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Major Ballot Changes

Each year, in order to reflect the ongoing evolution of the area music scene, WAMA reviews and, when appropriate, modifies the nominating ballot. We hope the resulting ballot, accurately reflects current activity in our music community.

Many of the changes also result from feedback from WAMA members and from our ongoing desire to present a vibrant awards show, of reasonable length, which accurately reflects our diverse community.

Accordingly, Wammies voters should take note in making their nominations this year. Some ballot changes were enacted in response to the numbers of actual votes some categories received in recent years.

As always, as a volunteer-run, nonprofit trade association, WAMA welcomes the participation, input and wisdom of its members.

Notable changes to the ballot are:

  • In all vocalist categories, Female and Male Vocalist have been combined into one Vocalist award. In Go-Go, vocalist has been replaced with Talker. A vocalist award has been added in the Big Band category.
  • In the Folk category, Irish/Celtic has been merged with Folk/Traditional.
  • In the Jazz category, Traditional and Contemporary have been merged into one Jazz category.
  • A new A Capella category has been added, with two awards, Group and Recording.
  • In Rock, two categories will encompass the genre. They are: Rock and Roots Rock.
  • Electronica is a new category. A new DJ award has been added.
  • In the Gospel/Inspirational category, Duo/Group and Harmony Group have been eliminated and the resulting categories will be Vocalist, Mass Choir, and Group/Quartet.
  • The New Age category has been eliminated.
  • Artist Website is a new award in the General Awards. The award will go to the artist and the website designer.
  • For Song of the Year, the award will go to the Artist/Performer and (if different) the songwriter.

Wammies Nominations

Your Nominations Count

As with any voting process, the more people who participate, the more representive the results. Your nominations are very important. Sometimes only a few votes can make the difference of an artist being added to the final ballot.

Read the Nomination & Voting Rules

For many, the nomination ballot can be daunting. If you are looking for hints and suggestions, you can use previous nominations as a guide. They can be found on the WAMA website at Members are encouraged to make use of the Washington Post MP3 site,, to search for nominees. Members are also encouraged to upload their music as soon as possible.

Even if you are only familiar with a handful of artists in a few categories, send in your ballot - it counts.


While it's true that you can self-nominate, it takes many nominations to have your name placed on the final ballot. One nomination or a few nominations is not enough to qualify for the final ballot. Many people who nominate themselves receive only one or two nominations and therefore do not qualify for the ballot. Those nominations could be spent more wisely.

Do you have a realistic chance to be a nominee? If not, nominate the artist(s) you believe have made the most significant career gains. Your nomination could possibly be the deciding vote for another nominee. That will go a long way toward maintaining the integrity of the voting process. WAMA strongly encourages you to nominate more than yourself - it's the WAMA way.

