My song "I Will Raise My Voice" has been nominated for an Independent Music Award in the Gospel category. More details below, but first this bit: in addition to the industry judges there is also a popular vote component to this contest. So if "I Will Raise My Voice" has resonated with you, your support with a vote would be most appreciated. Thanks! CLICK HERE TO VOTE and to watch my cheeky little video. :)

(*Update - I didn't win the industry judged award but the popular vote is still going!!)

About the IMA's....

More than 300 exceptional self-released and independent label artists, as well as former major label acts were named by Music Resource Group (MRG) as Nominees in The 11th Annual Independent Music Awards (The IMAs), the influential awards program for independent bands and fans.

The 11th IMA Nominees are an eclectic mix of established artists and artists on the rise including Bruce Cockburn (Folk/Singer-Songwriter Album), Ellis Marsalis (Concept Album and Cover Song), Girl In A Coma (Indie/Alt. Rock Album and Song), Larry Carlton (Tribute Album), April Verch (Americana Album and Acoustic Song), Birdie Nam Nam (Dance/Electronica Album and Short-Form Music Video), Melissa Ferrick (Folk/Singer-Songwriter Album and Acoustic Song), RuPaul (Social Action Song), and retro-rock recording artist JD McPherson (Rock/Hard Rock Album).

Representing the broad spectrum of today’s global independent music scene, the Nominees in over 70 Song, Album, Music Video and Design categories were culled from thousands of submissions from North America, South America, Asia, Africa, Australia and Europe.

Winners will be determined by a panel of 77 influential artist and industry judges including Keith Richards, Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan, Suzanne Vega, Joshua Redman, Tori Amos, Michael Franti, Bettye LaVette, Del McCoury, Ozzy Osbourne, Shelby Lynne, Alan Light (Live From The Artists Den), 
Kevin Lyman (Warped Tour), Bill Bragin (Lincoln Center), Sara Beesley (Joe’s Pub) Chris Diaz (Knitting Factory Entertainment), and Evan Schlansky (American Songwriter) and will be announced in April, 2012. In addition to industry-determined Winners, music fans from around the world have until Friday, July 20, 2012 to cast their votes at The IMA Vox Pop Jukebox to determine the fan-selected IMA Winners.

The Independent Music Award Winners will be promoted to more than 50 million music fans worldwide.

Details and complete list of Nominees and Judges available at