record labels, sign him up!
http://www.EdRomanoff.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)

 

Based in Nashville, Berklee trained Jenn Bostic shines with “Jealous of the Angels”. Her sultry vocals, music, lyrical imagery and artistry shines through. It is evident she puts her heart, soul and not leave any artistry to chance. This is an artist to follow. Record labels: sign her up!
http://www.reverbnation.com/jennbosticmusic
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)  


Monroeville is an exciting new acoustic band, have appeared on the Today Show, started a record label, gathered a solid fan base, and established themselves as a powerful new act in the business. The group consists of six young men from the East Tennessee, Virginia, and North Carolina areas. Their song "Rambler's Song" has a "Mumford & Sons" sound but more Bluegrass sounding. This is an act to watch.
http://www.monroevilleband.com/
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)


A former member of the folk group, The New Christy Minstrels, Kerry Patrick Clark shines with "Brighton Boulevard" with Folk Americana influences. Kerry Patrick Clark built the recording studio in which his 5th CD, On the Road to Human Being, was recorded.
http://www.reverbnation.com/kerrypatrickclark
RATING: **** (4 out of 5 Stars)

 
 
Yantra de Vilder hails from Australia, she has a Masters Degree in Contemporary Music from Sydney. She has enjoyed an acclaimed career in music and sound design working across virtually all media. Her musicial piece "Morning" was a finalist at the 7th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards), which is a New Age sounding instrumental that can be easily be on New Age radio playlist worldwide. Her eclectic blend of musical talents encompass composition, arranging, direction, conducting and performance. Yantra has added film editing to her list of skills collaborating with award winning cinematographers to create visual feasts.
http://www.yantra.com.au
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars)  
 

Malea McGuinness shines with "Close As Air". It sounds like a acoustic version of 70's Linda Ronstadt. Armed with a song that fits the great voice, which saw her receiving a finalist placement at the 7th Annual IAMA. After attending prestigious music programs at Tanglewood, Oberlin Conservatory and the Chautauqua Institution, Malea went on to pursue singing opera at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music, then landed a featured role in the Broadway revival of The King and I. She recently opened for Shawn Colvin & Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Malea had a Summer Tour with Kenny Loggins. This is an artist to watch for.
http://www.maleamusic.com
RATING: **** (4 out of 5 Stars)
 

Hailing from San Diego, Singer-Songwriter Joseph Pfeifer has a very sophisticated commercial acoustic song "Mysterious". It is something that is very radio friendly and very relevant sounding for today. A great song to fit a great voice. That song garnered him a finalist placement at the 7th Annual IAMA. It is great to know that this artist has room to grow.
http://www.myspace.com/josephpfeifer
RATING: **** (4 out of 5 Stars) 

 

Monty Lee Kimble stands out from the crowd with his song "Blue Eternity", which he was a finalist at the 7th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards). His catchy lyrics and melody and modern Americana/Folk sound is a welcome change and fits his vocals perfectly and artistically. He could also make a great crossover artist. This is an artist to watch out for.
http://www.myspace.com/montyleekimble
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars)
 

Steel string ten finger tapping guitar prodigy Andreas Kapsalis, and nylon string classical guitarist Goran Ivanovic have fused their musical roots with modern, classical, world, jazz and beyond in this experimental duo. They made it to the finals at the 7th Annual IAMA Finalist (International Acoustic Music Awards).
http://www.myspace.com/akgiduo
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars)
 

Nashville's Cheley Tackett is an IAMA finalist at the 7th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards). Her song "Trainwreck" displays her vocal and lyrical artistry. Her song selections suit her well and reflects well as an acoustic artist. It is great to know that this artist has room to grow.
http://www.adroitrecords.com/-h2-cheley-tackett-h2-cms-36
RATING: **** (4 out of 5 Stars)
 

Luke Doucet shines with his song "Thinking People", which he won Best AAA/Alternative in the 7th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards), his catchy Rock/Acoustic hooks in the chorus and lyrics just jump out from the crowd. Luke is a Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist. He writes and performs both as a solo artist and as a member of the indie rock band Veal. In 2006, Doucet was nominated for a Juno Award in the Adult Alternative Album of the Year category for his album, Broken (And Other Rogue States). Doucet has received plenty of critical acclaim; the Toronto Star referred to him as "the best young guitarist in the country". He was also nominated for a Juno award.
http://www.lukedoucet.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)
 

Composer/Guitarist Bill Wren's collaboration with Frank Ralls on his song "Between Heaven And Earth" is a beautiful instrumental that is destined for new Age radio stations such as Sirius XM Spa. Creative melodic lines that Bill creates makes the listener want to hear more. This is an artist to watch for.
http://www.reverbnation.com/billwrenmusic
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)
 

Chris O'Neill is a singer-songwriter from Melbourne, Australia and his song "Three Words" is a finalist at the 7th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards). Chris released his first EP album in mid 2010, and was delighted to see it place for consecutive weeks in the ARIA Top 50 Physical Singles chart (peaking at #5) and the Jagermeister AIR Charts – Top 20 Singles 100% Indie (peaking at #12). It is great to know that this artist has room to grow.
http://www.myspace.com/chrisoneillsolo
RATING: **** (4 out of 5 Stars)

 

Tim Farrell is a virtuoso fingerstyle guitarist and he has the entire package of a great performer, great songwriter/composer and artistry. His song "Rosewood Alley" displays considerable depth of his composing skills, fingerstyle technique and artistry. Fans of IAMA previous winners such as El McMeen and Larry Pattis would love to hear his music. This artist will go places.
http://www.timfarrellmusic.com
 RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)


Justin Rutledge is a Toronto-based alternative country singer-songwriter signed to Six Shooter Records in Canada. Rutledge's musical style is often compared to that of American alt-country singer Ryan Adams. His influences, both of the literary and music world, include Leonard Cohen, Hank Williams, Richard Brautigan and E. E. Cummings. In 2006, Justin Rutledge was named Toronto singer-songwriter of the year by NOW magazine. Justin won honorable mention award with "Be A Man". He wrote that song with notable poet and novelist Michael Ondaatje, perhaps best known for his Booker Prize-winning novel, The English Patient, which was adapted into an Academy-Award-winning film. Watch Justin, Grammy awards and Juno awards will follow sooner than later.
http://www.justinrutledge.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)


Elisabeth Cooper's "The Egypt Song" shows her dynamic passion of Acoustic Folk and inspirational music. She received finalist award at the 7th annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards). She has been leading worship for 9 years in the Northwest, leading for conferences, retreats, youth rallies, churches, in the Puget Sound area. She is the worship leader at Gateway Christian Center in Lacey, WA, and continues to travel and minister in other places. She is the founder and president of Sacred Mystery International, a Non Profit ministry of prophetic worship, teaching, and impartation. This artist is the one to watch
RATING: **** (4 out of 5 Stars)
 
 
Singer songwriter Roland Albertson became the first South African to ever win an award in IAMA. He won Best Male Artist in the 7th Annual IAMA with his song “Broken”. His clever fingerpicking, smooth vocals, lyrics with imagery makes him an interesting artist. This is an artist to watch.
http://www.justforthemusic.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)  


Michael Zanabili was born in Heidelberg, Germany. In France he worked with such masters as Manuel Barrueco and Eduardo Falu. In 1986 Michael graduated from the prestigious "Hochschule fuer Musik des Rheinlandes" in Cologne, Germany and started to give concerts throughout Europe. He was a finalist in the 7th Annual IAMA with "Albaicin".
http://www.arrowrec.com/michael/index.htm
RATING: **** (4 out of 5 Stars)


At just Age 16, Karsyn Robb has penned over 120 songs on the guitar, piano and mandolin. She performs widely throughout her home state of Utah and ventures out of state as well. Her music, a mixture of country and pop inspired by artists such as Jewel, Taylor Swift and Michelle Branch. She was a finalist at the 7th Annual IAMA with her song "Drive Me Away".
http://www.reverbnation.com/karsynrobb
RATING: **** (4 out of 5 Stars) 
 
 
Joachim Nordensson, a Folk/Acoustic singer-songwriter from Lake Stevens, Washington shines with "John Mayer" type vocals along with Chet Atkins fingerpicking. Joachim Nordensson teamed up with Brooke Wandler to collorate on their song "I Was With You" which won them Best Group at the 7th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards). Joachim's grandfather was a well-known Swedish banjo player, and his great grandfather was a respected violin composer in Sweden. Together the family represents over a century of contemporary music with Joachim as its present light and bright future.
http://www.JoachimNordensson.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)


Shane Cooley's hip retro Folk/Rock is reminiscent of Tom Petty and Bob Dylan. In college, Shane earned his BA in English by juggling his music with papers about Medieval literature. Now, he devotes all his time doing whatever it takes to get his music heard. His song "Last Love" earned him runner-up award at the 7th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) in the Best Male Artist category. His vocals, guitar playing and harmonica playing, makes him a compact artist and ready for more improvement. Watch this artist grow.
http://www.shanecooleymusic.com
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars)


From Dundee, Quebec, Canada, Stewart Burrows' music combines Bluegrass and Folk/Roots sound. His song "What Life's Like (Without You)" earned him runner-up award at the 7th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) in the Bluegrass/Country category. His artistry, vocals and guitar playing will take him far. This artist is the one to watch out.
http://stewartburrows.com
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars) 
 
 
Kelly Zullo stands out from a sea of singer-songwriters. Her strengths lie in her unique slamming and rapid fingerpicking on her acoustic guitar. She wows listeners with her Outstanding guitar accompaniment. Her alternative folk/rock style is similar to another New York State artist Ani DiFranco. Her strong vocals blends in nicely with songs such as "Firecracker" and "When We Get There". She hails from Stillwater NY. She won Best Female Artist award in the 7th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards). Records labels should sign her up!
http://www.kellyzullomusic.com/
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)  
 

Hailing from Destin, FL, Reed Waddle shines with hip Acoustic Pop songs such as "The Beast Within" and "Velveteen Skies". He was a runner-up winner at the 7th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards). His soulful vocals are reminiscent of Adam Duritz of the rock group "Counting Crows". The music production of his songs are excellent and fits him artistically. His lyrics is laced with imagery and is definitely his strengths. This artist has great potenial!
http://www.reedwaddle.com
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars)
 

Nashville Singer-Songwriter Chris Volpe shines with with songs such as "Why Did I Change My Tune?" and "Shoes". His poetic "Dylan" like Folk/Americana styles and warm vocals sounds keeps the listener wanting for more. His music production arrangements with acoustic guitar, banjo and harmonica fits his artistic style like a glove. This is an artist to watch for.
http://www.chrisvolpe.com
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars) 
 
 
Hailing from Boston, classically trained Walter Rodriguez sounds like a better version of John Mayer with songs such as "You are amazing". He has the "Wow" factor that keeps the listener wanting more. His smooth vocals and guitar playing with his artistry shines with musical surprises. Another track "Taking Back December" sounds like a song that John Mayer would record.

