Your TRMA Academy Members

Academy Member (Musician): Quincy Yeates A naturally gifted songwriter born on the Caribbean Island of Tobago, his journey into music began at age 10 where he started playing Clarinet, then promoted to Oboe for the Tobago Youth Orchestra helmed by the great Newman Alexander. With the push of his Grandmother, Hermia Yeates, a retired Elementary/Primary School Principal, lessons in…

Academy Member: John Frinzi A gifted singer and songwriter, skillful on both guitar and piano, John Frinzi has built an audience through craft and originality. An early demo caught the ear of legendary steel guitarist and long time Coral Reefer Band member Doyle Grisham, and their working relationship led to John’s first CD, “Into The Dawn.” His second…

Academy Member: Erica Sunshine Lee Erica Sunshine Lee is “The hardest working woman in country music.” Sunshine is a prolific songwriter and Nashville Recording Artist and International touring ‘Georgia Gypsy.’ Sunshine just released her 8th original album titled “Buried Treasure,” penning all 12 brand new songs. Since 2007, Sunshine has been a full-time road warrior, performing around 300 shows…

Academy Member: Brooke Graham A 6th generation Texan and super proud of it, Brooke has gained much recognition in her home state as one of the new up and coming Texas singer/songwriters. She not only captures the views and attitudes of a Southern home-grown woman, but also draws her organic, agricultural roots to surface in her lyrical style…

Academy Member: Mike McEnery Mike McEnery’s short career as a stand-up comedian lasted only three gigs. But by a strange twist of fate, two of these gigs were opening for Jay Leno, whose only advice was “Write your own material, kid!” As it turns out, that advice was helpful a bit later in life. After years as the…

Academy Member: Boomer Blake Boomer Blake is a Singer/ Songwriter whose lyrics & stories fall into the Tropical Rock genre, but a childhood of influences the likes of Billy Joel, James Taylor, Kenny Rogers, Lionel Richie, and the Doobie Brothers means his musical arrangements can span a wide range of rhythms and styles! Boomer was raised in Northern…

Academy Member: Todd Sparks Bios are boring! Most are self-congratulatory pats-on-the back of accomplishments that if you’re famous, everybody already knows and if you’re not, nobody cares! The only importance of where we were, is usually the fact that it defines where we will go. I’ll use this space for that theme! In the beginning: Family! My family!…

Academy Member: Charlie Imes Before relocating to Southwestern Florida, Charlie Imes made quite a name for himself in his adopted hometown of San Diego. Born in San Antonio, Texas, he grew up in the Los Angeles area, where he played in rock bands in high school. Charlie developed his personal style of laid-back, jazzy-beach-folk-rock music on front &…

Academy Member: Chris Bellamy Chris Bellamy…Performing Artist, Songwriter, Recording Producer, Master Guitar Player, Studio Engineer, Music Career Consultant and Owner at Chris Bellamy Publishing. Chris is a signed Artist at Silver Buckle Records in Fort Worth, Texas. That’s a lot of hats to wear! Add to that, one hundred and fifty plus dates a year, where he is…

Academy Member: Steve McCloud The Flip Flop Man Steve McCloud grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana and began playing music in bands at the age of 13. At age 21 Steve hit the road playing in various bands, departing from Indiana and heading out across the mid-west and then travelling south. By the mid – 80’s, Steve had travelled…

Academy Member (Musician): Trey Newmiller

Academy Member: Brian Fields It all started at a Parrot Head Party with margaritas, good friends and some guitars and now the rest is history! B-Man & mi-Shell live the island life in Key West, Florida. Many know may know them as the band B-Man & The MizzBeeHavens but now live in what they call “The Gateway to…

Academy Member: Aaron Scherz IT ALL STARTED WITH A LITTLE RUM… …and a mom who raised him on good music. Jimmy Buffett, John Denver, James Taylor and others. Aaron always knew he was going to do something “different”. But he couldn’t have imagined that “different” would involve tropical islands, sail boats, catamarans, Parrotheads, Meeting Of The Minds, Coral…

Academy Member: Matt Hoggatt Former Bourbon Street performer, radio DJ, and police detective, Matt is part songwriter and part storyteller. Known nationally for his work with Jimmy Buffett and Sirius XM, Matt spends his free time, performing at his favorite places around the country. You can catch Matt’s weekly “Bayou Troubadour Show” on every Sunday at 12…

