FIONA BOYES, Australia's first lady of the Blues, receives prestigious nomination for the 2019 TRADITIONAL FEMALE BLUES ARTIST (KOKO TAYLOR AWARD) at the 40th Annual (USA) BLUES MUSIC AWARDS in Memphis, Tennessee!    


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The Blues Music Awards bring together Blues performers, industry representatives, and fans from all over the world to celebrate the best in Blues recordings and performances from the previous year. The BMAs are recognized as the highest international honor given to blues musicians and are awarded by vote of Blues Foundation members.


The Blues Foundation enlists a group of approximately 100 industry professionals as nominators.  All have worked extensively in all areas of the blues industry.  They include individuals with expertise as producers, engineers, radio DJs, journalists, academics, club owners, promoters and others with a deep knowledge of blues music.

Starting with thousands of eligible blues releases for the year, the nominators work through the first round to come up with potential nominees in each award category. The nominators then vote in the second round and the 5 artists receiving the most votes in each category become the final Nominees for the Blues Music Award.  The final winners are decided by popular vote from members of the Blues Foundation, and will be announced at the Cook Convention Center, in Memphis, TN.  Join the Blues Foundation here to receive your ballot!



Fiona is the only Australian Blues artist ever to be nominated for a BMA.  Building on her success in 2003 when she became the 1st woman and 1st Australian to win the International Blues Challenge on historic Beale St, Memphis, Fiona has now received her eighth BMA nomination.   She has been previously nominated for Contemporary Blues Album (2007), Contemporary Female Artist  (2008), Traditional Female Artist (2010, 2016), Traditional Blues Album (2009), Acoustic Blues Artist (2017), and Acoustic Blues Album (2017).  Her 2017 release, ‘Professin’ the Blues’ won the USA Blues Blast Award for Best Acoustic Blues Album and The Age/Music Victoria Award for Blues Album of the Year.


This latest Blues Music Award nomination comes in recognition of Fiona’s 2018 release, ‘Voodoo in the Shadows’ which is also up for Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Artist of the Year, and Band of the Year, at the Australian Blues Music Awards, to be announced in February. 


Fiona would like to thank her blues fans, her family and friends, and especially her band, along with her team at Blue Empress Music, Reference Recordings, Only Blues Music, Maton Guitars, Elixir Strings, Fishman Acoustic Amps and Pick Ups, National Resophonic Guitars, and Shane Soall’s Oz Blues & Roots Store and Cigar Box Emporium.