Several of Walter’s songs have been licensed to TV and radio in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.
http://www.walterrodriguez.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)  



From Toronto, Canada Sultans of String's instrumental song "Yalla Yalla!" stands out strong with great violin and flamenco guitar playing. It shows just how accomplished musicians the are on this track, worthy of a Grammy award. They display great artistry and originality overall with great energy and flow. The music composition and structure is great. It doesn't hurt to have good music production. This group will go places!
http://www.sultansofstring.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)



Hailing from Australia, Suzy Connolly is a Pop/Alternative singer-songwriter. Her song "Gold" works well with an extremely short intro which is a welcome surprise and works every well.

The song displays artistic hip music production and arrangement. Her angelic vocals shines through the melody and hooks in the chorus. She writes good lyrics too. This is an artist to watch out for.
http://www.myspace.com/suzyconnolly
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars) 
 
 
Hailing from Huntersville, North Carolina, Timothy Hall is an up-and-coming fingerstyle guitarist who writes in the style of the previous IAMA winners such as El McMeen and Larry Pattis. His compositions and fingerstyle shows maturity and also structure. Songs like “Blessing” keeps the listener wanting for more. He dispays knowledge of writing catchy melodic lines and development changes. His music should do well on Spa channel on Sirius radio. His recordings are radio ready and he should do every well as a soloist.
http://www.timothyehall.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)  

From Seattle, WA, Laura Jorgensen is promise as a Folk Alternative music artist with songs such as “Pens” and “The Most Beautiful Fear”. Multi-talented Laura studied at Berklee College of music and plays a variety of instruments on her ablum such as accordion, dulcimer, and piano. Her vocals shines in her catchy choruses. This is an artist to watch for.
http://www.myspace.com/laurajorgensen
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars)

John Standefer is a virtuoso fingerstyle guitarist from Vancouver, WA. He shows his fingerpicking chops and composition skills in his song “Once Upon A Western Sky” with surprising major to minor chord changes and keeps the listener guessing and wanting to hear more. John is the winner of the 2002 National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship at Winfield, Kansas and the Open Division winner of the 2004 International Home of the Legends Competition. He teaches and performs yearly at the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society convention in Nashville to honor his mentor. John has performed at venues around the world. This is an artist to watch for.
http://www.johnstandefer.com
RATING: **** (5 out of 5 Stars) 
 
Robert Rolfe Feddersen is a singer-songwriter from Crown Point, Indiana. He has developed a style that fits himself artistically. He shines with his song "Milkman". Good walking baseline, lyrical imagery and nice vocal harmonies. The song is reminiscent of the 70's Paul Simon. He also produces nice music production without an overkill. He has written music for more than thirty films, TV shows and video games collectively throughout his career.
http://www.myspace.com/robertrolfefeddersen
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars)  

Matt Cusson is a singer-songwriter from Los Angeles, CA. He fuses acoustic Pop with Jazz and soul. His song "One Of Those Nights" is an excellent Acoustic Pop/Jazz tune. His cleverly written lyrics, melody and variation placements gives the listener something to look forward to. His whispery voice works well artistically and never sings at the top of his lungs. Record labels should sign him up, this is an artist to watch!
http://www.reverbnation.com/mattcusson
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)

Leat Sabbah was born to Israeli and Moroccan parents. Cellist Leat Sabbah, has performed a variety of musical styles worldwide. An active, versatile soloist, improviser and arranger, Leat moves fluidly through the classical, pop, Middle Eastern and folk genres. She has won prizes in international competitions including the “Gradus ad Parnassum” Concerto Competition in the Ukraine, and the International Violoncello Wettbewerb in Austria. Her song "Wherever You Will Go" is a combination of Classical, Moorish and Folk. Clever cello string arrangement throughout the song is subtle and yet haunting.
http://www.myspace.com/leatsabbah
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars) 
 
Michael Kent Smith shines with his song "Bread on Both Shores". Classically and Jazzed trained, he is a composer who uses guitar and dulcimer as well as a variety of folk instruments, performing on them and taping the various strands together into vivid, delightful music that is a blend of classical, folk, Celtic, Spanish and jazz. He is from Chicago, IL.
http://www.michaelkentsmith.com
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars)

Instrumentalist Karl Schwonik with songs such as "Basements" and "Escape". He is an Canadian award-winning drummer who grew up on a farm near Gwynne where he was exposed to countless musical situations ranging from polka to jazz. Fresh out of high school, Schwonik embarked on a tour with 2-time Canadian Country Music Award Nominee Heather-Dawn. This was followed by an invitation to study at the Banff Centre where Schwonik was the youngest artist ever to be a part of the long-term career residency program. He has been nominated for a 2010 Western Canadian Music Award for ‘Jazz Recording of the Year’ and won a DownBeat Magazine composition award.
http://www.karlschwonik.com
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars)

From New York City, D.B. Rielly shines with "Got A Mind". His sound is Americana spanning several genres, including Roots, Zydeco, Blues and Alternative Country. D.B.'s various talents as a banjo, accordion and guitar player shows through his songs. He is innovative and keeps the listener wanting more.
http://www.myspace.com/dbrielly
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars) 
 
Canadian Group The Marc Atkinson Trio won a runner-up in the 6th Annual International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA) in the Best Instrumental category. They were also nominated for a JUNO award, the Canadian Grammys. Marc is leader and composer of the Marc Atkinson Trio. Their song “Vorizo” showcases the artistry. Marc's virtuoso guitar playing is reminiscent of Eric Tingstad style, unique and radio ready. It helps with good Music production. The other members in the group include Joey Smith on bass and Michael Hamilton on rhythm guitar. This is an act to watch for!
http://www.marcatkinson.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)

Ron Korb is a unique flute player and plays both the chinese and western flute styles. His music is an electrifying blend of Eastern and Western music. His soothing music of “Hanoi Cafe” has a haunting melody in a lower register that is not normally heard since the flute solo in Mama & Papa's “California Dreaming”. The new age sounding piece is also beautifully arranged and produced with violin solos in between. His music can easily be played on new age radio stations such as the Spa channel on Sirius satellite radio. This artist will go places. Ron is from Toronto, Canada.
http://www.ronkorb.com
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars)

Daisy Chapman is an up-and-coming acoustic pianist and singer-songwriter from Bristol, UK. Her song "Madame Jeneva" is an electic and unique Alternative Acoustic and worth a second listen. Her vocals soars in the chorus with lyrics that have haunting but beautiful imagery. Daisy has potential to improve and grow as an artist.
http://www.myspace.com/daisychapman
RATING: **** (4 out of 5 Stars) 
 
IVO is a acoustic Pop singer songwriter from Emmenbruecke, Switzerland. He won 1st Prize in the Open/AOG category in the 6th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) with his song "I Will Bleed For You". He has performed with Lisa Stansfield and Shakira.
http://www.ivo.cd
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)


Gary Procyshyn is a singer songwriter from Winnipeg, Canada. His pensive song "21 Days" displays his excellent fingerpicking skills, melody writing, lyric writing and vocals as well as excellent vocal harmonies. Gary honed his skills at the famous GIT (Guitar Institute Of Technology) in Los Angeles, CA and was awarded the awarded the Lenny Breau Memorial Scholarship. He was also featured in Guitar Player magazine. His album with the same name "21 Days" is only his first attempt in making a CD, we will definitely hear more good songs from him. This artist is the one to watch!
http://www.garyp.ca
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)


Seth Glier is an up-and-coming acoustic multi-talented pianist & guitarist singer-songwriter in the vein of Danny O'Donoghue of the band "The Script". Good lyrics in songs such as "Someone Else To Crown" and "The Trouble With People". His vocals, artistry, songwriting and lyrics shine in song "Gotta Get Away" which made him garned him a finalist mention at the 6th Annual IAMA. This artist has the potential to make huge improvements. He is currently on the MPress record label.
http://www.myspace.com/sethglier
RATING: **** (4 out of 5 Stars) 
 
 
Jenn Grant is a Canadian Singer- Songwriter and won an runner-up award (AAA/Alternative) at the 6th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards). She shines in her song "Heartbreaker", a excellent Alternative Folk song. This song is radio-friendly. A great job in the ambient background music, very original and artistic. Coupled with good melody, lyrics and excellent vocals, Jenn will go to great heights. This is the artist to watch for.
http://www.jenngrant.com
Rating: 5 Stars *****
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)

Bryan J. Ragsdale is a Bluegrass/Country singer-songwriter from Wyoming. He thrives in great story telling and it is evident in his songs such as "Little Jo" and "Modern Day Mountain Man". His clever lyrical construction along with great melody and hooks, flows very well. Watch out, he is also radio ready. He has the potential to be a finalist or winner this year.
http://www.bryanragsdale.com
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars)

Tiller's Folly is an acoustic trio from Canada. Their well written Folk song "The Ghost of Simon Fraser" tell not only a good story but well-crafted lyrics, wants to make the listener listen to more. Not to mention catchy hooks/chorus to go with it. Great musicianship, Good music production, natural phrasing makes this group a Top 10 potential finalist.
http://www.myspace.com/tillersfolly
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars) 
 
Angela Saini is a Canadian singer-songwriter from Calgary, Alberta. Her brand of pop-folk at local clubs, breaking into the music scene before she had finished her first year of high school. Her song “Nurse Me Back to Health” displays her beautiful voice, as she sings will a lot of conviction. Her song is beautiful in both music and lyrics and has a catchy hook/chorus. It doesn't hurt that her song is also well produced. She is runner-up for “Best Female Artist” in the 6th Annual International Acoustic Music Awards, her solo EP "The Story" is due out in 2010.
http://www.myspace.com/angelasaini
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)

Doug Spears is a Bluegrass/Folk singer-songwriter from Orlando, Florida. He shows is professionalism and artistry in this mid-tempo but lively song “Yellow Butter Moon”. His vocal harmonies, excellent production and choice of instrumentation really shows that this is a complete artist. He is radio ready for Folk/Acoustic Music radio. His heartfelt song “Okeechobee” shows that he can write good hooks/chorus and also an excellent vocalist and guitarist. He is runner-up for “Best Bluegrass/Country” in the 6th Annual International Acoustic Music Awards.
http://www.dougspearsmusic.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)

Henhouse Prowlers is a Chicago based traditional bluegrass band. Their music has made it as a soundtrack to a PBS series. Their song “ Simplify” just shows how professional and artistic they are. It is a great mid-tempo, lively with bang-on vocal harmonies. With excellent production and choice of instrumentation fiddle, dobro, five-string banjo, upright bassist and guitars, they are ready for radio. They won Best Bluegrass/Country in the 6th Annual International Acoustic Music Awards. This act is the one to watch!
http://www.henhouseprowlers.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)
 
Alathea won the Best Duo/Group at the 6th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music AWards) as well as an honorable mention ward at the USA Songwriting Competition with their song "Hurricane". Alathea shows elements of Bluegrass, Folk, Americana, Roots with a bit of contemporary music production. Watch out for this duo, record labels should sign them up. This is the act to watch out for!
http://www.myspace.com/alatheamusic
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)


Hey Negrita is a 6-man acoustic group from UK. They display artistry and their music flows very well. Their forte is in excellent vocal harmonies. They excel in their song "Cold", with good melody, lyrics and a very catchy chorus. They won the honorable mention award at the 6th Annual IAMA.
http://www.myspace.com/heynegrita
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)


Acoustic Pop/Piano based band with Jonathan Korszyk on vocals, piano and guitars, Vienne displays artistry in the Pop genre in songs like "She Breaks", displaying dreamlike catchy chorus and hooks. They sound like a "strip down" version of One Republic.
http://www.myspace.com/vienne
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars) 
 
 
Meghan Trainor is the youngest winner of the history of the International Acoustic Music Awards, she won Best Female Artist in the 6th Annual IAMA. This teen phenom won when she was just 16 years old. She is from Nantucket and has been writing and performing music for over 4 years. She writes both music, lyrics and perform the music and all of the vocals on my songs. Multi-talented, she play keyboards and guitar and auxillary percussion and trumpet. Like Debbie Gibson, she does all of the recording and production myself. She attended the 5 week Berklee College of Music's Performance Program last summer.
 
