Your TRMA Academy Members

Academy Member: Isabella Stefania

www.IsabellaStefania.com Isabella Stefania is a Singer-Songwriter and Independent Recording Artist working out of Chicago, Nashville and Southern Florida.  Her music is a mix of Trop-Rock and Country that she calls “Island Country”. Isabella’s original songs deal with topics ranging from modern love and relationships to beach life and the perfect summer. Her songs are in…

Academy Members: Robin Tricker

www.RobinTricker.com More than just your typical hip, east coast girl.  Robin is a multi-layered songwriter intent on driving a catchy hook into your head.  Don’t let the curly hair and ukulele fool you, this Jersey girl can sing. If Rock, Country & Pop had a curly haired baby it would be Robin Tricker. Her more…

Academy Member: Barefoot Reggie Starrett

Singer/song writer/ musician, Reggie Starrett is a 2017 TRMA Song of the Year Award winning artist. Reggie is flying solo, or with his band, nationally and internationally. Relentlessly touring. Reggie rounded out 2017 performing over 180 shows all over the US and the Caribbean, and 2018 looks to be even bigger. Reggie performs an incredibly…

Jerry Diaz and Hannah's Reef

Academy Member: Jerry Diaz

Hailing from the upper Texas Coast, Jerry Diaz & Hanna’s Reef perform a high energy mix of original and cover Trop Rock tunes. Having performed from coast to coast many times over, the band has long been recognized for their longevity and professionalism. One of the first artists to write and record songs in the…

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

 A live performance by James “Sunny Jim” White calls up sea breezes, palm trees. sandy beaches and good tropical vibes. Audiences often end up dancing in conga lines and moving to the up-tempo rhythms of his original music, a blend of influences that range from the Caribbean to California, by way of Texas. Already a…

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…

TRMA Award Winners

2020

It's awards season Trop Rock fans!

The nomination round of the 13th Annual Trop Rock Music Awards is complete, and the final ballot will be emailed to all TRMA members on September 1st. The voting is open until midnight September 30th and the winners will be announced at an awards show in Key West on October 30th. The location and type of show is still pending due to Covid 19 regulations currently in place.
If you are not a current member of the Trop Rock Music Association, you can still join and vote in the 2020 awards up until September 30th. Just go to https://troprock.org/get-involved/#generalmembership.

Definition of Trop Rock Music: Tropical Rock (or Trop Rock) is a genre of popular music that incorporates elements of Rock and Roll, Country, Caribbean, Reggae or other musical genres to create a laid-back or “escapist” state of mind. Trop Rock may create its tropical or “island vibe” either with tropical or island-like instrumentation and production, or with beach, tropical or escapist lyrical themes, or both.

2020 Annual TRMA Nominees

1. Male Vocalist

Awarded to the top vote getter for excellence in performing and recording by a trop rock male vocalist, including a male vocalist performing in a duo, trio or band, during the eligibility year.

  • Aaron Scherz
  • Bob Karwin
  • Donny Brewer
  • James "Sunny Jim" White
  • Mike Nash

2. Female Vocalist

Awarded to the top vote getter for excellence in performing and recording by a trop rock female vocalist, including a female vocalist performing in a duo, trio or band, during the eligibility year.

  • Aubrey Wollett
  • Erica Sunshine Lee
  • Heather Vidal
  • Isabella Stefania
  • Robin Tricker

3. Duo/Trio

Awarded to the top vote getter for excellence in performing or recording as a trop rock duo or trio during the eligibility year.

  • The Dententions
  • Highway 1
  • Thom & Coley
  • Tropicool
  • Latitude

4. Band
Awarded to the top vote getter for excellence in performing or recording as a trop rock band of four or more members during the eligibility year.

  • The Boat Drunks
  • Donny Brewer & The Dock Rockers
  • Jimmy & The Parrots
  • Johnny Russler & The Beach Bum Band
  • Trop Rock Junkies

5. Entertainer of the Year
Awarded to the top vote getting Trop Rock solo, duo, trio or band, for excellence in all aspects of entertaining, including live performance, recording, song writing, video and broadcast, during the eligibility year. There are 6 entries this year due to a tie for 5th.

  • Bob Karwin
  • Donny Brewer
  • Erica Sunshine Lee
  • Mike Nash
  • James "Sunny Jim" White
  • Steve Tolliver

6. Album
Awarded to the top vote getting qualifying trop rock album, defined as an independent release of eight or more songs or 30 minutes of playing time, released during the eligible year, or in the 12 months preceding the eligibility year if the album was not on the final ballot in the preceding awards period. Awarded to Artist and Producer(s) (if the producer(s) is/are other than artist).

