LINDEN, TX – Aubrey Lynn England, from McKinney, Texas, was named Entertainer of the Year at the 12th annual Texas Music AwardsTM on March 22nd at the Texas Music Barn inside the Academy of Texas Music headquarters in Linden. England was only the second female to garner the Entertainer award in the history of the Texas Music Awards.  The first was Pauline Reese, who received the award twice.

England's amazing year was fueled by the release of "Whiskey and You" by Sherman, Texas, group, Chapter 11.  The duet with Chapter 11's front man, Sean Franks, spent literally months on the Texas Music Charts, and received national recognition.  The recording of the song also received the Texas Music Award for Record of the Year, an award bestowed upon songs which enjoy an elevated level of notoriety.

The Academy honored legendary performer, Freddie Steady Krc (pronounced "kurch"), with their Lifetime Achievement Award.  The unsuspecting Krc was visibly moved by the presentation, and received a standing ovation as he took the stage.

The Academy of Texas Music, Inc. is a non-profit organization and the Texas Music Barn is the venue located inside the Academy's building at 301 E. Houston Street in Linden.  As the Academy relies solely on the generosity of the public and private sector, donations of any size are welcome, and patrons are encouraged to join the Music Friends program at the Academy website, www.academyoftexasmusic.org.

For more information on the awards, visit www.texasmusicawards.org

A list of the 2014 award recipients appears below:

Luke Adair and The Big Bills for IN HERE ON THE OUTSIDE (Luke Adair and The Big Bills)

Vocal Group
Grievous Angels for GRIEVOUS ANGELS (The Grievous Angels)

Vocal Duo
Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay for BEFORE THE WORLD WAS MADE (Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay

Mark Searcy for HAZEPIPE (Mark Searcy)

"Whiskey and You" Chapter 11, featuring Aubrey Lynn England

"Praying for Rain" Jesse Brand, songwriter

Female Vocalist
Brennen Leigh for BEFORE THE WORLD WAS MADE (Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay)

Male Vocalist

Cameran Nelson for HAPPY TO BEER (Cameran Nelson)

BEAUTIFUL SIN - The Scott Taylor Band


Aubrey Lynn England (McKinney, Texas)

Danny Everitt (Houston, Texas)

Rising Star

Julia Beers (Hughes Springs, Texas)
Troy Cartwright (Dallas, Texas)

Live Band

Mark Allan Atwood and Brimstone (Ft. Worth, Texas)

Disc Jockey
Roark Smith – KPFT – Houston, TX

Broadcast Radio Station

KPFT – 90.1 FM – Houston, TX

Popular Cover
"Funny How Time Slips Away" off BEAUTIFUL SIN - The Scott Taylor Band

Artistic Excellence Awards
TCLB Live - The Captain Legendary Band

Carl T. Sprague Award
Emily Herring for YOUR MISTAKE (Emily Herring)

Lifetime Achievement Award
Freddy Steady Krc (Austin, Texas)

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