2007 Singing News Fan Award Nominees: Round 2, My Picks
Here my picks in the second round of the Singing News Fan Awards:
- Group – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound. I really, really, really wanted to vote for the Perrys, too. I like both groups equally.
- Male Singer – Ernie Haase. My first-round pick, Mark Trammell, didn’t even make Top 10!
- Female Singer – Libbi Perry Stuffle. I didn’t even have to read who the other nominees were; all I had to do was find that I had to circle 7 to vote for Libbi.
- Horizon Group – Ball Brothers. I considered Tribute but went with the Ball Brothers.
- Horizon Individual – Dustin Sweatman. I wanted to vote for Dustin in either Horizon or Young Artist, and so voted for him in this category and Joseph Habedank in the other.
- Young Artist – Joseph Habedank. The Perrys’ sound improved when Joseph moved to the lead spot.
- Musician – Roger Bennett. I nominated Stewart Varnado, but he didn’t make the top 10. I wanted to honor Roger. He’s won the pianist award for more consecutive years than any other SG performer has won in any category. I think it would be appropriate to honor a legend of this stature with one final award. I must admit I was also a little curious to find out what Debbie would say if she was given a chance behind the microphone! If SG fans don’t see things the way I do, I will probably vote for Kim Collingsworth in the final round (especially after all the nice things you said about her yesterday!)
- Songwriter – Dianne Wilkinson. I’d like to see her win this award at least once.
- Album of the Year – Once Upon a Cross (Mark Trammell Trio).
- Tenor of the Year: Ernie Haase. I’d really like to vote for Eric Phillips someday, too, but I went with Ernie again this year.
- Lead Singer of the Year: Ryan Seaton.
- Baritone of the Year: Mark Trammell. There are several good options here – Doug Anderson, Andrew King, and Nick Trammell particularly come to mind – but in the end I went with Mr. Baritone himself.
- Bass of the Year: Randy Byrd (Blackwood Brothers). I considered voting for Tim Duncan right off but figured he’d make the top 5 without my help.
- Alto of the Year: Libbi Perry Stuffle. I didn’t have to spend any time thinking this one over.
- Soprano of the Year: Brooklyn Collingsworth. I wanted to vote for the Collingsworth Family in at least one category, and there aren’t many options in the Soprano category anyhow.