An award-winning jazz singer/songwriter who brings a classic feel yet entirely fresh perspective to songs ranging from American Songbook standards to re-thought pop hits to original compositions, Halie Loren of Eugene, Oregon joins nearly 400 exceptional self-released and independent label artists named by Music Resource Group (MRG) as Nominees in The 13th Independent Music Awards (The IMAs), the influential awards program for independent artists and fans.
The nominations in more than 80 Album, Song, EP, Music Producer, Music Video and Design categories were culled from thousands of submissions from North America, South America, Asia, Africa, Australia, Greenland and Europe.
Loren has two original songs nominated from her 2013 CD release, Simply Love - 'Cuando Bailamos', co-written with Larry Wayne Clark, nominated in the Jazz Vocal category and 'Simply Love', co-written with Benita Hill, is nominated in the Acoustic categories. Says Loren, "I feel so honored that my songs are being considered in this year's IMAs! It's a thrill to be recognized alongside such a talented and diverse array of other artists and writers, and to be able to say to my always-generous and sweet fans "Please vote for my songs in the Independent Music Awards!" Somehow that phrase just never gets old, and I sure am thankful to be able to say it again this year!"
The 13th IMA Nominees represent an eclectic mix of established and rising talent including Melissa Ferrick, Vienna Teng, Suzzy Roche & Lucy Wainwright Roche, and Elizabeth Mitchell are among many other deserving artists whose recordings were released during the 13th IMA program eligibility period.
Winners will be determined by a panel of influential artist and industry judges including Ann Wilson & Nancy Wilson, Sharon Jones, Laurie Anderson, Suzanne Vega, Meshell Ndegeocello, Chiddy Bang, Shelby Lynne, Joshua Redman, G. Love, Aoife O'Donovan, Jim Lauderdale, Chris Wood & Oliver Wood, Band Of Skulls, Judy Collins, Raul Midon, Bernie Worrell, Dennis Diken, Arturo Sandoval, Alan Light (Live From The Artists Den), Terry McBride (Nettwerk Music Group), Kevin Lyman (Vans Warped Tour), Jason Olaine (Jazz at Lincoln Center), Anthony DeCurtis (Rolling Stone), Hillary McAndrew Plate (Lincoln Center) Bob Ludwig (Gateway Mastering), Bruce Iglauer (Alligator Records), Evan Schlansky (American Songwriter), Delphine Robertson (Playtone Productions), Benji Rogers (PledgeMusic), Megan West (SoundCloud) and others.
In addition to industry-determined Winners, music fans from around the world have until Friday, July 18, 2014 to cast their votes at The IMA Vox Pop Jukebox to determine the fan-selected program winners. The Independent Music Award Winners will be promoted to nearly 1 Billion music fans worldwide. Details and complete list of Nominees and Judges available at: TheIndependentMusicAwards.com