Thursday, May 17, 2012

LA Music Awards nominates Grit artist Justine Dorsey!!!

May has been quite a busy month for the Grit team, but we’re working hard and lovin’ every second of it!

So did you hear the incredible news? Grit artist Justine Dorsey has been nominated by the LA Music Awards in two very competitive categories; Female Singer/Songwriter of the year and Hot AC Single! This is Justine’s second time being nominated; the first time she was the youngest person ever to be nominated in the Singer/Songwriter category. The prestigious event takes place at the famous Whisky-a-go-go on Thursday, June 14th, 2012, so mark your calendars. We’re rooting for you Justine!

 Below you can read a little Q&A with the glorious Justine Dorsey:

1. How does it feel to be nominated a 2nd time for the LA Music Awards?

To be honest, I’m rather surprised! My dad had submitted me on a whim, and I just found out about the nomination. I’m flattered- there are so many people that submit- and also proud. It feels good to be recognized for my work on this level.

2. What does it mean to you to be nominated in two categories and what do you think of those categories?

I’m nominated in both Best Female Singer/Songwriter and Hot Adult Contemporary Single. I’m just honored to be nominated in both categories! Female Singer/Songwriter is, in my eyes, one of the harder categories, so it feels good to know that someone thinks I stand out from the crowd! As for Adult Contemporary Single… It’s kind of funny to me because I’m technically not an adult- but hopefully that shows people that my music is really relatable not just to teens but to adults too.

3. LA is probably the most competitive music scene next to NYC.  What do you think the market/industry sees in you that makes you stand out?

I don’t know if that’s something I can really answer… I guess it’s the fact that my music comes from an honest place. I’m not going to write about things that don’t affect me, or moments I haven’t experienced. And when your music truly affects you, listeners can feel that.

4. Do you know the criteria for judging?   Can you share anything with us?

I don’t know much about the criteria, but I do know that there are over 600 applicants!

5. Any quotes from Randy or Steve on your nominations?

“It’s rare that an artist can share their musical take on the world, in a completely believable, unaffected and infectious way.  Justine does that. Her songs are clearly reflective of an American teenager’s angst, humor and innocence, but somehow ….she does it with the wisdom and polish that accomplished songwriters, many times her age, are still searching for.   It’s great when the award shows get it right.”  -Randy Sharp

6. Do you have that competitive desire to win or are you happy with simply being nominated?

Well of course winning would be great, but mostly I’m just happy to be nominated! There are a lot of applicants in these particular categories, so when I say it’s an honor just to be nominated, I really mean it.

7. Your EP is due out in a couple of weeks.  The timing couldn’t be better.     Was this sheer coincidence?

It is good timing, huh? Really just sheer coincidence. We picked the release date for the EP without even thinking about the LA Music Awards. My dad remembered that they were picking the artists to be nominated around now, and like I said, just submitted me on a whim! So it was really perfect timing, but not planned at all.

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