2012 Sounds That Matter Music Awards

1 Feb

The Grammy’s are coming and I’m sure I’m not the only one who is slightly disappointed with the nominees. Every year, it’s a race between some artists who deserve to be recognized for their work and others who are spotlighted for their overnight success. There are millions of undiscovered bands/artists who only dream to have their own chance at gracing the Grammy stage, and since the industry is so over-saturated with talent, it’s hard for anyone to imagine holding the famous golden statue. I want more when it comes to music awards. This year, instead of rolling my eyes while watching untalented artists win awards, I’m throwing my own award ceremony. Let’s shed some light on the much deserved talent that worked their asses off playing on small stages or straining their vocal chords just so you could hear an encore. This is the Sounds That Matter Music Awards; let’s celebrate the music that gets us through our lives.

Each category will list five nominees. Fans will vote on their favorite nominee and the winners will be chosen on February 12. The winners of each category will be spotlighted on Sounds That Matter for the rest of the month. Here is the really exciting part. The award for Artist Of The Year will win a prize package that’s perfect for any tour: Includes a $100 gas card, alcohol (if you don’t drink, then something else will be provided), snacks, movies, and drum roll please….the ultimate exposure on your band! You will be featured as the Artist Of The Month for March plus your banner will be live on the website. I wish you all the best of luck and may the best of the best win.


Artist Of The Year – Gun Lake

Record Of The Year – No One Listens to the Band Anymore by The Damnwells

Song Of The Year – Werewolves by The Damnwells

Best Duo – Bella Ruse

Best Vocal – Gun Lake

Best Band – Gun Lake

Best Solo Artist – Kristen May

Best New Artist – The Mount Rushmores

Best Video – The Greatest Way by Squid the Whale

Most Anticipated Album – The Daylight EP by Andrew Belle

Congratulations to all of the winners! East of the winners will be spotlighted on the front page of Sounds That Matter for the rest of February. Look out for their features all this week. The breakout band, Gun Lake, will be the Artist Of The Month for March. Along with that, they will receive a special care package including some cash, alcohol, snacks, and maybe a few more surprises!

Thank you all so much for participating in the Awards this year! Its been such a fun experience. Until next year music lovers…


49 Responses to “2012 Sounds That Matter Music Awards”

  1. Michelle Mulhearn February 1, 2012 at 5:29 am #

    I love Daniella Mason!

  2. Amanda February 1, 2012 at 6:21 pm #

    Kristen May ALWAYS! πŸ™‚

  3. Martin Willcocks February 1, 2012 at 6:40 pm #

    Kristen May gave us the pleasure of a house concert and played some of her beautiful new songs. She was amazing!

  4. Jon Taylor February 1, 2012 at 6:41 pm #

    The Damnwells should win every award ever. Just saying πŸ™‚

  5. Billlllll February 1, 2012 at 7:07 pm #


  6. Alli February 1, 2012 at 8:22 pm #

    Not only does Brandon (frontman) of The BGP have an incredible vocal range, but all the guys in the band can sing. Amazing live shows!

  7. Rapunza February 1, 2012 at 8:26 pm #

    Rodeo Ruby Love ROCKS!!!
    The best band 2011/2012

  8. Phaedra February 1, 2012 at 8:52 pm #

    Not A Planet is awesome! Great groovin’!

  9. Larry Norris February 1, 2012 at 9:24 pm #

    Excellent Group on the upward swing.

  10. Sandi February 1, 2012 at 10:50 pm #

    Kristen May has it all! love that girl!

  11. Amy Corsi February 2, 2012 at 12:00 am #

    Lovin me some Not A Planet

  12. April February 2, 2012 at 1:37 am #

    I love the BGP. If you have not heard them, you need to. Very talented! Way to go BGP!

  13. Gregg Higgs February 2, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

    Kristen May has one of the most beautiful voices you’ll ever hear.

  14. Beth Bolyard February 2, 2012 at 2:58 pm #

    The Mount Rushmores for best new band, so full of heart, they truly deserve it!

  15. Amie Guenard February 2, 2012 at 3:26 pm #

    MT. Rushmores ALL THE WAY!!

  16. Leanna Roberts February 2, 2012 at 5:27 pm #

    The Mount Rushmores have my heart.

