FRIDAY JAM: Nick Alligood of Albany takes home GA Music Award

Albany's Nick Alligood voted Best Country Male

Albany’s Nick Alligood recently took home the GA Music Award for Best Country Male. (Special photo)

Albany’s Nick Alligood recently took home the GA Music Award for Best Country Male. (Special photo)

ALBANY — Of the seven GA Music Awards nominees from the Albany area, one local artist made a strong impression at this year’s awards, with Albany’s Nick Alligood taking home the award for Best Country Male.

Although he attended the awards show in Buckhead last Saturday, Alligood said he had no idea he was a winner until they called his name to receive the award.

“Honestly, I didn’t expect it at all,” said Alligood. “When they called my name I was in complete shock.”

While winning the award might have been shocking to the young singer/songwriter, his increase in popularity should not. Alligood has been making a name for himself recently, playing gigs regularly in the Florida panhandle and across Georgia, including recent shows in Buckhead, Dacula, Villa Rica, Waycross and an upcoming show this Saturday at Outlaws in Columbus.

His first major single, “Get It Girl,” released earlier this year and available via download through Alligood’s ReverbNation site as well as iTunes, has also aided in his growing popularity, earning steady play and strong reviews.

Alligood said he has been trying to capitalize on the buzz he’s generating by keeping himself booked for shows as often as possible, despite having a full-time job outside of music. He is also hard at work recording his debut album when time permits.

“We’re recording and releasing a full album, but a release date has not been set,” said Alligood. “We’re shooting for late September or October.”

Even with everything he’s got going on, Alligood is taking time to enjoy the success of winning the GA Music Award.

“It’s really cool,” he said.

Other area artists nominated for GA Music Awards this year were Leesburg’s Faith Jackson for Best Country Female, Albany’s Unbreakable Bloodline (UBL) for Best Hip-Hop Group, Highway 55 for Best Country Band/Group, Dog Head for Best Metal Group, Intoxicated Logic for Best Rock Band and Tony B for Best Hip-Hop Male.

“Even though we did not win, we were grateful to nominated for best hip-hop group two years in a row. But this was so much bigger than just the GA Music Awards,” said UBL’s Jay “King Oz” Osborne. “This brought other groups together, campaigning for one cause. A lot of local artists say that the unity between other bands, groups, and artists is dead, but with the success of this campaign, we say that it is alive and well.”