Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Interview With 8-time Award Winner Glitter Rose on The Great Unknowns Presents, EP 170

Mikey Jayy of the Great Unknowns Presents interviews Glitter Rose. Glitter Rose is an 8-time overall award winner including 6 Artists In Music Awards titles for 2013 Best Rock Artist, Album of the Year for "Dead or Alive", 2014 Best Southern Rock Artist, 2014 Best Music Video for "Buda Negra", 2014 Performer of the Year, and 2014 Artist of the Year LIVE on KGUP 106.5FM.

Listen to the interview here:

Glitter Rose’s music is breaking ground as the new sound of Southern Rock meets Country. In 2013, the 28-year-old Texan was recognized with two awards including Best Rock Artist and she received the Album of the Year Award for Dead or Alive at the 2013 Artists In Music Awards at Key Club in Hollywood, CA. In April, Glitter earned the title for Best Music Video for her song “Buda Negra” at the 14th Annual Bare Bones International Film Festival in Muskogee, OK. During the same month, Glitter was honored with the prestigious nomination for Texas State Artist – State Musician by the Texas Commission of the Arts. Glitter was also chosen as one of the three finalists in Hard Rock Rising’s 2013 Global Battle of the Bands. Then in November, Glitter was honored at the 23rd Annual Los Angeles Music Awards when she took home the award for Country Artist of the Year. Glitter took home four additional awards for Artist of the Year, Performer of the Year, Best Southern Rock Artist, and Best Music Video at the 3rd Annual Artists In Music Awards held at Jon Lovitz Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Friday, February 7, 2014.
“2013 has been an incredible year, filled with opportunities. I’m honored to be recognized and respected by the independent music and entertainment community. I’m looking forward to what new adventures 2014 will bring. Whatever they are, I’m so grateful!” – Glitter Rose
She has been involved in several new projects including hosting a successful charity auction for Susan G. Komen held at the Gibson Showroom in Beverly Hills that helped make it possible for 32 women to obtain mammograms at no charge. Glitter also made an appearance in the upcoming film “American Girl” and she wrote the title track for the film with the same name. The song “American Girl” was accompanied with her new track “Tennessee Time”, a song that was also nominated for Country Single of the Year at the 23rd Annual Los Angeles Music Awards.

Discover more about Glitter Rose at http://www.glitterrose.com

Watch Glitter’s latest music video “American Girl” from the Original Movie Soundtrack American Girl http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3MX8B_xSws

Watch the 2-time award winning music video ”Buda Negra” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWjCdfHpoHo

Interview with 3-time Music Award winner Walla on The Great Unknowns Presents

Mikey Jayy of the Great Unknowns Presents interviews Walla. Walla is 3-time Artists In Music Awards winner for 2013 Best Indie Artist, 2014 Best Indie Artist, and 2014 Best Alternative Artist LIVE on KGUP 106.5FM.

Listen to the interview here: https://archive.org/details/Episode169WallaInterview

WALLA formed out of different times, places, and hardships. By random chance, these 5 individuals found each other through digital means and a common love for inventing new wavelengths. After forming a strong friendship and working tirelessly on different prototypes of songs, they finally decided to begin the project, now officially called, WALLA. The name is a reference to the sound and murmur resulting from a large crowd of people. The sound also reflected confusion and hopelessness during a time of tough life decisions and rough financial circumstances. But through sheer perseverance and the culmination of different influences (everything from pop, funk, samba, rock, metal, folk, disco, and neo-psychedelia)WALLA quickly made an indestructible pact to maintain strong melodies and lyrics, putting above and beyond care and effort into each decibel of sound produced (almost to the point of neuroticism), and allowing each song to breathe its own life and soul. "We loved the idea of not knowing what type of song we would come up with next."

