Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Voting Underway for The UK Country Music Awards 2018

Celebrating the best in UK country music
Voting now open

Voting is now underway for's sponsored 2018 Awards.
Go here to cast your vote.
First-round voting continues until the end of May after which the Finalists in each category will be announced.'s Gold, Silver and Bronze Subscribers and presenters will vote in the second round during the summer.
The winners will be announced at The UK Country Music Awards at Radisson Blu Hotel, East Midlands Airport on Saturday 1st September.
The event includes: The announcements of the winners of the Awards, three-course dinner, Live performances (artists to be announced in June)
*** Early Bird Offer ***: Standard tickets: £39.50 (include 3-course meal) | No-meal tickets: £20 (3-course meal not included)
You do not have to vote for all the categories. You may vote for as few or as many as you like.
However, you may only submit the voting form once.
Voting closes at midnight on Thursday 31st May

UK Country Artist Of The Year: For a UK artist who has demonstrated outstanding achievement over the last year
UK Country Album Of The Year: For an album released since January 2017; The album must contain at least 8 tracks
UK Female Country Singer Of The Year: Sponsored by Number 24 - Upton Upon Severn's premier gift shop
UK Male Country Singer Of The Year: Sponsored by The Big Wide Wonderful World of Daffy Don Allen - introducing the UK to country music through Radio Caroline in the 1960
UK Country Duo Of The Year
UK Country Group Of The Year

1) Voting for all of the Awards is open to everyone until midnight on 31st May 2018.
2) Based on the number of votes, five finalists will be identified in each category, with the exception of the UK Country Artist Of The Year category in which ten finalists will be identified.
3) The finalists will be voted on by a panel made up of's presenters and staff together with people who have held a Gold, Silver or Bronze subscription to since before January 1st 2018. are committed to developing a set of quality Awards which are open, fair and credible:

Open: anyone can nominate any Artist for their Awards.
Credible: Voting to determine the overall winners of each category is restricted to’s subscribers and presenters to prevent artists winning by simply getting their fans, friends and families to vote for them.

OVERALL EVENT SPONSOR were looking for sponsorship to help them put together their annual Birthday Party And Awards, which performs the dual role of celebrating’s birthday through a four-hour concert, and announcing the winners of the UK Country Music Awards.
The cost of Overall Event Sponsorship is £5,000
The cost of sponsoring's UK Country Artist Of The Year Award is £1,000.
Yes - it costs £250 to sponsor one of the Award categories (The sponsor does not have to be present at the ceremony - although a pair of tickets would be made available).
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, or have any questions, then please contact our events team by emailing

For further info about Award sponsorship here: Listeners’ Club Song Award 2018

The Listeners' Club Song Award is for a song by a UK country artist or writer, promoted through last year. The following songs are eligible for the Award this year.....Sponsored by - award-winning acts - playing the Hottest Country Music for the UK, 24 hours a day?

Listen to the advert from CEO Allan Watkiss:

Listen to samples of all the eligible Listeners' Club Songs here:

Ann Duggan - Dust Upon The Wind
Danny Lee - Running Down The Road
Grand Prairie - Chuffin' Through The Tunnel Of Love
Hayley Mack - Falling
Jim Clarke - The Country Side Of Liverpool
Johnny Chirnside - Nashville
Keith Shaw - Boots (The Shoe Shop Song)
Keith's Country Satellite - Hold On To Me
Kerr Donnelly Band - Old Country Dogs
Lily Garland - I'm Coming For You
Marc Ring - The Shandon Bells
Martin Smith - Bitter Sweet
McDade - Southern Side Of Heaven
Mick J.Clark - Sing Glory Glory Hallelujah
Rett Russell - She Got The Cowboy
Robyn Taylor - In The Arms Of Love
Sandy Peter - All That She Ever Wanted
The Might Stampede - Let 'Em All
Tis The Camera - Blue Grass Cafe
Velvet and Stone - Raise Your Ghosts
Wayne Jacobs (writer) - Signs Of Love (>> YouTube Audio performed by Ronnie Kimball / Produced in Nashville by Tom Manche) Get a FREE DOWNLOAD (128kbps MP3) HERE via

One’s we Like
For Your Consideration:

Lily Garland’s song “I’m Coming Home” (writers: Lily Garland, Justin Johnson, Adam Sweet) was released as a single 24 April 2017.

It was produced by BCMA Award winning songwriter/producer/Musician Justin Johnson ( at Parr Street Studios in Liverpool.

I’m Coming Home with its a warm soulful vocal and whirlwinds of energy and attack takes no prisoners and was drawn from Lily’s 5-track second EP, THE NEXT CHAPTER (released 16 June 2017) which soared to #5 in the iTunes country chart.

The project drew on experiences Lily had gone through herself such as break up, finding yourself, finding the wrong guy (and then the right guy) and being a mother.
CHART SUCCESS: I’m Coming Home was promoted on Hotdisc June 2017 #222 promotional disc. It made a debut at No.15 on the Hotdisc Top 40 chart (Dated June 11, 2017). It spent 8-weeks on the chart (15-12-9-9-11-10-12-21) and climbed to No.9 (chart dated July 2, 2017) with a #2 peak on the Hotdisc British & Irish Chart.
Hotdisc services over 700 DJs and media in Europe with brand new music for their shows and attention. Those contacts who receive Hotdisc in physical or digital format score each of the tracks from 1 to 10 and give feedback comment and offer critique.

