Texas Music Awards, Founded in 2003

Music of the Lone Star State

Notable Artists

Michael Martin Murphey announces an award recipient during the Texas Music Awards red carpet event.

Many notable artists have taken home the Texas Music Award and have performed during our festivities. Some of these artists include Kacey Musgraves, Michael Martin Murphey, Lloyd Maines, Shake Russell, Hayes Carll, Pauline Reese, Michael Hearne, Wade Bowen, and much more.  See eligibility.

Nominations

Texas Music Awards

Nominations for the Texas Music Awards will end February 15, 2020. The program is not genre-centric, so all production categories do not have a genre requirement such as Country, Americana, or Rock, for instance.  


Sponsorship

Lasting Legacy

About Us

Founders of the Texas Music Awards, Jinelle and Lucky Boyd helped bring independent Texas music to the forefront. Now the next generation keeps the movement going. Expect new announcements during the beginning of 2020 and get ready for more great music experiences from the Texas Music Awards program!


Texas Music Award recipients will be revealed when announced at the awards event which will be announced after the closing of nominations.

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Latest News

Texas Music Award Recipients (Resuming in 2020)

Categories and Recipients 


Entertainer of the Year      

2014 Aubrey Lynn England  

2013 Joe "King" Carrasco  

2012 Pauline Reese  

2011 Shake Russell  

2010 Pauline Reese  

2009 Michael Martin Murphey  

2008 Shake Russell  

2007 Doug Moreland 

2006 John Arthur martinez  

2005 Jarrod Birmingham  

2004 Shake Russell  

2003 Smokey Wilson   

  

Album of the Year 

2014 BEAUTIFUL SIN by Scott Taylor Band  

2013 TIRED EYES by The Washers  

2012 GOOD TO SEE YOU by Scotty Thurman & The Perfect Trouble Band  

2011 GYPSI ALIBI by Bob Livingston  

2010 TOMMY by Thomas Michael Riley  

2009 HIGHSPEED HAYRIDE by Highspeed Hayride  

2008 BOAT IN BELIZE by Kelly McGuire  

2007 TOO TEXAS by Pauline Reese  

2006 GATHERING DUST by Dust Devils  

2005 LIVE & KICKIN' by Jarrod Birmingham  

2004 BLUE LIGHT LIVE by Wade Bowen  

2003 ABANDONED by Rivertrain   


Male Vocalist of the Year 

2014 Cameran Nelson  

2013 Mark Allan Atwood  

2012 Dave Fenley  

2011 David Fenley  

2010 David Fenley  

2009 Wade Bowen  

2008 Randy Brown  

2007 John Evans  

2006 Jimmy Kaiser  

2005 Jay Johnson  

2004 Wade Bowen  

2003 JD Faron   


Female Vocalist of the Year 

2014 Brennen Leigh  

2013 Ashlee Rose  

2012 Pauline Reese  

2011 Christen Sawyer  

2010 Christen Sawyer  

2009 Crystal Sands  

2008 Kacey Musgraves  

2007 Barbara Malteze  

2006 Barbara Malteze  

2005 Brennen Leigh  

2004 Amanda Williams  

2003 Stevie MuRee   


Musician of the Year  

2014 Mark Searcy performing with Mark Searcy  

2013 Mark LaFon performing with Robby White  

2012 Studio Musician - Brad Davis performed on Lou Ann Petty project  

2012 Band Musician - Coby Tateperforming with Ben Morris & GABC  

2011 Chris Gage performing with Bob Livingston  

2010 BigJohn Mills performing with Dewey Wayne  

2009 Rodney Pyeatt on self project  

2008 Big John Mills on self project  

2007 Al Perkins performing with Michael Martin Murphey  

2006 Big John Millsperforming with Jimmy Kaiser  

2005 Kasey Klepfer performing with Texas Renegade  

2004 Scott Fojt performing with Jarrod Birmingham  

2003 Rodney Pyeatt on self project 

  

Producer of the Year  

2014 Luke Adair & The Big Bills  

2013 Jesse Sims  

2012 John Inmon  2011 Billy Jo High  

2010 Ryan Murphey  

2009 Billy High  

2008 Lloyd Maines  

2007 Mike McClure  

2006 John M. Greenberg  

2005 Jason Allen  

2004 Rob Galbraith  2003 Clayton Ryder   


Song of the Year  

2014 "Praying For Rain" - Jesse Brand (writer)  

2013 "A Texan's Prayer" - Robby White (writer)  

2012 "Monahans" - Kevin Higgins (writer)  

2011 "The Whiskey" - Leon Waddy (writer)  

2010 "Find Your Shine" - Kevin Higgins (writer)  

