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Music P.E.I. Awards nominations unexpected birthday gift for Rachel Beck

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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - Rachel Beck received an unexpected birthday gift on Monday.

The P.E.I. singer-songwriter was sitting in a café in Ottawa, enjoying a day off, when a text from a P.E.I. friend landed in her inbox.

It was from Melanie Mills wishing her happy birthday and congratulating her on receiving eight Music P.E.I. nominations.

“To say I was shocked is an understatement. What a surprise,” says Beck, who is currently touring in Ontario.

As she sipped her coffee, she thought about all the things that had happened since she made the decision to break away from the Beck Sisters and become a solo artist.

“I’ve been working hard, touring coast to coast, since the record came out last spring. I feel so driven to pursue this path and I’m grateful to have an opportunity to do so,” says Beck, who received nods for album of the year, entertainer, new artist, pop, SOCAN songwriter, solo, song and video of the year.

She also recognizes that she’s in fine company.

“I am honoured to be included in this list of nominees with so many artists and industry professionals I respect and admire.”

The lead singer in Jenni & The Hummingbird was in the kitchen when her mother called her with the news that her album, “Your Masterpiece”, had received six nominations.

“I’m feeling grateful,” says Jenni Roberge, who received nods for album, new artist, pop, solo, song and video of the year.

Jenni & The Hummingbird
Jenni & The Hummingbird

That’s because of the challenges she faced in developing “Your Masterpiece”.

“It was a true battle of self-confidence. I wasn’t really known in the music scene here and was about to release a dramatic, very personal compilation of music to the world.”

During the creative process, Roberge became fearful of what others might think; whether her style of music would be accepted or what might happen if her family read into some of the songs and saw her as someone who is in pain.

“However, I’ve learned that this album is a beautiful tribute to the shy, strange little girl who had a lot to say.”

Roberge also realized that even though she’s in pain, so are many others.

“We are all growing in this infinite journey of life and have the ability to turn our painful experiences into something beautiful.”

Meaghan Blanchard was cooking supper at her country home in O’Leary when she found out about her six Music P.E.I. nominations.

“It completely made my day. It’s such a good feeling to have your art acknowledged by your community and it’s a kindness that doesn’t go unnoticed,” says Blanchard, who received nods for album, roots contemporary, songwriter, solo, song and video of the year.

“ ‘The Great Escape’ ” was such an incredibly personal and important leap of faith in my art for me. So, to know folks are enjoying a piece of me, that is very vulnerable and to the bone feels good.”

Lennie Gallant- Dave Brosha photo
Lennie Gallant- Dave Brosha photo

P.E.I. singer-songwriter Lennie Gallant also feels good about receiving four nominations for “Time Travel”.

“A lot of people put their hearts into it. So, it’s great to have the album recognized. I’m very proud of this album and the Islanders who are part of it,” says Gallant, acknowledging the work of producer Dan Ledwell and the Atlantic String Machine, as well as musicians Jeremy Gallant, Patricia Richard, Sean Kemp, Chris Corrigan, Rose Cousins and Jenn Gallant.

So, does Andrew Waite, who received four nods, including Credit Union album of the year, Bandzoogle digital achievement of the year, solo and rock/loud recording of the year.

“I’m thrilled, really excited to receive the nominations. They mean a lot to us. Receiving this recognition is an important part in an artist’s career.”

The hardware will be awarded during Credit Union Music P.E.I. Week. Festivities kick off Jan. 23 and run until Jan. 27 when the closing concert at the Florence Simmons Performance Hall in Charlottetown will feature the top nominees.


Music P.E.I. Awards nominees:

