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(Nov 6, 2017 - HALIFAX) Fifty Music Nova Scotia Awards in 49 categories were handed out on Sunday, November 5 at the Music Nova Scotia Awards celebration at the Holiday Inn Truro, NS. Erin Costelo was among the winners, making her one of the few women to be awarded Producer of the Year by a major music industry organization, marking a hopeful shift in the industry.
According to TheStar.com, only four women have won the Producer of the Year Award in the 45 years that Junos have been handed out, and according to Cuepoint, since 1974, only six women have been nominated for Producer of the Year at the Grammy’s. Making Erin part of a small, but growing group of women recognized for their music production skills in North America.
Dana Beeler, who was awarded “New Artist Recording of the Year” for Hello Delaware album “My Mistake”, accepted the award on Erin’s behalf, as Erin was out of town. Here is Erin’s acceptance speech.
“Last night I won the Producer of the Year award at the Nova Scotia Music Awards. Thank you so much to all of the artists who have allowed me to play a part in sharing your music with the world. Elise Besler, Leanne Hoffman, Adam Sterling, Samm Reid.
Unfortunately I was out of town and wasn't there to accept it. Here is my acceptance speech. Thanks to Dana Beeler for reading it and being there to accept the award in my absence.
"Thank you so much for this award. It means a tremendous amount to be honoured in this way. I could be wrong but I think I may be the first woman to receive it.
Please take this as a call to action. We have a responsibility. As a creative community we are not reflecting the voices of everyone. And we are missing out. Music and art reflects our society and it has the potential to CHANGE our society.
Hire more women. By doing so, we will see ourselves reflected on stages and behind the scenes as producers and engineers, and as a result will be more likely to step into these roles. We need to hear the world reflected through these voices. It is crucial. Especially now.
I take this award as a huge responsibility. I promise to use my privilege to open the doors that I can. Especially to women of colour and trans women to help their voices be heard. Let's have a woman in this category every year. Multiple women. We do not all have the same voice. Let's hear from everyone."
Erin’s award winning album, Down Below, The Status Quo (Mar 2016) was released on Seayou Records in Europe and in Canada on Erin's own Label Venue Records with distribution through Pheromone Recordings.The album received multiple awards and nominations, including winning the 2017 ECMA for R&B/Soul album of the Year, Longer listed for Polaris Prize, Nominated for seven 2016 Music Nova Scotia awards, and was runner up for the Folk Music Ontario – ACTRA RACS Recording of the Year Award.
For the full list of Music Nova Scotia winners, please CLICK HERE
About Erin Costelo:
Erin Costelo is an artist who is mining the truth - through writing, arranging, producing and masterful live performance. With a voice unlike any other in Canada she has the ability to successfully float between genres and stages, her unwavering vision continuously offering the best sound and voice to a feeling, idea or story. With “songs that sound like they were written by your heroes”, she has been praised as a songwriter, arranger and producer.
…It’s as if her songs are written by your heroes…an ocean of soul and beyond… - Bob Mersereau, CBC
Halifax's Erin Costelo proves she is anything but status quo. - Canadian Beats
Touched by the angel Donny Hathaway and embodying the spirit of Nina Simone…99/100 - Mi Toscadiscos Dual, Spain
Striking, Powerful and full of depth and range - Exclaim!
Stream Erin Costelo on spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2amUY80duVVhcrAIXfwBHN
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