I am excited to announce that Dreams & Visions has been nominated for three Covenant Awards. Dreams & Visions is nominated in both INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR and JAZZ/BLUES ALBUM OF THE YEAR categories. In addition to those two musical award categories Dreams & Visions is also nominated in the ALBUM ARTWORK OF THE YEAR category – which is surely the result of such wonderful artwork and photography contributions from others. The Covenant Awards are the leading national awards for Canadian Christian Music. The winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony to be held on November 5th in Edmonton, Alberta.
I have checked out the other nominees and there is a lot of very fine music being considered, however I will say that Dreams & Visions is quite different from the other nominees (solo guitar, female jazz vocals, R&B band, solo piano, solo piano with spoken word) – so it will remain to be seen if my stylistically wide ranging instrumental concept album will catch the attention of the jury or simply be too outside the box for too many. There is one other nominee in the Instrumental Album of the Year category that has caught my interest, New World by the Trevor Dick Band. This recording reminds me of Jean Luc Ponty recordings, quite enjoyable. Check it out. It is the recording that closest to Dreams & Visions in approach and sound.
My thanks to the GMA folks for selecting Dreams & Visions as worthy of these nominations.