Listeners have described WALLA as a indie pop, synth-based, retro-influenced, indie rock, or something along those lines. Their credentials range from 2 members being graduates from the prestigious Berklee College of Music, touring in Europe, scoring big band arrangements, and playing sold out concerts and festivals. All members have a background from a different part of the globe (Mexico/El Salvador, Italy, Indonesia, Brazil, Korea) which is advantageous in influencing their songs, but also disadvantageous because of student visa issues. Nevertheless WALLA continued to press on and eventually ranked #1 on Hypem.com, #6 on FMQB Radio Charts, landed press from Billboard, MTV to USA Today and Nylon Magazine. They were also invited to share the stage with one of the members of Depeche mode, worked with Grammy winning producers, and "zoned" out to a collaborative sound through multiple mediums from radio to the more obscure. "But still our goal since conception has never changed: to keep doing music out of a passion and pure love for it. The longer we can do it, the better, and the more people who can help and support our journey, the more we keep going."

Picasso once said "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." Despite legal, economical, and financial challenges, WALLA continues to face that problem head on, going face first into the mysteriously inconceivable abyss. "Just like our songs, we never know where WALLA will take us next and we admit, we like it that way."

Jonathan Hoonch Kim - Guitar/Lead Vocals
Gabriel Nava Rodrigues - Synths/Backing Vocals
Ian Charlie - Lead Guitar/Backing Vocals
Mauricio "Moebeats" Carcamo - Bass
Alessio Balsemin - Drums

​2013 - Nature EP
2012 - Animal of Love EP

Official Website: www.thewallaband.com
Twitter: twitter.com/thewallaband
Facebook: facebook.com/thewallaband

Friday, February 28, 2014

Interview with Sono Vero on The Great Unknowns Presents, Ep 168

For the first show of 2014, Mikey Jayy returns to the airwaves with an interview with 2014
Artists In Music Awards winner and Best Reggae Artist Sono Vero on The Great Unknowns Presents.

Sono Vero is an award winning and talented young band from Southern California with a fresh fun sound that blends Island Reggae with a Hip-Hop/Rap flair. From the beach to the city, Sono Vero is a product of their California surroundings.

This Alternative/Reggae/Hip-Hop group has performed across the country and has shared the stage with some of the most reputable names in the scene. The successful release of their self titled EP climbed to the top 10 itunes reggae albums charts. "Our music is real. I am inspired by life. Whether
the song is about falling in love, a one night stand, or getting drunk at the beach it's all coming from real life experiences," says lead singer Charlie Ueda. The boys were recognized as the 2014 AI Music Awards "Best Reggae Artist" and recently finished recording their new "Roses for the Reckless EP" with legendary producer Lewis Richards released Valentine’s Day 2014.

Stay connected with Sono Vero:
Instagram: @sonoveromusic
Twitter: @sonoveromusic
YouTube: youtube.com/sonoveroreggae
Official website: www.sonoveromusic.com

Find more information about KGUP 106.5FM and listen at http://www.kgup1065.com

Listen to the full interview with Sono Vero right here:

Monday, February 17, 2014

Artists In Music Awards Board of Judges Revoke Award and Unanimously make McKenna Loren the 2014 Best Country Artist Winner

Artists In Music Awards revoke title from Calico the Band and unanimously award 17-year-old Singer Songwriter and Country Artist McKenna Loren as the recipient of the award for Best Country Artist at the 3rd Annual Artists In Music Awards.

For Immediate Release 
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - For the first time in AIMA’s 3-year history, the Board of Judges revoked Calico the Band’s 2014 award for Best Country Artist on Sunday and named McKenna Loren as the recipient for the title by unanimous decision.

