OAKVILLE, ON, Oct. 11, 2012 /CNW/ - Oakville singer-songwriter Ivy James won Best Young Songwriter at the Toronto Independent Music Awards (TIMA) on Saturday night. The emerging indie-rock songstress was honoured for Thunder and Your Escape (Nate's Song), the first two tracks from her debut, self-titled EP. Released in June 2012, Ivy's EP is currently on New Canadian Music's Emerging Artists chart in the company of acts including Lights and the Arkells.
"Thunder and Your Escape (Nate's Song) will always be important to me because the writing process helped me through a tough situation and they were the first step towards my EP, which I had been thinking about for a long time," said Ivy James. "The best songs are always the hardest to write because you have to tap into emotions that you don't necessarily understand yourself. As the writer, the song may mean one thing to me and something completely different to someone else. I think that's why people connect so well with music; you take what you want from it."
TIMA nominees and winners were selected by a Grand Jury panel of industry veterans including multi-platinum selling artist Bif Naked, multi-award winning singer-songwriter Jully Black, Eric Alper, Director of Media Relations and Label Acquisitions for eOne Music, Katie Clark, owner of Underground Operations Records & Management, and EMI Music Publishing executive Barbara Sedun.
Ivy continues to perform live in support of her EP. On October 15, 2012, she takes the stage at Toronto's Hard Rock Cafe to compete in the Great Canadian Song Search. Ivy is also playing upcoming shows at the Rockpile in Etobicoke on November 2, 2012, the Animals Beyond Borders fundraiser with Phil Demers at Toronto's Bloor Street United Church on November 3, 2012, and at Hugh's Room with Juno-nominated artist Micah Barnes on December 11, 2012.
Earlier this year, Ivy played the 10th annual JuneFest at Toronto's Mel Lastman Square for Deaf-Blind Awareness Month. She also performed at Oakville's YouthFest and KOI Music Festival 2012 in Kitchener, which included bands such as illScarlett, GOB, Silverstein, Abandon All Ships and more.
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ABOUT IVY JAMES
Ivy James (www.ivyjamesmusic.com) is a 16-year-old indie-rock singer-songwriter from Oakville. She was named Best Young Songwriter by the Toronto Independent Music Awards in October 2012. Known for her thought-provoking lyrics and strong, unique vocals, Ivy has been involved in the Oakville/GTA music scene for many years, including numerous shows in support of local charities. Her debut, self-titled EP includes six original songs and was released in June 2012.
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