Nominated for: Best Adult Contemporary
Location: Toronto, ON
What was the first thing that came to mind when you learned you were nominated? The first thing that came to mind was to look at the entire list of nominees! There are so many talented independent and emerging artists in this city and it is really inspiring to have a platform such as the TIMAs that works to recognize these artists for all of their hard work and for the music that they create.
The second thing I thought of was telling my bandmates. There were so many amazing people who worked on my first EP that really shaped the sound of that record: Adam Faux and Aaron Corbett really worked to produce and shape the arrangements with me, and amazing session players on the record, like Erik Lindemann, Jon Foster, Emilyn Stam, Tim Bovaconti and William Sperandei.
What will you do if you win? Winning would go a long way to help me with the new album I am recording – set to release in spring of 2016. Not only would the winner receive promotion for their 2014/2015 work – it would help get my name out in the scene so I could market my next album.
Why should you win? It is tough to answer this question because I feel like all of the artists nominated in my category are so amazing and equally deserving of this prize. I wish we could ALL win!
If you weren’t nominated, who would you be rooting for? I think it is important as emerging musicians to bolster and support your community of artists. I’ve played shows with several of the bands/musicians nominated, and it is really exciting to see people supporting each other and finding genuine happiness in each other’s successes. In the wise words of early 2000s pre-teen heartthrob Troy Bolton, “We’re all in this together.”
Other comments? I just want to give a huge shout out to TIMA for nominating my work, to all of my fans who keep me visible in the scene by liking, sharing, tweeting, snapping and ‘gramming about my music; and to my live band (Jared Meit, Graeme Gerussi, Adam Faux & Aaron Corbett) who have been constantly taking my tunes to the next level. Without all of these people, I’d still be playing guitar in my bedroom for an audience of dust-bunnies.