It’s that time of year again for the SoulTracks Readers’ Choice Awards! And this year’s nominees include a number of artists released by SWEET SOUL RECORDS! We are fortunate to be associated with such talented artists and feel that they absolutely deserve the recognition received from SoulTracks and their readers.

We would like to congratulate all the Readers’ Choice Awards nominees especially the artists who have given us the opportunity to release their music in Japan.

Nominees include the rising Japanese singer Nao Yoshioka, producer Brandon Williams, protégé of Grammy and Billboard super producer Michael J. Powell, the new voice of American soul Brian Owens, the soulstress Teri Tobin, Rhonda Thomas who was background vocalist for the late, great Isaac Hayes and bands Mad Satta the ultra-tight eight-piece outfit, and Madrid-based funky and soulful VenueConnection.

Categories and nominations are:

[New Artist of the Year]
• Nao Yoshioka
• Mad Satta
• Brandon Williams

[Duo or Group of the Year]
• Mad Satta
• VenueConnection

[Female Vocalist of the Year]
• Teri Tobin
• Rhonda Thomas

[Album of the Year]
• Brandon Williams『XII』

[Song of the Year]
Brandon Williams feat. Alex Isley & Moonchild / “Leave Love Be”
Brian Owens and Nao Yoshioka / “Love, Love”

From the SoulTracks Website:
Between now and October 31, SoulTracks email subscribers will get the chance to vote for their favorites. Ballots will be emailed on Friday, October 23rd and again (for new subscribers) on October 28. To receive a ballot, just sign up at the top of this page where it says “Subscribe.” It’s free and private, and you’ll receive your ballot the next date that ballots are mailed. The winners will be announced at our international broadcast on Monday, December 7.


Check out the SWEET SOUL RECORDS nominees promotional videos below:

【New Artist of the Year】 Nao Yoshioka – “Make the Change”

【Song of the Year】 Brian Owens and Nao Yoshioka – “Love Love”

【Song of the Year】【New Artist of the Year】【Album of the Year】 Brandon Williams “Ⅻ”

【New Artist of the Year】【Duo or Group of the Year】Mad Satta – “Reach Out”

【Duo or Group of the Year】VenueConnection – “Hide & Seek”

【Female Vocalist of the Year】Teri Tobin – “Make Beautiful”

【Female Vocalist of the Year】Rhonda Thomas – “Listen”