What started as an informal way to recognize the best member submissions has grown into the largest Music Awards program in the world! JPF screens more than 350,000 songs and over 25,000 albums in 70+ genres from 100 Countries to honor the very best works of its members. Volunteer judges include industry professionals, peers and music fans. The sole criteria for judging is “Does it move you?” JPF Founder Brian Austin Whitney felt the music made by the “other 98%” of the music world, often ignored by the mainstream televised music awards shows, deserved its own recognition. Previous winners and nominees have included famous Grammy, Oscar, Emmy and Tony winners — even some Rock and Roll Hall of Famers.
Taj Weekes and Adowa received the following nominations:
- Best Reggae Album – Deidem
- Best Reggae Song – Angry Language
- Best Reggae Song – Little Fire
The 2009 JPF Awards will take place in “music city” itself – Nashville, Tennessee – on August 29, 2009. Award Sponsors include CD Baby, Disc Makers, Our Stage and Taxi, the world’s leading independent A&R vehicle.