There is little doubt that Lily Garland is a rising force on the UK country scene. Her first EP was simply brilliant, but it is more than clear that Lily has raised her game. ‘The Next Chapter’ sees Lily with a range of songs and a confidence of delivery that will surely take her to the next levelNick Cantwell, Belles and Gals


Velvet and StoneRaise Your Ghosts

Velvet & Stone are an indie folk band from Devon, UK.

“What Raise Your Ghosts (iTunes; tagged Singer-Songwriter/Folk) and Embers shows is that the band have become a little more polished, a little less raw, but just as enthralling. Their folk roots are still very much on display, but it is mixed with a fantastic indie sound. Lara's vocals have always been a focal point, and they are just as gorgeous and filled with warmth as always. 

The band do more than just support her voice though, and these songs soar” - Fatea Records

One of our favourite records of the year. Trust me on this one. Velvet & Stone are superb”. (James Santer, BBC Introducing In Devon)

Velvet & Stone, released their EP 'EMBERS' on 13th October 2017! The four-track EP, recorded at Cube Recording in Cornwall, is the second EP released by the band who celebrated the release at a launch party at the Bike Shed Theatre Cocktail Bar in Exeter on 13th October 2017 followed by a string of dates around the South West. The new EP features acclaimed cellist Caroline Lavelle [Radiohead; Massive Attack; Muse; Loreena McKennit; Afro Celt Sound System], and producer/ engineer Gareth Young on percussion across all of the tracks.
Audio credits:
Vocals - Lara Snowdon
Keys and violin - Kathryn Tremlett
Acoustic and electric guitar - Roger Styles
Bass - Barry Muir

About the Listeners' Club Songs sponsor

Country Music Social Media for Award Winning acts 30 awards & over 40 nominations
Mission: To help Country singers with their social needs needs for Branding.and promoting

Social media for country Singers. Run by Ken Meakin, described by Russell Hill on Express FM as “one of the finest promoters in the country” creates social media sites Facebook, Google +, Twitter, YouTube, Myspace, Reverbnation, Wordpress plus many more.

His” My Country acts: Danny McMahon, Grand Prairie Band, Hannah Johnson, Helena Mace, Lee Paul, Merv and Maria, Penny Jayne Black (Django Promotions Management), The Pink Cowgirl (Dina Andrews), Ray Peters, Rett Russell, Wayne Jacobs.

Other Acts Meakin has worked with include: Carrie Cunningham, Chloe Chadwick, Donna Wylde, Emma Swindells, Emma Jane, Janey Kirk, Martin Boyd, Lily Garland, Mike Lane, Miki Peters, Outlander, Sarah Lucy Dole & Starlane and The Shotgun Annies.   

Notably Ken has helped his Country Singers. One being Wayne Jacobs UK country radio listeners club award winner 2012-2017!
Ken Meakin (R) with his multi award winning act Wayne Jacobs (L) 

6 Out Of 7: Wayne Jacobs was named the winner for the sixth successive year in 2017 and a finalist for the last seven years.

Wayne Listeners Club Song Award Wins:
2012: "Kentucky Whiskey"
2013: “I Want My Daddy
2014: In Cold Blood
2015: “May We Never Forget
2016: “Paws of War”
2017: "Stars & Stripes Of Freedom" (performed by Ronnie Kimball).

Wayne Jacobs (R) pictured in London at C2C2018 with fellow Ken Meakin act The Pink Cowgirl (aka Dina Andrews) (L) 

DOWNLOAD “Stars & Stripes Of Freedom” [Wayne Jacobs]
Wayne is already plotting to scoop the trophy again next year with a love song titled “Signs Of Love” about being on the Mississippi in Tennessee. The song is slated to have some dobro in the mix.
When speaking with’s very own Nutty Nora the six-time winner Jacobs said: “I've lost count on that one. Every year it gets harder and harder. I'm Americanized, I love America and write songs associated with America, that's why they've been so successful"

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About - playing the Hottest Country Music for the UK, 24 hours a day
Contact: PO Box 318 Leeds LS26 1DD | Email: is a radio station that plays independent UK country music artists alongside the big names from America, providing a much-needed outlet for their creative work.
The station is put together by a team of volunteers and radio professionals – all of whom share a common love of country music. are proud to work with all UK country artists, regardless of their age or previous achievements, as long as their musical work meets minimum quality standards.
The station want to play a part in ensuring and encouraging a thriving, diverse country music scene in the UK.’s MISSION
WE LOVE COUNTRY MUSIC AND PLAY..... The best in UK Country from the likes of Jackie Storrar, McKenzie, Dave Sheriff, Lynne Butler, Carolann B, Jonny Williams, Fred Kinsey III, Arizona Wes, The Cutlers Of Cornwall, Richard Plank & Guy Charles, Peter Williams......alongside the big names from America such as Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, George Strait, Sugarland, Keith Urban, Alison Krauss, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Alan Jackson, Jason Aldean, Rodney Atkins, Lady Antebellum, James Otto, Kellie Pickler, The Eagles, Emerson Drive, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts, Big & Rich, Brooks & Dunn, Montgomery Gentry - playing the Hottest Country Music for the UK, 24 hours a day, at

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