Independent Music Awards 2019 – Press release

Rebecca Hurn 17th IMA nominee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 20th 2019

Rebecca Hurn Is Among the Year’s Most Exceptional Music Projects Nominated in 
The 17th Annual Independent Music Awards

April 10, 2019 singer songwriter Rebecca Hurn based out of Porthcawl, South Wales, United Kingdom was named today by Music Resource Group (MRG) today as a Nominee in The 17th annual Independent Music Awards (The IMAs) in the Folk Singer / songwriter category for her song ‘WAVES’

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Rebecca is only the 2nd artist/band from Wales to be nominated in this category the first being Martyn Joseph in 2012 for ‘There’s Always Maybe’

The influential awards program for independent artists and releases. Innovative self-released and indie label projects – in all styles and mediums were nominated by fans and industry panelists in 103 Album, Song, EP, Music Producer, Music Videoand Designcategories that were culled from thousands of submissions worldwide.

Nominated along with Rebecca is an eclectic mix of work by established artists and emerging talent from around the globe. More than 400 artists will be honored at The 17th IMA ceremony on June 22 in New York City including: Masta Ace & Marco Polo, Miss Tara, Prateek Kuhad, Foreigner, Juliana Hatfield, The Motels, Mark Erelli, Ella Vos, Maria Muldaur, QUOR, Pedro Luís, Bleu, Nsimbi, Marta Gómez, Firkin, Bombay Ricky, Jackknife Stiletto, Lucy Wainwright Roche, David Chesky, and Lucy Kalantari & The Jazz Cats.

Click here for a full list of the 17th IMA Nominees


The winning projects will be selected by judging panels of top recording artists including: Tom Waits, Lee Ann Womack, Robert Smith,Gloria Gaynor, Boyce Avenue, Martha Wash, Ben Lovett and Todd Rundgren, among many others; and influential press and talent buyers from the Americas, Europe and Pacific Rim.

17th IMA WINNERS ANNOUNCED at Symphony Space Performing Arts Center, New York City, USA.
The year’s best self-released and indie label projects will be announced June 22nd from the Symphony Space stage during The IMAs Indie Konference in New York City. Now in its third year, the annual conference for Artists, Artivists and Artistpreneurs draws hundreds of top-ranked creatives from around the globe for awards, performances, workshops and networking events. Honors will be presented in between performances by nominated artists. 

IMA winners will be promoted to nearly one billion music fans via online & broadcast promotions, performance and distribution opportunities. Details and complete list of Nominees and Judges available at: IndependentMusicAwards.com

Artistry. Diversity. Excellence.
Now in its 18th year, The Independent Music Awards – produced by Music Resource Group – honor the year’s most exceptional and artistically daring music projects from self-released and indie label talent from around the globe. 

Program winners and nominees are extraordinary artists at every stage of their careers. Previous honorees include Passenger,Amy Lee, Killer Mike, Valerie June, Meghan Trainor, Passenger, RuPaul, Jackson Browne, Team Me, Radio Radio, …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Girl in a Coma, Masta Ace, Pokey LaFarge, Nik West, The Mud Howlers, The Apples in stereo, fun., and JD McPherson among many others.

Submissions for The 18th annual Independent Music Awards will be open in the summer of 2019. Details available at www.IndependentMusicAwards.com

17th Global Independent Music Awards New York City

Indpendent Music Awards 2019

Rebecca has been nominated in the 2019 Independent Music Awards in the Folk Singer Songwriter Category for her song ‘Waves’

The 17th awards are being presented to the recipients at the Symphony Space Performing Arts Center 2537 Broadway at 95thStreet New York

Earning an Independent Music Award is more than just a badge of distinction.

The IMAs – the awards program for independent bands, fans and brands – connects independent artists with new audiences and revenue opportunities.

The IMAs leverages its unrivalled access to performance, promotion & distribution opportunities to place winners & nominees in front of 50 million music fans, programmers, talent buyers, film, TV & gaming music supervisors, retailers, media outlets and licensing opportunities.

Now in its 17th year, The IMAs honour the most exceptional music, video, concert photography and designs by established and emerging talent. And connects them to a wider audience.

