Showcase winners are eligible to attend the CMA/Hollywood Music In Media Awards Red Carpet on Hollywood Blvd. and perform in LA in November 2015. Winners are also eligible to be featured with their own float at the Charlotte 2015 Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Click APPLY to be part of the Charlotte Music Awards, now in it's 9th year.
Puckett's Farm Equip., 2740 W Sugar Creek Rd, Charlotte, NC 28262 (704) 597-8230
Now accepting applications from all over the Carolinas, for Folk singers, duos & trios, Singer/Songwriters and Americana/Bluegrass bands. This competition in 3 separate categories, will be judged by a panel of music industry professionals and will result in the winners going to Hollywood and being featured on a float in the Charlotte Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Bare The Traveler 2014 Rock Band Of The Year
Andrew Scotchie & The Rover Rats 2014 Blues Band Of The Year
Chelsea Summers 2014 Women In Country
Will Wildfire 2014 Urban Artist Of The Year
Prettier Than Matt 2014 Folk Artist Of The Year
Sabin Sharpe 2014 Founders Award and Country Breakout Artist Of The Year
CMA Associate Producer Terry Gage and CMA Founder Jeff Cheen
Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade to Feature
Winners of 2014 Charlotte Music Awards
Andrew Scotchie & The River Rats, Bare The Traveler and Chelsea Summers
Four award-winning bands from the Carolinas will perform at this year’s Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade in Uptown Charlotte. The winners Andrew Scotchie & The River Rats, Bare The Traveler and Chelsea Summers were chosen as part of the 2014 Charlotte Music Awards (CMA) program, which hosts a Showcase Series throughout the year to identify up-and-coming Carolina artists, songwriters and musicians.
Six CMA Showcase winners will attend the CMA Red Carpet Event, which will be held during the Hollywood Music in Media Awards on November 4, 2014 at The Fonda Theater in Hollywood, CA. The Hollywood Music in Media Awards, judges have nominated the three top winners from the CMA entourage to represent CMA nationwide. The three top nominees, mentioned above, will then return to Charlotte to perform in the Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Southern/Country Rock band The Southern Experience Band, originally from the Kings Mountain area, will also perform live during the parade. The band won top honors at the 2013 Charlotte Music Awards, and has since toured across the Southeast region. This week, they were voted #10 on the “Iceman's TOP 40 New Country Artist Chart,” and their fan base continues to grow.
The 2014 Charlotte Music Awards Showcases include Rock, Country, Singer/Songwriter, Urban, Blues, Bluegrass/Americana, Women in Rock and Women in Country.
The Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade steps off at 9:30am on Thanksgiving Day. For parade updates, follow the parade on Twitter at @novantparade.
Will Wildfire Wins 2014 Urban Showcase
The Charlotte Music Awards congratulates Will Wildfire on winning the 2014 Urban Showcase held at 181 West Main Event Center, Gastonia, NC. As the winner, he will be eligible to proceed to the Red Carpet Event at The Hollywood Music In Media Awards to be held at The Fonda Theatre in Hollywood, November 4th as well as perform at The Mint in LA. We would like to thank all of our performers, akidnamedpollo, Big Greg, Cailin G, Lil' Co, Ideology, MAJUR MAJ, Pookie wit the Uzi and Will Wildfire. Thank you to our esteemed judges, Da Real Immortal, BC and Terry Gage. We appreciate David Berryhill for furnishing sound and Chad Carpenter and the staff at 181 Main Event Center for hosting the event. We appreciate Jeff Cheen as producer of this event and Terry Gage as stage manager and emcee for the evening.
Brandi Alden wins CMA Carolina Singing Star
Congratulations to Brandi Alden on winning the 2014 Charlotte Music Awards Carolina Singing Star that was held, September 28th at The Comedy Zone at The NC Music Factory. As the winner, Brandi is eligible to proceed to the Red Carpet Event in conjuntion with The Hollywood Music In Media Awards in Los Angeles November 4th.
We wish to thank Shane Shaw, Brandi Alden and Camryn Wilson for excellent performances. Thank you to Doug Gates and Julia Ann Roberts for judging the competition. We would like to thank Jan Jenson for photography and The Comedy Zone for hosting the event and Lisa Barr for furnishing sound. We wish to thank Terry Gage as emcee for the evening. We appreciate the efforts of Jeff Cheen, producer and Terry Gage, associate producer for a wonderful evening of music and providing an opportunity to showcase these talented artists.
