Manitobans Nominated for Two Grammy Awards

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Manitoba is following up hometown soulster Remy Shand’s four nominations at last year’s Grammy Awards with a couple of nominations for 2003. Manitoba stands to take home two awards from the music industry’s most prestigious awards ceremony.

Winnipeg Christian rapper artist Fresh I.E. has been nominated in the Rock Gospel Album category for his Red Letterz release. A 15-year veteran of the hip-hop scene, this is Fresh I.E.’s fourth album. The album was released by New Mexico-based label SOAR (Sound of America Records) six months ago and is currently not available in Manitoba.

Local label Sunshine Records has one of its acts, Wayne Ostanek and Bob Kravos, up for Best Polka Record for Just For You. While Sunshine has many honours and awards, this is its first Grammy nomination.

While not directly nominated, Studio 11’s prominent owner and producer, Brandon Friesen, co-wrote and produced Tom Bee’s album Reveal His Glory, which is up for Best Native American Music Album. Best known as a rock producer, Friesen also owns Winnipeg-based Aboriginal music label Arbor Records as well as Studio 11.

The Grammy awards will be given out February 8, 2004 in Los Angeles in an international broadcast watched by millions.

For more information on Fresh I.E., please visit www.jesusbeatz.com.

For more information on Sunshine Records, please visit www.sunshinerecords.com.

Find out more about Brandon Friesen at www.studio11audio.com.

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