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Best Local Vocalist

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Creative Loafing has been presenting Atlanta's Best People, Places and Events since 1972. These are some of the past winners for this category:

Best Vocalist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Tommy Dean

Best Vocalist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Andrea Colburn

Best Local Vocalist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Hunter Flanagan

Best Local Vocalist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Indee Killed the Popstar
The inimitable Jennifer Zuiff, better known as Indee Killed the Popstar, takes the gold this year with her superhuman vocals. The songstress' classical and opera training allow her to melt hearts with ease. Not only are her vocals as flawless as it gets, but her passion for music fills the air with sweetnessmore...
The inimitable Jennifer Zuiff, better known as Indee Killed the Popstar, takes the gold this year with her superhuman vocals. The songstress' classical and opera training allow her to melt hearts with ease. Not only are her vocals as flawless as it gets, but her passion for music fills the air with sweetness and lights a fire inside anyone with a soul. She sings for herself - we're just lucky enough to bear witness. She's steadily working on a new record and has been actively playing shows around ATL and beyond. less...

Best local vocalist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Ashley Bryan

Best local vocalist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Leah Culver

Best vocalist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Marshall Ruffin

Best local vocalist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Bosco
hellobosco.com

Best local vocalist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Sonia Leigh
www.sonialeigh.comhttp://www.sonialeigh.com

Best local vocalist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Sonia Leigh

Best local vocalist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Sara Crawford

Best local vocalist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Bernadette Seacrest

www.bernadetteseacrest.com


Runner-up: Sara Crawford


saracrawford.net


Best local vocalist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Caroline Engel

Best Local Vocalist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Francine Reed

Best Local Vocalist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Chantae Cann

Best Local Vocalist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Bryan Kraatz

Best Vocalist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Bernadette Seacrest
Not since Francine Reed settled here 25 years ago has a singer new to the Atlanta scene made such an indelible first impression as BERNADETTE SEACREST. The irony is that the jazz chanteuse is more popular in Europe than in her adopted city, but don’t expect that to last long. Seacrest singsmore...

Not since Francine Reed settled here 25 years ago has a singer new to the Atlanta scene made such an indelible first impression as BERNADETTE SEACREST. The irony is that the jazz chanteuse is more popular in Europe than in her adopted city, but don’t expect that to last long. Seacrest sings torch songs with a fragile and haunting voice that is Billie Holiday cross-pollinated with Madeleine Peyroux. Both members of her two-piece band are alumni of Col. Bruce Hampton — former Aquarium Rescue Unit guitarist Charlie Williams and current Quark Alliance bassist Chris Dale. Seacrest, who moved to Atlanta from Albuquerque in 2006, didn’t even take up singing until six years ago. Catch her now before Atlanta finally discovers her. You’ll be struck first by her tattoos, then you’ll be captivated by her voice.


www.bernadetteseacrest.com

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Best Local Vocalist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Zac Brown

Best Local Vocalist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
India.Arie
Mention the name INDIA.ARIE and you’ll conjure images of ever-changing hairstyles, sweet-smelling incense and colorful headwraps. But bug all that: The lady can sing, as she proves on her latest album, the recently released Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship. Employing a range that rivalsmore...

Mention the name INDIA.ARIE and you’ll conjure images of ever-changing hairstyles, sweet-smelling incense and colorful headwraps. But bug all that: The lady can sing, as she proves on her latest album, the recently released Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship. Employing a range that rivals Stevie Wonder, her deep, rich tone and complex — yet accessible — arrangements add soul to any tune she chooses to grace.
www.indiaarie.com.

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Best Local Vocalist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Amber Brooke

Best Vocalist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Heather Luttrell
Lately, HEATHER LUTTRELL, the lovely, heavily inked rock and blues performer, has been collecting quite a bit of printer’s ink for her appearance on CBS’ “Rock Star: INXS.” So she didn’t win the contest; she’s a rock star already and one of the bestmore...

Lately, HEATHER LUTTRELL, the lovely, heavily inked rock and blues performer, has been collecting quite a bit of printer’s ink for her appearance on CBS’ “Rock Star: INXS.” So she didn’t win the contest; she’s a rock star already and one of the best Atlanta performers around. And besides, why should she be stuck singing Michael Hutchence songs at some crappy dive when her own new Grits N’ Pulp album is so much better. The single may be “Anything But Me,” but when this fiery redhead launches into tunes with titles like “Wild Women Don’t Get the Blues (They Just Get Drunk),” she channels Janis, bests Bonnie Raitt and roars like the hyperactive lovechild of Ani Difranco and Social Distortion.
www.heathergrrrl.com.

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Best Local Vocalist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Now working the solo beat following the premature crack-up of former band Radiant City, Melancon crafts somber, yet insistently catchy, acoustic pop that's probably too smart for today's "hair-gelled" and "silicon-breasted" radio set. Too bad, because in a perfect world, his wry, reflective lyrics, indeliblemore...
Now working the solo beat following the premature crack-up of former band Radiant City, Melancon crafts somber, yet insistently catchy, acoustic pop that's probably too smart for today's "hair-gelled" and "silicon-breasted" radio set. Too bad, because in a perfect world, his wry, reflective lyrics, indelible melodies and sweet voice would be drowning out the Mouseketeer pop trash currently choking the airwaves. less...

Best Local Vocalist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Tie: Shannon Wright and Chan Marshall
Atlanta's two indie rock divas get compared enough that they rightfully resent it, but the parallels are obvious: Both temporarily left rising music careers in New York, sought refuge in a small Carolina town, recorded intimate breakthrough records and settled in southeast Atlanta (Wright in Grant Park;more...
Atlanta's two indie rock divas get compared enough that they rightfully resent it, but the parallels are obvious: Both temporarily left rising music careers in New York, sought refuge in a small Carolina town, recorded intimate breakthrough records and settled in southeast Atlanta (Wright in Grant Park; Marshall in Cabbagetown). Perhaps the most striking similarity, though, is the intensity of their vocals, which can be variously ferocious, haunting, disarming and mesmerizing, but never anything less than enchanting. less...

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