Sojourn of Sparrows Wins The Charlotte Music Awards 2014 Women In Rock
Congratulations to "Sojourn of Sparrows" on winning The Charlotte Music Awards 2014 Women In Rock Showcase at 181 Main Event Center,in Gastonia. As the winner, the band will be eligible to proceed to The CMA Red Carpet Event in conjunction with the Hollywood Music In Media Awards and be eligible for a possible nomination for HMMA as well. The band will perform with other showcase winners at the music business mecca, The Mint in Los Angeles on Nov 6.. They will also be considered to participate in the Novant Thanksgiving Day Parade in Charlotte in November. We thank all our performers, Sojourn of Sparrows, The Reason You Stayed, and Anna Lynn Ferris. Thanks to our guest performers, Terry Alford Gage and Emcee FunkyGeezer. We appreciate David Berryhill for sound and 181 Main Event Center for hosting the event. Thank you to Jeff Cheen, Producer and Terry Alford Gage, Associate Producer for their efforts. We appreciate our judges, Terry Alford Gage, Doug Gates and Mark "Sharky" Hinson.
Robert Johnson Jr wins the CMA Singer/Songwriter Showcase
Congratulations to Robert Johnson, Jr. on winning The Charlotte Music Awards 2014 Singer/Songwriter Showcase held on Sunday, July 13th at The Comedy Zone at the NC Music Factory. As the winner, he will be eligible to proceed to the CMA Red Carpet Event in conjunction with The Hollywood Music In Media Awards in Los Angeles, November 4th and also perform at a noted venue in Los Angeles. We appreciate all of the performers, namely, Sabine Sharpe, Josh Owens, Casey Clark, Andy Buckner, Will Wildfire, and Lucinda Lucas. We would like to thank our esteemed judges, the Reverend Bill Minson, Randy Moss and Doug Gates. Thanks to Jan Jenson and David Vandenberg for photography. We would like to thank Jeff Cheen as Producer and Terry Gage as Associate Producer for the event.
Chelsea Summers wins The Charlotte Music Awards 2014 Women In Country Showcase!
Andrew Scotchie & The River Rats Win CMA Blues Showcase
Congratulations to Andrew Scotchie & The River Rats (Asheville NC) for winning the 2014 CMA Blues Showcase, held on Sunday May 4 at Jomo's Rhythm & Blues, 3301 N Liberty St, Winston-Salem NC. Thanks to all the artists from around the Carolinas who performed at this event: Brent Morris (Winston-Salem NC), Game Face (Charlotte, NC), Lazybirds (Boone NC), Raheem Kashon (Winston-Salem NC) and Tony Drake (Winston-Salem NC). The CMA's wish to thank Ellen Leak of The Forsyth County Entertainment Awards for organizing the event and Jomo for hosting the event and AJ and Ernest for a great job with the sound.
The winner is eligible to proceed to the CMA – Hollywood Music In Media Awards Red Carpet Affair in LA in November at the Henry Fonda Theatre on Hollywood Blvd. and perform in a featured show in the entertainment capital of the world.
Bare The Traveler wins the Charlotte Music Awards 2014 Rock Showcase
Congrats to "Bare The Traveler" on winning the CMA 2014 Rock Showcase at the Saloon @NC Music Factory that was held on April 10th. As winners they are eligible to proceed to the Red Carpet Event this November in Los Angeles for the Hollywood Music in Media Awards and be able to perform in Hollywood.. Thanks to all the performers, Analog Daze, ISH, Sun Dried Vibes, and Stardog. We appreciate our judges Darren Watts, Ron Humphries and Neel Jadeja. A huge thank you to The Saloon for hosting the event and Matt for furnishing sound. Thanks to Bare The Traveler for furnishing backline and David Vandenberg for photos. A huge thank you to Jeff Cheen and Terry Alford Gage for their production efforts in making this event possible.