Meghan displays excellent vocals, phrasing and oh so soulful in songs such as "Waterfalls", "Simple Love" and "Learning to say I Love You". Even though she this good now, she still has room for improvement with artistry, lyrics and story telling. This is the artist to watch for. Record labels - sign her up! She's only 16!
http://www.meghan-trainor.com
 RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)

Canadian singer-songwriter Melissa McClelland won the runner-up in the Folk category at the 6th Annual International Acoustic Music Awards. Her song “Glenrio” is from her third album “Victoria Day” is classy contemporary folk song and displays her soaring bluesy voice and lyrical artistry. She is signed to Six Shooter Records. She performs through North America and has performed at SXSW.
http://www.melissamcclelland.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)

Canadian band The Trews won the 6th Annual International Acoustic Music Awards for Best AAA/Alternative with their song “Sing Your Heart Out”. They are primary a Rock band but have gone “Acoustic” and the payoff was great. Strong soaring vocals and harmonies of the group was a clear stand out in the catchy chorus of "Sing Your Heart Out". This group is currently signed to Universal Records.
http://www.thetrewsmusic.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars) 
 
Winner of the 6th Annual International Acoustic Music Awards, Berklee trained Singer-songwriter Liz Longley has the entire package: good looks, good music, lyrics, artistry, catchy hooks and then some with songs such as "When You've Got Trouble". Her lyrics have beautiful imagery and originality. She stays away from the cliche Pop songs you hear on radio. Her vocals has incredible control, phrasing, conviction, believable and warm, all at the same time. She has opened for Shawn Colvin, Paula Cole, Colin Hay, Nanci Griffith, Jesse Colin Young, and Jonathan Edwards. She will graduate from college this year. This artist is one that record labels will sign and be proud of.
http://www.lizlongley.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)

Debra Gordon is up-and-coming country singer-songwriter with Bluegrass influences. This Nashville based artist has it all: great voice, great song, great production and artistry with songs such as "Stop Stealing My Daylight". Her songs are radio ready and ready to wow. This artist is the one to watch.
http://www.myspace.com/debragordon
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)

6th Annual IAMA finalist, Amelia Curran is a Canadian up-and-coming singer-songwriter. She displays great lyrics, great imagery, honest words of "I gave my heart I'm gonna keep my soul". She definitely sings from the heart. Her song is a display of good instrumentation and production. She is signed to Six Shooter Records.
http://www.ameliacurran.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars) 
 
Canadian Country Singer-songwriter John Landry has the entire package: good looks, good music, lyrics, artistry, catchy hooks and then some with songs such as "Forever Took Too Long". His vocals sound sincere, believable and warm, all at the same time.
http://www.myspace.com/jlandrymusic
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)

Norwegian Singer-Songwriter Sturle Andersen shines in the Folk tradition of Bob Dylan with great hooks and lyrical imagery with songs such as "Words".
http://www.sturleandersen.no
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)
 
Canadian singer-songwriter Vicky Sjohall has the whole package of good songs, good voice and artistry. Her song "Never Alone" has a beautiful and catchy Chorus with a nice melodic climax at the end. Her other song "This Love" is a mid-tempo acoustic pop song with a catchy chorus. Her silky smooth vocals soars in the second chorus. She also shows creativity as a lyricist by telling a good story. This is the artist to watch out for.
http://www.vickysjohall.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)

Jen Ambrose is a singer-songwriter from Grants Pass, Oregon. Her song "Remembering" displays her vocals and is an excellent fit of an Alternative Folk song with some blues influences. Her poetic words "Dreaming deep sea dreams of our ancestor's dreams, waking to remember all is not as it seems", ring nicely at the end.
http://www.jenambrose.net
RATING: **** (4 out of 5 Stars)

Oklahoma duo "Horseshoe Road" consists of Kyle Dillingham and Brad Benge. Their Bluegrass/Country Ballad 'When Tears Won't Fall" displays beautiful lyrical imagery and melodies with great soothing vocal harmonies. Kyle Dillingham is a great fiddle player and the duo displays good instrumentation and music arrangement.
http://www.horseshoeroad.net
RATING: **** (4 out of 5 Stars) 
 
Fingerstyle guitar virtuoso El McMeen clearly stands head and shoulders above other instrumentalists we have seen. His heartfelt solo acoustic steel string guitar works such as “Song For Sheila” and “Breakout” showcases his guitar chops as well as his knowledge of composition. His music is truly outstanding, heartfelt and spiritual. His music should do well on Sirius XM Spa Channel as well as Guitar Player Magazine and Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine. Even established acoustic guitarist out there would appreciate this artist. Watch out for this instrumentalist, he is going places!
http://www.ElMcMeen.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)


Neil Austin Imber's Alternative Acoustic style delivers with his husky tenor vocals and acoustic guitar playing in song such as “The Devil's Blue Eyes”, which as a hint of influence from Stone Temple Pilots. “Travesty” shows a fingerpicking side of Neil and a catchy chorus. The songs suits him and he has a lot of potential and room to improve.
http://www.neilaustinimber.com
RATING: **** (4 out of 5 Stars)


Hailing from Boston, Zanna is a Berklee trained musician and she fuses Jazz & Folk influences well. Songs like "Little Man of Little Men" makes her one to watch. She has room for improvement.
http://www.zannamusic.com
RATING: **** (4 out of 5 Stars) 
 
Evren Ozan is a 16 year old Native American flute musician whose polished compositions are far beyond his years. His knowledge of music composition, phrasing is very natural and easy on the ears. From Laguna Beach, CA Evren is the youngest featured artist at IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) so far. His music "An Ephemeral Dream" has a very radio ready commercial appeal that can go on New Age radio format. He won "Best Instrumental Recording" at the 2007 Native American Music Awards. This is the artist is set to go places.
http://www.ozanmusic.com
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars)

Bluegrass musician Wayne Southards is part of an acoustic group called "Williams & Clark Expedition". He won first prize in the 5th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) with his song "Sad is the Union". His vocals and guitar playing shows that this is a seasoned and polished musician. His songs and style suit him to the core.
http://www.williamsandclarkexpedition.com/Wayne.htm
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)

Hailing from Lochau, Austria. Ajo & Toni Eberle display good vocal phrasings and Acoustic guitar nylon string accompaniment along with Aja's scat solo in "Life's Too Short" is excellent. "'We Will Meet Again" shows a different side of this duo with a free formed ballad. "It's A Duo Thing" is a good mid-tempo with good use of natural guitar effects without any use of studio effects. Fans of Sergio Mendez would be happy to listen to this duo. This duo is the one to watch!
http://aja-tonieberle.com
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars) 
 
Los Angeles based singer-songwriter Adrianne is a acoustic singer-songwriter with a Rock/Alternative edge. Her passion shows in her music, lyrics and soaring vocals. All this is evident in her song "10,000 stones" which earned her a finalist position in the AAA/Alternative category of the 5th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards).
http://www.adrimusic.com
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars)

Randy Granger is a new age instrumentalist based in New Mexico. He was profiled in 2007 on NPR's All Things Considered part of the "Sound Clip" series. He was a semi-finalist at the 5th Annual IAMA. His instrumental music can easily fit into New Age radio with his soothing yet melodic sounds.
http://www.randygranger.net
RATING: **** (4 out of 5 Stars) 

Stephanie Smith is a beautiful singer (in both appearance and musically) with crafty music and lyrics in her song "Fragile Sometimes", which earned her a finalist position in the AAA/Alternative category of the 5th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards). She will give Taylor Swift a run for her money. This artist looks like a winner and looks like the one that will get signed to a recording deal soon.
http://www.stephaniesmithmusic.com
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars)
 
Omega is a unique songstress from Uganda with a very global sound. Her song "You Said (Gwe wangamba)" won her runner-up award at the 5th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards). Omega Bugembe Okello (her full name) displays great artistry with songs such as How Long (Ndituusa Wa?) and An Invitation (Mujje). You do not need to understand Ugandan to appreciate her music.
http://www.omegaworldmusic.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)

Hailing from Garden Grove, California, Pamela G is a Blues vocalist who Wows us with her great powerful "Etta James" like Jazz/Blues performance with her mid-tempo song "Makes Winters Good Too". She was a finalist in the 5th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) with her song "Somebody Take Him". She shows vocal phrasing with maturity. Her song and music production helps to support her style. She has performed with famous Blues artists such as Jimmy Vaughn, Tommy Castro, Corey Stevens, Rod Piazza & His Mighty Flyers, and legendary jazz pianist Billy Mitchell.
http://www.broadjam.com/artists/home.php?artistID=40070
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars) 

Invert is made up of accomplished musicians: Helen Yee on violin, Chris Jenkins on viola, Steve Berson on cello, and Chris George on cello.
They are a Modern String quartet from New York with eclectic modern classical violins compositions and very relevant to Pop/Rock music today. They will bridge the gap between classical and Pop music with compositions like "The Peak", which earned them a finalist in the 5th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards). They perform at regular night clubs such as Knitting Factory in New York and Middle East Cafe in Boston as well as the traditional classical music conservatories. This act is definitely the one to watch!
http://www.invertmusic.org
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars) 
 
