Six New Albums added to the Long-list

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THE AMERICAN MUSIC PRIZE ADDS SIX
NEW ALBUMS TO THE LONG-LIST

INCLUDES NEW SELECTIONS BY BRANDY CLARK,
DEM ATLAS, LEON BRIDGES, MIKKY EKKO,
NATALIE PRASS AND ODESSA

FINAL WINNER WILL RECEIVE $25,000 PRIZE,
TO BE ANNOUNCED IN NOVEMBER.

Judging for the inaugural American Music Prize for Best Debut Album (“The AMP”) continues with twenty albums now featured on the long-list. The current list includes: 

Banks // Goddess

Benjamin Booker // Benjamin Booker

Big Quis // My Turn

Brandy Clark // 12 Stories

Caroline Rose // I Will Not Be Afraid

Dem Atlas // DWNR

Ex Hex // Rips

Haerts // Haerts

Kiesza // Sound Of A Woman

Larkin Poe // Kin

Leon Bridges // Coming Home

Mapei // Hey Hey

Mick Jenkins // The Water(s)

Mikky Ekko // Time

Natalie Prass // Natalie Prass

NehruvianDOOM // NehruvianDOOM

Odessa // Odessa

Tweedy // Sukierae

Twin Peaks // Wild Onions

The Wind And The Wave // From The Wreckage

Of the acknowledgement, Mikky Ekko comments, “I’m honored and excited to be nominated for the American Music Prize for Best Debut Album. I put so much of myself into my debut album Time, and there is no greater feeling in the world than to have it be nominated for this special award.” Additionally, Nini Fabi from Haerts observes, “This album was our first introduction to the world as Haerts and a big step for us as artists and for our career. You only get to do that once. I think that debut albums are inherently special in that way, so it’s wonderful to be considered for The American Music Prize,” while Benjamin Booker adds, “I put a lot of blood, heart, and sweat into this album so am very pleased to hear it has been recognized by this independent panel of judges.”

The grand prize winner will receive a $25,000 cash prize in addition to garnering industry-wide attention. Of the final announcement, The AMP founder Scott B. Murphy explains, “The judges are listening—and due to a much higher number of debut albums than we originally anticipated, they’ll still be listening for a few weeks. We anticipate being able to announce a winner of the inaugural prize in November.”

All U.S. debut albums released between August 1, 2014 and July 31, 2015 were eligible for The AMP. Complete details can be found at: www.americanmusicprize.com.

The AMP judging panel: Nathan Brackett (Rolling Stone), Rand Foster (Fingerprints), David Fricke (Rolling Stone), David Greenwald (The Oregonian), Dennis Herring (producer), Jewly Hight (freelance journalist), Mel Honore (Cerebral Ballzy), Britt Julious (freelance journalist), Daniel Kohn (PureVolume, managing editor), Kristin Kurtis (KGSR), Eric Levin (Criminal Records), Steve Lillywhite (producer), Melissa Locker (freelance journalist), Josh Madell (Other Music), Pat McGuire (FLOOD magazine) Sean Moeller (Daytrotter), Matt Nathanson, Robert Neumann (KHMX), Dan Plunkett (End Of An Ear), Michael Ramirez (Radio Active Records), David Safar (KCMP The Current), Craig Shelburne (CMT), Patrick Stump (Fall Out Boy), Amanda Warner (MNDR) and Bob Waugh (WRNR).

Friends of The AMP include: Craig Averill (Serling Rooks Ferrara McKoy & Worob), Gillian R. Bar, Esq. (Carroll, Guido & Groffman, LLP), David Bason (Hundred Handed), Alex Black (Warner Bros Records), Jennie Boddy (The Fun Star), Paul Brown (Red Hat 22),  Joe Calitri (Red Bull Records), Jeff Castelaz (Elektra), Jonathan Daniel (Crush Management), Charlie Feldman (BMI), Deb Fenstermacher (Red Light Management), John Fleckenstein (Sony Music), Christian Fresco (Pearl Jam), Tom Gates (Nettwerk), Piero Giramonti (Harvest Records), Richard Grabel (Davis Shapiro Lewit Grabel Leven Granderson & Blake), Kate Hyman (BMG Chrysalis), Andrew Jackson (Milton Archer / Deckstar Management), Justin Kalifowitz (Downtown Music Publishing), Janine Kerr (FOX Sports Music), Rell Lafargue (Reservoir Media), Kate Landau (Red Light Management), Michael McDonald (Mick Management), Wade Metzler (SoundExchange, Inc), Loretta Muñoz (ASCAP), Reen Nalli (The Groove Merchants), Jaclyn Ranere (The Orchard), Jeff Sosnow (Warner Bros Records), Robert Stevenson (Republic/Universal), Don VanCleave (DVC MGMT), Karen Wiessen (Autonomic Media), Craig Winkler (Grand Jury Music).

For more information, please contact
Asha Goodman 615.320.7753, Mary Moyer 212.741.1000 or Carla Sacks 212.741.1000

 at Sacks & Co., asha.goodman@sacksco.com, mary@sacksco.com or carla@sacksco.com.