Prettier Than Matt win 2014 CMA Folk Showcase
Congratulations to Prettier Than Matt for winning the 2014 CMA Folk Showcase held at Puckett's Farm Equip. We wish to thank all of the artists, namely,. Casey Clark (Catawba NC), Blaine DeBoo (Charlotte), Fictive Kin (High Point NC), Gregory Dale Holland (Greenville SC), Rob McHale (Troutman NC), Don Nivens (Easley, SC),and Travis Smith (Spartanburg SC) As the winner, Prettier Than Matt is eligible to proceed to the CMA – Hollywood Music In Media Awards Red Carpet Affair in LA in November at the Henry Fonda Theatre on Hollywood Blvd. and perform in a featured show in the entertainment capital of the world. Thank you to Dan Grissom for sound, Gary Puckett for hosting the event, Jan Jenson for photography, Terry Gage as stage manager and Associate Producer, Jeff Cheen as Producer and Ronnie Tsunami for technical/web support. A huge thank you to our judges and former CMA winners, Scott Sanders, Marie Calabro, and Lily Tallent for their support.
CMA Winners Perform in Hollywood!
Congratulations to the winners of the Charlotte Music Awards that went to Hollywood, CA, and peformed at Busby's East on Nov 20th, and also were on the Red Carpet at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards on Nov 21st. Winners present included The Southern Experience Band (Country Band of the Year), Michael Tracy (Rock Band of the Year), Michelle Leigh (Women In Rock) Marie Calabro (Folk Artist of the Year), Da Real Immortal (Urban Artist of the Year), and Lily Tallent (Women in Country Artist of the Year). VIEW PHOTOS>>
“Immortal” Wins The Charlotte Music Awards 2013 Urban Showcase
Congratulations to “Immortal” on winning The Charlotte Music Awards 2013 Urban Showcase at The Comedy Zone @NC Music Factory. Thanks to all the performers, namely, Keen Society, Jay’e R, Renny Rhymes and Flauce. We appreciate our judges, “Blondy”, Neel Jadeja, Darren Watts, and K-Dot. Thanks so much to Jan Jenson for the video and photography tonight. We wish to thank Mike Hall of The Comedy Zone for hosting the event. Thanks to Jeff Cheen, Terry Alford Gage and Ronnie Tsunami for their efforts. “Immortal” will be proceeding to participate in the CMA Red Carpet Event at the Hollywood Music In Media Awards at the Henry Fonda Theater on November 21st and performing at Busby's in Los Angeles on November 20th.
Michelle Leigh wins the 2013 CMA Women In Rock Showcase
Congrats to Michelle Leigh on winning The Charlotte Music Awards 2013 Women In Rock Showcase. As the winner, she will proceed to the Red Carpet Event at The Hollywood Music In Media Awards Gala, November 21st in Los Angeles. Thanks to great performances from Butterfly Corpse, Forgive Me Not, and Michelle Leigh. Matt did an excellent job on sound. We would like to thank our judges, Lily Tallent, Darren Watts, Terry Gage and Doug Gates as well as Lily Tallent for a wonderful job as our emcee for the evening. Thanks to Amanda Dotson and JT Fitch for helping us with the showcase. We appreciate Jeff Barnes of The Saloon for hosting the event. Thanks so much to Jan Jenson and C. Michael Williams for photography. The Charlotte Music Awards thanks the staff, namely, Jeff Cheen, Terry Gage and Ronnie Tsunami for all of their efforts.
Welcome to the Charlotte Music Awards!
Jeff Cheen at the HMMAs
Jeff Walker Wins "The Carolina Singing Star"
Nov 21 - Red Carpet, Henry Fonda Theater, Hollywood
Watch For Our Showcases in 2014
Michael Tracy wins Charlotte Music Awards 2013 Rock Showcase
Congratulations to Jeff Walker for winning the 2013 Charlotte Music Awards Carolina Singing Star held at The Comedy Zone at The NC Music Factory on Aug. 11th.
This competition featured Austin Porter, Camryn Wilson, Jessica McCarton, Mandy Smith, Shannon Lee, and Joseph Hudson, who where enthusiasticly supported by a full house and our panel of Music Industry Professionals. A CMA shout out to Mike Hall of The Comedy Zone, our MC Terry Gage, and Social Networking Guru, Rod Potter. We all thank Marie Calabro, the CMA Folk Showcase double winner, for her performance and helping to judge our talent. A special thanks goes out to our sponsors of this event... The Comedy Zone, and Outside-Of-The-Box Video Productions llc.
