Moving on to the Best Female category, which is no less impressive than the Best Male. If I could, I would make this a five-way tie, but it's up to me to make the difficult choices. So here we go.
Melody Walker - Gold Rush Goddess - If you love bluegrass, this is definitely the CD for you. Walker's stirring vocals and instrumentation will have you dancing around or at the very least tapping your toes to the sound. If you get the chance to see her live performance, I definitely recommend you go cause it is every bit as impressive as her CD.
Kirsten Proffit - My Devotion - This CD is powerful, revealing the inspiration that has driven Proffit to this point in her career. It reflects her thankfulness and appreciation of her past and her future, and is by far the finest work of her relatively young career. This is another "desert island" CD.
Amy Dalley - Coming out of the Pain - I first heard of Dalley when she was signed to Curb Records back in 2002, and immediately fell in love with her musical style and her voice. She left Curb Records in 2007, and thereafter started her own label with her husband, Jack Sizemore, MadJack Records. This is the label's second release, and is Dalley's best. Dalley is proof that getting a record deal is not the final destination, just a stop along the way.
Adjoa - Songs for Tall Women and the Short Men Who Love Them - Adjoa wins the award for the longest CD title in recent memory. She has been a staple in LA for several years, and won the Best Female at the Second Annual SoCal Music Awards in 2008. Adjoa funded this project through Indiegogo, and the result is well worth the effort. Adjoa's tongue-in-check lyrics and her musical savvy are very prominent in this most worthy musical effort.
Cindy Alexander - Every Rise and Fall - Alexander has been absent from the LA music scene for a few years while she has been raising her twin daughters. However, with this release, she has returned more powerful than ever. Alexander has always been able to write the most beautiful songs about the most painful experiences, and this release is no different. It shows her humanity in the most positive and inspiring way, and is a treasure that needs to be shared with all.
And the winner is . . . CINDY ALEXANDER!