Since leaving his hardwood flooring installer job six years ago to pursue music fulltime, Don Amero’s star has been on the rise. Today’s announcement continues to build on what has been an exciting career so far for the Winnipeg singer/songwriter.
Don Amero’s current release has been nominated for Aboriginal Album of the Year at the 2013 JUNO Awards. Heart On My Sleeve is Don’s fourth album, and a self-produced labour of love. He proudly calls it his most personal album to date, and if you listen from beginning to end, it tells a story. Heart On My Sleeve was released in October 2012 at an “intimate and international” house concert streamed live on APTN.ca.
“Being nominated for a JUNO Award is the culmination of hard work and the support of many people, and it’s a very rewarding feeling,” says Amero. “I’m really proud of Heart On My Sleeve, and happy that the album has been well received so far – not only by fans, but also by the music industry. I’m looking forward to celebrating at this year’s JUNO Awards in Regina.”
Even though Amero is a first-time JUNO Award nominee, he’s no stranger to gathering awards. So far his trophy shelf holds the following hardware:
Male Entertainer of the Year – 2012 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards
Best Country Song – 2012 Indian Summer Music Awards
Aboriginal Recording of the Year – 2011 Western Canadian Music Awards
Best Folk Recording – 2011 Native American Music Awards
Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year – 2009 Canadian Folk Music Awards
Male Artist of the Year – 2009 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards