Nominations for the awards were made by ICMA members, with the final round of nominees being announced earlier today. According to Alan Shepherd, president of the ICMA, "Fan voting begins immediately at either www.icmanet.com or www.icmaawards.com and will continue through the end of April. During May, our panel of distinguished judges will cast their vote, and in June we will announce the winners."
Mr. Stover was nominated for Best Manager for his work with Mr. Cole and Mr. Briney. He also manages guitarist, Xander Demos. His nomination for Best Producer comes on the strength of his production work on two Bryan Cole singles, "Pride And the Passion," which he co-wrote and co-produced with Cole, and "Love Doesn't Live Here," which he penned and again, co-produced with Cole and Hermie Granati.
Mr. Cole earned his nomination for Best Male Artist with his last three charting singles, "Pride And the Passion," which topped several independent country charts, including the New Music Weekly chart, "Love Doesn't Live Here," which is currently climbing the NMW and Music Row charts, and "If Only," which received international airplay at the beginning of 2011. Cole's nomination for Best Live Country Performance is for his live, acoustic performance of "Pride And the Passion" on Cornerstone TV's "His Place."
Mr. Briney earned his nomination for Most Promising New Country Artist for his debut CD, "It's All Country" and his single, "More Than Just a Farm," which has been receiving international and indie radio airplay.
The Independent Country Music Association (ICMA) exists to educate, evaluate, promote and perpetuate indie country music. Their local chapters create fellowship and camaraderie, as well as provide an educational avenue for those wishing to take their career to the next level. For more information, please visit www.icmanet.com.
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MTS Management is a full-service artist management company specializing in publicity, promotions, social media marketing and management for the independent artist. Clients include Bryan Cole, Doug Briney and Xander Demos. www.mtsmanagementgroup.com.