Hailing from Sydney, Australia, Kate Lush's song "Learning To Fly" earned her 1st Prize in the 5th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards). Her radio friendly country song shows a different side of an indie artist and thus creates a "Wow" factor and is indeed a well crafted song. This is an artist to watch out for.
http://www.myspace.com/katelush1
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)

Shearwater Bluegrass Band is an up-and-coming instrumental bluegrass band from Canada with members Tammy Fassaert on acoustic bass, Dave Clarke on acoustic guitar and James Whittall on mandolin. Their songs such as Sorrento, Argyle Street, Broken Ground display good musicianship and good compositions and great artisty overall. That is why they were awarded runner-up award at 5th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards).
http://shearwaterband.com/index.html
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars) 

Originally from Berkeley, CA, Rachel Garlin moved to New York to become a singer-songwriter. Her song "Decisions and Desires" is radio friendly. The song shows she can write a great song and a good performer with excellent vocal harmonies. This is a polish performer. She is a finalist in the Folk/Roots category of the 5th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards).
http://www.rachelgarlin.com
RATING: **** (4 out of 5 Stars) 
 
Katy Kinard won first prize in the Folk category with her song “World's Largest Peanut” in the 5th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards). Katy display her well phrased vocals, song material, artistry and not to mention an unusual song title. Having moved from Colorado to Nashville after high school, Katy attended Belmont University, where she studied Commercial Music and Music Business. She is currently booking a spring tour with singer/writer Amy Courts.
http://www.katykinard.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)

You will hear influences of Fleetwood Mac with this group “Oxygen”. They won a runner-up award in the 5th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards). Lots of catchy hooks and you make you sing all the way home. They have shared the stage with big name stars such as Gavin DeGraw, Bon Jovi, The Samples, and Candlebox.
http://www.oxygeno2.com
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars) 

Adam Michael Rothberg is a acoustic musician now residing in the Boston area. His songwriting craft, good vocals, guitar, production and radio friendliness puts him near the top with "Moving Day". Adam's past credits include a European tour with Joan Baez, producing Dar William’s Honesty Room, and performing with many folk musicians including Meg Hutchinson.
http://www.adamr.net
RATING: **** (4 out of 5 Stars) 
 
 
Wendy Colonna is an Austin Resident. She is the modern and a prettier version of Bonnie Raitt. There is a certain charm and glow in her voice, music, lyrics and production that just stands outs in a crowd with here song "Right Where I Belong", which won her 1st Prize in the 5th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) in the AAA/Alternative category.
http://www.wendycolonna.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)
 

Ready In 10 is an Acoustic Pop group that will attract many fans. Sal Nastasi and Marc Viola are leaders of this group and their songs are filled with catchy hooks. It doesn't hurt that they have nice vocals and good production with their song "One More Chance" that won them a runner-up award at the 5th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards).
http://www.readyin10.com
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars) 
 

Jesse Terry is an up-and-coming singer-songwriter. His clever lyrics and creative songwriting shines with Contemporary folk sound with songs such as "Against the Tide", "Pray It's Not the Delta" and "Noise". Jesse quickly signed his first publishing deal with Masville Music in August of 2004, a brand new company founded by hit songwriter Mark Alan Springer. Jesse went on to write for the company for the next four and a half years. He has been based out of Nashville since June of 2004. He won a runner-up award (Best Male Artist) at the 5th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards).
http://myspace.com/jesseterrynashville
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars) 

 

Larry Pattis is a virtuoso guitarist from Creswell, OR, USA. His Classical guitar chops combined with knowledge of composition and Acoustic Folk/Pop arrangement makes him stand apart from other Classical Guitarists making a crossover to Pop. His compositions such as "Eleven Doors" won him First Prize in the 5th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards). He has been featured on national Television, NPR, Montreal International Jazz Festival, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and also toured the country as a performer. This artist will go places. His music can also be fit into the New Age radio format. Thus, expanding his career. This is the artist to watch for!
http://www.LarryPattis.com

RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)


The Cedars is an up-and-coming Americana Blues band from UK. Daring to use some rock, blues and folk influences, this band is not afraid to be different with their song "Ten Gallon Mile", which won them a runner-up award at the 5th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards).
http://www.thecedarsonline.com

RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars)


Joël Fafard displays excellent acoustic steel string playing with his instrumental "red coat western" in an Americana, rootsy sound. Here, Joël possesses the guitar chops and music arrangement with a nice touch of fiddle arrangement that won him a a runner-up award at the 5th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards).
http://www.joelfafard.com

RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)
 
Jeanette Williams Band features Jeanette Williams, a singer-songwriter bassist from Danville, VA wows with her greatness in all departments: great powerful vocals, songwriting skills, production & overall artistry. She was featured on the 2006 IBMA Recorded Event Of The Year "Daughters of Bluegrass - Back To The Well", and has enjoyed chart success in Bluegrass Unlimited, Bluegrass Now, and Power Source Magazine. Her September 2008 release "Thank You For Caring" has received rave reviews. The disc features Jeanette's award winning song, plus eighteen special guests, including Tony Rice, Tim Stafford, 2008 IAMA winner Randy Kohrs and George Jones. This artist is the one to watch!
http://www.jeanettewilliams.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)

Clay Evans's well crafted song "Words", great vocals and overall performance shines through and through. Not to mention a great bridge and musical surprises thrown in. His street smart Nashville craftiness comes in handly.
http://www.sonicbids.com/ClayEvans
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars) 

Laura Critchley displays excellent, well polished powerful country vocals, songwriting, production & great overall artistry. Her radio friendly song "What Do We Do?" can also be covered by many other artists. It sure doesn't hurt that she has supermodel looks as well. Look out for this artist to be signed up soon!
http://www.lauracritchley.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars) 
 
The Fantastics, an Acoustic Pop group from Australia shines with Simon Telfer's vocals on "Shut Up and Play" with hints of Americana and Folk. "Yin Yang" is a decent song but would do better without Jen Soldatic on vocals. The Fantastic is made up of: Simon Telfer, Chris Carrapetta, Andy Axton, Darryl Hughes and Jen Soldatic.
http://www.myspace.com/thefantastics
RATING: **** (4 out of 5 Stars)

 

Michael Brandmeier's vocals shines above and beyond with his song "If You're Leaving Say Goodbye". He has the complete package: great vocals, great songs, artistry and something a little different to offer. No wonder this Los Angeles musician was selected as Music Connection magazine's "Top 25 of the year". This artist is definitely one to watch.
http://www.michaelbrandmeier.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)

 

Los Angeles area singer-songwriter that goes by the name of "That Girl Laura", displays beautiful and sensitive vocals on her live performance of "Stand Still", with acoustic piano and cello. Few recordings we hear these days feature live performances. This shows that Laura has the courage to have her live performance recorded as artists these days prefer studio produced songs. Fans of Tori Amos and Bjork will appreciate her music and artistry.
http://www.sonicbids.com/ThatGirLaura
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars)

 

 
Boulder Acoustic Society is a Folk Roots quartet with a cutting edge sound from Denver, Colorado. I can hear influences of Americana, Bluegrass, Punk, Blues, and world music blended together in a fresh sound. This is a welcome change up to the regular acoustic folk group we hear. They play a mix bag of acoustic instruments such as violin, ukulele, bass, accordion, piano, guitar and all four members contribute vocals. This is definitely the one to watch!
http://www.boulderacousticsociety.net
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)


Marc Berger is a New York based Singer-Songwriter in Americana style. His “Bruce Springsteen” like vocals suits his songs such as “Nobody Gonna' Ride On The Railroad”. He has performed at SXSW and been named an Emerging Artist at the Kerrville Folk Festival. He has opened shows for Bob Dylan and The Band among others. Watch out for his new CD to be released in 2009.
http://www.sonicbids.com/MarcBerger
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars) 


The Lost Pines is a Bluegrass group from Austin, TX. Singer-songwriter Christian Ward shines with songs such as “Won't You Be My Baby” and “Drifter”. They have received radio airplay on KGSR 107.1FM's Morning show with Bryan Beck, as well as on KUT 90.5FM's Folkways show with Kevin Conner.
http://www.myspace.com/thelostpines
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars) 
 
The Refugees is a trio of Cindy Bullens, Deborah Holland, and Wendy Waldman in Americana/Folk genre. Their, passion, songwriting, musicianship, and impressive vocals set them apart from other groups out there. They have performed with Bonnie Raitt. All three members have are accomplished musicians in their own right: Wendy Waldman wrote Vanessa Williams’ #1 hit song “Save the Best for Last,” and “Heartbeat,” performed by Don Johnson and ‘Fishin’ in the Dark,’ sung by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Cindy Bullens got her start as a back-up singer for Elton John. Since then, Cindy has accompanied John on multiple tours and racked up Grammy Award nominations. Deborah Holland was a member of another three-person band, the critically acclaimed, Animal Logic. Comprised also of Stewart Copeland, Stanley Clarke, the band earned her recognition as both a singer and a songwriter during the 1980s and 90s.
http://www.therefugeesmusic.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)

Doug Sandrini hails from Sydney Australia. He has toured both Australia and United States promoting his album. He has received radio airplay in both countries. His Pop/Alternative vocals and acoustic guitars playing shine in songs such as “Black Heart Ache” and “I Begin”.
http://www.dougsandrini.com
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars) 

ArtIs is an instrumental duo comprising Aiko Onuma (Pianist) and Megumi Sasaki (Violin). They show off their compositional and performance skills in their composition “Don’t Dry Your Tears”, that tune can easily appear on new age radio. Both musicians hold music degrees from the prestigious Berklee College of Music.
http://www.aikoonuma.com
http://www.myspace.com/sasakimegumi
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars) 

Hailing from London, England, Claire Nicolson shines as a contemporary Folk singer-songwriter. Her song “Quiet Company” displays smooth and polished vocals and good songwriting. Claire is now writing and recording her second album due for release in spring 2009 as well as playing festivals all over Europe and possibly America over the summer.
http://www.clairenicolson.com
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars)

Patterson Barrett is a singer-songwriter from Austin, Texas. His Americana style with a bit of country fits his tenor voice and his music. His song “Concrete & Steel” featuring vocalist Julie Miller is a good one to listen to. Patterson formed the band Partners In Crime, which included Buddy and Julie Miller, releasing one album on their own label, Criminal Records. He accompanied Nancy Griffith on Austin City Limits, legendary Austin singer Lou Ann Barton in music clubs around the country, and Buddy Miller on his “Your Love And Other Lies” CD.
http://www.pattersonbarrett.com
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars) 

Originally from New Zealand, Bruce Conlon was the lead singer and main songwriter of the popular rock band, ‘Eight’, and is considered to be one of New Zealand’s most talented songwriters. In 2006 Bruce moved to London, England to work on his debut solo album. His song “Two Worlds Colliding” has a Contemporary Pop sound. His smooth vocals and songwriting shines in that song.
http://www.bruceconlon.com
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars) 

