Your TRMA Academy Members

Donny Brewer

Academy Member: Donny Brewer

Donny Brewer is a Texas born and raised super fan of music, from rock and blues to country and jazz, but mostly Trop Rock. He also happens to be multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and touring singer of the music he loves, often with his band the Dock Rockers. He’s a 9 time TRMA award winner and persistent…

Dennis Davis

Academy Member: Dennis Davis

I’ve been playing guitar and singing as long as I can remember, usually just for my own benefit and enjoyment. Every once in a while I’d break out with a song or two at a talent show or a party and I found out that the guitar player singer guy quickly became pretty popular… well……

Howard Livingston

Academy Member: Howard Livingston

Howard is a native of the mountains of eastern Kentucky. His mother spawned his love for music by introducing him to the guitar at age five. While the love of music never did leave him, his career pushed him in a different direction. While building his business, he traveled to the Florida Keys, where he…

John Reno

Academy Member: John Reno

Born in New Orleans, John Reno is truly a child of the Mardi Gras. His stepfather owned the largest record store in New Orleans; his personal record collection covered a myriad of genres, so John grew up listening to the likes of Sinatra, Crosby, James Brown, Elvis, and the Beatles. Influenced by New Orleans legends…

John Friday

Academy Member: John Patti

From Singapore to Key West, Manhattan to the Caribbean, crowds of all ages and nationalities have seen John Patti bring the steel pan to the forefront of musical entertainment. Whether in a solo performance or collaboration with bands, John’s intriguing stories and skillful performance leaves long lasting and memorable impressions with any audience. With a…

John Friday

Academy Member: John Friday

John Friday, the Tropical Balladeer, is a singer/songwriter originally from Maryland, now living in Florida. After a back-breaking (literally) Army career, John settled in the Sunshine State where he pursues his musical dreams every night in the locals pubs and bars. An eclectic set of interests led John through the gamut of college majors, including…

Jimmy Parrish

Academy Member: Jimmy Parrish

A native Floridian and long-time Jacksonville resident, Jimmy’s been performing both as a solo act and with his band for nearly thirty years. After forming the Ocean Waves Band in 2000, his goal was to entertain audiences throughout the southeast with an island style tropical vibe. Armed with a combination of acoustic rock heavily influenced…

Dennis McCaughey & Tropical Soul

Academy Member: Dennis McCaughey & Tropical Soul

Dennis McCaughey of Tropical Soul plays music locally and also is frequently on the road playing in various spots across the country. The music genre, known as trop rock, includes many original tunes, and also a variety of covers ranging from Jimmy Buffett, Zac Brown, Bob Marley and many others. He has released six CDs.…

Jimmy and the Parrots

Academy Member: Jimmy and the Parrots

Grab your beach chair, your suntan oil, and your favorite drink, and get ready for a trip to the islands with the ultimate tribute to Jimmy Buffett. For more than 17 years, Jimmy and the Parrots have been playing to delighted crowds all over the United States as well as the Caribbean. Jimmy and the…

JImi Pappas

Academy Member: Jimi Pappas

As a solo acoustic performer, Jimi provides a wonderful musical experience, with state of the art equipment and top notch musicianship. As a singer/songwriter his original tunes are a blend of Americana meets pop and brings out his love of tropical places. His covers and originals are influenced by the early 70’s singer/songwriter movement. Jimi’s…

Jim Hoehn

Academy Member: Jim Hoehn

Jim Hoehn is a career journalist/author/songwriter who has carved out a surprisingly successful niche as a performing songwriter since first stumbling out of the pressbox with a guitar. During his journalism career – much of it spent as a sportswriter – Hoehn has covered everything from plane crashes to murder trials to the Super Bowl…

Jesse Rice

Academy Member: Jesse Rice

Jesse Rice was reared in the historic river town of Conway, SC, about 15 minutes northwest of Myrtle Beach. He moved to Music City in 2002 and began honing his songwriting skills while working at EMI Music Publishing. He would quickly network with rising artists and writers and secured his first publishing agreement in 2007…

Sunny Jim

Academy Member: James "Sunny Jim" White

I’ve been writing and performing my own music since I was a teenager in California. After college I decided to follow my passion for music and make it my career. After more than a decade on the music scene in Northern California, and a short stint in Nashville, my career path turned south to the…

Jack Mosley

Academy Member: Jack Mosley

Jack Mosley, originally from Panama City Florida, is considered by many to be one of the best “TropRock” song writers and entertainers in the country. As an entertainer, Jack has performed all over the United States and the Caribbean and has opened shows for artist such as Johnny Cash, Tanya Tucker, Phil Vassar, The Warren…

Highway 1 Band

Academy Member: Highway 1

The Highway 1 Band is a Trop-Rock group based out of Melbourne Florida, Their music is very eclectic and covers a wide range of genres but they perform all of them in a Trop-Rock style. So, what is Trop-Rock, will it’s a style of music made popular by artists such as Jimmy Buffett and Kenny…

Heather Vidal

Academy Member: Heather Vidal

Trained classically in college, Heather, while respecting the genre, never really embraced jazz and classical music the way she had always embraced her folk rock roots. Before college, she fell in love with the singer/songwriters of the day such as Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, Karla Bonoff, James Taylor, Stephen Stills, and the like. She originally…

Greg Dillard

Academy Member: Greg Dillard

When Dillard was growing up on a small farm in Thaxton, MS, he had limited access to a variety of music. An old vintage cabinet record player, a handful of Gospel and Elvis Presley records, and the best of Time Life’s 50’s/60’s rounded out the family collection. Perhaps the biggest musical influence, however, was the…

Donald James

Academy Member: Donald James

Donald James is a Texas Country and Beach Music, Trop Rock artist known as the Third Coast Cowboy. He loves to write songs, play music and fish. He says he’s a musician with a fishing addiction. DJ’s music is a blend of his Honky Tonk Hero’s, Rock and Roll fantasy’s and his soulful love of…

Don Middlebrook

Academy Member: Don Middlebrook

Don Middlebroook is considered by many to be one of the founding fathers of Trop Rock music. For more than twenty-five years, he has blazed a trail of over 175 tour dates per year all across the United States. Middlebrook’s musical journey has taken him from Michigan to Key West, and from Ocean City, MD…

Dani Hoy

Academy Member: Dani Hoy

Born in Baltimore, MD, but now living the island life in Key West, FL, Dani Hoy’s mission is to create honest and entertaining ear worms about life and love in an evocative style. Carrying out her motto, “Better late than never,” Dani started her musical career around the age of 40 and has established herself…

TRMA Award Winners


11th Annual TRMA Winners

1. Male Vocalist

2. Female Vocalist

3. Duo/Trio

4. Band
This award recongnizes 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 2017. Compilation CD's do not qualify.

This category is open to ALL Trop Rock artists who released an original Trop Rock song in 2017. 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".

8. 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.

9. 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.

  • Melanie Howe - Percussion

10. 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.

  • Thom Shepherd

11. Radio Station

12. Radio Program - Live

  • "Trop Rockin' The USA" - Eric & Gina Babin

13. Radio Program - Prerecorded

  • "Trop Rock Takeover" - David Redman

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

  • T-Bone Tom's - Kemah, TX

15. 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.

  • Diablo Creek - Christ

16. House Concert Venue - Large

  • The Habitat - Settlemyer

17. 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 2017 event, and an award will be given for each category.

  • Laid Back Attack - Olympia, WA

18. Event of the Year - Large

  • Music on the Bay - Tampa, FL

19. 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.

  • Fred Wunder