PHOTOS: The 19th Annual Lehigh Valley Music Awards
The music community came out to the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks on Sunday for one of the premier nights of 2018: the 19th Annual Lehigh Valley Music Awards.
This year, parity was the name of the game, as several new and emerging winners joined established favorites to create one of the most diverse fields of LVMA recipients to date.
Maintaining his spot atop the leaderboard for another year was local Americana singer-songwriter Scott Marshall. Marshall won a total of five awards, including Outstanding Male Artist, Outstanding Male Vocalist, Outstanding Singer-Songwriter (Fan ballot), Outstanding Singer-Songwriter (Industry), and Best Album for “Who We Are and What We Do,” an album composed by Marshall and a group of fellow cancer survivors known as The Band of Survivors.
However, several new faces emerged near the top of the ladder this year, including emerging singer Stacy Gabel, who captured four awards including the Discover Lehigh Valley “Discovered Artist Award; the Fan’s Choice Award; Best Song for her duet, “Two Hearts One Soul,” alongside singer John Carelli; and Best Female Artist in a tie alongside Julia Sommer.
Sommer also captured four awards this year, with her other three honors including Outstanding Youth Band/Soloist Not Associated with a School; Outstanding Youth/Teenage Performer; and Outstanding Music Video for “At All Times,” a duet with her father, Werner Sommer.
Popular local bluesman James Supra captured three awards, including the first ever Legacy Award, given in recognition of his decades of success. Supra also won the award for Outstanding Harmonicist for the 19th and final year in a row, opting to withdraw his eligibility from the category following this year to allow other musicians an opportunity to be recognized. Supra also captured the award for Outstanding Blues Band/Soloist.
Also winning three awards apiece were Roi and the Secret People frontman Mike Roi — who received nods for Outstanding All-Around Performer; Outstanding Music Educator; and Outstanding Rock Band/Soloist — as well as Dave Fry, who captured awards for Outstanding Child Audience Music Performer, Outstanding Folk Band/Soloist and Outstanding College/Community Radio Personality.
Acoustic Kitty Project, whose frontman Carter Lansing was nominated for 11 awards, came away with the award for Outstanding Americana Band/Soloist. Also winning a single award was Lehigh Valley Underground LVMA19 Preshow performer Cubbage, who received recognition as an Outstanding New Band/Soloist.
A full list of winners can be found here. Photos from the evening, courtesy of LVU Contributor Lisa Robinson, can be found below. Congratulations to all of the winners and nominees!