The Los Angeles based music awards platform took action when recording artist Calico the Band were a “no show” at the 2014 Artists In Music Awards held at Jon Lovitz Theatre on February 7. The rules state that all nominees must be present at the awards ceremony otherwise elect to have a representative appear on the artist’s behalf to collect their award.
“Out of respect of this organization and to the artists you compete with, all artists must be present to receive Nomination Certificate(s) or Award trophy(s) unless authorized with prior written approval. This is to the benefit of the artists career and to the benefit of the AIMA organization. If you cannot attend the Nomination Event or Awards Ceremony, you may elect to have a representative receive award(s) on your behalf or receive their nomination certificate(s) on the day of the Awards Ceremony. Only one artist per year is authorized to be absent from accepting an award in person during the awards ceremony, however all absentee requests must be emailed or mailed to the corporate office. As soon as possible, the artist must notify the AIMA office immediately or the artist may be subject to review for possible disqualification. If disqualified, the artist voluntarily or involuntarily forfiets the award to the runner up.” – Artists In Music Awards Rules
Calico the Band was awarded the AIMA trophy for Best Country Artist during the Awards Ceremony held at Jon Lovitz Theatre in front of a 700 plus crowd consisting of 150 Nominees, media, and various guests. After the Best Country video of nominees was played on the big screen, MC of the show, Nic Creznic opened the envelope to announce that Calico the Band had won, nearly 30 seconds past by before moving onto the next category.
“It feels like an eternity when we call out the winner’s name and no one is there to collect the award. It’s not only awkward to the host, but it’s awkward to the audience. More importantly, it’s disrespectful to the artists that travel hundreds of miles to be here, especially when everyone except the winner is there” – Mikey Jayy, executive producer.
The Artists In Music Awards Board of Judges reviewed the circumstances surrounding the event and we’re given as long as they needed to make their decision. After only three days of deliberation, all votes pointed toward revocation of the title and was decided that the 17-year-old Country Singer Songwriter McKenna Loren would receive the title of Best Country Artist for 2014.

The 2014 Board of Judges are Lea Reis (Record Producer), Dan Burns (Record Producer), Jeff Weber (Owner of Weber Works Entertainment), Guy Towe (Radio DJ), Gus Summer (Radio DJ), Fredrick Rawlins (Musician), Margaret Guiraud (Talent Agent), Walter D Hargrave (CEO/Owner of Indie Music Bus), Carol Riodan (Radio DJ), and Mark Lamdanski (Radio DJ).

About McKenna Loren 

Music has been a constant in McKenna Loren’s life, but it wasn’t until she made a move from the Midwest to Arizona that she started writing down what was inside of her. “The unfamiliar surroundings and the way that I felt there opened my eyes and brought new sounds and thoughts together that inspired her EP, DIVE IN, which release on June 25, 2013. McKenna soon began recording her originals with Otto D’Agnolo of Chaton Studios in Phoenix. McKenna Loren’s musical influences go as far back as Billie Holiday and Kay Kyser and are as immediate as The Killers, Florence + The Machine, and Lana Del Rey. Listeners can hear her music on several radio stations across the US including KGUP 106.5 FM, WOS Radio, WOAfm99 (India/Dubai) Butterflies Radio, and TRS 24/7 Radio. Watch her music video for “You Can’t Beat The City” on Youtube. McKenna’s video was also included in Season 2 of WOA TV – All Things Music.

For more information, go to the Artists In Music Awards website at http://www.aimusicawards.com

Go to McKenna Loren’s official website at http://www.mckennaloren.com

Thursday, February 13, 2014

A Successful 3rd Annual Artists In Music Awards is Now on the Books

Glitter Rose performs at AIMA Awards Ceremony
What a most incredible night on February 7 at Jon Lovitz Theatre for the 3rd Annual Artists In Music Awards! There were so many amazing artists that were recognized under the lights. With over 700 people in attendance, there were some of the most incredible performances. The buzz of the night was Glitter Rose and BP Major.

Glitter Rose not only performed her two famous songs, "American Girl" and "Kody Was a Killer," but  she walked away with four awards for Best Southern Rock Artist, Best Music Video for "Buda Negra" directed by Amy Campione, and Performer of the Year, but she also captured AIMA's top honor for Artist of the Year, which makes Glitter the most winningest artist in Artists In Music Awards history. Glitter Rose now holds six AIMA award titles.