2009 "Gather 'Round" - Tres Womack (writer)  

2008 "Cried Enough" - Mark Zeus (writer)  

2007 "Close To The Land" - Michael Martin Murphey (writer)  

2006 "Walk On" - Kevin Higgins (writer)  

2005 "Best I Can" - Jarrod Birmingham (writer)  

2004 "Too Far From Home" - Zack Walther (writer)  

2003 "Small Town" - Ty Phillips (writer)   


Record of the Year  

2014 "Whiskey & You" - Chapter 11 featuring Aubrey Lynn England  

2013 "Just Getting Started" - Pauline Reese  

2012 "All My Best Friends (Are Behind Bars)" - Justin Haigh  

2011 "Love Don't Live Round Here Anymore" - Jeremiah Houston Band  

2010 "Utopia" - john Arthur Martinez  

2009 "Lucky Me Lonely You" - Jerry Audley  

2008 "Pass Me That Bottle" - Jimmy Kaiser  

2007 "God Bless This Town" - Wade Bowen  

2006 "It's About To Get Western" - Mike Siler  

2005 "Home Made Of Stone" - john Arthur Martinez  

2004 "Shakin' Things Up" - Stephanie Urbina Jones  

2003 "I've Been Everywhere" - Brian Burns   


Vocal Group of the Year

2014 Group - The Grievous Angels  

2014 Duo - Brennen Leigh & Noel McKay  

2013 2-Bit Palomino  

2012 Group - Brad Dunn & Ellis County  

2012 Duo - ShAnnie  

2011 2-Bit Palomino  

2010 Shake Russell Trio  

2009 Smythe and Taylor

2008 Shake Russell Band  

2007 David Brake & That Damn Band  

2006 The Dust Devils  

2005 Mike Blakely & The Whiskey Traders  

2004 Honeybrowne   


Live Band of the Year   

2014 Mark Allan Atwood and Brimstone  

2013 Jason Helms  

2012 Sammy Fox & The Intervention  

2011 Push Water Band  

2010 The Captain Legendary Band  

2009 Ben Morris & The Great American Boxcar Chorus  

2008 Texas Renegade  

2007 Wade Hatton & The Texas Hat Band  

2006 Texas Renegade  

 

Radio Station of the Year    

2014 90.1 FM KPFT Houston   

2013 KPFT - 90.1 - Houston  

2012 KHYI 95.3 The Range

2011 KHYI - 95.3 - Dallas  

2010 KPFT - 90.1 - Houston  

2009 KHYI - 95.3 - Dallas  

2008 KFAN - 107.9 - Fredericksburg  

2007 98.1 KVET - Austin   


Internet Radio Station of the Year  

2011 RadioFreeTexas.org  

2010 RadioFreeTexas.org  

2009 RadioFreeTexas.org  

2008 RadioFreeTexas.org  

2007 RadioFreeTexas.org  

2006 RadioFreeTexas.org   


Radio DJ of the Year   

2014 Roark Smith - KPFT, Houston  

2013 Roark Smith - KPFT, Houston  

2012 Roark Smith - KPFT, Houston  

2011 Brett Dillon - KHYI, Dallas  

2010 JB Cloud - KBCY, Abilene  

2009 Ryan Fox - The Wolf, Dallas  

2008 JB Cloud - KBCY, Abilene  

2007 Justin Frazell - KPLX, Dallas  

2006 Justin Frazell - KPLX, Dallas  

2005 Justin Frazell - KPLX, Dallas  

 

