CORNER BROOK Sherman Downey was already going to be playing a gig at the venue for up and coming artists at the East Coast Music Awards in Charlottetown in April.
Now he and his band will be hitting the stage as a two-time ECMA nominee, including a nomination for Rising Star Recording of the Year.
Sherman Downey and the Ambiguous Case also attracted a nomination for Group recording of the Year with their debut album “Honey for Bees.”
The Codroy native who is now based out of Corner Brook was watching the ECMA nominations being announced Thursday morning via the social networking website Twitter when he saw his name pop up on the screen.
“We’re in good company and I think that’s the main part of it,” Downey said of the other artists nominated in the two categories.
“Between now and the awards, there’s going to be wicked advertisement for the band and getting our music out there.”
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The band has been laying low since Christmas, but the nomination is a bit of a boost.
They hope to film a video in February for one of the songs off “Honey for Bees,” probably for the track titled “Keep Your Head Up.”
“We’re hoping it will come out just in time to maybe catch the ear of some of the (ECMA) voters,” said Downey. “You never know.”
Win or lose, the group is thinking about staying a little while longer on the mainland to do a small tour on the heels of the ECMA weekend.
“With all this happening, it might be great for getting people out to some shows right after,” he said.
Also nominated in the Group Recording of the Year category is The Once from Newfoundland and Labrador, which features former Corner Brook resident Phil Churchill.