The winners of the 2014 RightOutTV Music & Video Awards were announced recently, proving what great music is being made by LGBT artists. Well, that was obvious when I saw the list of nominees, coming from all around the world. RightOutTV was founded by Marlee Walchuk and Tully Callender, devoted to the promotion of LGBT artists and their music all across the globe. The submissions are from many genre, from Rock to Country to Electronica. Once again this year, I was proud to be asked to be a judge, hearing some more great music and discovering a few new artists. But enough with all that. It is time to showcase some very deserving artists. In this post, I am so happy to feature Michael V. Doane (above, left) and K Anderson, (above, right).
I must admit, I love both of the winners featured in this post, and both the artists and the songs have been represented here. So let me cut to the chase, and just say I am thrilled to announce the winner of the 'Best Video Pro' for 2014 is "Looking For Love", from Michael V. Doane. There is something provocative about a video that kicks off with the sound of a camera shooting, but that is quickly forgotten when the driving beat pulls you in, reverberating in your chest. When Doane's vocals begin, there is a wonderful strength and urgency. It had to be pretty good, for he beat out Matthew Connor's "How is July Already Over?", Matt Zarley's "Somebody 4 Everybody", "Naked" by Ramona Montañez, Marck Angel's "Positions", and Suzanne Nuttall with "Trophy Wife". The video, giving New York City hooker realness, never lets up until the end. This is Michael V. Doane with "Looking For Love" with Ivan Roudyk, Magnit and Slider.
You can purchase the single "Looking for Love" from iTunes and Amazon. To learn more about Micheal V. Doane, visit his official website. You can also 'like' him on Facebook, and 'follow' him on Twitter.
As like several wards given out this year, the one for 'Best Video DIY' is going international as it goes to an artist living in England. DIY is short for 'do it yourself', and in this case, refers to videos which does not all a smaller budget from keeping the project from shining bright. It proves that when you have a great song and a fantastic artist, it is had to go wrong. This video won out over stiff competition from Tony Banks with "Old School Love", "You Don't Represent Me" by Nastaij and featuring Dawn Laird, Ember Swift's "Laowai / Foreigner", and Random Order with "Black Lipstick Kiss". That is certainly the case with K Anderson's music video for "14-Year-Old Me". I just love the song, and the music video, both of which cover me with charm from the start. The video captures the confessional and personal components of the song perfectly, so there is no question why it was named 'Best DIY Video'. This is K Anderson with "14-Year-Old Me".
You can purchase "14 Year Old Me", along with a wonderful b-side "I Bruise Like A Peach", from iTunes, BandCamp, and Amazon. To learn more about K. Anderson, visit his official website. You can also 'follow' him on Twitter and 'like' him on Facebook.
Marlee and Tully developed RightOutTV to help LGBT artists with promotion, as a way of giving back to the community. The couple are also a musical duo, making up Sugarbeach. They were kind enough to ask me to participate in the awards for the last few years as a judge. To learn more about RightOutTV, visit the RightOutTV website. You can also 'follow' them on Twitter, and 'like' them on Facebook.