2007 WAMI Award winners


Wisconsin’s top musicians, artists, bands, and industry notables were recognized for their contributions to the state’s diverse music scene at the 27th Annual Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) Awards Show, held Monday, April 30, 2007 at the Northern Lights Theater at Milwaukee’s Potawatomi Bingo and Casino.

Awards were given in 35 categories, ranging from recognition for musicianship and recordings to the industry-related technical areas, with recipients hailing from all areas of the state. Award recipients are as follows:

Band/Artist Web Site: www.twangdragons.com
Bassist: Todd Richardson
Big Band/Swing: Swing Nouveau
Bluegrass/Americana: Andy’s Automatics
Blues Group/Artist: Alex Wilson
CD/Recording: “Comin Out Swingin” – Boxkar
Classical: Fox Valley Symphony
Contemporary Jazz Group/Artist: Chris Crain & Co.
Country: Chasin’ Mason
Cover: The Toys
Drummer/Percussionist: Greg Thiel
Female Vocalist: Ronnie Nyles
Folk/Acoustic Group/Artist: Bazooka Joe
Gospel/Christian Group/Artist: Rodney Cunningham
Group/Artist: Skillet
Guitarist: Jack Grassel
Keyboardist (tie) Dean Lea and Johnny Palecek
Male Vocalist: Geoff Landon
New Group/Artist: Hindsight
Pop/Adult Contemporary: The Mahp
Print Media: Shepherd Express
Producer: Joe Puerta
Radio Station: WMSE FM
R&B/Soul Group/Artist: Mary Davis
Reeds/Brass: Jeff Petrangelo
Rock Group/Artist: BelleVue Suite
Song: “Drinkin About You” – Twang Dragons
Specialty Instrumentalist: Russ Greeley – Violin
Specialty/Nostalgia Group/Artist: The Tempters
Stage Production: On Stage Audio
Studio: Renwood Messenger Studio
Traditional Jazz Group/Artist: Paul Spencer
Urban/Hip Hop/Scratch: ILL Groove Movement
Venue: Caroline’s
World Beat (tie): Unity and Nabori

In addition, People’s Choice Awards for “Best Band/Artist of the Year” were presented for each quadrant of the state:

Southeast Quadrant – Mt. Olive
Northeast Quadrant – Cool Waters
Northwest Quadrant – Reverend Raven & the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys
Southwest Quadrant – Madison County