Local Notes

  • The Choral Arts Society of Washington, a world-class 190-member symphonic chorus now in its 38th season, was awarded the 2002 Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management, becoming the first arts organization to be named a winner since the program was established in 1995. The award, sponsored by the Washington Council of Agencies, recognizes outstanding achievement in nonprofit management and is open to all segments of the nonprofit sector in the Greater Metropolitan Washington area. For additional information on The Choral Arts Society of Washington, visit
  • The United States Air Force Band welcomed new commander and music director Lt. Col. Dennis M. Layendecker. Col. Layendecker replaces Col. Lowell E. Graham, who retired from the Air Force following a 28-year career.
  • Bethesda-based record label BOS Music signed a national distribution contract with Redeye Distribution. BOS has a roster that includes Railroad Earth, From Good Homes, Jess Klein and Todd Scheaffer.
  • Three new members were appointed to the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities by Mayor Anthony Williams. Felix Angel (Curator and General Coordinator of the Cultural Center of the Inter-American Development), Lou Durden (retired IBM Director of Corporate Community Relations) and Derek Gordon (Vice President for Education at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts).
  • Congratulations to the Cathedral Choral Society of the Washington National Cathedral, celebrating its 60th Anniversary this year.
  • Staccato Lounge, located near the intersection of 18th and U Streets in Adams Morgan, has reached an agreement with the Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC), to begin having live music once again. Staccato's music license had been under protest by the ANC for various noise-related reasons, but those issues have been resolved and the club is once again booking bands and has revived its Tuesday night open mic. For more information, call 202-232-2228 or visit
  • DC-based college rock band The Lloyd Dobler Effect beat out hundreds of other area bands in the HFS Big Break Contest and performed on the main stage at the HFStival, held this past summer at RFK Stadium. Named after John Cusack's character in the 80's film Say Anything, the band plays a blend of music described by The Washington Post as "go-go, funk, salsa, folk and hip-hop."
  • Billboard award-winning singer/songwriter Willem Dicke will release his new album, Familiar Ground, at Hard Rock Cafè in Washington on Friday, January 24, 2003. Wammie award winner Ariel Francis, who produced Familiar Ground, will join Dicke on stage. Following his set, Dicke will perform with theatrical show band FBI. The band is the subject of a short film by Ross Stansfield, which will be shown between Dicke and the FBI's performances. Please visit for more information.
  • A deal has been reached that allows small webcasters to pay royalties based on percentage of revenue instead of the per performance rate set by the Library of Congress. Go to the website at to see the summary of HR 5469 - Small Webcaster Amendments Act of 2002.
  • Composer/artist Kathy Haggerty has scored the upcoming indie feature film, Genius, which had its Washington premiere in October. The score was completed at Cue Recording in Falls Church this past Spring, and is currently under contract for distribution. More information is available at or on the film's web site at
  • Keith Dill took first place in both the fiddle division and the guitar division at the Berlin Fiddler's Convention in Berlin, MD. His band, The Dill Pickers, took second place in the band division. Visit for more information.
  • Congratulations to the Washington DC Area Cabaret Network, which celebrated its fifth birthday on September 1.
  • Billy Fotis, of Crow Valley Band, has signed a contract with Wild Oats Records in Nashville to be part of their latest compilation disc. Fotis recorded with producer Steve Haggard and engineer Randall Merryman (Marshall Tucker Band, Keb Mo, Albert King). Fotis will be packaged with three other artists, each contributing three to four songs, with the CD slated for a late fall release . The disc will be shopped for overseas licensing. More information can be found at
  • After a summer of clubs and festivals, Ruthie and The Wranglers have returned to Hit and Run Studio in Rockville, MD, to work on the 4th Wrangler album. The addition of Greg Hardin (songwriter, bassist and vocalist) has helped ignite a songwriting spree and many collaborations for the upcoming CD.
  • Making Moves Entertainment Association presents Open Mic Night and Card Party (spades, bid whist, poker, black jack, etc.) every Tuesday from 7 to 12 midnight at Bud's Restaurant and Nightclub (formerly the 501 Club) located at 501 Morse St, NE DC (Corner of 5th and Florida). Please call (202) 543-4419 for more information. Admission is $5 before 8 and the events is hosted by Backyard's Big G.
