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Temecula Valley Music Awards announced at Bel Vino Winery party

 

Last updated 10/20/2017 at Noon

Tim Moyer of Moyer Entertainment Group, right, who presents the annual Temecula Valley Music Awards to benefit local school programs and music scholarships to outstanding students in the Valley, stands with the many musicians, songwriters, award winners and band members participating in the fourth annual TVMA Awards party and fundraiser, Oct. 7, at Bel Vino Winery in Temecula. Tony Ault photo

The Temecula Valley Music Awards singled out 12 of the Temecula Valley’s budding musicians and songwriters for special awards Saturday, Oct. 7, at Bel Vino Winery.

Held on an outdoor stage at the winery, the fourth annual TVMA party showcased former TVMA winners who have become the newest national music stars and other top music supporters of TVMA and its mission. The awards party is presented each year by the nonprofit Moyer Entertainment Group to benefit local school music programs and to offer scholarships to deserving music students. Tim Moyer of MEG produced and directed the awards party.

“The School of Rock,” Temecula’s newest music school started the evening off on an upbeat note, kicking off a party full of music, dancing, delightful wines and tasty foods under the full moon at the Bel Vino Winery, 33515 Rancho California Road. Gift baskets donated by local businesses and a Fender electric guitar package were up for bid at the silent auction; the proceeds went to the TVMA. Temecula Mayor Maryann Edwards was spotlighted in leading the singing of the national anthem and in welcoming the musicians and attendees to the city.

Bringing applause and cheers from the audience were the guest musicians, Will Champlin, who was a finalist in season five of “The Voice,” Grammy-award winner Larry Mitchell, who brings the sound of his guitar to life, Jason Mallman Taylor on his funky jazz vibraphone and country singer and yodeler Maddie Leigh, winner of the Best Country Award.

Mitchell brought rising young musician, Anthony Cullins, 16, who won the 2016 TVMA Best Youth Original award and is known as “The Fallbrook Kid,” onstage with him to perform three rock songs that set the audience clapping and cheering.

A very special moment from this year’s TVMA music awards Saturday night was when Bryan Hopkins and several survivors of the Las Vegas massacre joined with Elvis Monroe and Lifehouse onstage to led the audience in a special song just written honor the victims and the families of the horrific shooting incident.

Hopkins, the lead singer of Elvis Monroe, led 20 people to safety in a freezer during the Las Vegas shooting. During the song, he hugged a young woman, who also survived the shooting. The music of “The Fight,” a song of dedication to the Las Vegas shooting victims, echoed over Wine Country from Bel Vino Winery.

linkOther onstage entertainers and award winners for the TVMA party included Shea, We Belong, Jarvis Brown, Anthony Cullins and Natasha Lefroy.

Country music artist and West Coast Country Award winner Maddie Leigh sings and yodels some of her best songs at the fourth annual TVMA awards party, Oct. 7. Tony Ault photo

linklinklink The 2017 TVMA award winners are: Sarah Rogo for Best Blues Out of Town; “Americas Kountry” for Best Country; “Endeavor” as Best Cover Band; David Maldonado with Best Jazz; Dree Mon for Best Pop Out of Town; Shea for Best R&B/Soul; “Midnight Satellites” with Best Rock; “Crooked Stones” for Best Rock Out of Town; Savannah Philyaw with Best Writer/Songwriter Out of Town; “Dulaney and Company” for Best Singer/Songwriter; Makayla Phillips as Best Youth Cover; “Minor Strut” as Best Youth Original and Ben Allen with Artist of the Year.

“Minor Strut” won the “People’s Choice Award,” receiving a new handcrafted guitar made by Scira Guitars and valued at $3,000. The group received 860 public votes, according to Moyer.

Sponsors and contributors to the TVMA Awards 2017 include Scira Handcrafted Guitars, True Signs and Graphics, Unit-O, Taylor Guitars, TRX Cymbals, Comfort Inn Suites, Temecula Valley Toyota, Audi Temecula, The Valley Business Journal, Promark by Addario, RadioAirPlay, CSL, Oldschool, Sam Ash Music Stores, DM Deadline Media, Evans Level, Festivalnet, Guitar Center, Dunlop, The Loop Loft, vocal coach Candice Nicole Dickson, Bird Family Tire and Auto, Hampton Inn, Temecula Valley Bluegrass and Mercedes-Benz of Temecula.

 

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