Canadian Singer-Songwriter Phil Christie shines with his song “Rearview Mirror”, with beautiful lyrical imagery and Contemporary Folk production and songwriting. His new Album also named “Rearview Mirror” has just been released. Fans of David Wilcox and Gordon Lightfoot will appreciate his music. This artist is one to watch.
www.PhilChristie.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)

Katie McMahon is probably best known for her exquisite soaring soprano solo in the original Riverdance single, which topped the charts in Ireland for three months. Katie McMahon sings and plays the Harp, an instrument you do not find common among Folk singer-songwriters around. Her Classical like Soprano vocals in songs such as “Always with Me” sounds like a Celtic version of Enya and her vocal does suit her song.
www.katiemcmahon.com
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars) 

Mud Dog is a acoustic delta blues group from Canada. They produce nice vocals with nice harmonies, harmonica, and acoustic guitar in songs like “River of My Soul”. Mud Dog released their second CD, “River of my Soul,” that features eleven new original acoustic songs written and produced by Steve "Mud Dog" Sainas.
www.muddog.ca
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars) 

Craig Bickhardt won 1st Prize in the 4th Annual IAMA with his song “Sugarcane Street” in the Open/AOG category. Craig is also wrote songs for award wining artists such as: Vince Gill, Martina McBride, Kathy Mattea, David Wilcox, Art Garfunkel, The Judds, Dan Seals, B. B. King, Ray Charles and many more.
www.craigbickhardt.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)

Fiddlers 3 is a unique instrumental string band from Canada. With diverse styles of traditional bluegrass, Celtic-Folk, Old-Time-Fiddle, World and Folk, Fiddlers 3 shine with their original compositions. They won a Runner-up award at the 4th Annual IAMA.
www.fiddlers3.com
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars) 

Jim Allyn is a singer-songwriter and musician from Washington State. He won 1st Prize in the 4th Annual IAMA in the AAA/Alternative category with his song “The Colors”.
www.JimAllyn.com
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars)

Katy Pfaffl won the Best Female Artist award in the 4th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards). Her song "Underneath" shows her classical influences in a Acoustic Pop style. She also displays good piano chops as well. Her sweet vocals soars in the chorus. Katy Pfaffl can be seen performing regularly throughout Manhattan/NJ/LA as well as within the college circuit.
http://www.myspace.com/katypfaffl
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)

Karen Lynne won a Runner-up award in the Bluegrass category at the 4th Annual IAMA. She performs predominantly Country and Australian Folk music accompanying herself on the twelve-string guitar or with backing (where applicable). Her versatility extends to various duo formats; singing both traditional ‘old time’ & contemporary country music.
http://www.karenlynne.com
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars) 

Gord Matthews won a runner-up award in the Folk category at the 4th Annual IAMA with his song “Faith In The Butcher”. Gord is a Veteran guitarist, sideman, & session player, Gord Matthews has been a part of the Alberta, Canada music scene since the early ‘80s.
http://www.sonicbids.com/gordmatthews
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)  

Nashville band Herrick, Winner of 4th Annual IAMA (Best Group), is made up of Donna Herrick (Lead Vocal - Mandolin), brothers Kevin Herrick (Vocals - Guitar), Kerry Herrick (Vocals - Bass Guitar). Their unique sound of country, rock and blues is evident in their song “Cry Memphis”. The song fits Donna’s vocals like a glove.
http://www.herricklive.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)

Danny Flowers (finalist in the 4th annual IAMA) may be best known for having penned the classic, “Tulsa Time” (Don Williams, Eric Clapton), or as author of such soulful cuts as, “Before Believing” (title cut for Emmylou Harris’s Pieces Of The Sky) and “Gulf Coast Highway” (Nanci Griffith, Emmylou Harris and Willie Nelson, Evangeline), among others, but as a solo artist, his bluesy blend of raw emotion of a combination of Folk, Americana and Roots with a heartfelt yearning will speak to your very soul.
http://www.myspace.com/dannyflowers
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)

Boston area singer-songwriter Abbie Barrett (Runner-up award winner at the 4th Annual IAMA), has only been writing music for about two years and have been playing shows for about a year, yet her music and lyrics shows depth and maturity far beyond her experience. She has already received radio airplay in the Boston area. Her song “Bang” will be featured in her soon to be released album. Abbie shows a lot of promise.
http://www.abbiebarrett.com
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars) 

Randy Kohrs & The Lites won 1st Prize in the Bluegrass/Country category of the 4th Annual IAMA with his song "Rockwell's Gold". Randy Kohrs & The Lites has the instrumental chops, great vocals, the songs and artistry in a progressive Bluegrass Style. Randy is also an in-demand session player in Nashville. In 2003, he accepted a gig with superstar Dolly Parton and sang and played dobro with the “Blueniques” for two years. He has also appeared on The Rachel Ray TV show.

Randy is also a Grammy Winning producer, winning a grammy for Jim Lauderdale's Bluegrass Album of the Year, The Bluegrass Diaries. Randy produced, engineered, and mixed it, as well as sang harmony and played on it.
http://www.randykohrs.net
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)

Justin Levinson hails from Vermont, shows promise Folk/Roots style, has the vocals and songs to go with his songs along with great production and arrangement. His winning song "Home" displays just that. He hones his craft from Berklee College of Music. Justin was a finalist in the 2007 USA Songwriting Competition and chosen Best Male Artist for The 4th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards). Currently Justin resides in Vermont and is planning a move soon.
http://www.justinlevinson.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)

Melanie Dekker has a killer package soothing vocals, catchy melody and lyrics. Her great looks doesn’t hurt her either. All of that led her to her runner award win (AAA/Alternative) at the 4th Annual IAMA with her song "Meant to Be". That song has a nice Acoustic Pop sound to it. She has performed with top artists such as Diana Krall and Bryan Adams.
http://www.melaniedekker.com
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars) 

Buzz Turner is an excellent guitarist. His music "Here There And Back Again" reminds listeners of the early Eric Tingstad fingerstyle solo style in acoustic steel string guitar with altered and open tunings. Buzz has excellent guitar playing chops and has great compositional skills. Yes, his music is great on the ears and heart. Fans of Americana/Folk instrumentals should check out Buzz's music.
http://www.BuzzTurner.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)

Erik Darling is a traditional folk singer-songwriter. He was formerly signed on Elektra records. Fans of Loudon Wainwright III would love to hear his music. His lyrics from songs such as "Woody", "Aunt Rhody's Christmas" and "Santa Claus is Comin'" show that he does have writing chops and the vocals the carry it out.
http://www.erikdarling.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)

SpiritGrass is different and refreshing with main musicians jazz and bluegrass artist Eric Miller and world instrumentalists Clint Goss. Great combination of Flute, mandolin and acoustic guitar in their song "SpiritGrass." Listeners will appreciate the beautiful bluegrass feel with folk and jazz elements.
http://www.SpiritGrass.com
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars) 

Noam Weinstein was a finalist in the 3rd Annual IAMA with his song "Sail On". He is able to come up with unique ideas with his melodies and music arrangement. He can throw you with musical surprises every now and then in any song. If you are looking for something different and unique, Noam Weinstein is the one.
http://www.enoam.com
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars) 

Owen Roberts is a New York based Singer-Songwriter, he has an interesting mix of Acoustic Blues, Folk and a bit of Rock thrown in. His song "Around My Thoughts" shows all of that. He performs in English and Italian. Watch out for this singer-songwriter.
http://www.owenrobertsmusic.com
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars)

JJ Soul Band is a Acoustic Blues band based in Seltjarnarnes, Iceland featuring JJ Soul & Ingvi Thor Kormáksson. Ingvi Thor Kormáksson won 1st Prize in the Jazz category in the 1997 USA Songwriting Competition. "Getting Colder By The Year" shows off JJ's vocals and creative keyboard playing by Ingvi. If you like Steely Dan or 70's Billy Joel, you will like this band.
http://www.jjsoulband.com
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars) 

Remember the hit song of the late 70’s/early 80’s “Pilot of the Airwaves”? Yes, it’s Charlie Dore, she since reinvented herself as a Folk Singer-songwriter and also written hit songs for big name artists such as Tina Turner, Celine Dion, George Harrison, Lisa Stansfield, Jimmy Nail, Sheena Easton and Hayley Westenra. Her soothing soprano voice goes well with lyrics of beautiful imagery in her song such as “Sleep All Day”. I wouldn’t be surprise if this British Artist hits the charts again.
http://www.myspace.com/charliedoremusic
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)  

Los Angeles based Singer-songwriter Holly Long shines with her song “Simply” with strong influences of Gospel, Folk and Americana. Her strong vocals, good songwriting and production makes her an artist to look out for.
www.hollylong.com
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars)

San Diego based singer, Michael Tiernan has the entire package: good vocals, good guitar playing, good songs and music production. His well crafted song “I'm Ready” shows a lot of promise with catchy hooks and element of surprise here and there. He is definitely paid his dues. Watch out for this talented musician near you!
http://www.tiernantunes.com
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars) 

Hailing from South Florida, Folk Singer/Songwriter Amy Carol Webb was a 2-time finalist at the 1st Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards). You can hear Amy's vocals and lyrics of a great passion in her songs that she placed in the finals "With You Without You" and "Narrow Places". Her style is similar to the early Janis Ian.
http://www.AmyCarolWebb.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)

The Ryanetics consists of guitarists/brothers Jimmy and Johnny. Their acoustic guitar instrumentals such as "Avalon", "Blue Ridge" and "Fairehaven" stand out due to good melodic lines and good guitar chops developed over 30 years. Their acoustic compositions is reminiscent of the early Eric Tingstad.
http://www.Ryanetics.com
RATING: **** (4 out of 5 Stars)

Jake Schepps & Expedition features Banjo picker Jake Schepps. Slick productions, arrangements, composition and good chops puts him above a lot of instrumentalist out there. His instrumental "Origami" started out sounding a lot like Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were here" but gradually evolve away from there. His arrangement of "Todo Buenos Aires", composition by Astor Piazzolla shows that he can be in the same league as Bela Fleck, in a modern Bluegrass style. His minimalist composition "Chimayo" shows that he is also a fine composer. This is an artist to watch out for.
http://www.JakeSchepps.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)  

Singer/Songwriter Adrianne won the Grand Prize of the 1999 USA Songwriting Competition and was a finalist at the 3rd Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards). Adrianne’s combination of good vocals, lyrics, music and innovative music production is evident in her song “10,000 stones” and “Say ‘Em Strong” with elements of Acoustic Pop and Rock/Alternative elements. She has shared the stage with artists such as Jeff Buckley, Bonnie Raitt, Melissa Ferrick, Tegan and Sarah and much more. She is signed to WRC/Ryko, with a new album that was just released in May 2007. It wouldn’t be a surprise of she hits the Billboard charts in the near future.
http://www.adrimusic.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)

