The 2019 New Mexico Music Awards were handed out on Sunday, May 19th, 2019 in a ceremony at Sandia Resort & Casino in Albuquerque. Awards were presented in 40 categories in a variety of genres.

Awards are presented for original music based on composition, production and performance of the recording. Individual performance categories like Recording Engineer or Best Instrumental Performance are awarded solely on a single criteria. Full length categories are awarded on the entire project including artwork, packaging, production, performance, relevance to the genre and composition.C

Category listings are as follows except for individual performance

Artist

Title

Producer(s)

Studio Name

Studio location (city)

A special award was given out to Kylie, a young finalist in the Children’s Music category. Kylie wrote the song “Lullabye” just two weeks before her mother died as a result of domestic violence in Albuquerque. As a tribute to her mother, Kylie sang the song at her mother’s funeral. Kylie was awarded the first ever “Courage” award.

The New Mexico Music Awards is considering presenting Courage awards throughout the year for those musicians and music supporters in the New Mexico community who make a difference through their music activism.

Eric Larson Lifetime Achievement Award

Doug & Donna Geist-Santa Fe Center Studios in Albuquerque

From their perfectly designed and thought fully run studio in southeast Albuquerque, Doug and Donna Geist for nearly 25 years have produced some of the most incredible music created in New Mexico. In 2006, Doug Geist received a Grammy Award as part of the production team for Black Eagle Singers-Voice of the Drum album, produced by Tom Bee. This was the first ever Grammy Award presented for Native American music.

Throughout their tenure in New Mexico, Doug and Donna have strived to bring quality to the music produced in their studio, whether recording or mixing music for international artists like Mariah Carey and Snoop Dogg or for up and coming New Mexico artists. Santa Fe Center studios has also been contracted for ADR post production for films like The Revenant or television programming including In Plain Sight, Breaking Bad or Better Call Saul.

Doug and Donna also educate University of New Mexico students entering the field of audio recording and have also hosted educational workshops for musicians and songwriters.

Adult Contemporary

Chris Jaramillo ft. Desiree Zamora

Sad Fritta

Chris Jaramillo

Chris Jaramillo Sound

Albuquerque

Americana

Eb & Hal       

Do It Boy       

Eb Lottimer, David McRae, Anna Darrah, Hal Howren

Third eye Studios    

Tijeras

Best Arrangement of an Original Recording

Nathan Dunton       

Jumbo and Lindy Celebrate 50    

Nathan Dunton & Will Dyar           

Kabby Sound Studios        

Santa Fe

Bluegrass

Laura Leach Devlin

Tinderbox     

Higher Ground Bluegrass 

Kitchen Sink Studios          

Santa Fe

Blues

Ryan McGarvey       

I Shoulda Known Better     

Ryan McGarvey and Kenny Riley

Rio Grande Studios

Albuquerque

Children’s Music

Meri Dean    

Roland Ate     

Jason & Melissa Kadinger

Red Kite Ranch

Ramah

Contemporary Instrumental

Don Shearer

Deep Woodsy Walk

Don Shearer

Fat Blob Productions         

Rio Rancho

Country

Ronny Skyland, Stanley Thompson        

He Gets All The Good Stuff          

Ronny Skyland, David Strong, Stanley Thompson       

The S.T.U.D.I.O.

Santa Fe

Best Country CD

Rich Rajacich

The Road Uncertain

Jono Manson

The Kitchen Sink

Santa Fe

Cover Song

Syd Masters 

Big Iron

Syd Masters

Third Eye Studios   

Tijeras

Electronica

Joseph General and High Vibration

High Vibration Dub

Joseph Evans & Gilber Uribe

Soulcialite Productions

Albuquerque

Recording Engineer

Roger Baker

for

Entourage Jazz-I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm 

Emerson Corley & Roger Baker

Eagle Rock Studios

Albuquerque

Folk

C Daniel Boling

Appalachia

Jono Manson

The Kitchen Sink    

Santa Fe

Hip Hop

KabStar

Comeback feat. K.Dutch, Nathan Dunton, Kyle Driscoll & Will Dyar         

Kabby Kabakoff

Kabby Sound Studios

Santa Fe

Best Hip-Hop CD/Rap CD

Dobcee

The Bay To Santa Fe

DobCee

Pushin Dope Productions

Santa Fe

Indie

Guy Grogan

Here I Am

Dennis Jasso

Fw Studios

Santa Fe

Best Instrumental Performance

Pat Mahoney

Passing Lane

Kitchen Sink Studios

Santa Fe

Jazz

Chris Jaramillo

Mumford the Monster

Chris Jaramillo

Chris Jaramillo Studios

Albuquerque

Best Jazz CD

Bobcats Trio

Music for The Sole

Bob Gusch

Eagle Rock Studio

Albuquerque

Latin

Baracutanga

Cuida tus Espaldas

Kilko Paz-Rivera

Fw Studios

Santa Fe

Best Mastering Engineer

Andy Rogulich

for

Eb & Hal-Bright Side

Eb Lottimer

High Fidelity Mastering

Albuquerque

Metal

Worm-Hole

Mirror

Worm-Hole

Nasty Cactus Studio

Las Cruces

Modern Rock

Guy Grogan

Take Back My Heartbreak 

Dennis Jasso

Fw Studios

Santa Fe

Native American

G Precious

Bow and Arrow Song 4

Blue Basket Entertainment

Steve Chavez Recording Studios

Española

Novelty

Zoltan and the Fortune Tellers

Dreaming of Lemurs

Lee Padilla

Sanctuary Sound

Albuquerque

Best Packaging

Ryan McGarvey

for

Ryan McGarvey-Heavy Hearted

Pop

Jazel

Talk to me

John Wall, Scott Bamforth, Jazel

Wall of Sound

Albuquerque

Pop CD

Chloë Nixon

Anomalous Soul

Chloë Nixon and Bj Timmons Connor

Smokez House Productions

Albuquerque

Rhythm & Blues

Skip Pascoe 

Memphis Bound Again

Skip Pascoe -Exec. Producer / Ken Riley Assoc. Producer    

Rio Grande Studios

Albuquerque

Reggae

Mister Kali

Stand Strong

Bob Witsenhausen 

Ceremony Studios

Santa Fe

Religious

Jesus First    

Blind Man     

Mark K Mullaney & Josh Shepherd         

Timbre Productions

Albuquerque

Best Rock CD

Self-Contained

Depravity

John Wall and Self Contained

Wall of Sound

Albuquerque

Singer/Songwriter

Martha Reich

Fade Away

Martha Reich

Moon Bird Studios & Frogville Studios

Santa Fe

Best Song

John David Peters

for

Jaime Harrison-Don’t Take Me For a Hero

Best Video

Carlo Zanella, Tiho Dimitrov

for

Tiho Dimitrov-Get the Bone

Best Vocal Performance

Entourage Jazz

What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

Emerson Corley & Roger Baker

Eagle Rock Studios

Albuquerque

Western

Doug Figgs

I Make My Livin’ In the Saddle

Mariam Funke

GMF Studios

Socorro

World

Brent Berry

Divisadero

Brent Berry

Highwater Records

Taos

Norman Petty Producer Award

Nathan Dunton & Will Dyar

for

Nathan Dunton-Love Runs to the Sea

Kabby Sound Studios

Santa Fe

Best of the Year

Kito Peters    

Soapbox       

Jono Manson, Kito Peters 

The Kitchen Sink    

Santa Fe