  17. Andy February 2, 2012 at 6:38 pm #

    The Mount Rushmores is where it’s at

  18. Blake Stiles February 2, 2012 at 6:45 pm #

    Kristen May all the way! (See how I made that rhyme)

  19. Jim February 2, 2012 at 8:38 pm #

    The Mount Rushmores for New Artist!

  20. Angela Fleming February 3, 2012 at 2:04 am #

    NAP 4evar

  21. Tammy Hughes February 3, 2012 at 2:43 am #

    Kristen May!

  22. AaronJizzle February 3, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

    Which animals?? These animals. These Animals are seriously great. Artist of the year fosho.

  23. Frank Major February 3, 2012 at 4:10 pm #

    Heard THESE ANIMALS at The Bowery Electric last week….AWESOME BAND…Artist of the Year and BEST BAND ….. INCREDIBLE !!

  24. Mr. Mister February 3, 2012 at 5:49 pm #

    Look Out – “They Might Be Giants…” here comes THESE ANIMALS !!

  25. Dewveall February 3, 2012 at 8:17 pm #

    Just found out that we’re playing a show in Hattiesburg with the Mount Rushmores next month. I’m excited to meet those guys.

  26. Stephanie Knapp February 3, 2012 at 8:55 pm #

    Love Those Animals

  27. Al Novy February 3, 2012 at 9:06 pm #

    Andrew Belle is a very talented singer.
    He is one of the best that has come along in quite awhile. Can’t wait for Daylight to hit the charts. He is the GREATEST.

  28. Josh February 3, 2012 at 11:46 pm #

    I agree with everyone who likes the Mount Rushmores.

  29. Roxana February 4, 2012 at 4:23 am #


  30. Dona East February 4, 2012 at 4:37 pm #

    Soft Skills get my vote for New Artist of the Year. Seriously, have you heard these guys? Amazing, absolutely amazing!

  31. mizzus t February 5, 2012 at 2:05 am #

    These Animals-Jon Rick rocks!!

  32. Marshall February 6, 2012 at 3:42 pm #

    MOUNT RUSHMORES!!!!! Look out America, your face is about to get rocked off

  33. Rosie February 6, 2012 at 4:00 pm #

    The Mt. Rushmores have some serious skills, funnest show i’ve ever been to!

  34. Rick February 6, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

    The Mount Rushmores. all the way.

  35. Jake Johnson February 6, 2012 at 4:08 pm #

    New Artist of the Year definitely belongs to the Mount Rushmores!

  36. Gail Bray February 6, 2012 at 4:33 pm #

    Bella Ruse! No contest!

  37. Brett Taulbee February 6, 2012 at 7:34 pm #

    The Mt. Rushmores and Matthew Mayfield.. That’s all that needs to be said.

  38. John Wright February 7, 2012 at 3:03 pm #

    Mt. Rushmores all day, every day

  39. Joel February 7, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

    Listen to all these bands!! They are all very good!!

  40. Matt February 7, 2012 at 11:48 pm #

    If you haven’t heard Bella Ruse be sure to check them out, so talented and adorable!

  41. Kaitlan February 7, 2012 at 11:49 pm #

    Mt Rushmores!!!!!

  42. Lindsey February 7, 2012 at 11:59 pm #

    The Mt. Rushmores…..For Sure!!!!

  43. k05h February 9, 2012 at 9:09 pm #

    Bella Ruse must win. Their music is awesome. I think tis the best music happened to me since 2009.

  44. Van Luera February 10, 2012 at 1:55 am #

    Can’t wait for “War Dancer”. I feel in love so hard with the tracks I’ve heard thus far.

    I raise my whiskey glass to you, Jesse Thomas!

  45. T FRANK February 10, 2012 at 4:48 pm #

    Let’s not kid oursevlves…BELLA RUSE baby! Two words: Bella Ruse One word: Vote

  46. Eric February 10, 2012 at 7:09 pm #

    Really looking forward to “War Dancer” from this girl: http://www.iamjessethomas.com/

    I’ve seen her live and she’s great!

    Jesse Thomas! Jesse Thomas! Jesse Thomas!

  47. mandie miller February 11, 2012 at 3:25 am #

    jesse thomas is where it’s at!!! amazing voice, and lyrics that everyone can relate to. love her πŸ™‚

  48. Rood dude February 11, 2012 at 8:45 am #

    Elk and Boar rocks my socks. Elk and Boar should play a show at a sock hop

  49. Clee February 12, 2012 at 3:58 pm #



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