Iconic Artists, Music Fans, Programmers, Press, Music Supervisors & Talent Buyers throughout the Americas, Europe and Pacific Rim choose the year’s best self-released & indie label projects

Rebecca is one of six globally nominated artists in this category – the only other artist from Wales to be previously recognised in Rebecca’s category is Martyn Joseph. So Rebecca is in great company. Previous recipients in this category include Passenger.

Rebecca will be walking the red carpet at about the same time Adam Walton will be presenting his Adam Walton Show on BBC Radio Wales Saturday night. Around about midnight. Adam was the first presenter to air ‘Waves’ on his radio show in 24thMarch 2018 saying:-

‘There’s a real emotional undertone there as well but clearly clearly beautiful and Rebecca Hurns voice is,I think, one of our national treasures as it were – and a new one- because normally national treasures status is bestowed on something that’s like ancient, but Rebecca Hurns voice has got something truly special – you know- about it’

Judges this year include:-

Tom Waits

Lee Ann Womack

Robert Smith

Todd Rundgren

Ben Lovett (Mumford & Sons)

David Rosenthal (Musical director for Billy Joel)

Trist Curless (Manhattan Transfer)

Gloria Gaynor

‘Waves’ IWD 2019 #BalanceforBetter

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You are worth more than what you’re made to believe.

Rebecca’s 13th April 2018 release of her original song ‘Waves’ is a beautifully crafted song. ‘Waves’ could be pigeon holed as a ‘break up’ song, however ‘Waves’ is now being regarded and acclaimed as a ‘break out’ song.

The opening lyrics set the scene in a dramatic way that any person subjected to coercive control or bullying in any form will immediately recognise:-

‘driving home in the fast lane, keeping out of your way

tears running down my face, always the same

tell myself its the last time, wont be changing my mind

you don’t get to rewind all your mistakes’

The melody and voice is captivating but then Rebecca goes onto sing

‘your hands locked on tight, a strong tangled vine

I could not escape your pain

I’d scream and I’d shout, no words could come out

At least you made me feel that way’

The listener can understand how the relentless controlling described in the narrative makes the recipient of that behaviour feel the way Rebecca is expressing herself. The emotional turmoil and pain is laid bare in her lyrics.

It is at this point that the songs chorus is first used – it is empowering, it is a metaphoric key unlocking and describing freeing herself from the emotional ‘Waves’ that the perpetrators actual behaviour is causing. She juxtaposes actual departure

‘so stay this far away

watch me sail away

watch me sail away

keep your hands at bay

keep your distant gaze

did you think I’d stay?

cause your love was never safe in the waves, babe’

Rebecca continues reflectively:-

‘looking back over our time, you would always catch fire

you don’t get to be my moth to the flame

did you think it was okay – treat somebody this way?

sleeping with your outrage kept me awake

and its hard to believe that I couldn’t see

I was playing with a loaded gun

so say what you want, believe it or not

but the bravest thing I did was run’

So it is at this point where Rebecca is telling people through her searingly honest lyrics that sometimes the bravest thing to do is run. She is urging people to realise that you don’t have to acquiesce to the seemingly continual demeaning of yourself by other people, who claim to love you, respect you – but are in fact controlling and bullying – she is stating you can actually break out, break the circle and free yourself.

To finish Rebecca asks the simple question underscored by a refrain of the chorus:-

did you think I’d stay?

cause your love was never safe in the waves, babe’

The song was written before the #MeToo phrase gained traction popularised by Alyssa Milano and other celebrities in 2017 on Twitter but it fits in perfectly with people affected and victimised by controlling behaviours. It is not a break up sad song it is a song delivering strength and self enabling power, it is a celebration of reclaiming your own self worth.

Her first live performance of this song was an acoustic solo in front of hundreds of people at the Chwarae Teg Womenspire 2017 event at the Millennium Theatre Cardiff. Chwarae Teg is Wales’ leading gender equality charity celebrating the achievements of women from all backgrounds and stages in life or work across Wales.