BP Major performing at the AIMA Awards Ceremony
BP Major put on a jaw dropping performance. If you were expecting to see half naked men on stage, that's exactly what you got. No one was expecting five men in revealing green tights to be dancing on stage. BP Major also walked away with the award for Best Dance Artist.

What is most surprising is this year was the largest attendance of Nominees. Almost every nominee in each of the 30 categories were there at the awards ceremony on Friday. It was so great to see so many familiar faces and so many new faces as well.

There are so many artists to mention about the night. Cheating Daylight opened the show in high gear with a stellar performance. Congratulations to this young band of brothers for winning Best Rock Artist. They are definitely an artist to keep an eye on. One of the performers for the evening was Walla. Walla came away big with two awards for Best Alternative Artist and Best Indie Artist. A big congratulations to Walla. They are now a 3-time AIMA award winners. Another artist that walked away with multiple awards was 2013 Best Folk/Acoustic Artist winner, Soren Bryce. Soren swept both her categories to win Best Singer Songwriter and she defended her title to win Best Folk/Acoustic Artist for a second year in a row. Other repeat winners included Trevor Sewell for Best Blues Artist. Melanie Taylor put on a sensational performance and took home the Best Pop Artist trophy. Melanie is now a two-time AIMA winner.
Cheating Daylight shows off Best Rock Artist trophy
with Executive Producer Mikey Jayy

The Como Brothers band came all the way from Long Island, New York and took home two of the highest honors including Composer of the Year and Album of the Year for "Baby Steps". Torrey Mercer also came away big with two awards including Best Teen Artist and Inspirational Artist of the Year for her work in Anti-bullying with kids.

One notable winner is Mark Lamdanski of Twitter Tuesday LIVE. He flew out to Los Angeles from Hollywood, Florida to broadcast the Awards Ceremony live on simulcast to seven radio stations across the country. Mark went on stage to introduce Host Nic Creznic, instead he was awarded the Best Independent Radio Show for Twitter Tuesday LIVE on World Wide Indie Radio. We also rebroadcasted the "Alan Freed Award" for Lifetime Achievement that was given to 1998 Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, career actress, and last surviving member of The Mamas and the Papas, Michelle Phillips.

Matt Como of The Como Brothers band showing off
their awards
A special thanks goes out to Host - Nic Creznic, Award Presenter and Super Model - Dustin Quick,  Red Carpet Interviewer - HR Cole of InDSpotlight.  A special thanks goes to our staff including Red Carpet Host and Actress - Ali Haigh, Hostess - Anna Siqueiros, Video/Sound Engineer - Jennifer Traber, Red Carpet Organizer - Tracy Eckland, and our intern Stephanie Villalobos.

We'd also like to thank this year's sponsors - Arts Seen and Heard PR, Indie Music Bus, MusicSUBMIT, Katharine James Fine Jewelry, Independent Music Promotions, Spirit Airlines, KGUP 106.5FM, and St Jude Children's Research Hospital.


2-time 2014 AIMA winner - Walla 
Artist of the Year
· Glitter Rose (WINNER)
· Cheating Daylight
· The Como Brothers Band

Album of the Year
· "Baby Steps" by The Como Brothers Band - (WINNER)
· Walla - Nature EP
· Calico - Calico the Band EP

 Performer of the Year
· Max and the Moon
· Walla
· Y Luv
Soren Bryce shows off her two awards
· Melanie Taylor
· Glitter Rose (WINNER)

Best Alternative Artist
· In Air
· Y Luv
· Max and the Moon
· Walla (WINNER)
· MK Ultra

 Best Teen Pop Artist
· Torrey Mercer
· Tyler Lane
· Tyler Matl (WINNER)
· Above Seclusion
· Anne Jane Bishop

KedaSings poses with
Best R&B/Soul Artist Award
 Best Music Video
· “Buda Negra” - Glitter Rose (WINNER)
· “Looking Glass” - Torrey Mercer
· “Wolf In Sheep Skin” - Lora McHugh
· “Run” - Marina V
· “One More Day” - Ben Davis

