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The 2016 Global Peace Song Awards announces an update in winners categories
A Jury Panel of world-famed musicians, legendary Music Industry Executives, a famed TV Producer, an iconic peace Politician and Facebook fans all cast their votes to select the most inspiring music and videos that promote the message of peace.
Famed Jury Panel members for the GPSA consisted of: Stewart Copeland (Grammy Winner, The Police), Randy Copus (New Age group 2002), Jonathan Elias (Elias Arts/The Prayer Cycle albums), David Joyce (Grammy Winner best Jazz Vocal group), Ricky Kej (2014 New Age Grammy winner), Tim Kring (TV producer Touch & Heroes), Dennis Kucinich (former US Representative / US Department of Peace), Philip Lawrence (Grammy winner of Bruno Mars), Rod Linnum (former Exec. VP of Universal Music), Gary Nicholson (Grammy Winner & Texas Hall of Fame Country Singer/Songwriter)
During the first year of the 2016 GPSA there were ten different categories of music: New Age, World, Acoustic / Contemporary Instrumental, Rock / Pop, Country, Folk, A Cappella / Choral, Classical / Opera, Jazz, Hip Hop and one Music Video category.
All Contestants had three ways to win: 1) Jury Panel voting that consisted of famed jury members who voted on songs from the genres of music they were most known for. 2) Public Voting enabled each of the 11 category finalists to invite the public to vote on their songs or videos. 3) …And the last way to win was in the Facebook Social Media categories of most "likes" and most "reaches."
Winners of each music category had the chance and will win a wide variety of valued prizes all designed to empower the winning musicians to further their creative talents, music careers and the ability to financially succeed in the world of music.
GPSA Founder Steve Robertson stated "It was a profound honor to offer the GPSA contest to musicians and video producers around the world. We are excited to announce all of the following 2016 GPSA winners:
NEW AGE MUSIC: The JURY VOTING winner is: Deva Premal and Miten and their song "Sarveshaam Mantra". The PUBLIC VOTING winner in the NEW AGE category is: Carol Albert and her song "Dreamer."
ACOUSTIC / CONTEMPORARY MUSIC: The JURY VOTING winner is: Tina Malia and her song "All Roads." The PUBLIC VOTING winner in the ACOUSTIC/ CONTEMPORARY category is: Wouter Kellerman and his song "The Long Road."
WORLD MUSIC: The JURY VOTING winner is: Tina Malia and her song "Heal This Land." The PUBLIC VOTING winner in the WORLD MUSIC category is also: Tina Malia and her song "Heal This Land."
FOLK MUSIC: The JURY VOTING winner is: Paul Kenny and his song "End To All War." The PUBLIC VOTING winner in the FOLK MUSIC category is: Jason Moon and his song "Trying to Find My Way Home."
COUNTRY MUSIC: The JURY VOTING winners is a tie between: Trevor & Sylvie and their song "Can't Stop The Train" and The Zmed Brothers and their song "Kindness is Magic." The PUBLIC VOTING winner in the COUNTRY MUSIC is Chris LaRose and his song "A Grave for My Gun."
OPERA / CLASSICAL MUSIC: The JURY VOTING winner is: Sangeeta Kaur and her song "Let Me Weep." The PUBLIC VOTING winner in the OPERA / CLASSICAL category is: Jennifer Thomas and her song "Eventide"
A CAPPELLA / CHORAL category: The JURY VOTING winner is: Jennifer Thomas and her song "Alleluia." The PUBLIC VOTING winner in the A CAPPELLA / CHORAL category is: Merrill Collins and her song "Every Man, Woman, and Child"
JAZZ MUSIC: The JURY VOTING winner is: Stephanie Spruill and her song "Shine." The PUBLIC VOTING winner in the JAZZ category is also Stephanie Spruill and her song "Shine"
HIP HOP MUSIC: The JURY VOTING winner is: Betsy Walter and Kenny Lamb and their song "Be Nice." The PUBLIC VOTING winner in the HIP HOP category is also: Betsy Walter and Kenny Lamb and their song "Be Nice."
ROCK / POP MUSIC: The JURY VOTING winner is a tie between: Siedah Garrett and her song "Answer's Always Love" and Gregory Markel and his song "Surrender Now." The PUBLIC VOTING winner in the ROCK / POP category is: Shamanatrix Missy Galore and her song "Love.o.lution."
MUSIC VIDEO: The JURY VOTING winner is: Richard Gannaway and his music video "Haumea." The PUBLIC VOTING winner in the MUSIC VIDEO category is: Sangeeta Kaur and her music video "Guidance and Protection"
SOCIAL MEDIA (updated): Facebook winner with most "likes" is: Vishal and Aditya and their song "Bhalobasha."
Robertson further states; "Our GPSA team wants to express my most sincere thanks to all GPSA participants, winners and Jury panel members. Each of you have and do make a world of difference with your inspiring music and videos that help to show a way to peace.
Lastly, Robertson stated; "We are excited to announce, that as of today August 15, 2016, that we are formally opening entries to our 2017 Global Peace Song Awards. Please go to our website: http://www.GlobalPeaceSongAwards.org to look for new submittal guidelines and our soon to be announced Jury Panel members and Prizes."
Interviews can be arranged with GPSA the founder Steve Robertson and select Jury Panel members and musicians, upon request.
Steve Robertson, CEO