Katonah, NY, January 25, 2008 -- The New York based rock/R&B/jazz band Reverend Zen is moving into 2008 with Artist of the Year honors from the 17th annual Los Angeles Music Awards. Recipients of four Best Song Nominations in the Adult Contemporary Artist and Blues Categories of the awards, genre stretching Reverend Zen was named 2007 Blues Artist of the Year at the LAMA ceremony held November 29, 2007 at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles Music Award's Artist of the Year honors highlights an award winning eighteen months for Reverend Zen. With the release of their debut album, Angels, Blues & the Crying Moon, the group has received a prestigious 2007 ASCAP Plus Award for composer/bandleader Jack Evans, two Finalist Awards in the 2007 Unisong International Song Contest, a Finalist and five Runners Up Awards in the 2006 VH1 Song of the Year Contest and honors from the Mid Atlantic Song Contest, the Billboard World Song Contest and the UK's Singer-Songwriter Awards.
Carmen Allgood, co-host of Indie Traffic Jam on Los Angeles' I Radio LA, Indie 104 and host of her syndicated shows The Indie Music Wave and The Colorado Wave in Denver remarks, Reverend Zen simply rocks my world." In January WCH Radio in St. Louis named Reverend Zen their 2007 Artist of the Year."Reverend Zen has given us some great music.", States WCH Music Director John O Day. Paul Sedowski, CEO of Mere Music and co-host of Mere's Fame Games broadcasting on Onda Cero Radio 94.6FM, 101.6FM from Malaga, Spain writes, Reverend Zen is one of our all time favorites with their great musicianship and their musical taste."
Along with continuing press coverage and air play in North and South America, Europe, Japan, New Zealand and Australia, Reverend Zen is a Featured Artist on four recently released compilation albums. Fresh Produce 4" from MVY Radio 92.7FM Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, Cape Cod, 96.5FM Newport, R.I. Music For Coffee Beings" from RPW Records, British Columbia, Canada. Songwriters & Storytellers" from the Indie Artist Alliance, San Francisco and Just Talents" from Research Music, Miami, Rio De Janeiro, Berlin.
Reverend Zen is currently a Featured Artist on MVY Radio's Local Music Caf' profile page at mvyradio.com. In January the band received two nominations in Mere Music's Fame Games 2007/2008 Effigy Awards as Blues/Rock Artist of the Year and Blues/Rock Song of the Year, for The Boston Shakedown". The Effigy Awards broadcast takes place January 25, 2008. The worldwide netcast, from Malaga, Spain, can be heard at meermusic.