Best Singer Songwriter
· Aoede
· Marga Lane
· Justin Dorsey
· The Como Brothers Band
· Soren Bryce (WINNER)

Best Folk/Acoustic Artist
· Granicy Square
· Michael Annotti
· Soren Bryce (WINNER)
· Alex Cartwright
· Nothing North of Alaska

Best Pop Artist winner - Melanie Taylor
Best R&B
· KedaSings (WINNER)
· Shae
· Justice Boateng
· Dezmond Meeks
· Marga Lane

 Best Indie Artist
· Walla (WINNER)
· Max and the Moon
· Cheating Daylight
· Golden Bear

 Best Jazz Artist
· Lynn Cardona
· David Longoria (WINNER)
· Jacnique Harris-Love
· Level 10
 Composer of the Year
· Alex Carwright
Best Jazz Artist winner - David Longoria
· Nicki Kris
· The Como Brothers Band (WINNER)
· Aoede
· London Thor

 Best Blues Artist
· BigBang Zoom
· Paul Blissett
· Douye’
· Trevor Sewell (WINNER)
· Anne McClain

 Producer of the Year
· Daniel “Dagger” Kain
· Dran Michael (WINNER)
· David Gielan
· Josh Igloo Monroy
· Gregory Hutchison

 Best Rock Artist
· G William Boyd
Inspirational Artist of the Year &
Best Teen Artist winner - Torrey Mercer
 · The Como Brothers Band
· Cheating Daylight (WINNER)
· Pullman Standard
· Mustard

 Best Urban/Hip Hop Artist
· YaBoi Eljay
· Cali Barnes
· Antwon King

 Best Electronica Artist
· Travis Royce (WINNER)
· Ex-Plosion
· Shadow System
· Drop Kick Pop

 Best Adult Contemporary Artist
· Nicki Kris
· Tom Slack
· Melissa VanFleet
Best Teen Pop Artist winner - Tyler Matl
· David Gielan
· Bruce Lev (WINNER)

 Best Country Artist
· Kaela Kinney
· The C.R. Ecker Band
· Leigh Cara
· Calico the Band
· McKenna Loren (WINNER)

 Best Pop Song
· “Shine Your Light” - Diverse Pop Group
· Party Glitter RockStar” - Lexi ·
 “All I Ever Wanted” - Tyler Matl
· “Forbidden Fruit” - Chelsa Perkins (WINNER)
· “Not the Same” - Shae
Bruce Lev shows off his
Best Adult Contemporary Artist award

 Best Christian/Gospel Artist
· Megan Tibbits
· Anya Alexandria
· Anne McClain (WINNER)
· In the Midst 777

 Best Latin Artist
· Samy Gana
· Juan Francisco Zerpa
· Henya Tejeda
· Ennio Emmannuel (WINNER)

 Best Southern Rock Artist
· Big Bang Zoom
· Glitter Rose (WINNER)
· Kaela Kinney
· Jarvis Brown

 Best Teen Artist
· Torrey Mercer (WINNER)
· Diamante
Best Electronica Artist winner - Travis Royce
· Brooke Rose
· Anne Jane Bishop
· Lovey James

 Best Reggae Artist
· KedaSings
· Sono Vero (WINNER)

 Best Pop Artist
· FevaMode
· Tyler Matl
· Melanie Taylor (WINNER)
· Chelsea Perkins
· Torrey Mercer

 Best Dance Artist
Artist In Cinema winner - Christina DeRosa
· BP Major (WINNER)
· Natalie Jean
· Mina Koo
· Melanie Taylor
· Desmond Meeks

Inspirational Artist of the Year
· Torrey Mercer for her work in Anti-bullying with kids

 Best Independent Radio Show
· Twitter Tuesday LIVE

 Best New Artist
Best Country Artist winner - McKenna Loren
· MK Ultra

Artist In Cinema Award
· Christina DeRosa

Young Artist Award
· Mehkenna

 Lifetime Achievement
· Michelle Philips

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Announcing the New Awards Ceremony Location, plus Get Featured in the AIMA Event Program! 



