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Long time Philadelphia, PA vocalist Sandy Hall, originally from Vukovar, Croatia has won Artist of the Year in Rock from The Josie Awards, the largest, privately owned, multi genre award show recognizing the hard work of independent music artists, songwriters, and support businesses in multiple genres.
Hall is founder of Kick It Out, A Tribute to Heart band based in the Philadelphia and the South Jersey area. The magnetic, seasoned vocalist and songwriter received the award Sept 18, 2021 at the ceremony in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Out of almost 40,000 submissions, Hall was in the 2.6% that made it to nomination and was nominated in 4 categories. The awards show was filmed to be streamed with a date to be announced soon.
Since 2008, Kick it Out has performed to crowds at large venues in NY, NJ, PA, Delaware, Virginia, Massachusetts, Connecticut and in 2017 at Springfest in Ocean City Maryland on the same bill with legendary Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. Singing in the role of Heart’s Ann Wilson, Hall’s soulful tone coupled with her powerful "big" voice is often compared to iconic female rockers like Pat Benatar, Chrissie Hynde, Melissa Ethridge and Stevie Nicks. Her soaring vocals and moving performances have left crowds with many “a goosebump moment.”
Hall started singing professionally very young—appearing on local TV in grade school and soloing in church as a teen. She recorded national radio commercials, including a Carefree sugarless gum ad that aired in 11 cities. Since the 80’s she has rattled the rafters of noted Philadelphia, Delaware and New Jersey hot spots to thousands of fans as a lead vocalist for many rock/pop and special affairs bands as well as original bands opening for national performers Robert Hazard and Heaven’s Edge. In recent years, Sandy has performed her originals supporting Kip Winger, Dan Reed of the Dan Reed Network, Jeffery Gaines and Living Colour.
Hall also has extensive recording studio experience, lending her voice to original tracks written by others as well as writing and recording her own music. Along with her KIO shows, she vocal coaches and mentors young aspiring singers and she continues to perform her own original music written with Chris DeMuro and music written John Ignatius Callaghan from her CD Sign Language in the tri-state area. New music is presently being recorded for upcoming release.
For her day job, Hall is a Registered Nurse clinical program consultant for a healthcare company. She and her husband, Chris, founded the North Ridge Music School and have three children.
She was nominated in 4 categories: Artist of the Year Rock genre, Vocalist of the Year Rock genre, for Sign Language CD songs submitted written by Callaghan, for Songwriter Achievement for Full Circle cowrite with DeMuro, and Tribute Artist of the Year Heart tribute band Kick It Out.
Hall’s CD Sign Language was remixed, remastered, and released in 2021 and submitted for these nominations.
The award show was held at the Country Tonite Theater, which holds about 1,500 people. The two-day included the award show, red carpet, media interviews, a Vocal Competition, Songwriter Workshop and multiple artist performances at the pre-concert and awards ceremony.
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