  • Carey Colvin's song, Blacktop, the first track from her award-winning CD The Distance Wall, was featured on national radio in NPR's Car Talk.
  • Fairfax-based Welbilt won the Rolling Rock/Hard Rock Cafe Road to the Town Fair, Best Unsigned Band competition and was awarded a three-song Virgin Records demo recording deal with Godsmack producer Andrew "Mudrock" Murdock. As winners of the nationwide competition. Welbilt members include Nate Ihara on vocals, Nick Geisinger on bass and vocals, Bill Ledbetter on drums and Buddy Speir on guitar. For more information visit
  • The queen of the area blues scene, Miss Mary Jefferson, passed away in her sleep Saturday, August 3. A tribute concert for Jefferson was held at Howard University.
  • Dulcie Taylor has been on the road, playing shows and performing live at some of the radio stations that are playing her new CD, Diamond & Glass, which has moved onto the national charts, according to Album Network.
  • A benefit concert was held earlier this year at the State Theater for Steve Hubert, also known as Stevie `Guitar' Sparks, who was diagnosed with MS. Steve sends a thank you to all of the great players who showed up, the staff of the State Theater and everyone else who came out to support him.
  • Thelonious Records, the newly launched label founded by Thelonious Monk, Jr., son of the legendary jazz pianist and composer and a multi-talented drummer and band leader in his own right, has released a CD collection of homemade recordings from various engagements as well as incredible reel-to-reel tapes of Monk Sr. created at home. They date from about 1957 to the early 1960s, and were made primarily by his widow, Nellie Monk. The recordings are available on The treasures include a 1958 performance of Monk's quartet at the Five Spot Café (which happened to be the first gig to include legendary tenor saxophonist Charlie Rouse), a performance at Birdland in 1963, and a stunning recording of Monk working through the standard "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" for the first time in his tiny apartment on West 63rd Street in Manhattan.
  • Mark T. Smith, host of Blues Flight, a five-hour, commercial-free, blues and grooves show which runs every Saturday on KJLU 88.9 FM in Jefferson City, MO, is currently looking for new music to play on his program. KJLU's 29,500 watts of power broadcasts border to border in Missouri, with a listening area that includes St. Louis, Kansas City and Springfield. Send CDs and bios to Mark T. Smith at 1328 Grandview Dr., Jefferson City, Mo., 65109. More information on the station is available at
  • Clarissa Campbell, singer/songwriter for her band, Clarissa, and Dino Bonanno, lead guitarist for Kracker Jack Majik, have formed an acoustic duo. This project is in addition to their full electric bands and will deliver a combination of originals and modern rock covers. Clarissa and Dino will be performing in MD, VA, DC and PA beginning in late November. Updates on the duo can be found at For booking information call 410-935-0364 or email
  • The extended Albright Green family welcomed its newest member, Lauren Catherine Essex, on February 15th. She weighed 6 lbs. 2oz. and 19 1/4 inches. Congratulations Jeff and Adrienne!
  • Singer-songwriter Bill Parsons appeared on the nationally syndicated WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour earlier this year. Parsons was honored as 2001 Artist of the Year by the Bethesda, MD-based service organization Arts For The Aging for his work in DC area nursing homes. In March, National Public Radio aired one of Parsons' musical satires, entitled "Enron-ron," on its Morning Edition program; the send-up was co-written with Parsons' musical partner Eric Weinberg and Morning Edition producer Barry Gordemer.
  • Ofphspringg Entertainment is a marketing and promotions company based in DC. It is looking for hip-hop and R&B artists to put on a mixtape that will be distributed on the Vibe Ride College Tour. DJ Baby Boy will be playing selected songs alongside all the other major releases to further increase exposure. If you're looking for an opportunity to promote your music to a large college audience, contact Faheem at (202) 610-1961, (202) 607-8792, or
  • Dave Demarco reported to WAMA that he played bass and baritone guitar on Archetribe's new CD Earthones. Archetribe features synthesists Larry Fast and Matthew Davidson. The CD is currently at #5 on the Echoes chart (Echoes is a nationally syndicated new age/world music radio show which airs locally on WJHU 88.1 FM). He's also appearing on a new instructional CD put out by percussion manufacturer RhythmTech. The CD is called Turn It Up and Lay It Down, Volume II and also features T.M. Stevens (Steve Vai, James Brown) and Chuck Bergeron (Buddy Rich). Finally, Dave's band Battery Apple has released its second CD, 6-Pack Of Shame. More info is posted at
