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Hey Rosetta!, Amelia Curran, Everglow and Devin Sooley among local ECMA winners


What does an East Coast Music Award win mean to a naval architecture student who never particularly set out to be recognized for his work in the music industry?

 A sense of achievement, an honour — and more hard work in the future.

“It means we just have to outdo ourselves on the next Everglow video for the following ECMAs,” said Devin Sooley, 20.

Sooley is a self-taught videographer who specialized in weddings until last summer, when he started doing some promotional video work. He connected with St. John’s-based pop duo Everglow (Gordon Huxter and Jon Pike) last summer, and filmed the video for their song “Feel Your Heart,” the first single from their album “Ocean Season.”

Thursday evening, that video won the ECMA for Fan’s Choice Video of the Year, beating out some stiff competition: Hey Rosetta!’s “Soft Offering (For the Oft Suffering),” The Once’s “We Are All Running,” Ria Mae’s “Clothes Off” and David Myles’ “Santa Never Brings Me a Banjo.”

“I am overjoyed that a piece of my work was awarded such a high honour,” Sooley told The Telegram. “Moreover, I’m so happy for Everglow, allowing me to take on the task of a video for them. It’s always a heartwarming feeling, winning an award for your hard work on a project, symbolizing people enjoyed your work.”

“We can’t believe the support we continue to receive from home on the east coast, all the way across the country,” added Pike, who is attending the ECMAs with Huxter while on a break from a western Canadian tour with charity Live Different.

A number of ECMAs were presented during the 2016 Eastlink East Coast Music Awards Show in Sydney, N.S. Thursday night, with locals Hey Rosetta! leading the pack with three trophies: Album of the Year and Group Recording of the Year for “Second Sight,” as well as Song of the Year for “Soft Offering (For the Oft Suffering).”

Amelia Curran won the award for Songwriter of the Year and performed in a special tribute to Ron Hynes alongside the Ennis Sisters, Bruce Guthro, Lennie Gallant, Ken Tizzard, Paul “Boomer” Stamp, Sandy Morris, Paul Kinsman and Glenn Simmons. Hynes passed away in St. John’s last fall after a battle with cancer.

The sold-out awards show, hosted by Ashley MacIsaac and Heather Rankin, featured performances by Fortunate Ones, Neon Dreams, Jenn Grant, Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy and others.

Sooley — who has since shot two more music videos for other Newfoundland musicians — says his ECMA win is encouraging but won’t derail his plan to become a naval architect. He’s currently studying to that effect at the Marine Institute.

“It won’t change much in my career plans, but it’s a nice addition to my ongoing video achievements, and gives me a great confidence boost towards my work,” he said.

Other ECMA winners named during the gala were:

• City Natives — Aboriginal Artist of the Year

• Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy — Traditional Instrumental Recording of the Year for “One,” and Fans’ Choice Entertainer of the Year

• Jenn Grant — Solo Recording of the Year for “Compostela”

• Joey Robin Haché — Enregistrement francophone de l’année for “Repaver l’âme”

• Coyote — Pop Recording of the Year for “Proof of Life”

• Christina Martin — Pop Recording of the Year (tie) for “It’ll Be Alright”

The remainder of the 2016 ECMAs will be handed out at various shows and events over the next three days. Other nominated Newfoundland and Labrador artists include Kat McLevey, Jerry Stamp, Fortunate Ones, Ouroboros, Duo Concertante, Pillorikput Inuit, Quentin Reddy, Cabbages and Kings, Brianna Gosse, the Ennis Sisters, Duane Andrews and Aaron Collis, ChessClub, Kilbride Music, The Overcast, Scott Hammond and The Blue Room.

 A sense of achievement, an honour — and more hard work in the future.

“It means we just have to outdo ourselves on the next Everglow video for the following ECMAs,” said Devin Sooley, 20.

Sooley is a self-taught videographer who specialized in weddings until last summer, when he started doing some promotional video work. He connected with St. John’s-based pop duo Everglow (Gordon Huxter and Jon Pike) last summer, and filmed the video for their song “Feel Your Heart,” the first single from their album “Ocean Season.”

Thursday evening, that video won the ECMA for Fan’s Choice Video of the Year, beating out some stiff competition: Hey Rosetta!’s “Soft Offering (For the Oft Suffering),” The Once’s “We Are All Running,” Ria Mae’s “Clothes Off” and David Myles’ “Santa Never Brings Me a Banjo.”

“I am overjoyed that a piece of my work was awarded such a high honour,” Sooley told The Telegram. “Moreover, I’m so happy for Everglow, allowing me to take on the task of a video for them. It’s always a heartwarming feeling, winning an award for your hard work on a project, symbolizing people enjoyed your work.”

“We can’t believe the support we continue to receive from home on the east coast, all the way across the country,” added Pike, who is attending the ECMAs with Huxter while on a break from a western Canadian tour with charity Live Different.

A number of ECMAs were presented during the 2016 Eastlink East Coast Music Awards Show in Sydney, N.S. Thursday night, with locals Hey Rosetta! leading the pack with three trophies: Album of the Year and Group Recording of the Year for “Second Sight,” as well as Song of the Year for “Soft Offering (For the Oft Suffering).”

Amelia Curran won the award for Songwriter of the Year and performed in a special tribute to Ron Hynes alongside the Ennis Sisters, Bruce Guthro, Lennie Gallant, Ken Tizzard, Paul “Boomer” Stamp, Sandy Morris, Paul Kinsman and Glenn Simmons. Hynes passed away in St. John’s last fall after a battle with cancer.

The sold-out awards show, hosted by Ashley MacIsaac and Heather Rankin, featured performances by Fortunate Ones, Neon Dreams, Jenn Grant, Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy and others.

Sooley — who has since shot two more music videos for other Newfoundland musicians — says his ECMA win is encouraging but won’t derail his plan to become a naval architect. He’s currently studying to that effect at the Marine Institute.

“It won’t change much in my career plans, but it’s a nice addition to my ongoing video achievements, and gives me a great confidence boost towards my work,” he said.

Other ECMA winners named during the gala were:

• City Natives — Aboriginal Artist of the Year

• Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy — Traditional Instrumental Recording of the Year for “One,” and Fans’ Choice Entertainer of the Year

• Jenn Grant — Solo Recording of the Year for “Compostela”

• Joey Robin Haché — Enregistrement francophone de l’année for “Repaver l’âme”

• Coyote — Pop Recording of the Year for “Proof of Life”

• Christina Martin — Pop Recording of the Year (tie) for “It’ll Be Alright”

The remainder of the 2016 ECMAs will be handed out at various shows and events over the next three days. Other nominated Newfoundland and Labrador artists include Kat McLevey, Jerry Stamp, Fortunate Ones, Ouroboros, Duo Concertante, Pillorikput Inuit, Quentin Reddy, Cabbages and Kings, Brianna Gosse, the Ennis Sisters, Duane Andrews and Aaron Collis, ChessClub, Kilbride Music, The Overcast, Scott Hammond and The Blue Room.

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