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2005 OUTMusic Award winners
Scott Free named Outmusician of the Year

by Ed Mannix

The 2005 recipients at a glance:

New Recording (Female):
“10,000 Stones”

New Recording (Male):
Ari Gold
“Space Under Sun”

New Recording (Duo or Group):
“Dream On”

New Recording (Band):
The Bobbleheads
“Automatic Fun”

New Recording (Chorus or Choir):
San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus
“Closer Than Ever”

New Recording (Instrumental):
Jennifer Higdon
“City Scape & Concerto for Orchestra”

Debut Recording (Female):
Kitty Rose
“Kitty Rose’s Greatest Hits”

Debut Recording (Male):
Dylan Rice
“Wandering Eyes”

Rocco Kaiyatos
for Katastophe’s “Let’s Fuck, Then Talk About My Problems”

Rachael Sage
for songs from her CD “Ballads and Burlesque”

Outsong on the Year:
“Another Day of Cruelty”
by Scott Free

Outmusician of the Year:
Scott Free
for his album “They Call Me Mr. Free”

CHICAGO — Held June 12 at the Chicago Cultural Center, this year’s OUTMusic Awards was co-hosted by Broadway, comic and recording star Lea DeLaria, Chicago rock personality Jinx Titanic and featured special honor presentations to guitar legend June Millington and The Village People’s former cowboy, Randy Jones.

Chicago’s queer-rock singer-songwriter Scott Free took top honors at the 2005 Outmusic Awards, which honored the year’s best in gay and lesbian music. Free was named Outmusician of the Year and his song “Another Day of Cruelty” was named Outsong of the Year.

Another Chicago rocker — Dylan Rice — received the Outstanding Debut Recording — Male award for his album “Wandering Eyes.”

California musicians also scored big at the OMAs with five awards going to Caliifornia-based artists. LA-based award-winning singer/songwriter Adrianne received the award for Outstanding New Recording — Female for her “10,000 Stones” CD.

The four San Francisco-based recipients include Kitty Rose — extolled by many as the “country reincarnation of singer/songwriter Katharine Chase” — who took home an Outstanding Debut Recording — Female for her “Kitty Rose Greatest Hits” CD. The queer pop band The Bobbleheads won Outstanding New Recording — Band for their pop CD “Automatic Fun,” while the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus took home the Outstanding Choral award for “Closer Than Ever: The 25th Anniversary Concert.” Rounding out San Francisco’s roster of winners was hip-hopper and gender-bender Rocco Kaiyatos who took home the Outstanding Producer Award for Katastrophe’s “Let’s Fuck, Then Talk About My Problems.”

Two New York City based triple-nominees also scored at the awards.

Pop vocalist Ari Gold received the Outstanding New Recording — Male award for his “Space Under Sun” CD. Award-winning singer-songwriter Rachael Sage captured the Outstanding Songwriter for songs from her sixth album — “Ballads & Burlesque” — a set of 10 story-songs reflecting on different aspects of seduction (Sage recently performed at S.C. Pride in Columbia, S.C.).

The Outstanding New Recording — Instrumental award went to classical composer and multi-Grammy nominee Jennifer Higdon for her “City Scape & Concerto for Orchestra” recorded by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, conduced by Robert Spano.

Adding an international flair to OUTMusic 2005 were the Irish jazz/celtic/pop duo Zrazy, who took home the Outstanding New Recording — Duo or Group award for their CD, “Dream On.”

Preceding the show were four days of citywide events showcasing GLBT music. More than 70 artists, groups, songwriters and producers were nominated in 12 Outmusic Award categories.

Outmusic is a worldwide network formed in 1991 that actively works to support and promote the works of gay/lesbian musicians through open mics, showcases, seminars, CD samplers and music festivals as well as sponsoring the Outmusic Awards.


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