2014 Zone Music Award Nominations

We are proud to list the 2014 CDs recorded and/or produced at Imaginary Road Studios that have been nominated for the prestigious

2014 Zone Music Reporter Awards

The CDs are nominated by broadcasters worldwide.  Award Winners will be announced in New Orleans at the 11th Annual ZMR LIVE Music Award Show on Saturday May 9th, 2015.

Album of the Year

Emergence – Lawrence Blatt (LMB Music)
Mesa Verde Soundscapes – Jill Haley (Self Released)

Best Instrumental Album – Acoustic

Emergence – Lawrence Blatt (LMB Music)
Mind Heart Fingers – Trevor Gordon Hall (Self Released)
Unlike the Stars – Vin Downes (Riverwide Records)

Best New Artist

By a Wire – Jennifer DeFrayne (Little Hartley Music)
Sojourn – Jim Gabriel (Self Released)

Best Piano Album – Solo

Call of the Mountains – Masako (Self Released)
Passionata – Denise Young (Dancing Horses Music)

Best Piano Album – w / Instrumentation

Closer – Louis Colaiannia w/ Various Artists (LouisColaiannia)
Tapestries of Time – Ann Sweeten (Orange Band Records)
By a Wire – Jennifer DeFrayne (Little Hartley Music)
Mesa Verde Soundscapes – Jill Haley (Self Released)

2014 CDs

“The studio was extremely busy in 2014.  Tom and I are very proud of the CDs that were recorded here – many of which  have been nominated for ZMR Awards that are voted on by national and international radio broadcasters.”

August 2014: The Gathering II

The Gathering II - cover artThe first Gathering CD was released in 2012 and won the coveted ZMR Album of the Year with the highest ratings of any CD in the history of those charts. With another two years of recordings made at Will’s Imaginary Road Studios  in Vermont,  Will  and Tom have once again chosen 21 musicians who they feel will connect to a large audience.


The intent of the collection is to showcase the work that Tom and Will do as producers at Imaginary Road and to give a collective identity to the group of artists they choose to produce.

February 2014

Minstrel Streams: New Horizon

Minstrel Streams - New Horizons - cd coverThis inspired CD covers a spectrum of styles…from the classically flavored “Ancient Mariner” and “Come to the Waters” to the Native American themed “Dawn Rising” and “Visions for Tomorrow.” World music elements can be found in “Memories of Kyoto” and “Celestial’s Rainbow” (Celtic and Spanish).


Lawrence Blatt: emergence

“Lawrence’s guitar compositions have always been abundant in melody, but his new work displays a grace and nuance beyond even his brilliant initial releases.    In EMERGENCE he explores a wide range of styles and tempos while maintaining the delicate sense of unity and cohesiveness that the overall program generously provides.    We’re witnessing an artist who is growing and is doing so by refining his craft.”   Will Ackerman


January 2014

Laura Sullivan wins New Age Grammy Award

New Age Grammy winner: Love's River - CD by Laura SullivanTom Eaton and I want to extend our warm congratulations to Laura for her winning the New Age Grammy Award at last night’s ceremony in Los Angels.   Tom and I were flattered to be included in the production of  Laura’s LOVE’S RIVER CD and are grateful to be able  to share in its marvelous success.




Vin Downes CD Release: Unlike the Stars

Unlike the Stars - CD Cover

Unlike the Stars was voted #4 in February on ZMR’s Top 100 Radio Airplay Chart.


“Vin is a consummate player who draws upon a wide range of styles. The marvelous thing is that his musical voice is unique enough and powerful enough to hold these different threads together seamlessly. This is as impressive a recording as one could hope for.”
~ Will Ackerman


Ann Sweeten’s Tapestries of Time

Tapestries of Time - CD by Ann SweetenAnn Sweeten, with 9 previous CDs and rave reviews in her career, doesn’t have anything to prove at this point. Nonetheless, her 10th release, Tapesties of Time, is further indication that she is determined to grow and evolve both as a composer and as pianist. The pieces on her new recording continue to surprise with their stunning performance and episodic composition, but are somehow more cohesive and focused than ever. The resulting experience is one of dazzling chance taking which never strays from the emotional center of her intent. Not content to rest on her laurels, Ann Sweeten continues to evolve as an artist and performer.

Brad Schumann

BradCover228This beautiful recording of singer/ songwriter Brad Schumann’s powerful songs he calls “Thirty Year Detour” is brilliant and utterly appropriate. Brad has been writing songs for forty years, and we felt that these were some of the very best. It’s been worth the wait as Brad’s perspective on life, having lived so much more of it than most, is rich, deep and meaningful.

2013 ZMR Music Awards

Winners of the 2013 ZMR Music Awards were presented at the ZMR Convention in New Orleans, LA in May 2014

Once again the broadcasters have spoken and many Imaginary Road Studio musicians have been named as winners.

Masako CD Cover2013 Best New Artist

Deraming of Now CD cover2013 Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

600 years in a moment cd cover2013 Best Instrumental Album – Piano
Fiona Joy Hawkins

What the Winter Said - CD cover2013 Best Holiday Album
Kathryn Kaye