Folk Singer/Songwriter Jeff Talmadge was a finalist at the 3rd Annual IAMA. His fine crafted lyrics, melodic lines and vocals just draws the listener in. This is evident in his songs such as "40 Days of Rain" and "Washington Island." A graduate of Duke University, Jeff won the prestigious Academy of American Poets Award and went on to receive a Master of Fine Arts from the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers in North Carolina. This is definitely the artist to watch for.
http://www.jefftalmadge.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)

Barbara Gallagher was a finalist at the 3rd Annual IAMA. Barbara displays winning combination of excellent piano chops and compostional skills. She has a natural sense of development in compositions displayed in her song "Kildare Hym" with elements of New Age, Celtic and Modern Classical all thrown in. Barbara Gallagher's music has been broadcast worldwide on NPR's "Thistle and Shamrock" show and played on NPR and religious stations nationwide. Her piano CD music is in contract with Muzak Corp., Platinum Music (UK) and Transition Music (Los Angeles).
http://www.barbaragallagher.com
RATING: **** (4 1/2 out of 5 Stars)  

Woodrush won runner-up award in the Best Group/Duo category in the 3rd Annual IAMA. With nice vocal harmonies and nearly 10 years of friendship and songwriting have led Kelly Shirey and Jim Castaneda to well crafted songs such as "So Far From Home".
http://www.myspace.com/woodrush
RATING: **** (4 1/2 out of 5 Stars)

Amy Speace won runner-up award in the Best Open/AOG category in the 3rd Annual IAMA with her song "Two". Her well crafted songs and well controlled vocals shows promise with Folk, Alternative and some Bluegrass influence. Her songs shows good lyrical content, music production and arrangement.
http://www.amyspeace.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)

Runner-up winner of in the Folk category in the 3rd Annual IAMA, David LaMotte has the entire package – good vocals, song, artistry and great music production. His vocals shine in his well crafted songs such as “Crawl Inside” and “Out of My Dreams” and "Keep The Change". He tours all across United States and overseas. Watch out for this songwriter to come to your town!
http://www.davidlamotte.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)  

Winner of the 1st Prize in the Folk category in the 3rd Annual IAMA, Jon Black is currently signed to indie label Rebuilt Records, which is started by former IAMA Top winner Jason Harwell. Jon's stellar vocals, artistic guitar intros, creative lyric and music writing in “My Days Are Numbered” shines a la John Mayer and Ryan Adams style. Watch out for this artist, he is going places!
http://www.myspace.com/jonblack
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)

Betsy Foster is an artistic pianist and composer with great chops and has great songs in a soothing new age style. Her song "Mark's Song" won 1st Place in the Instrumental Category of the 3rd Annual IAMA is a very radio friendly track which will be suitable for XM Radio (Audio Vision) & Sirius (Spa). Her other songs “The Highlands” and “Going Home” also shows promise. Watch out for her music in new age radio stations.
http://www.betsyfoster.com/
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)

Winner of the 1st Prize in the Country/Bluegrass category in the 3rd Annual IAMA, Mistin has the entire package – good vocals, song, artistry and great music production. Her vocals shine in catchy songs such as “Down That Road” and “Out of My Dreams”. She is based in Australia and has traveled and lived in many countries around the world to include Mexico, Thailand, Japan, Greece, the USA and Oman.
http://www.mistin.net/
RATING: **** (4 1/2 out of 5 Stars)  

Fertitta and McClintock of Orange County, CA won the top prize at third annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) with their song "Do You Run". The duo also won first prize in the Best Group/Duo category. Their unique acoustic sound led them to be signed by legendary producer Clive Davis on Arista Records. Their songs have been recorded by Juice Newton, Tiffany, Lorrie Morgan, Sammy Kershaw, Andy Williams, Pat Boone and many more. Their style of music is similar to Loggins And Messina.
www.fertittaandmcclintock.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)  

Judith de los Santos won 1st Prize in the Best Female Artist category at the third annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards). Originally from Monterrey, Mexico, Judith de los Santos honed her songwriting and vocal skills at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Her Pop/Alternative vocal performance and songwriting shines throughout her winning song "Everything". This artist is the one to watch.
http://www.judithdelossantos.net/
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)

Jon Troast won 1st Prize in the Best Male Artist category at the third annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) with his song "Knock Down". He delivers a great combination: artistic ability, great vocals, great song. This 28 year old folk rock artist from Wisconsin shows lots of potential. Watch out for his shows as he tours throughout the United States.
http://www.jontroast.com
http://www.myspace.com/troast
RATING: **** (5 out of 5 Stars) 

Jen Crumbacher majored in voice at New Mexico State University, where she received classical vocal training and it shows it her smooth vocal performance and excellent phrasing in her songs "My Love" and Bluegrass influenced "The Boat Song" which also shows her off as a good songwriter. "Match" shows off her ability to carry off her artistry in an acceplla style.
http://www.jencrumbacher.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)

Guitarist Tom Mac has unique talents of creating fusing Classical, Pop, Latin and Jazz styles a la Pat Matheny. His song "Song for Jack" display his chops in jazz and classical styles and knowledge of creating great melodies set him apart from other acoustic guitarists out there. He has opened for the Beach Boys and has formed the Tom Mac group for the past 5 years.
http://www.macguitar.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)

Known as half of the successful duo ‘The Byrnes Sisters’, Debra Byrnes has already enjoyed Top 10 charting success with one of the many original songs she wrote for their 2002 album ‘On The Way’. She shines in her Bluegrass influenced song "Happiness" with great hooks in the choruses.
http://www.debrabyrnes.com
RATING: **** (4 1/2 out of 5 Stars)  

Rachael Sage (2004 IAMA Runner-up Winner AAA category and 2000 USA Songwriting Competition honorable mention winner) shines with songs such as "Feather Woman", "93 Maidens" and "Older". She keeps improving both as an artist and a songwriter with great lyrics and catchy hooks. Her vocals style is a cross between Tori Amos and Kate Bush with some artistic vibrato. Her creative skills and arrangement complement her vocals well. Watch Rachael Sage, because she keeps getting better and will intrigue you.
http://www.rachaelsage.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)  

Canadian musician Pamela Lynn has unique talents of creating odd time changes in her drumming skills along with her smooth vocals. Even though there is no other musical accompaniment with songs such as “Suspended in Time” and “Harmonic Conscience”, it works so well that it keeps the listener wanting for more. She has been featured in magazine such as Modern Drummer and Rhythm.
http://www.freestyledrumming.com
RATING: **** (4 1/2 out of 5 Stars)  

The Trapps is fronted by singer-songwriter Sean Schenker. The Trapps fuses AAA along with Bluegrass and retro but hip 70’s sound. That is evident in their song “Alright Now” with a great catchy chorus. Folk ballad “Blood On Our Hands” shows off their softer side with great lyrics. They are based out of Connelly, NY.
http://www.thetrapps.net
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)  

Based in New York City, Danan Healy possesses a pleasant and powerful and well-trained voice. Her vocals soar in the Chorus of her song “The Only Way” which she co-wrote with Todd Harrison. Her vocals is reminiscent of Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders with a hint of Pop Alternative sound.
http://www.DananHealy.com
RATING: **** (4 1/2 out of 5 Stars)  

Based in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, Eric Roberts is an accomplished guitarist and composer as demonstrated in his new age instrumental “Snow”. It is unique and well constructed with nice great licks a la Pat Metheny, as well as clever harmonics placement to surprise the listener. This song should do well on the New Age charts. He holds a Master's in Music from the University of Miami. Eric infuses his Classical and Jazz background in his composition and playing styles. His CD is definitely the one to get if you love New Age music. Eric is the one to watch!
http://www.EricRoberts.org
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)  

New York City based Alice Bierhorst has performed as a singer-songwriter and percussionist for nearly 15 years. Her “Joni Mitchell” like vocals shows promise and character in songs such as “Carried Away”. The great thing about her is that she doesn’t oversing and kept true to the lyrics of the song.
http://www.AliceBierhorst.com
RATING: ***** (4 1/2 out of 5 Stars) 

From UK, Natascha Sohl delivers beautiful soaring vocals. Her creative use of dissonant chord progression in her song "Afterglow" sets her apart from other artists. She gets help from co-writers Russ DeSalvo and Tanya Leah. Natascha is a graduate of ACM (The Academy of Contemporary Music) in Guildford, where she gained a Higher Diploma in Vocals. This artist is definately the one to watch. http://www.nataschasohl.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars) 

Gerard Edery, the leader of the Gerard Edery Ensemble, displays rich baritone voice along with masterful classical crossover guitar style that stands between World and New Age with a bit of Classical, Flamenco, Moorish, Jazz and Folk all thrown in. Gerard was born in Casablanca, Morocco and raised in Paris and New York City.
http://www.sefaradrecords.com
RATING: ***** (4 out of 5 Stars) 

Calaveras is a trio from Berkeley, California. They provide excellent heartfelt performance, songwriting, energy, arrangement and artistry. Their cetlic aceppella harmony drone in the intro was impressive for their song of "Ready to Fly."
http://www.broadjam.com/calaveras
RATING: ***** (4 1/2 out of 5 Stars) 

New Jersey resident Tina Vero won a runner-up award in the AAA/Alternative category in the 2nd Annual International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA) for her song, "Nowhere." Her other song "Memory For Me" is just as good.

Tina simply delivers excellent vocals and artistry. Her sound is fresh and just keeps the listener wanting more. Her songwriting displays excellent hooks without overdoing it. Her song fits her vocals like a glove. Even Lisa Loeb will be jealous! Tina will be going places soon!
http://www.tinavero.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)

Jim Wilson was a finalist in both 1st and 2nd Annual International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA) for his songs, "Eagle's Flight" and "To Love And Be Loved" consecutively. His piano instrumentals is reminiscent of “David Foster” production and arrangement and is very artistic and polished. Jim would greatly benefit by doing something slightly different from David Foster. His songs are all radio ready. The vocals on "To Love And Be Loved" are excellent and the song suits the vocalist very well.