  • Ocean Road - Aaron Scherz (Aaron Scherz)
  • Eat, Beach, Sleep, Repeat - Reggie Starrett (Jeremy Scruggs)
  • The Miles Between - Bob Karwin (Donny Brewer)
  • Livin' The Dream - Johnny Russler & The Beach Bum Band (Michael Shehan & Johnny Russler)
  • Stay Thirsty - Mike Nash (Dave Demay)

7a. Song

Awarded to the Songwriter (listed in parenthesis). Given to the top vote getting qualifying trop rock song released during the eligible year, or in the 12 months preceding the eligibility year if the song was not on the final ballot in the preceding awards period. The song need not be part of a qualifying album. This category is open to all artists, not only TRMA Academy members like other categories. Check them out!

  • "Tacos, Tequila & Trop Rock" - Donny Brewer (Donny Brewer/Johnny Russler)
  • "Professional Drinker" - The Detentions (Dan Sullivan/Donny Brewer)
  • "Beach Town" - Aaron Scherz (Aaron Scherz, Johnny Bulford, Heidi Raye)
  • "Down by the Coastline" - Boomer Blake (Boomer Blake)
  • "Whole Lotta Beaches" - Reggie Starrett (Reggie Starrett)
  • "Will You Be My Shore" - Jack Mosley (Jack Mosley)
  • "Bad Bitch" - Erica Sunshine Lee (Erica Sunshine Lee)
  • "Postcards From The Road" - Mike Nash (Mike Nash/Aaron Scherz)
  • "Hammock in Havana" - Jesse Rice (Jesse Rice)
  • "Somewhere in the Caribbean" - Paul Overstreet (Paul Overstreet)

7b. Single

Awarded to the Songwriter (listed in parenthesis). Given to the top vote getting qualifying trop rock song released during the eligible year, or in the 12 months preceding the eligibility year if the song was not on the final ballot in the preceding awards period. The song need not be part of a qualifying album. This category is open to all artists, not only TRMA Academy members like other categories. Check them out!

  • "Tacos, Tequila & Trop Rock" - Donny Brewer (Donny Brewer)
  • "Beach Town" - Aaron Scherz (Aaron Scherz)
    "Verona Corona" - Jonas Lorence (Ron Flynt & Jonas Lorence)
  • "Down by the Coastline" - Boomer Blake (Danny Rosado)
  • "Whole Lotta Beaches" - Reggie Starrett (Clay Page)
  • "YOLO" - Joe Downing (Nathan Smith)
  • "When the Aliens Came" - Jack Mosley (Dave Signs/Jack Mosley)
  • "Single for the Summer" - Erica Sunshine Lee (Chip Martin/Erica Sunshine Lee) "Shore Thang" - Thom & Coley (Thom Shepherd & Coley McCabe Shepherd)
  • "Hammock in Havana" - Jesse Rice (Nick Gibbens/Jesse Rice)

8. Music Video of the Year
Awarded to the top vote getting official artist-sanctioned music video for a qualifying trop rock song, which video was released during the eligible year, or in the 12 months preceding the eligibility year if the video was not on the final ballot in the preceding awards period. The song need not have been released in the eligibility year. Awarded to Artist(s) and Video producer/director (in parenthesis). Check them out!

  • "When They Bring Back Happy Hour" - Don Middlebrook (Don Middlebrook/Sherry Perry) "Verona Corona" - Jonas Lorence (Jonas Lorence)
  • "When the Aliens Came" - Jack Mosley (Jack Mosley)
  • "Nobody Wins in Vegas" - Erica Sunshine Lee (Josh Mendez/Erica Sunshine Lee)
  • "I Know You" - Bob Karwin (Bob Karwin)

9. Best Album Art/Packaging
Awarded to the top vote getting trop rock album or EP cover art/design and packaging for an album or EP released during the eligibility year, or in the 12 months preceding the eligibility year for an album was not on the final ballot in the preceding awards year for Album of the Year or Best Art/Packaging. Awarded to artist and designer/artist (in parenthesis). Check them out!

  • Ocean Road - Aaron Scherz (Aaron Scherz)
  • Eat, Beach, Sleep, Repeat - Reggie Starrett (Reggie Starrett)
  • The Miles Between - Bob Karwin (Bob Karwin/Donny Brewer)
  • Stay Thirsty - Mike Nash (Mike Nash)
  • It's Still Summer Somewhere - James "Sunny Jim" White (Adela White/Hallie C. White

10. Horizon Award
Awarded to the top vote-getting Trop Rock solo, duo, trio, or band who shows the most promise for contributing to the Trop Rock genre through performance, songwriting and recording. Previous winners are not eligible. There are 6 entries because there was a tie for 5th.

