HAMILTON – The Hamilton Music Awards, Conference and Festival is happening from May 27 to 29. Two local talents, Jace Martin and A.K. Mcleod, have much to anticipate.
Jace Martin is nominated for Male Artist of the Year, and Pop Recording of the Year for his latest album Mighty, while A.K. Mcleod is nominated for Blues Recording of the Year for his album Spiritual Fire.
This isn’t Jace’s first rodeo with the Hamilton Music Awards. Jace had been previously nominated for a Hamilton Music Award for his first solo and self-titled album, released in 2009. He performed for the HMA Showcase last year and will once again on Saturday, May 28 at the Spice Factory. This is Jace’s first award nomination for Mighty, which was released in October of last year.
“I love meeting all the nominees, networking and inviting some new artists to Six Nations Concert for a Cure. I am very excited to be nominated for Male Artist of the Year with Tom Wilson,” stated Jace, who adds that the HMA’s provide exposure to artists in the Hamilton area with a great platform to promote their music.
With his music career on the rise, this nomination is a milestone for Alex Mcleod, as it is his very first nomination as an artist. Spiritual Fire was released locally in June of 2014 and on iTunes in March 2015. Recorded at Catherine North Studios in Hamilton, the album took a grueling 10 days of tracking starting in December 2013 and completed at the end of March 2014. His hard work will pay off in more ways than one; giving him the opportunity to rub elbows with renowned music industry executives from all across Canada.
“I will definitely be networking with fellow musicians and industry professionals during the event, and I will be in attendance at the ceremony. I hope to see a few shows as well,” said Alex. “I look forward to the exposure this nomination will give me and maybe hearing my name called as the winner of my category.
“I’m also looking forward to being there with some friends and family to share this special achievement with me. Lastly, I’m looking forward to seeing all the hard work that goes into live music, and supporting the artists and others that make it happen.
“The Hamilton Music Awards are so important to us artists and the surrounding community because it brings us all together, and it highlights the achievements and hard work that we all put into our music. It also showcases the best this scene has to offer, and solidifies it as a strong, vibrant, and diverse music scene.”
Visit www.hamiltonmusicawards.com for more details on the awards show, conference, music festival and the HMA Rising Star Search event.