On Sunday, the Valley’s stars came out in droves to celebrate local music at the 18th Annual Lehigh Valley Music Awards. While there, they enjoyed an extravaganza that featured breathtaking performances, crisp production, and another record-breaking night for local singer-songwriter Scott Marshall.
For the second consecutive year, Marshall came away with top honors, capturing 12 awards to break his previous record of nine, set in 2016. The Americana mainstay’s triumph comes on the heels of a tumultuous time in his life, just months after surgery to remove a tumor from his kidney late last year.
Marshall also performed early in the evening with what would turn out to be an award-winning trio by the end of the night, as he was joined by teenage performer Jordyn Kenzie, who took home three awards, including Best Female Artist, and Chelsea Lyn Meyer, who captured a nod for Outstanding Volunteer.
Other top winners included folk veteran Dave Fry, who took home three awards. James Supra, Tommy Zito, and youth performer Julie Williams took home two apiece.
Kicking things off during the Preshow, presented by Lehigh Valley Underground, was local bluegrass quartet Serene Green. Their beautiful harmonies and intricate instrumentation was a perfect start to the day, and caused many of those filing into the ArtsQuest Center to stop by and and pay attention to the band’s impresssive performance.
As LVU predicted before the show, hard rockers Another Day Dawns turned heads with a stellar performance. The four-piece, who won the award for Outstanding Youth Band in 2016, gave a polished, high-energy performance of a pair of original selections, including their new single, “Love She’s After.”
Prior to that, local soul group Desire was joined by Zito on keys for a trip down memory lane, tightly delivering jukebox hits from the world of Doo Wop and classic R&B. Separately, violinist Nyke Van Wyk wowed the crowd with his captivating work.
On a personal note
Yesterday was LVU’s first true go-round with the Lehigh Valley Music Awards. I am grateful that, though we’re still relatively new to the scene, we had the chance to make such an impact on the day. I send my sincerest thanks to both the Greater Lehigh Valley Music Association and ArtsQuest for involving us. Also, special shout-outs go to my girlfriend Meg for handling merch, Tracie Lovett (Ninja of The Fyre & Ice Show) for capturing soon-to-be-released audio, and photographer, LVU contributor, and music supporter extraordinaire Lisa Robinson for capturing the day from behind her lens. It took a team to pull our part of this off, and I’m blessed with a great one.
Also, thanks to everyone who has and continues to encourage us. Although we went 0-for-8 in awards last night, I am not upset in the least. In fact, I feel great about yesterday, and I can’t help but marvel at how far we’ve all come together. It has been an absolute joy to serve this community, and you’d best believe we’re only just getting warmed up.
Now, for those photos…