Jim has performed with heavy hitters such as Stephen Bishop. Jim Wilson has had previous recordings hit the Top 10 on Billboard magazine's "Top New Age Albums" charts, has taught MIDI-piano techniques to many of the biggest pop stars in the business, has composed music for television shows, has had his own nationally-televised PBS-TV special, and has many top pop and jazz artists appear as guests on his CDs (from Dan Fogelberg and Stephen Bishop to David Sanborn, Rick Braun and Dave Koz).
http://www.jimwilson.net
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)  

2nd Annual IAMA Finalist (Country/Bluegrass catgeory) Kristy Kruger displays excellent performance and songwriting with "The Night You Never Came To Meet Me" and "Gold Rush
." Based in Planos, Texas, Kristy's sultry vocals is a perfect fit for the song and arrangement. Excellent touch of the pedal steel guitar in the arrangement in "The Night You Never Came To Meet Me". Kristy has the potential to reach bigger audiences with her talents.
http://www.kristykruger.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)  

Nashville based group One Mile South won a runner-up award in the 2nd Annual IAMA in the Folk/Americana/Roots category. The group is made up of Tim Schneider and Gary Bunning. Their song "This Side Of A Heartache" sounds like a hit song you heard on radio - very polished. Excellent throughout! It dosen't hurt to have catchy and infectious hooks/chorus. Glimpses of Folk, Americana, Roots and Alternative Country influences can be heard throughout. "I'm Home" displays good vocals, song with great lyrical imagery. Some record label should sign this group up!
http://www.onemilesouth.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)

Victoria Vox won a runner-up award in the 2nd Annual IAMA in the open category. Her beautiful voice shines through songs like "America". Her Berklee College of Music training can be heard in her creative chord progressive composition and nice hooks in songs like "My Darlin’ Beau." She has opened for stars such as: Jackson Browne and Neko Case. Victoria is an artist to watch as she displays personality and originality not usually found in new singer-songwriters today.
http://www.victoriavox.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)  

Casey Desmond won the runner-up award in the Best Female Artist Category of the 2nd Annual IAMA. Casey sounds like a Celtic Folk version of Alanis Morrissette in her song "The child." Although the Chorus seems like it could come a little sooner, Casey on the hold sounded more mature than her age of 19 years old. She has the full package of killer vocals, good lyrics/story, killer hooks/chorus and such maturity in her artistry.
http://www.caseydesmond.com
RATING: **** (4 1/2 out of 5 Stars)

Mother Jane won first prize in the 2nd Annual IAMA (AAA/Alternative category) with their song "Look In The Mirror". Mother Jane is made up of duo Beth Burden and Lisa Raymond (not the Tennis Player of the same name). Their bluesy vocals shines throughout and it didn't hurt for them to have radio friendly songs which sounds like a good mix of contemporary folk sound of Edgy acoustic pop/blues.
http://www.motherjane.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)

April Verch won the runner-up award in the Best Instrumental Category of the 2nd Annual IAMA with her song "Tom, Brad & Alice". April's Virtuoso talents on the fiddle, displays excellent phrasing and evolves beautiful energy in the Americana genre. She honed her talent at the prestigious Berklee College of Music. She is currently signed to Rounder Records.
http://www.aprilverch.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)  

Harmonious Wail won the runner-up award in the Best Group Category of the 2nd Annual IAMA. They are really fun to listen to. Fans of 1930s gypsy music like Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli would love this band. Great song selection and songwriting. Good scating and vocal harmonies! http://www.wail.com
RATING: **** (4 1/2 out of 5 Stars)

Twin sisters Kate and Kacey Coppola's commercial Pop Folk style with "Circle Around" (which they won First Prize in the Best Group/Duo category of the 2nd Annual IAMA) with nice music production and good vocal harmonies. Their song "Break" shows that they are versatile in showing some Blues influence. Their dashing model looks would certainly add to their good music and make them signable to a major record label.

We would strongly suggest the twins do writing collaborations with other writers and write more uptempo and midtempo tunes. They certainly have great potential.
www.kateandkaceycoppola.com
RATING: **** (4 1/2 out of 5 Stars)

Dave Potts won first prize in the 2nd Annual IAMA (folk category) with his song "Amanda Bramlett". Dave's soothing vocals and guitar accompaniment shines throughout the song with beautiful heartfelt music and lyrics with touching imagery. He was a finalist at the 1st annual IAMA as well.
www.davepotts.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)  

Suzanne Teng won First Prize in the Instrumental category of the 2nd Annual IAMA with her song new age "Chicoy" and also has another song "Katyia's Dance" which went to the top 10 finalist in the same category. Suzanne is an accomplished flutist, displays excellent phrasing in flute. Excellent hooks in her compositions. The whole performance and composition flows very well with ambient sounds. Nice touch in the music production and arrangement with light percussion. It is surprisingly not over-produced or overwhelming at all.

Suzanne has a master’s degree in music from Boston University’s School for the Arts and has studied with some of the finest flute teachers in the world. Her music has received nationwide airplay in United States.
www.SuzanneTeng.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)

High Range Band is an excellent all around Folk group with new Bluegrass sound and great instrumental solos. Great unique uptempo with "Leave This All Behind", which hit #1 on Music Choice in July of 2004. They won an runner-up award for "Chairs Around The Table" at the 2nd Annual IAMA.
www.highrangeband.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)

Darrell Scott has the entire package of refreshingly beautiful lyrics, great music, great vocals, good instrumentalist (guitar, dobro, mandolin, just to mention a few) and originality. His Americana sounds combines with Folk and Bluegrass influences. He wrote Grammy Award winning songs “Long Time Gone” and “Heartbreak Town,” both top hits for the Dixie Chicks. "Great Day to be Alive” helped Travis Tritt complete his comeback; “Born to Fly” was a No. 1 hit for Sara Evans, and the list goes on. In 2004, Scott had songs recorded by Tim McGraw, Keb Mo, Mountain Heart, Julie Roberts, Kathy Mattea, Andy Griggs, Faith Hill, and others. In all, Scott has had more than 45 cuts by other artists. He has also performed at the legendary Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN.

He has also recently launched Full Light Records (distributed by Ryko Distribution). www.darrellscott.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)

Kyler England's soothing voice and sutle acoustic guitar playing shines in her song "Live Wire", a very radio friendly sound, reminiscent of Sarah McLachlan with clever chord changes. She won an honorable mention award at the 2003 USA Songwriting Competition.
www.kylerengland.com
RATING: **** (4 1/2 out of 5 Stars)

Millish is comprised of Michigan State Champion bluegrass fiddler Brad Phillips, National Award-winning jazz percussionist Mike Shimmin, World Champion Uilleann piper Tyler Duncan, and guitarist Jesse Lee Mason, all of whom share an active interest in jazz. The result is an exciting fusion creation unlike anything we've heard. “The Mighty Pickle” won them 1st prize in the open category of the 1st IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards). They have now released their debut album. For more details, visit:
www.millish.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)

Zane Williams' distinctive vocals shines in his heartfelt song "Hurry Home". He is evidently schooled in the Nashville style writing and tells a great story. His Country/Folk sound is an unusual cross between Keith Urban and James Taylor. Zane will soon go places, he is the one to watch!
www.zanewilliams.info
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)

Scottish Canadian Singer-songwriter David Francey shines in his songs. His Rootsy Folk songs "Morning Train" exhibits outstanding lyrics and music that keeps you captivated right till the end. "Greenfields" just shows you what a great storyteller and artist that David is.

David has won two prestigious Juno awards (Canadian Grammies) and also won first prize in the 2004 USA Songwriting Competition (Folk category). He has various albums released on indie label Jericho Beach Music in Canada and another indie label - Red House Records in the U.S.
www.davidfrancey.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)

Canadian group, The Wailin' Jennys is made up of Annabelle Chvostek, Nicky Mehta, and Ruth Moody. Oddly, none of them are named Jenny. Their songs "Arlington", "Once Voice" and "Swallow" fit their beautiful three-part harmonies very well. With a touch of Bluegrass and Folk influences, makes this trio the ones to watch for.
www.thewailinjennys.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)

Australian based Singer-Songwriter Paul Turner shows good songwriting and guitar playing in a Folk/Alternative style. He also co-produced his songs.
www.paulturnermusic.com
RATING: **** (4 1/2 out of 5 Stars)

Hailing from Great Neck, New York, Jam Band The Zen Tricksters' song "The Dean Street Mess Around" is a well composed and performed and would fit NPR"s Prarrie Home Companion very well in its The rag time and bluegrass rootsy feel. The Zen Tricksters perform both acoustically and electrically. They sound like a very well seasoned band.
www.zentricksters.com

RATING: **** (4 1/2 out of 5 Stars)

Austin based singer-songwriter Woody Russell displays a different artistic style in Americana genre with influences of Pop, Folk and Alternative Country. His husky captivating voice is unique blend of Elton John meets Tom Waits and Richard Julian. His songwriting skills shine in "Envy" with great music production. Artists seeking different music and artistry and acoustic music should definitely seek out his music as Woody has a lot of ideas to offer. With Woody already performed at the prestigious Newport Folk Festival last year, he is a true talent to watch out for.
www.WoodyRussell.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)

Ned Massey's clever songwriting can be found in his song "Angry Old White Man" which has an Alternative Folk feel, not to mention an attention grabbing title. Part of his song's melody line "In The Park" is borrowed from Cat Stevens' song "Father and Son" with an updated feel. His vocals and music production are appropriate for his style of music. He has the chops for writing clever lyrics and music.
www.NedMassey.com
RATING: **** (4 1/2 out of 5 Stars)

Garrett Freireich heads the Atlanta based Alternative band "Eden", he is the singer-songwriter behind the band and plays acoustic guitar, the result is the sound of "Bob Dylan" meets softer version of "Radiohead" . His unique vocals shine in his band's song "Hometown".
www.EdenAtlanta.com
RATING: **** (4 out of 5 Stars)

Greg Dean voice is reminiscent of modern version of Tom Petty. His songwriting skills shine in "Outside" with musical surprises. With "Beatles" influence can be seen in his songwriting and great vocals. Greg was also featured on NPR's Open Mic.
http://www.GregDean.net
RATING: **** (4 1/2 out of 5 Stars)

Cari Cole was a finalist at the 1st Annual IAMA with her song "Beautiful Life" in the Best Female artist category. Her unique vocals and artistry shines through. This artist is certainly the one to watch out for.
www.caricole.com
RATING: **** (4 1/2 out of 5 Stars)

Canadian Artist Aimee Pettersen displays her beautiful vocals in “When We’re Young”, a song written by Miles Black and Glenda Rae. Excellent all around performance, song selection, artistry, arrangement and music production. She was also a finalist at the 1st Annual IAMA in the Best Female artist category.
www.AimeePettersen.com
RATING: **** (4 1/2 out of 5 Stars)

Acoustic Piano based Pop group The Bloody Lovelies displays good vocals and elements of musical surprises everywhere in songs like “Hologram” and “Star”. “Ben Folds Five” with some cool “Retro 70’s” sound sets them apart from other bands out there.
www.bloodylovelies.com
RATING: **** (4 1/2 out of 5 Stars)  

Jim Croce step over! Joe Nolan is a refreshing, upbeat bluesy kind of guy with decidedly black R&B overtones to his voice and lyrics. An accomplished singer-songwriter, the music is really fun to listen to. Acoustic Café named him One to Watch and we agree!
www.joenolan.com
RATING: **** (4 out of 5 Stars) 

