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2012 SoulTracks Readers’ Choice Awards Finalists Named! Time For Voting!

on October 22, 2012with 0 comments

Hey SoulTrackers, the time has come!  After a month of receiving nominations from you and having 3,000 soul music artists and industry people narrow the choices down, we finally have named our finalists for the 2012 SoulTracks Readers’ Choice Awards, the world’s most popular awards celebrating independent soul music! There were so many quality artists it was a tough job, but our committee narrowed it down to seven finalists in each category.

This year’s SoulTracks Readers’ Choice Awards will be broadcast on December 3rd at 8:00 p.m., hosted by our good friend Jodine Dorce of Jodine’s Corner with help from the queen of tech, Nina Morena. Stay tuned and we’ll tell you all of the places you’ll be able to hear the awards show. We will honor the greatest music and artists from the period of October 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012 (here are our eligibility rules).

Voting

You, the SoulTracks subscribers, will pick the winners from now until November 7, 2012!  Your personal ballot will come to you by email. We will begin sending out ballots by email on Monday, October 22.

Want to vote but not a SoulTracks subscriber? Well, now is the time to become one, and it’s always Free! Just sign up here and you’ll will receive our periodic newsletters, free music downloads and more. You’ll also receive your personal Awards ballot within 24 hours.

Here are this year’s Awards finalists (all categories are for independent artists only, except for the Major Label Album of the Year):

 

INDEPENDENT ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Betty Wright and the Roots -Betty Wright: The Movie
Dwele – Greater than One
Eric Benet – The One
Eric Roberson – Mr. Nice Guy
Gregory Porter – Be Good
Mint Condition – Music@ the Speed of Life
Sy Smith – Fast and Curious 

 

MAJOR LABEL ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Anthony Hamilton – Back To Love
Esperanza Spalding – Radio Music Society
Frank Ocean – channel ORANGE
Lalah Hathaway – Where It all Begins
Mary J. Blige – My Life II The Journey Continues
R Kelly – Write Me Back
Robert Glasper Experiment – Black Radio 

 

SONG OF THE YEAR

Eric Benet – Harriett Jones
Eric Roberson – At the Same Time
Maysa – When It’s Over
Mint Condition – Believe in Us
Rahsaan Patterson – Don’t Touch Me
Sy Smith with Rahsaan Patterson -Nights (Feel Like Getting Down)
Will Downing – Blessing 

 

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Dwele
Eric Benet
Eric Roberson
Gregory Porter
Johnny Gill
Jonathan Butler
Will Downing 

 

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Betty Wright
Cassandra Wilson
Conya Doss
Leela James
Maysa
Sy Smith
Syleena Johnson 

 

DUO OR GROUP OF THE YEAR

Boyz II Men
Incognito
Jazzanova
Mint Condition
SWV
Take 6
The Revelations feat. Tre Williams 

 

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Amma Whatt
Daley
DJ Kemit
Gloria Ry’ann
Jessica Reedy
Kia Bennett
The Endangered

 

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