Songwriter of the Year  

2014 Danny Everitt  

2013 Matt Harlan  

2012 Michael Hearne  

2011 Bob Cheevers  

2010 Robert Frith  

2009 Connie Mims  

2008 Robert Frith  

2007 Robert Frith  

2006 Hayes Carll  

2005 Ken Gaines   


The Palmwood Award   

2013 Bruno Michel  

2012 Dillon Steen  

2011 Jaye Hooper  

2010 Grady Lee  

2009 JB Cloud 

2009 Dave Wheaton  

2008 Tommy Hooper  

2008 Miss Lana  

2006 Jackie Bryant  

2005 Greg Barr  

2005 John Gibson (posthumously)  

2005 Jim & Lynda Guidry  

2004 Doc Blakely  

2004 Jim Haile  

2004 Jene Jamail  

2004 Trey Newman  

2004 Lance Thurman  

2003 Jamie Burrell  

2003 Bea McKinney  

2003 John Moen  

2003 Shake Russell  

2003 Joan Werth 


Lifetime Achievement Award  

2014 Freddie Steady Krc  

2013 Wrecks Bell  

2013 Shake Russell  

2012 Joe "King" Carrasco  

2011 Tim Henderson  

2011 Freddy Powers   Artistic Excellence Award  

2014 Ben Morris for AMEN BROTHER  

2014 Leo Rondeau for TAKE IT AND BREAK IT  

2014 The Captain Legendary Band for TCLB LIVE  

2013 Mike Amabile for OPEN YOUR EYES  

2013 Leyla Fences for ITTY BITTY TWANG TWANG  

2013 The Bigsbys for TRUE STORY  

2012 Jean Synodinos for GIRLS, GOOD & OTHERWISE  

2012 Casey Hubble fo BI-POLAR SIX STRING  

2012 Lou Ann Petty for I'M FALLING  

2011 Jeremy Parsons for DOGGONDEST FEELIN'  

2010 David Lutes for BIG TOP  

2009 Lynn Stokes for TERRA NOCTURNE   

  

The Founder's Award Categories:  

 

Carl T. Sprague Award  

2014 Emily Herring for YOUR MISTAKE   


The MyTexan Award  

2013 Gus Samuelson  

2012 Mark Allan Atwood  

2012 Brian J Kalinec  

2011 Mike Blakely  

2008 Scotty Lee Shuffield  

2006 Richard Bowden  

2006 Grady Lee  

2005 Maestro Aurora  

2005 Wrecks Bell  

2005 Ken Gaines  

2005 Chris Lafavers  

2004 Tom Abell  

2004 Lawrence J. Clark  

2004 Chris Collins  

2004 Lindsay Rash  

2004 TC Smythe  

2003 Melissa Adams  

2003 Theo Henning  

2003 Stephen Jamail  

2003 April Kelly  

2003 Mark Zeus   


Historical Significance Award 

2013 Joe "King" Carrasco for QUE WOW  

2012 Jim Stricklan for BLUES FOR STEPHEN FOSTER  

2011 Steve Howell for "SINCE I SAW YOU LAST"  

2007 Best Selling Album - 6 Yrs. - "Deep In The West" Shake Russell   Gone To Texas Award  

2012 Slim Bawb Pearce   

2011 Preston Camp Jr.   


Rising Star of the Year 

2014 Julia Beers Music  

2014 Troy Cartwright  

2013 Parker Heights Music  

2012 Brad Boyer  

2011 Backseat Molly  

2010 Mark Allan Atwood  

2009 Cody Riley  

2008 Katie Rae Davis  

2007 Ryan T. Briggs  

2006 Clay DuBose  

2005 5 Mile Band  

2004 Ashlee Rose  

2003 Hayes Carll    


Musical Event of the Year  

2013 Harestock 5 for The Great American Boxcar Chorus  

2011 ”Shoulder To The Stone"  

2007 ”A Case of the Gimbles" by Johnny, Dick & Emily Gimble  

2006 "A Texas Hill Country Christmas" by Lodge Recording Studio  

2005 "Peace From The Porch" by Bear Creek Concerts   


Musical Honors/Memorial Award  

2011        Troy Allan, presented to JoAnn Jones  

2009 Tex Ritter, presented to Tommie Ritter Smith  

2008 John Vandiver presented to Joanna Vandiver


The Texas Music Awards program covers the finest music of The Lone Star State. #TexasMusicAwards

Sponsorship

2020 Sponsor Opportunity

Join us as we bring the Lone Star State together for the night of the year, drawing in producers, independent and major artists, record executives, fans, friends, and family. This night is for the artists and it's for you. As we come together as a community, this sponsorship opportunity gives you one more way to connect. Please consider the choices below which are subject to change based on availability. CONTACT US.


Sponsor Opportunity (tickets not included) 


$200   A. Program listing showing your support, including business/name and location or website. 


$ 300  B. 1/8 page program ad, and mention on our Facebook page. 


$ 600  C. 1/4 page ad, and mention on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages. 


LIMITED AVAILABILITY:  


$1,500  D. Wristband Logo Inclusion - logo inclusion for main event General Admission wristband.


$1,500  E. Apparel Logo Inclusion - logo inclusion for all wearable giveaways and merchandise. 


$1,500  F. Lanyard Logo Inclusion for the  event.


$1,500  F. Badge Logo Inclusion for the event.

$2,000  G. Entry Signage Logo Inclusion on entrance displays.


$2,500  H. Silver – VIP Sponsor 

 Stage mention during Texas Music Awards event, 3/4 program advertisement,  year round listing on our website, includes two email blasts, mention to  all of our social media accounts, and 2 VIP seats with red carpet credentials. CONTACT US.


