Reverend Zen Gets Golden Wave Award in Denver

New York's award winning rock/blues/jazz group Reverend Zen is moving into 2009 as recipients of the 2008 Golden Wave Artist of the Year Award in Denver.

The Golden Wave Award is bestowed annually by The Colorado Wave and Indie Music Wave, two entertainment industry pioneers of syndicated, indie music radio shows. Carmen Allgood, producer and host of The Colorado Wave and Indie Music Wave remarks, "Our Golden Wave Award represents recognition for achievement and excellence in music. With all their accomplishments Reverend Zen certainly lives up to that billing. In addition to Reverend Zen being our 2008 artist of the year, the band's Angels, Blues & the Crying Moon is one of the best indie albums of the decade. Simply put, Reverend Zen rocks our world."

Ms. Allgood's The Colorado Wave and worldwide spin off Indie Music Wave have consistently been rated among radio's top indie music shows for more than ten years. Broadcast weekly on upwards of two hundred affiliate stations, the shows are heard on terrestrial and streaming stations, on demand podcast sites including iTunes, Nokia's mobile phone network and on the CBS - AOL platform broadcasting 365 days a year. Among terrestrial stations carrying The Colorado Wave and Indie Music Wave is KENO 103.9FM Aspen, KYCY 1550AM San Francisco, KVSF 101.5FM Santa Fe, WDYN 100.1FM Rochester, NY, BBC and Pacifica Network affiliate KEIF 104.7FM Enid, Oklahoma and KOOL 97.7FM in New Zealand. In Los Angeles Indie Music Wave is heard on New Music Weekly's 2008 Internet Station of the Year I Radio LA, where Ms. Allgood also co-hosts the station's Indie Traffic Jam show with On the Horizon show Music Director John Anderson and I Radio LA Program Director Mark Maverick.

Reverend Zen's Golden Wave Award marks the end of another global award winning year for the band. After receiving five Finalist Awards from ABC Radio Networks Fame Games Effigy Awards, the group's "The Boston Shakedown" was named 2007/08 Blues-Rock Song of the Year in Costa del Sol, Spain. The period also saw the band's "Dangerous Times" named a Finalist in France's 2008 100% Song Contest in Paris, with "The Boston Shakedown" and "Bad Attitude" named Semi Finalists. Those honors were followed with four Semi Finalist Awards from the BBC sponsored 2008 UK Song Contest in London for "Dangerous Times", "Bad Attitude" and "Her Love", as "Bad Attitude" was named a Semi Finalist in 2008's Australia Song Contest in Sydney. The year also brought Reverend Zen Best Song Nominations from 2008's Toronto Exclusive Magazine Awards for "Bad Attitude" and 2008's Los Angeles Music Awards for "Her Love", as bandleader-songwriter Jack Evans received a prestigious 2008/09 ASCAP Plus Award in New York.

In 2007, after receiving four Best Song Nominations from Hollywood's Los Angeles Music Awards for "Bad Attitude", "Dangerous Times", "The Boston Shakedown" and "Don't Try to Tell Me", "Bad Attitude" was named Blues Song of the Year, with genre stretching Reverend Zen named L.A. Music Award's 2007 Blues Artist of the Year. The period also saw the group's "Magdalena" and "Bad Attitude" receive Finalist Awards from 2007's Unisong International Song Contest in Los Angeles, as Mr. Evans received his first ASCAP Plus Award - Jazz & Popular Music Division. The band concluded the year being named 2007 Artist of the Year by WCH Radio in St. Louis.

The preceding year saw Reverend Zen's "Dangerous Times" named a Finalist in the 2006 VH1 Song of the Year Contest in Houston, with the group receiving five Runner Up Awards for "Magdalena", "Bad Attitude", "The Boston Shakedown", "Don't Try to Tell Me" and "Fingerprints". The band ended the year taking home RGW Radio's 2006 Bronze Artist Award in Norfolk, U.K. Additionally, Reverend Zen has received songwriting and performance honors from the Billboard World Song Contest in New York, the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest in Washington, D.C. and the U.K.'s Singer-Songwriter Awards in London. To date Mr. Evans and Reverend Zen has received forty-five music industry awards from around the world.

All of Reverend Zen's award winning songs can be heard on their debut cd Angels, Blues and the Crying Moon. The album features a stellar group of musicians who've performed with John Mayer, Eric Clapton, Annie Lennox, David Sanborn, Sheryl Crow, Bruce Springsteen, Celine Dion, B.B. King, Shawn Colvin, Donald Fagen, John Scofield, Madonna, Stevie Wonder, Paul Schaeffer, Elvis Costello, Aretha Franklin and Sting. Since its release the band has received air play and coverage in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Australia and Japan. Reverend Zen is also a Featured Artist on the compilation releases "Fresh Produce 4" from MVY Radio in Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, Cape Cod and Newport, RI, "Music for Coffee Beings I" from RPW Records in British Columbia, Canada, "Songwriters & Storytellers" from the San Francisco Bay area's Indie Artist Alliance, "Rock Out Loud" from Tomasian Entertainment in Jersey City, NJ, BMB's "State of Independence" in Boston and "Just Talents" from Research Music in Miami, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil and Berlin, Germany.

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