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San Diego Music Awards sets 2022 performers; top nominees include Rebecca Jade, Mrs. Henry, Sara Petite

A portrait of artist Rebecca Jade, smiling with her hands on her hips
Versatile singer Rebecca Jade has five nominations for the 2022 San Diego Music Awards.
(Courtesy photo)

Angels & Airwaves, Jason Mraz and Switchfoot are among the best-known nominees; Jesse Davis will receive Country Dick Montana Lifetime Achievement Award

Soulful singer Rebecca Jade, the rootsy San Diego band Mrs. Henry, country-rocking singer-songwriter Sara Petite and the indie-rock group The Verigolds are among the top nominees for the 2022 San Diego Music Awards.

Jade, whose collaborators have included Elton John, Sheila E. and Dave Koz, has a record five nominations. Her “What’s It Gonna Be” is vying for honors in the Song of the Year, Best Video, and Best R&B, Funk or Soul Song categories. She is also a Best R&B, Funk or Soul Song contender for her vocal performances on “Toes in the Sand,” a collaboration with Jas Miller and Gianni Vancini, and “When the Battle Is Over” by The Sully Band, featuring Rebecca Jade.

For the record:

9:11 a.m. Feb. 16, 2022The 2022 San Diego Music Awards will be held at Humphreys Concerts by the Bay on April 19, not April 9, as the original version of this story incorrectly reported. Also the first name of nominee Riston Diggs was misspelled as Ruston.

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“Five nominations may be the most anyone has ever got,” San Diego Music Awards honcho Kevin Hellman said.

The band Mrs. Henry received four 2022 nominations, while Petite and The Verigolds garnered three each. Other artists with multiple nominations include the gospel-tinged trio Thee Sacred Souls, guitarist Patrick Yandall, hip-hop artist Crhymes and the bands Aviator Stash and MohaviSoul.

Grammy Award-wining troubadour Jason Mraz is nominated in the Song of the Year category, in which he will be vying against fellow Grammy winners Switchfoot and such nationally acclaimed San Diego artists as Angels & Airwaves, Slightly Stoopid and Wavves. The other two Song of the Year nominees are Jade and Thee Sacred Souls.

Versatile vocal stylist Jesse Davis, who became a San Diego music mainstay in the 1970s, will receive the Country Dick Montana Lifetime Achievement Award.

The nominees were announced in a livestream event Tuesday night that featured pre-filmed performances by seven artists. They included Petite, Whitney Shay, Jordan Krimston and The Sully Band with Rebecca Jade.

Her Friday concert at the Music Box comes more than a year after the San Diego vocal dynamo’s “STAND UP!” topped Billboard’s national Blues Album charts

The winners will be announced April 19 when the 31st annual San Diego Music Awards ceremony takes place at Humphreys Concerts by the Bay on Shelter Island.

Confirmed performers include Thee Sacred Souls, Mrs. Henry, The Sully Band, Ira B. Liss Big Band Jazz Machine, Tamar Berk, Slack Key Ohana and Riston Diggs.

An edited two-hour version of the awards show will be televised on Fox 5 KSWB-TV at 6 p.m. on May 14.

Online voting for nominees is open to the public from today through March 15, with tickets going on sale Friday. Both voting and ticket purchases take place at sandiegomusicawards.com.

The awards show will be preceded by six showcase concerts featuring nominated artists. The showcase performance lineup will be announced later this month. The confirmed dates and venue are: April 6, 710 Beach Club; April 7, Navajo Live; April 8, Pour House Oceanside; April 13, The Casbah; April 14, Humphreys Backstage Live; and April 15, The Holding Company.

Produced by the nonprofit San Diego Music Foundation, the San Diego Music Awards was founded in 1991. It has been held live every year since then, except in 2020, when it was held online because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2021 edition was held live at Humphreys Concerts by the Bay, the site of this year’s upcoming awards fete.

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Asked if returning to Humphreys for a second year felt like something of a return to normal, Hellman replied: “It’s somewhere in between. We still have to be careful and cross our fingers this pandemic won’t rear its ugly head again. We’re dong our show outdoors, which is safer than indoors, and I hope were on the road to recovery.”

Since is inception in 1991, the awards have raised $694,396 for the San Diego Music Foundation’s Guitars for Schools program.

To preview and promote this year’s edition, the San Diego Music Awards website will feature a March 13 program about the history of the event, including some memorable past performances. On April 3, the website will feature a preview of this year’s awards and the six April showcase concerts.

Album of the Year

Sara Petite, “Rare Bird”

Mrs. Henry, “Keep On Rising, Act I : The Sex Sells, Love Drugs, Rock ‘N’ Roll Society”

Patrick Yandall, “Chasing the Lights”

Sonido de la Frontera, “Sonidero Guerrillero”

Riston Diggs, “35"

Tamar Berk, “The Restless Dreams of Youth”

The Verigolds, “Take to the Sun”

Song of the Year

Angels & Airwaves, “Euphoria”

Jason Mraz, “Be Where Your Feet Are”

Rebecca Jade, “What’s It Gonna Be”

Slightly Stoopid, “Everyday Life, Everyday People”

Switchfoot, “i need you (to be wrong)”

Thee Sacred Souls, “Will I See You Again”

Wavves, “Help Is On the Way”

Best Pop Album

Bart Mendoza, “66/68"

Bella Kaye, “Learning to Be”

Calen Lucas, “Young”

Kieler Avery, “Punchline”

Paige Koehler, “Sorry I’m Late""

Tamar Berk, “The Restless Dreams of Youth”

The Verigolds, “Take to the Sun”

The complete list of nominees is online at sandiegomusicawards.com.

Updates

5:10 p.m. Feb. 17, 2022: This article has been updated to note that hip-hop artist Crhymes is a triple-nominee this year.


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