Achievement in classical or jazz music award

Always on Stage

Atlantic String Machine

Grahame Rhodes

Island Jazz

PEI Symphony Orchestra

Credit Union album of the year 

Andrew Waite - Tremors

Dylan Menzie - As The Clock Rewinds

Jenni & The Hummingbird - Your Masterpiece

Lennie Gallant - Time Travel

Meaghan Blanchard - The Great Escape

Rachel Beck - Rachel Beck

Vishtèn - Horizons

Country recording of the year

Emerald Junction - Kickin' It

Kelley Mooney - Caroling

Lawrence Maxwell - Not Your Outlaw

Neil Matthews Family Tribute Band - Beautiful Island, a Tribute to Neil Matthews

Cover band/artist of the year

Cöpy Cät

Danny Drouin

Ryan & Emily

Bandzoogle digital achievement of the year

Andrew Waite

KINLEY

The East Pointers

Electronic single recording of the year

Eric Broadbent - It Is What It Is

Lonely Kid - You Could Be My Queen

Russell Louder - Showdown

Entertainer of the year

The East Pointers

Lennie Gallant

Rachel Beck

Richard Wood

Vishtèn

Event of the year

Play the Park

Cloggeroo Folk Festival

Island Jazz

PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls

Francophone artist of the year

Adrienne Gallant

Arsenault Trio

Fayo

Vishtèn

Group recording of the year

Death Valley Driver - Wolf Crown

Get Well Pharmacy - Story of a House Fire
Little Cities - Friends Floors

Rick Sparkes + The Enablers - The Trouble with the Light

Vishtèn - Horizons

Live music programmer of the year

Jamie Crawford

Cynthia MacLeod

Danielle Rochon and Kathleen Flanagan

Dan Rowswell

Pat Deighan

Arsenault, Best, Cameron, Ellis musician of the year

Danny Drouin

Evan McCosham

Gordon Belsher

Josh Langille

Todd MacLean

Holland College/Lloyd Doyle new artist of the year

Jenni & The Hummingbird- Your Masterpiece

Little Cities- Friends Floors

Rachel Beck- Rachel Beck

Russell Louder- Showdown

Vince The Messenger- Self Sabotage

Downtown Charlottetown Inc. pop recording of the year

Jenni & The Hummingbird - Your Masterpiece

Little Cities - Friends Floors

Rachel Beck - Rachel Beck

Producer of the year

Danny Drouin

David Rashed

Gordon Belsher

Jon Matthews

Lonely Kid

Recording studio of the year

Studio at the Guild

Guernsey Cove Parlour Productions

The Sound Mill Recording Studio

Rock/loud recording of the year

Andrew Waite - Tremors

Aron Scott Earthquake - RAGER

Death Valley Driver - Wolf Crown

Dennis Ellsworth - Things Change

Rick Sparkes and the Enablers - The Trouble with the Light

Will Allen - Painted Your Picture

Roots contemporary recording of the year

Dylan Menzie - As The Clock Rewinds

Get Well Pharmacy - Story of a House Fire

Lennie Gallant - Time Travel

Meaghan Blanchard - The Great Escape

Todd MacLean - Long John June

Roots traditional recording of the year

Cailyn MacAulay - Fortune Favors the Bow

Richard Wood - Unbroken

Vishtèn - Horizons

SOCAN songwriter of the year

Dennis Ellsworth- She’s Never Wrong

Dylan Menzie/Mark Skinner- You Could Be My Queen

Lennie Gallant- Sequoia

Meaghan Blanchard- When You’re Gone

Rachel Beck- When You Left

Solo recording of the year

Andrew Waite - Tremors

Dylan Menzie - As The Clock Rewinds

Jenni & The Hummingbird- Your Masterpiece

Meaghan Blanchard - The Great Escape

Rachel Beck- Rachel Beck

Song of the year

Dennis Ellsworth - She’s Never Wrong

Get Well Pharmacy - Story of a House Fire

Jenni & The Hummingbird - Am I odd

Meaghan Blanchard - When You’re Gone

Rachel Beck - Reckless Heart

Fly PEI touring artist of the year

Richard Wood

The East Pointers

Vishtèn

Urban recording of the year

BT Flow - The Worst

Cavy & SkitSipSlow - Bon Voyage

Eric Broadbent - Eric Broadbent

Vince The Messenger - Self Sabotage

SOCAN Venue of the year

Baba's Lounge

The Mack

Trailside Music Cafe' & Inn

Video of the year

The East Pointers- Two Weeks (Director - Jenna MacMillan)

Jenni & The Hummingbird- Am I Odd (Director - Millefiore Clarkes)

KINLEY- Golden Days (Director - Jenna MacMillan)

Meaghan Blanchard- The Great Escape (Director - Millefiore Clarkes)

Rachel Beck- Hearts on Fire (Director - Jenna MacMillan)

Visual artist of the year

Ali McNeill

Brendan Henry

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