The evening of May 16, 2021 is now properly logged within the pages of history. After 15 months of being locked down from the Pandemic, musicians, artists, community leaders, and the general public gathered together to blow down the walls of Jericho at the 35th Annual REVIEW Music Awards.
Held within the immaculately spacious splendor of The Vault, the 35th RMA’s moved back to Saginaw after being staged in Bay City for the past 6 years to honor 56 artists throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region in genres ranging from Jazz, Blues, Rock, Country, and numerous Miscellaneous categories.
With stellar musical performances by newcomers Haley & the Sound Poets, Kalysta Sylvester, and Konebra Kai, rounded out by show-stopping sets from seasoned professionals such as Michael Brush, Tom Dolson, Jack Nash, Julie Mulady, Andy Reed, J.D. Dominowski, The David Asher (D.A.B.) Band, The Family Tradition Band and Marsupial Creampie, an appreciative, engaged, and exuberant audience of 201 nominees & attendees gathered together to celebrate the wondrous gift of musical creativity that when performed within the context of a live environment creates a synergy that not only sets one’s spirt free but lets it spread across all barriers and soar to the heavens.
This year a total of 584 musicians and groups were nominated with a total of 2,854 people casting their votes in the nomination and final balloting round from January through March of this year. The top five artists in each division move to the final round and this year 91 of the 180 final division nominees and a total of 110 tickets were sold to the general public. Because of on-going lock-down restrictions in the State of Michigan, we were limited to a maximum capacity of 300 people.
A complete list of all the honorees is listed below.
Watch for a complete portrait of this year’s awards celebration along with interviews, more exclusive photos, and profiles of the top honorees in our 35th Annual REVIEW Music Awards Special Edition that will be published in early June.
We’ll also be showcasing a highlight 2-hour highlight video that will air on youtube in in the near future.
Best Metal Band • A Silver Lining
Best Musical Fundraising Project • Hidden Harvest Carols • 3rd St. Star Bridge
Best Sound Technician • Carey Limberg
Best Live Streaming Production • Pickin’ In the Kitchen
Best Videographer • Amelia Jo
Best Radio Station • WKZQ - Z-93
Best Recording Studio • Reed Recording Co.
Best Band Website • www.thefiresidewake.com
Best Alternative Band • The Fireside Wake
Best New Album or CD Release • Amy Petty • The Darkness of Birds
Best Streaming Music Series • Pickin’ in the Kitchen
Best Duo • Melissa May & Brian Coonan
Best Live Streaming Performance • Andy Dalton
Best Variety Band • Marsupial Creampie
Most Innovative Artist • Andy Dalton
Best Instrumentalist • Andy Dalton
Best Music Video • Gone • Matt deHeus
Best New Artist of the Year • Brightyn Jude
Best New Single Release • Gone • Matt deHeus
Best Original Band • Barbarossa Brothers
Best Solo Artist • Amy Petty
Best Rock Video • Pay Check • Fireside Wake
Best Keyboardist • Loren Kranz
Best Female Vocalist • Shannon Schnettler
Best Rock Songwriter • J.D. Dominowski
Rock Male Vocalist • Andy Dalton
Best Rock Band • Hedge Row
Best Rock Drummer • Steven Schnettler
Best Rock Bassist • Bruce LaFrance
Best Rock Guitarist • Cheryl Lyons
Rap & Hip Hop Awards
Best Producer • Anthony Lee
Best Rap Video • Mike Spitz
Best Promoter • Chris Redburn
Best DJ • Shawn MacDonald
Best Rap Songwriter • Mike Spitz
Best Performer • Mike Spitz
Rap Artist of the Year • Mike Spitz
Country Female Vocalist • Mandi Layne
Best Country Video • Gone - Matt DeHeus
Best Country Band • The Family Tradition Band
Best Country Songwriter • Matt deHeus
Best Country Musician • Steve Armstrong
Country Male Vocalist • Tyler Hughey
Male Jazz Vocalist • Mike Brush
Best Small Combo • The Straight Eights
Best Jazz Songwriter • Mike Brush
Male Jazz Vocalist • Mike Brush
Best Big Band • 23 North
Female Jazz Vocalist • Kalysta
Best Jazz Musician • Scott VanDell
Best Blues Video • Soaring - FOR Collective
Best Blues Band • Rhett Yocum Blues Band
Male Blues Vocalist • Rick Gellise
Best Funk Band • FOR Collective
Best Blues Songwriter • Rosco Selley
Best Blues Instrumentalist • Rosco Selley
Female Blues Vocalist • Kris Pride
9th February, 2024