Academy Member: Ty Thurman Ty Thurman began playing guitar at age 7, learning his first chords from his grandpa, a popular Oklahoma musician and fiddler. After years of playing in several rock bands, he returned to his country roots, and began to perform his own tunes around the San Fransisco Bay Area in the late 90’s. In 1998,…

Academy Member: Gary James Moeller Howdy. I’m a native Texan, born and raised. Texas has great history, heritage and character that influence all that live in this beautiful State. The people, the cultures and the traditions have created an incredible environment for music to be created and dreams to come true. Nothing seems impossible. Being a direct descendant of…

Academy Member: Bob Durand What is a Trop-a-holic? A trop-a-holic is a margarita drinker with a music problem…. Bob Durand is not only a trop-a-holic – he is a singer/songwriter of songs that you might listen to under a palm tree on a beach with an adult beverage in your hand. A native New Orleanian, he now splits…

Academy Member (Musician): Melanie Howe Musicians hire nationally touring artist Melanie Howe when they want more than accompaniment. Attitude and expression are important factors to be considered in the entertainment industry. Melanie’s experience in music performance, dance performance and artistic expression gives her an upper hand in promoting an exciting and memorable performance for the musicians she accompanies and…

Academy Member (Musician): John Beck I am a native Floridian, born and raised in Orlando. My love of music began in junior high school when I joined the marching band as a drummer. Through the years I have honed my skills as a drummer, latin percussionist and singer by performing with a variety of bands in many different venues,…

Academy Member: Eric Stone Sprinkled through the titles of Eric Stone’s eleven CDs lie a string of island adventures that every salty sailor hopes to have. “Bomba’s Shack,” “Dominica Discovery,” “Bequia Kind of Day,” “One Night at Corsairs” and “Goodbye Trinidad” are all stories lived and memories made by this talented sailing, surfing, songwriting singer. His music is…

TRMA Award Winners


12th Annual TRMA Winners

1. Male Vocalist

2. Female Vocalist

3. Duo/Trio

4. Band
This award recognizes bands with 4 or more members and primarily perform in this configuration.

5. Entertainer of the Year
This award recognizes the best LIVE performance by an independent Trop Rock solo, duo, trio or band.

6. Album
Nominees in this category are TRMA Academy members and have released an independent CD of new original Trop Rock music in 2018. Compilation CD's do not qualify.

7. Single

8. Song
This category is open to ALL Trop Rock artists who released an original Trop Rock song in 2018. They do NOT have to be Academy members, and the song does not have to be part of a qualifying album. The song qualifies if it was only released as a "single".

9. Horizon Award
This award recognizes a Trop Rock solo, duo, trio, or band who shows the most promise for contributing to the Trop Rock genre through performance, songwriting and recording of their original music.
Previous winners are not eligible.

10. Musician
This award recognizes outstanding musicianship, and is intended to recognize band members, not individual artists or band leaders, but the other musicians in the band or musicians who play with various artists.

11. Songwriter The final ballot for Songwriter of the Year will be voted on by the TRMA Academy members and Board of Directors.The nominees on the final ballot based on the nomination round voting are: Donny Brewer, Jack Mosley, Jesse Rice, Thom Shepherd, and Cory Young.

12. Album Artwork & Design

13. Video

14. Radio Station

15. Radio Program - Live

16. Radio Program - Prerecorded

17. Live Music Venue
This award recognizes the owners of a for-profit live music venue that features Trop Rock artists.

18. House Concert Venue - Small
This award recognizes the host/hostess of a non-profit concert-style shows featuring Trop Rock artists. It is broken into small & large venues.

19. House Concert Venue - Large  TIE!!!

20. Event of the Year - Small
This award recognizes events/festivals who feature multiple Trop Rock artists. Meeting of the Minds is not considered in this category because it is a National Convention. It is divided into small and large based on registered attendees at the 2018 event, and an award will be given for each category.

21. Event of the Year - Large

22. Fan of the Year
This award recognizes a Trop Rock "fan" for their support and promotion of Trop Rock music. It is meant for an individual and not a group. Previous winners are NOT eligible.

23. Music Business Professional