The Refugees Win Top Prize In IAMA

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The Refugees won the Overall Grand Prize in the 5th annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards). The Refugees is a trio of Cindy Bullens, Deborah Holland, and Wendy Waldman in Americana/Folk genre. Wendy Waldman wrote Vanessa Williams' #1 hit song 'Save the Best for Last'

The Refugees won the Overall Grand Prize in the 5th annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards). The Refugees is a trio of Cindy Bullens, Deborah Holland, and Wendy Waldman in Americana/Folk genre. Their, passion, songwriting, musicianship, and impressive vocals set them apart from other groups out there. They have performed with Bonnie Raitt. All three members have are accomplished musicians in their own right: Wendy Waldman wrote Vanessa Williams' #1 hit song "Save the Best for Last," and "Heartbeat," performed by Don Johnson and 'Fishin' in the Dark,' sung by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Cindy Bullens got her start as a back-up singer for Elton John. Since then, Cindy has accompanied John on multiple tours and racked up Grammy Award nominations. Deborah Holland was a member of another three-person band, the critically acclaimed, Animal Logic. Comprised also of Stewart Copeland, Stanley Clarke, the band earned her recognition as both a singer and a songwriter during the 1980s and 90s.

The following are the rest of the winners:

BEST FOLK ARTIST:
1st Prize: Katy Kinard - World's Largest Peanut
Runner-up: The Cedars - Ten Gallon Mile

BEST AAA/ALTERNATIVE:
1st Prize: Wendy Colonna - Right Where I Belong
Runner-up: Oxygen - All My Heroes

BEST GROUP/DUO:
1st Prize: The Refugees - Unbound
Runner-up: Ready In 10 - One More Chance

BEST FEMALE ARTIST:
1st Prize: Kate Lush - Isabelle
Runner-up: Omega - You Said (Gwe wangamba)

BEST MALE ARTIST:
1st Prize: Wayne Southards - Sad is the Union
Runner-up: Jesse Terry - Against the Tide

BEST COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS:
1st Prize: Jeanette Williams Band - Enough Of You
Runner-up: Shearwater Bluegrass Band - Argyle Street

BEST OPEN/AOG:
1st Prize: Victoria Vox - C'est Noye
Runner-up: Pamela G - Somebody Take Him

BEST INSTRUMENTAL:
1st Prize: Larry Pattis - Eleven Doors
Runner-up: Joël Fafard - Red Coat Western

For more information, visit:
http://www.inacoustic.com/winners.html

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