The nominations for 17th annual NAMA gala, which takes place October 14 in New York State, includes two local artists. Country singer/songwriter Billy Simard is a double nominee for his album Being Free, which earned him nominations for New Artist or Debut Artist of the Year and Best Country Recording. Also a double nominee this year, classical singer Rhonda Head added another to her growing list of accolades with a nod for Best Female Artist and Best Gospel/Inspirational Recording for Kisahkihitan.
Nominations for the ISMA were also recently announced, including three nods for Indian City for songs off its Here & Now album. “Tree of Life” picked up a nod in the country category, "Seasons" in the pop category, and the album's title track is nominated in the rock category. The hardware will be handed out on September 9 in Milwaukee, WI. ISMA is run in conjunction with Indian Summer Festival and recognizes and promotes the very best in Native American music created by both established and emerging artists.