Ayla Brown to receive Unsung Hero Award

Ayla Brown (Photo by Amanda Van-Sandt)
Ayla Brown (Photo by Amanda Van-Sandt)

Limelight Magazine is pleased to announce that singer-songwriter, Ayla Brown, will receive the Unsung Hero Award at this year’s sixth annual Limelight Magazine Music Awards Ceremony that will take place at South Shore Music Hall in Quincy, MA, on March 22nd.

Brown, who placed among the top 16 finalists on season five of American Idol, has supported a number of charitable causes over the years. Most recently, she released a country music, patriotic-inspired solo album titled, “Heroes & Hometowns,” and donated a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the first 2,000 CD’s sold to a military non-profit based out of Massachusetts called, Hugs for Heroes, Inc. This past Veteran’s Day, Brown presented Hugs for Heroes, Inc. with $5,000.00 live on FOX25. Still to this day, it is the largest one-time donation made to the organization. 

Furthermore, Brown has appeared in concert at Fenway Park on multiple occasions to help the Boston Red Sox and the players with their charitable endeavors including “Life Is Good At Fenway,” “Hot Stove, Cool Music,” “Jimmy Fund” with WEEI radio, and the “Beckett Bowl.” She also offers her vocal talents and time to the organization, “Songs of Love,” where she is currently a spokesperson, as well as singing and recording songs for ill-stricken children. 

The Unsung Hero award is given to a musician from New England who has made a significant contribution to the lives of others without asking for anything in return. Brown is the second recipient of this award. Last year, it was presented to Lisa Guyer who founded the Lisa Guyer Music Empowerment Program.

Katie Botelho, co-owner of Limelight Magazine, said it’s an honor to present this award to Brown this year.

“If anyone deserves this award it’s her,” said Botelho. “Her generosity and kindness is something that shouldn’t go unnoticed.”

The Limelight Magazine Music Awards honors bands and musicians from New England who were selected by readers of the magazine in an online poll. This year’s event will be hosted by Matthew Almquist and Theresa Andreski of the Cape Cod-based band Beautiful Tuesday. Performers scheduled to appear include Krista Baroni, Brian Carroll, Brianna Grace, Jilly Martin, Jay Psaros, Ten Foot Polecats, 21st Century Fugitives, and Weld Square.

South Shore Music Hall is located at 1515 Hancock Street in Quincy. The venue has a full bar with a limited food menu. Parking is free.

Tickets for the awards show are $10 in advance and $13 day of show. They can be purchased online at this link: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/555722.

Limelight Magazine started out as a quarterly print publication, but has since moved its operations online, with the exception of an annual summer issue. Visit their website at www.limelightmagazine.com. You can also like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/limelightmagazine.

The complete list of nominees:

Young Performer of the Year

Jessie Chris

Closer Than We Appear

Four Noble Truths

Emily Hodges

Nolan Leite

Esmeree Skye

21st Century Fugitives

 Tribute Band of the Year

All Heart: Tribute to Heart

The American Who Sensation: Tribute to The Who

Beatles for Sale: Tribute to The Beatles

Clock Strikes Ten: Tribute to Cheap Trick

Fire Lake: Tribute to Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band

Forever Young: Tribute to Neil Young

Power of Love: Tribute to Huey Lewis & the News

Young Rust: Tribute to Neil Young

Live Act of the Year

The Aldous Collins Band


Daddie Long Legs

            Patrick DeCoste


Richard James and The Name Changers

A Simple Complex

Weld Square

Female Vocalist of the Year

Susan Cattaneo          

Brianna Grace

Dorian Havers

Lisa Markovich

Amanda McCarthy    

Ilene Springer

Natalie Turgeon

Eva Walsh

Male Vocalist of the Year

Daniel Byrnes

Jeff Conley

Greg Lato

Joe Merrick

Sean O’Loughlin

Andrew Smith

Jonah Tolchin

Kevin Williams

Song of the Year

            Dalton and the Sheriffs – “Cheap Guitars”

Shaun England – “Tied to the Tracks”

            Kiley Evans & Joe Merrick – “We’d Be Lying”

The McGunks – “Working On A Hangover”

Christian McNeill & Sea Monsters – “If You Need Some (Come and Get Some)”

Fil Pacino – “Death By Lions”

Jessica Prouty Band – “Set Me Free”

            Brian Sances Band – “Driving Home”

Album of the Year (Group)

Sam Bowen and Blue Cat Groove – Self-Titled

Beyond Blonde – Purple Rose

The Cranks – Orange

Elcodrive – The Long Way Home

For The Love of Sloane – Curses, Spells & Charms

Propergander – Wide Open

21st Century Fugitives – Regret Nothing

            Glenn Yoder & the Western States – Javelina

Album of the Year (Solo)

Rich Antonelli – Voiceless

Sarah Blacker – Precious Little Things

Lisa Couto – Not Going Under

Julie Dougherty – In This Place

Ian Fitzgerald – No Time To Be Tender

Jamie Lynn Hart – Live At Tupelo

Adam Jensen – Behold the Man

Ashley Jordan – Nothing In Doubt

Hard Rock, Metal, Hardcore Act of the Year

Along Came the Flood

BlackLight SunRise





Red Equals Meltdown

We Stand in Awe

Country Artist of the Year

Houston Bernard

Country Mile Band

Brianna Grace

Britt Hill

Shanna Jackman

Erin Ollis and the Whiskey Rye Band

Joe Macey

            Jilly Martin     

Breakthrough Artist of the Year

Blocks of Seven

Sam Bowen and Blue Cat Groove

Closer Than We Appear

Empire Street

Jesse Hanson

House On Cliff

One Time Mountain

Michael Spaulding 

Video of the Year (Group)

Aurora – “Little Traps”

Blocks of Seven – “I Can’t Take It Anymore”

Centerlink – “Distant Voices”

Mostly Commons – “Let It Go By”

The Devil’s Twins – “Love and War”

Paryah – “Stay Away”

Red Equals Meltdown – “What is Dead May Never Die”

Stay Seventeen – “On My Mind”

Video of the Year (Solo)

Krista Angelucci – “Like You”

Tiffani Dawn – “Fever”

Katlyn Evans – “Royals”

Jamie Lynn Hart – “Down”

Ashley Jordan – “If I Had You”

Jilly Martin – “I’m Getting There”

Jay Psaros – “The Orphan”

Will Evans – “Wishin’ Well”

Singer-Songwriter of the Year

Krista Baroni

Brian Carroll

Jesse Hanson

Adam Jensen

Alastair Moock

Kevin G. Moore

Dietrich Strause

Joe Young

Band of the Year

The Can’t Nots

The Field Effect

Mean Creek

Grace Morrison and the RSO


A Simple Complex

The Ten Foot Polecats

Torn Shorts

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s