Wednesday, 11 June 2014 2014 Artist of the Year Finalists have counted up the votes for nominations for listeners favourite UK Country Artist of the Year Awards which is a new award for 2014.

  • Online nominations, open to all, were received between January and May 2014.
  • The Award is, quite simply, for the best UK Country Artist. The Award was open to solo artists, duos and bands - artist
  • want to give this award to an artist who has demonstrated an outstanding achievement over the past year.
  • It could be a great album they have released, a great tour they've undertaken, a TV appearance, a show, anything really that's made them stand out from the crowd.
There was a special programme broadcast at 12noon on Sunday 8th June, when Charlie Brown announced the finalists.
>> Listen to the announcements and sound clips from each of the Finalists nominated songs.

There was a tie for the nominations so there are eleven not ten finalists
These 11 Finalists will go through to a VOTE by presenters and subscribers (who were subscribed prior to the voting process in January 2014): 

Artist Finalist #1: Annie Marks ("Coming Home")
Artist Finalist #2: Chris Green Project ("Little Bit of Texas")
Artist Finalist #3: Gary Quinn ("He Don't Show Her Anymore")
Artist Finalist #4: Kelly Michelle ("Your Good Girls, Gonna Go Bad")
Artist Finalist #5: Raintown ("Picture Of Us")
Artist Finalist #6: Red Dirt Skinners ("Idaho Blues")
Artist Finalist #7: Redhillbillies ("Wagon Wheel")
Artist Finalist #8: Suzanna Shore ("Have You Ever")
Artist Finalist #9: Thorne Hill ("Help Me Find The Strength")
Artist Finalist #10: Ward Thomas ("Footnotes" (Happy Ending))
Artist Finalist #11: Wayne Jacobs ("I Want My Daddy")

***  WHO WE LIKE ***
** For your Consideration: WARD THOMAS  **

They are an English country/folk/pop music Hampshire duo, hail from Petersfield, UK who comprise:
20-year old twin sisters Catherine and Lizzy Ward Thomas.

Achievements during the last Year

  • Represented the UK at “CMA Presents The Aristo Global Show” in June 2013 in Nashville 
  • Recorded debut album in Nashville TN; musicians include: Dan Dugmore, Chris Rodriquez, Michael Omartian and Vince Gill! 
  • Support for Mindy Smith in June 2013 in London 
  • Signed with BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc) November 2013 
  • Invited and played at the C2C: Country to Country 2014 Festival Pop Stages 
  • Small market American Radio performance and promotional tour Oct/ Nov 2013 & April/June 2014 in Tennessee and Alabama 
  • Embarked on their first UK tour in February 2014. 
  • Interview and played live on Weekend Wogan (BBC Radio 2) 
  • Single “The Good And The Right” on the “B” BBC Radio 2 Playlist for 4 weeks.
  • Released >> Official Video “The Good And The Right”   
  • The Good And The Right”  #Top 10 on the UK iTunes Chart 
“Hampshire the home of country music, sensational country duo Ward Thomas” - Sir Terry Wogan
Talk about bringing coals to Newcastle and those country boys down there
in Nashville think they're fantastic, so do we" – Sir Terry Wogan BBC Playlist Page
"They are blindingly good" - Terry Wogan BBC Playlist Page

"Country music from Hampshire...great to know that there's home grown talent
 pumping this great music at us" - Bob Harris OBE  BBC Playlist Page
Oh I love a hoe-down, Ward Thomas, The Good and the Right, they sound amazing" - Zoe Ball  BBC Playlist Page

Their debut album FROM WHERE WE STAND is packed with great songs, fantastic arrangements, tasteful instrumentation, superb vocals and top-notch production. Ward-Thomas are one of the most refreshing acts to come along in some time and in FROM WHERE WE STAND they have put together a beguiling debut album that is sure to charm all who come across it. They are the kind of act whose future literally seems unlimited - Alan Cackett (Maverick Magazine Editor 2002 - 2014; Wesley Rose International Media Achievement Award 2007)

>> Listen to Ward Thomas Footnotes EP:

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