The Independent Music Awards (The IMAs) and its parent Music Resource Group (MRG) recently announced the results of The IMAs Vox Pop poll, the fan-determined portion of the prestigious international program for independent bands and releases.
Music fans from around the world voted online for their favorite self-released and independent label artists culled from the 400 IMA Nominees announced in April. Pacha’s Pajamas is among the diverse group of artists named as this year’s fan favorites.
The Pacha’s Pajamas: A Story Written By Nature Volume I album features 55 artists spanning four generations including Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def, Cheech Marin, Talib Kweli, Majora Carter, Lester Chambers, Agape Youth Choir, a dozen youth stars including Lil JaXe and Ta’Kaiya Blaney, and the author of Pacha’s Pajamas, Aaron Ableman (aka A-Natural). The Volume I album recently won the Parent’s Choice Recommended Award and is the first offering of the newly launched children’s hospital initiative called Imagination Heals which is sponsored by A Forever Recovery and Best Drug Rehabilitation. The Pacha’s Pajamas album is available at http://pachaspajamas.com. The Volume II album will be released on September 24, 2013.
More than 40 percent of the “people’s voice” winners named today differed from those named in June by The IMA artist and industry judging panel that included Tom Waits, Meshell Ndegeocello, Pete Wentz, Suzanne Vega, Ziggy Marley, G. Love, Anthony DeCurtis (Rolling Stone), Kevin Lyman (Warped Tour) and Colleen Fischer (Austin City Limits Live) among many other artists and talent buyers, music journalists, film & tv music supervisors and industry decision makers.
The diverse mix of established artists & rising stars named as 12th IMA Vox pop winners hail from 14 countries on 4 continents.
“The IMAs roster of Winners and Nominees are a microcosm of the global independent music scene,” said Martin Folkman, Executive Director of The Independent Music Awards.
“The program’s international diversity highlights the fact that exceptional music doesn’t need a passport or major label publicity machine to win fans: just access and a level playing field. Artists earning top honors in this year’s program include self-released and fan-funded projects, as well as indie label and former major label acts. No matter what their country of origin or style of music, IMA artists are united in their pursuit of artistic excellence and originality,” Folkman said.
“The Independent Music Awards celebrate artists the world over who follow their own muse and the true music fans who support them,” said Folkman. “The Vox Pop award is one of the many ways The IMAs motivates fans to discover and support an incredible roster of talent that can get lost among the noise. All IMA honorees receive marketing and sales support. Vox Pop Winners have the added satisfaction of inspiring fans to act on their behalf.”
Nominated work and bios are available at www.TheIndependentMusicAwards.com