‘Waves’ was recorded in August 2017 and two versions of it appear on her 13th April 2018 EP release – unsurprisingly titled ‘Waves’

As Rebecca says on her facebook profile:-

“I wrote a song. I don’t know how far this post can reach, but I hope that it reaches enough people to make them realise that you are worth more than what you’re made to believe”

Waves Video https://youtu.be/bigXS28CUHo

Rebecca makes Hay Philosophy and Music Festival

How The Light Gets In Line up
How The Light Gets In Hay Festival 2019
Rebecca Hurn Solo + Rebecca Hurn Band

Over 100 music & performance acts, 12 stages, all-day disco, DJs and parties late into every night…

Our music programme is what makes HowTheLightGetsIn unique. From enchanting solo singers to exhilarating dance, all day and night, you’ll find our idyllic riverside site alive with the music that fills the air. 

“An ambitious event….the music lineup would shame your average summer festival”
★★★★★
The Independent  

https://howthelightgetsin.org/hay/music-and-performance

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HowTheLightGetsIn is built on spine-tingling, life-affirming moments that stay with you for the rest of the year. Come to Hay-on-Wye and step into a playground for the soul.

See Listen Buy BROOKLYN all in one place

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‘Brooklyn’

Judy Stakee is a music publisher, artist mentor, author and speaker based in Los Angeles,

California, who has signed and developed artists including Katy Perry and Sheryl Crow. Judy

was the Senior Vice-President of Creative at Warner Chappell Music from 1989 to 2009.

Judy got to hear Rebecca’s music and got in touch saying that she really liked Rebecca’s

voice and melody lines and invited Rebecca to take part in one of her Song writing retreats

in Phoenica New York State USA.

Rebecca took up the invitation and spent 10 days in the USA including several days in New

York City after the Phoenica retreat. It was on the plane on the way home to London that

inspired the song which was penned there and then on the flight back.

It’s really about finding new friendships and how equally exciting and frustrating those

friendships can be when you’re separated by thousands and thousands of miles.

This theme also runs through the CD sleeve design cover where artist Megan Elsey has

portrayed a couple under the stars combining the New York and London skylines in the

artwork.

Brooklyn was recorded at the Woodcroft studios, Cardiff Bay during the last week of August

where Rebecca teamed up with producer Lee House who was her producer for her 2nd EP

‘Waves’, backing vocals were provided by Porthcawl singer songwriter Elis Thomas.

Brooklyn the single is released today November 5th 2018 and after being invited by the New

York Songwriters Circle Rebecca is once again in New York on release day where she will be

performing an acoustic set in the iconic Greenwich Village music venue The Bitter End on

147 Bleeker Street where music legends such as James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Stevie

Wonder, Taylor Swift, Joan Armatrading and Bob Dylan have performed.

‘Brooklyn’ is available from 5th November 2018 on all digital platforms including iTunes

where today Rebecca was one of only three unsigned artists in the top 60 of the UK iTunes

Singer Songwriter chart reaching number 18.

There are a limited number of CD’s available which includes the bonus Brooklyn ( Demo

Version) by contacting Rebecca directly.

 

‘Waves’ the new EP from Rebecca latest news.

Great news for all supporters of Rebecca’s original music –  her newest original songs are due for release February / March 2018. This will be the second completed studio recording and will be EP length. There will be five new songs in all including ‘Waves’ and an acoustic string arrangement of ‘Waves’ featuring David Grubb on violin and Tom Jones on Cello.

The tracks are:-

Waves

Headlights

Lovers Fool

Firegold

Waves (Acoustic)

‘Waves’ EP was recorded between Monday 7th August and Friday 11th August 2017 at Woodcroft Studios, Cardiff Bay and the strings element recorded at Acapela Studio, Pentyrch Cardiff.

 

All of this was done under the watchful collaborative eyes and ears of renowned music producer Lee House

‘Waves’ EP is an eclectic mix of Pop/Indie/Country and Rebecca has once again been able to write and perform songs of  real complexion with lyrics that are thought provoking and a reflection of all of our lives – maybe.

It is here that there should be a massive shout out to everyone involved in the Forte Project this year. Rebecca was one of a number of artists who have received special support and mentoring this year..

There is no doubt that Forte Project 2017 is a huge benefit to all those artists involved. The Forte Project mentors and staff are doing all they can to uncover and support the next bright young things in music emerging from South Wales.

BTW if you want to hear Rebecca performing some of the new tracks from ‘Waves’ go to The Moon on November 27th where she may well play acoustic versions of some of the new songs. Rebecca will be supporting Kerri Watt along with Naomi Rae.