Local artists nominated for GA Music Award

Carlton Fletcher

ATLANTA — Southwest Georgia will definitely be in the house at the Buckhead Theater on June 8 when the 2013 GA Music Awards are handed out.

No less than five artists from the immediate area are among the nominees for the second edition of the statewide awards, given to fan-selected artists in a number of musical genres.

“We feel that our new album (which will be unveiled at a release concert Saturday) validates us as artists, and receiving a statewide nomination for the GA Music Awards validates us beyond our geographical boundaries,” Vernon “Chief H” Cruz with the Albany-based fusion hip-hop/rock band Unbreakable Bloodline, said of the nomination.

UBL received a GMA nomination in the Hip-Hop Group/Band category and will compete for fan voting with fellow nominees Clan Destined, Jubee & the Morning After, Brothers Under Different Skin, Kid Sync & Brandywine, and Tizzle & Streets.

“We’ll have an opportunity to play a big showcase (at Atlanta’s Terminal West Club) featuring all the hip-hop nominees before the awards are given,” UBL drummer Chad Basko said. “It’s going to get us a lot of exposure. We’re looking at it as another stepping stone as we continue to move forward.”

The six members of Unbreakable Bloodline — Cruz, Basko, Ryan Meyers, Tiffany “O’She Tyght” Thomas, Jay “O-Z” Osborne and Dusty Ashberry — will see plenty of familiar faces at the GMA ceremony. Cole Taylor (Country Male), Faith Jackson (Country Female), Highway 55 (Country Band) and Caitlin Gutierrez (Youth Rock/Country and Youth Video), all of whom are from the metro Albany area or have close ties here, are also among the nominees.

Highway 55, which was named best country band at last year’s Georgia Country Awards, will compete against Reluctant Saints, Laughlin, Lyn Averne, Georgia Red Clay, Brock, Southside of the Tracks and Cottonwood Canyon. Taylor, who also was a 2012 GCA winner, will compete against Tyler Brant Harrison, Ricky Gunn, Ben Wells, Alex Hall, Chuck Courtenay, Jared Wade and Scott Brantley.

Jackson, who joins fellow nominees Mandy Gauley, Angela Reign, Lauren Ashley, Kelly Ballard, Amy Taylor, Crista Lyn and Rebecca Collins in the Country Female category, and Gutierrez continue Leesburg’s strong country music legacy with their nominations.

Gutierrez will compete against Athens Band, Gabbie Rae, Emily Vance, Jordan Grassi, Aspen Countrymen, Cheyenne Knight, Katie Belle Akin and Madison Shaw in the youth category, and her “Country Air” video vies for honors over works by J’Plus the Entertainer, Rae, Vance and Miss Mulatto.

Fans of the artists have an opportunity to actively show their support by voting for each at the gamusicawards.com website. UBL fans can link to the GMA site at www.facebook.com/UnbreakableBloodline or at twitter.com/UBL6. Voting continues through June 1.

Advance tickets for the GMAs are $31 for orchestra seating and $21 balcony, and tickets are $36 and $25, respectively, on the day of the show.