Nashville Poet D-Revolution Wins Southern Entertainment Award

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Music City Performer Is First to Receive Spoken-Word Honor

The poetic renaissance that has been resurrected in recent years is continuing with unwavering progress in the artistic hotbed of Nashville, Tenn.

The city owes much of the movement’s continued success to D-Revolution, the first-ever spoken-word artist and poet to win the coveted 2006 Southern Entertainment Award (SEA) in the category Spoken Word Artist/Poet of the Year. SEA first introduced the category this year. And fans from eleven states – Tennessee, Georgia, Oklahoma, Texas, Mississippi, Florida, Arkansas, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina and Louisiana – overwhelmingly voted for the Chicago native in a category that boasted nominees of varying artistic styles, backgrounds and levels of experience.

The Southern Entertainment Awards honor the best in urban music, musical entrepreneurship and related industries in a variety of categories. Winners are determined by popular vote.

“Winning an SEA meant a lot, in terms of me feeling like I got what I deserve, with all the hustling and performing and putting myself out there all those years,” says D-Revolution. “It let me know people were paying attention to my art.”

For years, D-Revolution has been breathlessly performing in venues, seizing every available opportunity to recite his words of pain, reconciliation and healing, as he addresses politics, racism, relationships and a repertoire of hot button issues. Known for his daring blunt style and honest delivery, D-Revolution is still riding the wave of acclaim from his recorded projects – One Chance to Be a Man and his follow-up, A Simple Ghetto Life. D-Revolution feels his journey is just beginning, though he’s been crafting a creative career through a grassroots approach for years.

“I want people to recognize the words I write. I want people to know that a lot is going on in the world and I’m going to talk about it.”

For more information, please visit http://www.d-revolution.org.

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K. Danielle Edwards