::: April 29, 2016- Detroit - Mary McGuire won the 2016 Detroit Music Award for best Americana songwriter. She was the first recipient to be announced at a private nominee only pre-show ceremony hosted by Willy Wilson and Pam Rossi at the Centaur Bar. More than 70 awards were handed out across 11 categories as the event marked its 25th anniversary. Fellow bandmates also scored awards; Erik Gustafson took the best rock instrumentalist Award and Chuck Alkazian garnered a second award for Pearl Sound as best recording studio.
:::Mary performed two songs with Jill Jack and the Detroit Women's Project after the pre-awards ceremony onstage at the Fillmore Detroit. The Detroit Women's Project was concieved by Jill two years ago and featured the award winning line up of Michigan artists; Barbara Payton, Carolyn Striho, Chris McCall, Annie Capps, Jamie Sue Seal, Tosha Owens, Linda Lexy and many more award winning artists in their respective genres. They opened with Look Beyond Your Horizon, a song from the soundtrack that Jill penned for film maker Keith Famie's documentary The Embrace of Aging and closed with One People, a moody yet powerful psychedelic infused folk rock track from Jill's fourth release The Love Hotel.Other performances included a tribute to Glen Frey headed by Brandon Calhoun, a tribute to jazz artist and educator Markus Belgrave along with a retrospective of all things Detroit by the Detroit All Stars.
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