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Detroit area singers nominated for national Blues Music Awards

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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Three singers with Detroit area ties have been nominated for the 42nd Blues Music Awards.

Local favorite Thornetta Davis and Muskegon native Bettye LaVette, who began her career in Detroit, are both up for Soul Blues Female Artist, while Davis is also nominated in the Instrumentalist Vocal category. And Shaun Murphy, longtime backing vocalist in Bob Seger's Silver Bullet Band, is nominated for Contemporary Blues Female Artist.

The awards, presented by the Blue Foundation, will be presented in a virtual ceremony on June 6 via Facebook and YouTube.

LaVette, who was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame Last Year, released a new album, "Blackbirds," during 2020, while Murphy released "Flame Still Burns." Davis was featured on the socially conscious track "I Am America" from Jeff Daniels' new album "Alive and Well Enough."

The full list of nominees and updates can be found via blues.org.

Web Site: www.blues.org

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