“I am shocked, humbled and deeply grateful to receive the Overall Grand Prize at the IAMA. It is an incredible honour to be recognized among such musical talent”, said Ryan Sheridan, this year’s top winner.
Other notable winners include: Pat Byrne (also from Ireland) won a Runner-Up award in the Best Male Artist category with his song “Feels Like Living”. In 2012, Byrne was crowned the winner of the first series of The Voice of Ireland, which led to the release of his debut album, “All or Nothing.” In January 2019, Byrne emigrated to Austin, Texas.
Deidre McCalla, won Best Folk Award with her song “Shoulder to The Wheel”. The Early Mays won Best Group/Duo Award with their song “The Ballad of Johnny Fall”.
Here is the list of winners of the 19th Annual IAMA:
Overall Grand Prize Winner:
“Fine Wine” by Ryan Sheridan
FIRST PRIZE: “Kottke” by Paul Colombino
RUNNER-UP: “Silk and Spice” by Jocelyn Pettit
FIRST PRIZE: “Every Child” by Gordie Tentrees
RUNNER-UP: “Goodbye” by Systur
FIRST PRIZE: “Stand True” by The Americans
RUNNER-UP: “Why Should I Care?” by Aimee Van Dyne
FIRST PRIZE: “Shoulder To The Wheel“ by Deidre McCalla
RUNNER-UP: “Food and Medicine” by Sara Trunzo
FIRST PRIZE: “The Ballad of Johnny Fall” by The Early Mays
RUNNER-UP: “So Said Life” by Doug Kolmar & Janice O’Rourke
BEST MALE ARTIST
FIRST PRIZE: “Fine Wine” by Ryan Sheridan
RUNNER-UP: “Feels Like Living” by Pat Byrne
BEST FEMALE ARTIST
FIRST PRIZE: “You’ve Been Away So Long” by Alice Howe
RUNNER-UP: “Shakin My Bones” by Jackie Bristow
FIRST PRIZE: “Tale of a Chameleon” by Aspen Jacobsen
RUNNER-UP: “Promised Land” by Helen Townsend & Bill Chambers
ABOUT IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards)
IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) promotes the art and artistry of acoustic music performance and artistry. In its 20th year, IAMA has a proven track record of winners going on to get signed and hit the Billboard Charts.
Ricky Kej (1st Prize Winner 2018 IAMA, instrumental category) , based out of Bengaluru, India won the Grammy this year for ‘Divine Tides’, in the best immersive audio album category.
Notable winners include Ellis Paul, Jonatha Brooke, David Francey, AJ Croce and more. Meghan Trainor was discovered by IAMA ten years ago and is now a global phenomenon with #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts with “All About That Bass” (#1 for 8 weeks) and #1 on The Billboard 200 Charts with her debut album “Title”, won for a Grammy award for Best New Artist. 2nd Annual IAMA winner Zane Williams’s winning song was recorded by country music star Jason Michael Carroll, that song hit #14 on Billboard Country Charts and #99 on Billboard Hot 100 Charts. Jeff Gutt, finalist at the 9th Annual IAMA was a runner-up on X-Factor USA. Charlie Dore (known for her hit “Pilot of the Airwaves”) was the top winner in 2008. Information on winners and finalists, go to: