SCHENECTADY - Girl Blue, a Long Island native and a Capital Region resident since 2014, has been named Solo Artist of the Year at the inaugural Capital Region Thomas Edison Music Awards ceremony held Sunday night at Proctors.
Girl Blue, the performing name used by Arielle O'Keefe, worked in Texas and New York City writing songs for other musicians as well as performing her own material. After moving to Albany five years ago, O'Keefe began using the name Girl Blue, and in May of 2017 the artist's career really took off with a new release, "I Am Not a Star."
She was one of 39 winners named during Sunday night's ceremony, which also included induction of the first two members of the Eddies Hall of Fame, Kevin McCrell and Ruth Pelham.
"This is a great night for music," said Philip Morris, CEO of the Proctors Collaborative, "and a great night for us. I'm so proud to see the Capital Region celebrating itself and the great artists, technicians, promoters and chronicleers that make up our grand music scene."
Girl Blue also won for Best Record of the Year, "Lolita," and Music Video of the Year, "Dreams." Elrod + Mother Judge (for "Cold Warrior") and Wild Adriatic (for "Feel") tied for Best Album of the Year.
"The goal of The Eddies is to truly shine a light on regional talent and I feel like we did that tonight," said Jim Murphy, Proctors collaborative marketing and corporate development Director. "We look forward to the collaborations, connections and amazing musical happenings that we hope will be encouraged by the Eddies."
Rich Ortiz won the Solo or Duo Performer of the Year (Covers Category), while The Sea The Sea was Alt/Indie Artist of the Year and Johnny 2 Phones and KATANI tied for Hip Hop/Rap Artist of the Year.
Brian Patneaude was named Jazz Artist of the Year, while the Gibson Brothers finished first in the voting for Country/Bluegrass Artist of the Year.
Michael Hochanadel, long-time music columnist for the Daily Gazette, was named Music Journalist of the Year, while Local Music Concert of the Year Award went to Sawyer Fredericks' performance at Caffe Lena May 25-27 of 2018.
For a complete list of award winners, visit www.proctors.org.