The Charlotte Music Awards congratulates Michael Tracy on winning the 2013 Rock Showcase held Fri Aug 16th at The Saloon, at The NC Music Factory, Charlotte. As the winner he will be eligible to proceed to the CMA Red Carpet Event at the Hollywood Music In Media Awards on November 21st at the Henry Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles. Thanks to all of the bands who participated, namely, Rock U Roadshow Band, Analog Daze (Charlotte), Braden Harwood (Albemarle NC), Fiftywatt Freight Train (Charlotte), and One More Hero (Columbia SC). A special thanks to Warren Leazer as the emcee for the evening and judges, Neel Jadeja, Terry Gage and Mickey Floyd. We appreciate Karen & Kevin Corzine from “Rock U” for furnishing the backline and Matt for a wonderful job on sound. Thanks to Jeff Barnes and The Saloon for hosting the event. We appreciate C. Michael Williams for furnishing photography. The Charlotte Music Awards would like to thank Jeff Cheen, Terry Gage & Ronnie Tsunami for their dedication and support.
Lily Tallent Wins Women In Country Showcase
The Charlotte Music Awards wishes to congratulate Lily Tallent as the winner of the 2013 Charlotte Music Awards Women In Country Showcase. Thanks to “In The Wind” in Huntersville for hosting the event. We appreciate the performances of Tracy Wyatt from South85 (Cowpens SC), Kendra Hope (Valdese NC), Nikki Fellows (Cornelius NC), Cassie McKee (Greensboro NC), and Krysty Lynn (Albemarle NC). Thank you to our judges, Miss North Carolina 2008 Andrea Duke Panza, Darren Watts, and “Blondy” (Gwendolyn Chisolm) . We appreciate Catherine Lane, from WSOC 103.7 FM, as emcee. We wish to thank Patrick from Rock University for furnishing sound, Jan Jensen for photography and Shelia Williamson for all of their efforts. A special thanks to Jeff Cheen, Ronnie Tsunami and Terry Gage for their support. The winner of this showcase is eligible to proceed to the CMA Red Carpet, being held this year in November at the Henry Fonda Theatre on Hollywood Blvd in conjunction with our sister organization, the Hollywood Music In Media Awards.
Dixie Moon wins Americana/Bluegrass Showcase
2013 CMA Country Showcase May 11
Connect with Us Online
The Charlotte Music Awards would like to congratulate “The Southern Experience Band” as the winners of the 2013 Country Showcase held May 11th at “In The Wind Bar & Grill in Huntersville, North Carolina. As winners, the band is eligible to proceed to the CMA Red Carpet event being held in November in Hollywood. We would like to thank Alec Bailey, Anthony Pope, The Bobby Ray Bittle Band, and Brooke McBride for wonderful performances. Thanks to our esteemed judges, Roger Cullis, Darren Watts, Marie Calabro and Mickey Floyd. We appreciate our emcee Warren Leazer for a wonderful job. A huge thank you to “Rock U” for furnishing the backline and sound for the evening. The Charlotte Music Awards would like to thank Jeff Cheen, Ronnie Tsunami, Karen Corzine,Terry Gage and Judy Ellis of “In The Wind” for a fantastic job in coordinating the event and production.
Share the Music
Sign Up for Updates!
Attend a CMA Showcase!
Want to Compete in a Showcase?
Bill Miller wins the Blues Showcase
LILY TALENT WINS THE 2013 CMA SINGER/SONGWRITER SHOWCASE
2013 Folk Showcase Results
Congratulations to Lily Talent on winning the 2013 Charlotte Music Awards Singer/Songwriter Showcase. As the winner of the showcase, Lily will proceed to the Hollywood Music In Media Awards Red Carpet event in Los Angeles on November 21st in association with The Charlotte Music Awards. A special thanks to all of the performers, namely, Queen City, Alan Barrington, Rusty Knox, Mike Alicke, Brook McBride, Anitra Jay, Lily Tallent, Michael Tracy, Shannon Lee, Jeff Walker, Don Nivens & Doug Dickens. We thank Mike Hall from the Comedy Zone @ The NC Music Factory for hosting the event. Thanks to the judges, Darren Watts, Dwayne Moore and Doug Gates for a fantastic job. A special thank you to Dan Grissom for staging tonight as well as Brandy Myers. We appreciate the efforts of Jeff Cheen, Terry Gage, and Ronnie Tsunami for their support and Jan Jenson for the photography this evening.
A Special Thanks to Our Sponsors!