In case you haven’t heard, the Artists In Music Awards has a new home! 

On Friday, February 7, 2014, the 2014 Artists In Music Awards will be held at the Jon Lovitz Theatre (formerly B.B. Kings) located in Universal City, CA. The venue is simply amazing. It has available standing room and lots of seating throughout the massive 3-level theatre.
 More event details, view on our official event page

We are very excited to take our 3rd annual prestigious awards ceremony to this legendary venue. The stage is bigger, the sound is better, and the total experience is…well, just better. 


We are proud to announce that we have filled the line up for the main event featuring live performances by 2013 Album of the Year and Best Rock Artist winner - Glitter Rose, Best Indie Rock Artist winner - Walla, Best Folk/Acoustic Artist winner - Soren Bryce, Best Dance Artist winner - Melanie Taylor, 6-time AIMA Nominee - Cheating Daylight, and introducing Torrey Mercer and Max and the Moon. 


If you haven’t purchased tickets yet, they are now on sale on through the website at www.aimusicawards.com and available throughhttp://aimusicawards.ticketleap.com/2014-awards-ceremony/
Prices range from $15 for general admission to $55 for VIP seats (meal included). Purchase your VIP dinner seats before January 15th and save $10!
Additional: Due to the venue’s policy, there will be no guest list (No free attendance). Everyone must have a performer stamp, wristband, or media badge to enter the facility. If you purchase your tickets in advance, make sure to bring your receipt with you for proof of purchase, otherwise you will not be allowed entrance. At the box office, your ticket receipt will be exchanged for a wristband.


Unlike years prior, we will be hosting the Red Carpet Event INSIDE on the 3rd floor. We anticipate over 50 members of the media in attendance, so make sure you put on your best digs. 

If you are a member of the media and you’d like to cover the Red Carpet and photo shoot the award ceremony, please send an email toinfo@aimusicawards.com to request coverage.


This year, we are printing a special Event Program for the Awards Ceremony. Each program will list all of the Sponsors, Award Ceremony performers, and Final Nominees. 8 full-page feature pages will be made available for artists and/or business advertisements.

If you’d like to be featured in the program, please send an email to info@aimusicawards.com and we will let you know how you can be a part of this opportunity at a limited time low rate.  

If you own a business and you are interested in placing your company’s logo or service in the event program, please email for rates. We are printing 1,000 copies to make sure everyone has the opportunity to get a copy.

Note: ALL event programs will be handed out FREE of charge to every paid ticket holder. 100 programs will be reserved exclusively for members of the press and media. 

This feature event program is a full color illustration-magazine style layout. Artists and businesses will have a chance to publish a 250 to 300-word biography or professional ad, plus include up to 3 professional high-resolution photos for the magazine spread. We accept photos in Photoshop format (.psd), or in Adobe format (.pdf). 


Voting ends on January 20, 2014 at Midnight PST, so make sure you are promoting your categories until the very end. 

I cannot stress this enough:


Direct your fans to http://www.aimusicawards.com/#!vote/c60z

Thanks so much for being apart of the 3rd Annual Artists In Music Awards! We’re looking forward to a great New Year and will continue to keep you posted on the 2014 Artists In Music Awards finale!!

Yours truly,

Mikey Jayy

Executive Producer

Artists In Music Awards

Email: info@aimusicawards.com

Official Website: www.aimusicawards.com

the 2014 Artists In Music Awards coming this February!


Friday, December 20, 2013

2014 Artists In Music Awards is Coming This February!

We are currently pre-selling VIP dinner seats at the discount price of $45 only until January 15. After the 15th, the price goes up to $55. General Admission for Nominees and general public is only $15.

 For a limited time, get an additional 15% off your ticket purchase by entering this code: aima15off

Reserve your tickets NOW. They will go fast. http://aimusicawards.ticketleap.com/2014-awards-ceremony