  • Stuart Ridgway finished the soundtrack for an independent film entitled Camden. Earlier this year he wrote and recorded the music tracks for several interactive spots for the NBA, shown at the NBA stores around the country. He is currently finishing the soundtrack for an independent film entitled Zapatas, produced by Barron Kidd of Five Points Productions in Dallas.
  • Proof Through The Night (PTTN) is a grassroots music coalition raising money for those in need through benefit concerts. The concert series was originally created to benefit the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks. PTTN now devotes efforts to other needy causes, turning its focus towards charities and funds helping the underprivileged and distressed. For up-to-date information on this and future benefit shows, check at
  • Diana Quinn tells WAMA that the new CD from Honky Tonk Confidential, Your Trailer or Mine?, reached #1 on the Freeform American Roots Chart within weeks of its release and stayed there for several months. The CD is a mainstay on XM Radio and is a big hit in Europe and Australia.
  • A message from The Kennedys: "We would humbly like to thank all the kind folks at the World Folk Music Association for honoring us...with their annual Kate Wolf Award. It means so much to both of us, and it has extra special meaning for Pete, as he was a friend and accompanist to Kate before she died of leukemia in the late 80's. We'll do our best to live up to the standard Kate set both musically and otherwise."
  • 10-year-plus studio engineering veteran Heidi Gerber (formerly with Bias Recording) is happy to announce the birth of her independent production and engineering company, All Access Audio. "We're not a studio," Heidi explains, "but we have access to the best studios in town as well as relationships with many excellent studio musicians and arrangers. We help our clients choose and use the right facilities for the right jobs—from home recording rooms to top-notch professional studios." All Access also offers remote recording services and audio technology instruction. Heidi can be reached at All Access at 703-715-2520 or emailing
  • David Morreale is hosting the open mic for singer-songwriters every Thursday at Bushwaller's in Frederick, MD. All singer-songwriters are encouraged to attend. Call for more info: (301) 694-5697.
  • Debbi Grantham, of Berryville, VA, has been signed to a long- term artist development contract with Incubator Creative Group ( of Santa Clara, Oregon. Grantham is a resident of Berryville and plans an expansion of her Christian music ministry across the Northeast. Incubator president Nathan Sakany's plans for Grantham include an intense "boot camp" training period, followed by the establishment of a performance schedule and the eventual release of a recording on Incubator's label.
  • Brother MANIAC spent time in the studio earlier this year mixing and mastering tracks for its Life in the Big City CD, recorded at Mega-Media Studios in Landover, MD, with production by Mike Hughes, Faheem the Dream, and Brother MANIAC, and with collaborations with The BWC and Storm the Unpredictable.
  • Angela Taylor's music was played on the television program Food Nation with Bobby Flay. Taylor's music was used in the America episode which, unlike Flay's typical shows that spotlight a single city, featured cuisine from around the country in celebration of Memorial Day. Taylor recorded songs especially for the episode, which premiered on the Food Network in May. Taylor previously appeared in the Baltimore episode, which you can catch periodically in reruns.
  • Janet Braun & Tom Carrico are proud to announce the arrival of Louis David Carrico-Braun: eight pounds, five ounces - 20.25 inches at 1:14 pm on August 21, 2002. He shares his birthday with his delighted big sister, Katie Sue Carrico. Congratulations Janet and Tom!
  • The Pat McGee Band donated $5,696 to the USO at Rock 'N Sports Experience at the Washington Convention Center on February 16, 2002. Earned from the band's holiday tour in Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Norfolk, and Washington, DC, the band's donation also included $2,100 to the Special Olympics of Virginia. The band is currently working on its new album with Warner Brothers.
  • Scooter Scudieri recently performed at the 41st Songwriters' Hall of Fame showcase in New York City.
  • The Choral Arts Society of Washington kicked off their 2002 summer tour of England with a performance in the BBC Henry Wood Promenade Festival (Proms) at Royal Albert Hall in London with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus under the direction of Leonard Slatkin.
  • The 30th Anniversary AFIM Indie Awards were presented March 11th at the Marriott San Francisco. The winners from the DC music community announced were All Wound Up! by Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer with Brave Combo for the Children's Music and Storytelling category, and Fugazi's Argument, on Dischord, for the Rock category.

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