Husband and wife Philip and Lana Doublet have both been shortlisted for the top country music award.
Lana’s debut EP Beautiful Human and Phil’s third LP Strength, Love, Music & Light are both in the running for the 2018 Recorded Music NZ Best Country Music Artist prize, which will be presented at the the New Zealand Country Music Awards inGore on May 31.
Completing the shortlist is Reb Fountain with her Hopeful & Hopeless EP, the title track of which is also a finalist for APRA Best Country Music Song.
The other nominees in the latter category are Kaylee Bell and Brooke McClymont’s ‘Next Somebody’ and ‘Let Me Be’ by Jenny Mitchell.
Recorded Music CEO Damian Vaughan says the wealth of talent in New Zealand’s country music scene is fantastic to see.
“There’s a sweeping beauty to the country music coming out at the moment. The old, experienced musicians and newcomers to the awards circuit alike all capture something special in their recordings.”
APRA Head of NZ Operations Anthony Healy adds: “The songs produced by the finalists are true gems, crafted in the great traditions of country music, full of heart, soul and hard work. They are all worthy of our celebration.”