Bonnie Pink was born in Kyoto and now lives in Tokyo. Her music of Acoustic Pop is fresh and clean and well worth a listen. She is now signed to Warner Music Japan and her new album will be out soon. Her song "Mint" made her a finalist at the 1st Annual IAMA. www.bonniepink.jp 

Andy Hill & Renee Safier and Hard Rain is a Los Angeles based Acoustic Folk/Pop Group excels with their song “One Foot On Your Step” which won them 1st Prize in the 1st Annual IAMA in the Best Group/Duo category.
www.andyandrenee.com
RATING: **** (4 1/2 out of 5 Stars)

Hailing from Canada, The Creaking Tree String Quartet is an instrumental group that encompasses an unusual but artistic combination of Bluegrass, Jazz, Folk and Classical influences. This ensemble, made up of violinist John Showman, guitarist Brad Keller, mandolinist Andrew Collins and bassist Brian Kobayakawa. "Old Crow" won them 1st Prize in the 1st Annual IAMA in the Best Instrumental category.
www.creakingtree.com
RATING: **** (4 1/2 out of 5 Stars)

Ina May Wool's soothing voice and lyrics led her to win an honorable mention award at the 1st annual IAMA with her song "Here We Go". The Edinburgh Folk Festival invited her to play, and she toured the UK as well as in Europe. Representatives from BMI and ASCAP chose one of her songs for a CD of the 15 best unsigned acoustic artists worldwide.
www.inamaywool.com
RATING: **** (4 1/2 out of 5 Stars)

Gary Paul Hermus displays good vocals and song he wrote “The Man In The Black Chapeau” suits him perfectly. Good and easily recognized chorus and the song has some musical surprises that keeps the listener glued till the end. www.garypaulhermus.com

RATING: **** (4 out of 5 Stars) 

Maria Butterly processes a beautiful voice and also excellent songwriting skills. She has the emotional ability really draws the listener in to hear more in her songs such as “Kieran” and “Half Way Home On Your Own” in the Americana/Country vein. Maria is the one to watch. www.MariaButterly.com
RATING: **** (4 1/2 out of 5 Stars)

Rhode Island resident Kathryn Priestley displays good vocals and songwriting in “Namaste”, a track from her album “Travel On”. She has performed frequently in coffeehouses, festivals and colleges and has been a featured guest on public radio. www.KathrynPriestley.com
RATING: **** (4 out of 5 Stars)

Cady Finlayson is an excellent Irish fiddler with training from the famous Mannes College of Music as well as the Blas International Summer School in Ireland. Her instrumental “Song for Evan” should do well for Folk & Acoustic radio programs. www.CadyFinlayson.com
RATING: **** (4 out of 5 Stars) 

Carrie Ashton showcases great artistry in “Always There”, a very Top 40 type song, soaring in the Chorus, sounding like a refined Melissa Etheridge. The song seems to be born for her to sing. She is also a frequent performer. She appeared as the opening act for Natalie Merchant, the Go-Go’s, and REO Speedwagon. www.CarrieAshton.com 
RATING: **** (4 out of 5 Stars)

Larry Chernicoff is a unusual instrumentalist and composer whose song 'East 13th Street" combines fresh but unusual mix of jazz, world, rock with classical elements and ‘orchestral’ instruments. http://www.larrychernicoff.com
RATING: **** (4 out of 5 Stars)

Michael “Blind Dog” Gatewood is a very professional blues harmonica player. His song "“Street Corner Stomp” shows his artistic one-man show. It is easy to see why he won the Telluride Acoustic Blues festival in 2002. His CD “I Hear the Blues Callin’ and the Devil is Near” is available now. The title cut on this work is also excellent and features his gravely voice in the simple but meaningful lyrics. Check out his website at http://bdgatewood.bluescities.net for dates and locations of live performances.
RATING: **** (4 out of 5 Stars)

Stuart Rosh's song “Through My Heart” showcases compelling musical vignette reflects his unique and sometimes quirky songwriting style. His bio describes his voice as “a blend of Willie Nelson, Howlin’ Wolf and Charlie Daniels.” That about sums it up. All in all, his music is worth repeated listening. The band members have played with Delbert McClinton, Marshall Tucker Band and with some members of The Heartbreakers. Check out his website at www.stuartrosh.com for information about his gigs and how to buy his debut CD “Accept No Imitations.
RATING: **** (4 out of 5 Stars)

Elizabeth Russell's song “Journey” is a good well-written piece, with a bass line reminiscent of the early 60’s. Her words are clear and her voice is husky in a pleasing sort of way. She had to overcome extreme stage fright in order to sing in front of an audience. We’re glad she did. Excellent instrumental riffs and guitar licks add to the overall enjoyment of this song.

“Skate Along the Edge” is an outstanding production of a very well-written, original piece. This woman is a great performer and songwriter. The lyrics are very compelling and the story they tell is clear and poignant. Excellent instrumentals and back voices add to the dynamics of this song.

Check out her website at www.elizabetharussell.com. (Don’t forget the middle initial “a” or you will find yourself at a realtor site).
RATING: **** (4 out of 5 Stars)

Melissa Gibson's song "The Journey" is a wonderful depiction of the great mystery we call life. Melissa’s voice is clear and haunting, reminiscent of Joni Mitchell. This piece is well crafted and in the same style as “Vincent” by Don McLean. The accompanying instrumentals are perfectly balanced so as to enhance the lyric and not overpower it. The production is flawless. See her website at www.melissagibson.com for information about gigs and her CDs. This lady is really going places!
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)

Christine Kane's “Right Outta Nowhere” is a wonderfully clear and concise portrait of a woman’s quest for identity and the courage to leave her familiar surrounding behind. Excellent lyrics, vocals and instrumentals. Christine Kane has co-produced this CD (this is the title cut) with some of the best musicians in Nashville. It is a must have for the serious folk afficiando. Website is christinekane.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)

David Thiele is a very hip, very modern multi-talented singer/songwriter/producer whose excellent chops soar, particularly in the chorus of “All Fell Down.” His songwriting skills are outstanding and song “All Fell Down” is very top 40 John Mayer sound, with a slight hint of a “boy band” sound. It could be covered by any Top 10 Act like Nick Lachey. Website: www.DavidThiele.com
RATING: **** (4 out of 5 Stars)

Sean Altman, founder and former front man for Rockappella (of “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego” fame) has written and performs a brilliant piece called “Unhappy Anniversary.” Sean sings his original lyrics in a clear, edgy style on his latest album, “alt.mania” from Chow Fun Records. This song is the real thing. The killer chorus just screams "wow", it hooks linger in your head for hours. You know it’s just a song and you know he’s just a singer, but the message pierces through and anyone who has ever been wounded by love will understand his pain. This artist is really the one to watch! We are bound to hear more about this remarkable singer/songwriter in the future. www.SeanAltman.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)

The youthfulness of John Mayer meets the guitar licks of the late George Harrison. Very original. Very fresh. VERY good! "Declaration Song” by Jason Harwell embodies the best of Americana. He captures the youthful longing for exploration conflicted with the fear of the unknown. And there are many more layers of meaning and symbolism in the clear, clean lyrics of this work. Jason has moved back to Georgia and started a record label “Rebuilt Records”. He also tours extensively.
www.JasonHarwell.com
RATING: ***** (5 out of 5 Stars)

Kellie Lin Knott has a knack for words and voice to match. Her song “There Is A Star” evokes childhood memories interspersed with the expectations of young adulthood. Her style is enthusiastic, yet never overpowering. The tone of her work is somewhere between acoustic folk and sultry barroom jazz, a perfect blend for the duality of the song.

She’s worked to overcome difficulties in her life—first her shyness by singing in the closet to her dog Brandy and later undergoing two surgeries to repair her arm and prove wrong the doctors who said she would never play the guitar again. Now she’s on the road full time and sings and plays and writes for all she’s worth—which is quite a lot.

Go buy Kellie’s newest album “Comfortable” at her website You’ll be glad you did and maybe she won’t have to live in her car anymore.
www.kellielinknott.com
RATING: **** (4 out of 5 Stars)

Acoustic singer/songwriter Gregory Becker (the ee cummings lack of capital letters is his idea) lists his secondary genre as Americana . His song “As High As I Want To Be” is an excellent example of such. A lyrical eulogy to JFK Jr., the song evokes memories of the tragedies of that family and offers a haunting perspective on the life of a young boy who grew up in the spotlight without a father.

The music is soft and subtle acoustic, reminiscent of Bob Dylan without the hyperbole. Easy to listen to, the melody is simple and the rhythm is gentle. It is easy to see why gregory becker has played at spots like Douglas Corner, The Bluebird and The French Quarter. Watch for his album "It’s About Time" coming soon from Dragonfly Records. http://www.artistlaunch.com/artist7.asp?artistid=4410
RATING: **** (4 out of 5 Stars)

Canadian Singer-songwriter Cole Jennison hails from Brampton, Ontario and is gifted with excellent vocals. His voice is reminiscent of the lead singer of Oasis. He displays good Pop songwriting skills with good hooks in the chorus in his song "Kimberly".
www.ColeJennison.com
RATING: **** (4 out of 5 Stars)

Paul McBurney Band is headed by Singer/songwriter/guitarist Paul McBurney along with Darrell Green, David Ewell and Howard Wiley from San Francisco area. This band is creative musically and lyrically. Good vocal quality.
www.pmbmusic.net
RATING: **** (4 out of 5 Stars)

Night Hour is Sydney, Australia based singer/songwriter, Josh Pyke. He received a grant from the Australia Council to record and release a 3 track sampler, aptly titled ‘Sample of Current Works’. His vocal quality and song on "Kids Don't Sell Their Hopes So Fast" is reminiscent of the ‘80’s Australian/New Zealander hit group "Crowded House". The song displays good lyrics and creative musical twists.
www.nighthour.com
RATING: **** (4 out of 5 Stars)

“God’s Poet Now” is a beautifully written song, sung by the beautiful voice of Erik Balkey. The haunting background vocals and effects are particularly compelling. A tireless performer, Erik makes 200 appearances per year. His album “God’s Poet Now” was released in 2003. 
www.erikbalkey.com
RATING: **** (4 out of 5 Stars)

Toni Land singer/songwriter from Pacific Northwest shows influence Bluegrass, Country and Folk.” Her song “I Never Knew” shows off her excellent vocal quality, similar to Shawn Colvin and Lucinda Williams. Her voice soars in the chorus with interesting chord changes in the bridge. 
www.toniland.com
RATING: **** (4 out of 5 Stars)

Jen Foster displays unique and subtle vocal inflections in her acoustic Pop/Folk material reminiscent of Sheryl Crow and Michelle Malone. Her song "In Between Poses" from her latest album Everybody's Girl stands out and showcases her unique raspy vocals, catchy melodic lines and lyrics. Website: www.jenfoster.com
RATING: **** (4 out of 5 Stars)

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