8th Annual International Acoustic Music Awards Winners Announced, Maddy Rodriguez Wins Top Honors

Maddy Rodriguez

Canadian musician Maddy Rodriguez won top honors at the 8th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) by winning the overall grand prize as well as the first prize in the Country category. Maddy received a total of 3 nominations.

Toronto-based singer/songwriter and recording artist, this win means everything. Her debut independent record “Don’t Be a Stranger” will be out later this year. Her acoustic Country/Pop sound is reminiscent of Taylor Swift. Her website can be viewed at:
http://www.maddyrodriguez.com

Maddy beat out other notable winners at the 8th Annual IAMA such as :Melissa Ferrick (former Atlantic Records artist, USA) who won Best Alternative Artist; The Wailin Jennys (Juno award winning Folk Group from Canada) who won Best Group; virtuoso guitarist Doug Young (USA) who won Best Instrumental.

Here is the list of winners of 8th Annual IAMA:

BEST GROUP/DUO
1st Prize: Bird Song – The Wailin Jennys
Runner-up: All This Time – The Village Musicians, AKA: Village

BEST MALE ARTIST
1st Prize: What Am I Doing Here – Ian Sherwood
Runner-up: Escape Artist – Patrick Joseph

BEST FEMALE ARTIST
1st Prize: Vimy Ridge – Lizzy Hoyt
Runner-up: Angel – Imaaji Phenoon

COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS
1st Prize: All The Wasted Time – Maddy Rodriguez
Runner-up: Rambler’s Song – Monroeville

AAA/ALTERNATIVE
1st Prize: You Let Me Be – Melissa Ferrick
Runner-up: Joe Barry – Jayme Dawicki

OPEN/AOG
1st Prize: Spring – Caleb McGinn
Runner-up: Save Me – Arlene Bishop

INSTRUMENTAL
1st Prize: Autumn Roads – Doug Young
Runner-up: Portlandia – Tony Furtado

FOLK
1st Prize: Chasing A Dream – William Michael Dillon
Runner-up: The Garden – Ruth Moody

Artists are judged based on music performance, music production, artistry and songwriting. Over 11,800 entries were received for the event. For more information, visit:
http://www.inacoustic.com