Carol Ann Brevard has always forged her own pathway, especially with her music. Having shared such leading stages as New York’s Blue Note, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Miami’s Jazz in the Gardens, New York’s Bitter End, Symphony Hall and the Apollo Theater, has not intimidated her from lending her voice to background studio work and underground hip-hop artist such as Lords of the Underground, Sah B and Joe Bananas. Once this naturally talented singer/songwriter sets her mind on music, there is a spontaneous combustion of creative sparks that starts to fly in every direction.
A New Jersey native, she studied chemistry at Hampton University and soon discovered that the chemistry between her voice and writing was where her true passion was so she soon shifted gears, changed lanes and headed down a musical road.
After getting a multitude of valuable hands-on experience, Carol Ann decided it was time to record her own project. “Greatness” was received with open arms and critical acclaim. Songs like May December; a Latin-vibe, masterfully crafted musical tale of forbidden fervor and Possession, which speaks to an insatiable longing to be with a lover, opened a pathway of unbridled passion and have drawn fans into her musical spell as they anxiously wait to know more about this young lady who openly shares her lifetime love of song in the stunning lineage of music.
Carol Ann's soulful sultry sound, along with her attention-grabbing lyrics, earned her a 2020 Independent Music Award (IMA) for her single "In a Mood", a 2019 Indie Music Channel Award for Best Special Video for "May December", a 2018 Radio Music Award for Best R&B Song also for "May December" and a 2017 Independent Music Award nomination for Best Song R&B/Soul for her single "How Dare You".
The chemistry of Carol Ann Brevard’s music is sizzling, and it’s only a matter of time before she explodes on the scene of music venues across the world.
“A future classic! The album people were waiting for without knowing it.”
-- CD Baby Review (from Harry Spelt)
"A well-titled set from this up-and-coming singer – as it definitely seems like we'll be hearing a lot more greatness from Carolann in years to come!"
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April 28, 2020
Carol Ann Brevard is among The Year’s Most Exceptional Artists & Releases Honored Online In
The 18th annual Independent Music Awards
Carol Ann Brevard joins Lucinda Williams, Jesse Malin, Jonatha Brooke, Heilung, Sofía Rei & JC Maillard, Kevin Hays & Chiara Izzi, Sawyer Fredericks, Jake La Botz, FLOW, John Fields, The Dollyrots, STORRY, Mary Fahl and Sekou Andrews as an 18th IMA Honoree
New York, New York Tuesday, April 28, 2020 -- With the world in lockdown, The 18th annual Independent Music Awards (The IMAs) canceled this year’s live ceremony, and instead today announced the year’s best self-released and indie label projects online.
Carol Ann Brevard of Berlin, New Jersey joins Lucinda Williams, Jesse Malin, Jonatha Brooke, Heilung, Sofía Rei & JC Maillard, Kevin Hays & Chiara Izzi, Sawyer Fredericks, Jake La Botz, John Fields, The Dollyrots, Mary Fahl, Sekou Andrews as one of the established and emerging artists recognized by The 18th IMAs.
View all 18th IMA Winners here.
The IMAs annual show and accompanying Indie Music Konference originally scheduled as 3-day June event in New York City, were cancelled as a result of the global pandemic. Instead, the winners in 104 Music, Video and Design categories, were announced 2pm EST today on The Independent Music Awards website and other online platforms. Branded playlists on YouTube, Facebook and Spotify feature award-winning music, artist interviews and other video content from honorees and Judges created from their quarantine hide-aways around the world.
Influential judging panelists including: Tom Waits & Kathleen Brennan, Robert Smith, Ziggy Marley, KT Tunstall, Dee Snider, Drowning Pool, Roberta Flack, Jaci Velasquez, Coolio, Joshua Bell, Beth Gibbons, Joe Satriani and many more indie creatives, top recording artists and industry influencers selected winning projects. Carol Ann Brevard received enough online votes to be named one of this year’s fan-determined Vox Pop winners. “My fans are my reason and motivation to keep doing what I do”, said Carol Ann. She goes on to say, “I’ve developed a solid fanbase on several online platforms, so my fans did not disappoint when it came time to vote for me!”.
The Wicked Cool label (USA) led this year’s nominations, announced on April 9, and continued its IMA sweep, winning top honors in 6 categories including Producer recognition for Lucinda Williams and Ted Overby in the Roots category for Jesse Malin’s new album, Sunset Kids. Williams also appears on “Room 13,” a track from the album that won the Vox Pop fan vote in the Americana Song category. Other notable mentions in this year’s program include multiple wins for the Metal label Season of Mist (France) and the Latin label RMM Productions (Spain). Among this year’s rising stars is the Canadian artist STORRY, who won in the Debut Album and R&B Soul Album for her release Ch III: The Come Up which she wrote, funded and produced herself.
“The world needs to hear from independent artists now more than ever. We didn’t want to keep it waiting”, said The Independent Music Awards Executive Director, Martin Folkman. “There’s no telling how long it will be before we can all meet face to face again, so The IMAs reimagined this years’ live award show as an ongoing, online showcase for exceptional work by indie artists everywhere. So even if artists can’t travel, they can take a virtual victory lap in front of worldwide audience, and be recognized for their exceptional work” Folkman said.
Artistry. Diversity. Excellence.
Now in its 18th year, The Independent Music Awards, produced by Music Resource Group, honors the exceptional work of indie creatives from around the globe. The planet’s most diverse music awards program honors artistry and daring rather than streams and social reach and celebrates everything that makes indie music authentic and unique.
This year’s winning projects were culled from thousands of Album, EP, Song, Producer, Music Video and Visual Design submissions from 73 countries on 6 continents; Nominees were announced earlier this year.
Over the course of its history, the program has recognized an eclectic roster of established and emerging talent including: Killer Mike, Melissa Auf der Maur, Valerie June, Macy Gray, Jackson Browne, Pete Seeger, Flying Lotus, Lacuna Coil, Passenger, fun., JD McPherson, Team Me, Radio Radio, ...And You Shall Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Meghan Trainor, Lionel Loueke, Girl in a Coma, Apples in stereo, Masta Ace, Le Bouef Brothers, Pokey LaFarge, Julianna Hatfield, RuPaul, and many, many more independent innovators from around the world.
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