$5,000  I. Gold – Red Carpet Sponsor (limited availability)

 Logo placement on VIP “Step and Repeat” (logo wall) on the red carpet; Stage mention during  Texas  Music Awards event, 1/2 page program ad, year round listing on our  website, includes six email blasts, video mention to all of our social media accounts, and 4 VIP  red carpet passes. CONTACT US.


$7,000  J. Platinum – Stage Sponsor (limited availability)

STAGE SPONSOR AND VIP PLACEMENT: Stage graphics with your logo included; Logo placement on VIP Step and Repeat (logo wall) on the red carpet; Presented formally on  stage as Platinum Sponsor; 1 full page program ad; Year round listing on our website; Includes all email blasts and mentions to all of our social media accounts; One business representative  may co-present one award during the evening (to be assigned). Logo inclusion on entrance  displays; 6 VIP red carpet passes. CONTACT US.


$ INQUIRE  K. DIAMOND – Signature Sponsor (limited availability)

Inquire - “Texas Music Awards brought to you by [Your logo]” - includes custom  red carpet VIP Step and Repeat (logo wall); Logo or name added to roadside billboard(s);  Company graphics on stage; Year- round placement on all of our website and social media  accounts, inclusion in all email blasts; logo added to all promotional materials, back page of  program; One business representative (at a time) may co- present three awards during the  evening (to be assigned); Logo Inclusion on entrance displays/badges, VIP seating for 10. CONTACT US.

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About The Awards

Eligibility

With the exception of the Lifetime Achievement Award, these awards are to honor the INDEPENDENT performers in in Texas. Performers are eligible if they meet one of the following statuses:


  1. Born in Texas
  2. For a substantial period of time resided in Texas
  3. Have proven on a solid, regular basis an Texas presence through their live performances. Please note: artists should be currently touring/performing and/or with newly recorded output within one year of the closing of nominations.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT 

This Award(s) is open to anyone who was born in Texas OR for a substantial period of time resided in Texas that as a recording artist, songwriter, producer, engineer, disc jockey, promoter or anyone else who has fostered music.  Their initial known National achievements must have occurred at least 25 year prior to the award show year.  


ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

This Award is for the artist that exhibits the highest level of entertaining, through recorded output, live performances and public acceptance. 


ALBUM OF THE YEAR

This Award is for any album of eight (8) songs or more and was released for purchase no more than one year prior to the closing of final nominations by an artist meeting the eligibility requirements. The reigning Album of the Year cannot repeat as a finalist.  Award goes to artist and producer (if different).


FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

This Award is for a female artist who tours and records under her name only, or for a female who is the lead vocalist of a group.


MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

This Award is for a male artist who tours and records under his name only, or for a male who is the lead vocalist of a group.


MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR

This Award is for any instrument player that plays any instrument(s) on a regular basis on studio recordings OR in any group. 


PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

This Award is for any producer, who was born in Texas or resided for an ample time in Texas.  They must have produced (not self-produced) recorded product for purchase no more than one year prior to the closing of final nominations.


SONG OF THE YEAR

This Award is for any original song released on an album, a EP or individually for purchase no more than one year prior to the closing of final nominations by an artist meeting the eligibility requirements. The reigning Song of the Year cannot repeat as a finalist.  Award goes to the artist and songwriter (if different). 


RECORD OF THE YEAR

This Award is for any original song released on an album, a EP or individually for purchase no more than one year prior to the closing of final nominations by an artist meeting the eligibility requirements. The reigning Record of the Year cannot repeat as a finalist.  Award goes to the artist and songwriter (if different). 


RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR

This award is for any music radio station in Texas or any radio station that on a regular basis features an ample amount of music airplay.  A radio station cannot be the recipient of this award in back-to-back year. 

 

RADIO DJ OF THE YEAR

This Award is for any disc jockey, who on a regular basis plays (in studio, not syndicated) on a radio station in Texas.  A radio DJ cannot be the recipient of this award in back-to-back year.  


PUBLICATION/BLOG/PODCAST OF THE YEAR

This Award is for an Texas publication (print or online newspaper/magazine), Texas based blog, or Texas based podcast that features music or music related content on a regular basis.  A publication/blog/podcast cannot be the recipient of this award in back-to-back year.  


SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR

This Award is for any composer who has displayed a consistent pattern of original material through any of their recorded output that was released for sale no more than one year prior to the closing of final nominations OR a composer who has had songs recorded by another artist or artists that has been released for purchase no more than one year prior to the closing of final nominations.


VIDEO OF THE YEAR

This Award is for any video, released by a performer who meets the performer eligibility criteria that was released for the first time for viewing no more than one year prior to the closing of final nominations.  This must be an actual video to accompany a recorded song.  The reigning Video of the Year cannot repeat as a finalist. Award goes to artist and director.


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