The following previous winners are not eligible: Danny Rosado, Cory Young, Jesse Rice, Donny Brewer, Brittany Kingery, The Southern Drawl Band, John Friday, Jimi Pappas, Capt. Josh, Jimmy Parrish, Troy Allan, PHINS

  • Aubrey Wollett
  • Erica Sunshine Lee
  • Joe Downing
  • Jonas Lorence
  • Paul Overstreet
  • Robin Tricker

11. Musician

Awarded to the top vote getting trop rock musicians for outstanding musicianship, intended to recognize band members, or musicians for excellence in performing and/or recording in support of trop rock artists during the eligibility year.

  • Alan Jax Bowers (percussion)
  • John Patti (steel pan)
  • Johnny Doolittle (bass guitar)
  • Mark Mireles (steel pan)
  • Steve Way (percussion)

12. Songwriter

Awarded to the top vote getter for excellence in trop rock songwriting.

  • Aaron Scherz
  • Donny Brewer
  • Erica Sunshine Lee
  • Paul Overstreet
  • Jack Mosley

13. Radio Station

Awarded to a radio station for excellence in trop rock radio broadcasting during the eligibility year.

  • Shore Life Radio
  • Palapa Mac Radio
  • Radio Trop Rock
  • Tiki Man Radio
  • Songwriter's Island Radio

14. Radio Program

There are two Radio Program categories on the ballot - "live" and "recorded". Please vote for one show in each category.

Radio Program - Live

  • "Trop Rockin' The USA" - Eric & Gina Babin
  • "Sunday Morning With the Tiki Man" - The Tiki Man & The Original Hippie Chick
  • "Island Time Radio Show" - Dennis King & DKtheDJ

Radio Program - Prerecorded

  • "4 & 4 With Gina" - Gina Babin
  • "Tropical Play with DK" - Dennis King
  • "Beach Bars & Guitars" - Johnny Russler
  • "Happy Hour 2.0" - Greg Dumas
  • "Bayou Troubadour" - Matt Hoggatt

15. Live Music Venue
Awarded to the top vote getting venue for outstanding presentation of live trop rock music during the eligibility year.

  • Nav-A-Gator Bar & Grill - Lake Suzy, FL
  • Smokin' Tuna Saloon - Key West, FL
  • T-Bone Tom's - Kemah, TX
  • Tropical Isle - New Orleans, LA
  • Whiskey Joe's - Tampa, FL

16. House Concert Venue
Small & Large Awarded to the top vote getter for outstanding house concert venue - small and large, based on annual attendance with the threshold to be determined annually at the discretion of the Awards committee. Awarded to the
host/hostesses of non-profit concert-style home-based venues featuring Trop Rock artists.

House Concert Venue - Small

  • Casa Brown - Craig & Jill Brown
  • Isla Bella - Fred & Sara Guererro
  • The Postcard - Dean & Terrie McClain
  • Wester-Rita-Ville - Mike & Becky Carpenter

House Concert Venue - Large

  • Casa Tortooga - Kevin & Tish Disston
  • The Habitat - Ken & Heather Settlemyer
  • Port of Indecision - Dan & Sharon Mueller
  • The Yard - Mark & Sharon Leverett

17. Event of the Year
Small & Large Awarded to the top vote getters for outstanding events, small and large, featuring multiple trop rock artists. Meeting of the Minds is excluded from this category because it is a National Convention. Small and large categories based on total registration, with the threshold to be determined annually at the discretion of the awards committee.

Event of the Year - Small

  • A1A Beach Bash - St. Augustine Beach, FL
  • Lone Star Luau - Marble Falls, TX
  • Phins to the West - Mesquite, NV
  • Summer ChILL - Schaumburg, IL
  • Trop Rockin' The Ozarks - Lake of the Ozarks, MO

Event of the Year - Large

  • Music on the Bay - Tampa, FL
  • Pardi Gras - New Orleans, LA

18. Music Business Professional of the Year
Awarded to the top vote getter for outstanding performance as a music business professional during the eligibility year. Eligible music business professionals include: operators or executives of independent record companies, music publishing companies and media companies; journalists; booking agents and managers; concert promoters; producers of music, broadcast or film; legal and accounting professionals, etc.

Nominees and winners are selected by TRMA academy members and will be announced at the awards show.

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/couple and not a group. Previous winners are NOT eligible.

The following previous winners are NOT eligible: Diana Christ, Fred Wunder, Colleen Fuchs, Debbie Hess, Marc & Tammy Hollander, Sam & Gina Densler, Steven "Koz" Kozlowski, Tami Tower, Dave & Carolyn McBride, Dale & Peach Hench, Gary & Patti Janco, Shirley Gates

  • Kristen McFadden
  • Linda Robb
  • Roger & Donna Beam Sheila Jorgerson
  • Tom Klinker & Nancy Martin
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