Pickens resident Thomas Fountain with Overall Artist of the Year and Male Artist of the Year awards at the 2014 Georgia Country Awards.
Pickens musician Thomas Fountain was recently named “2014 Overall Artist of the Year” and “2014 Male Artist of the Year” by Georgia-Country.com.
The 2014 Georgia Country Awards ceremony was held Saturday, Nov. 15 at The 120 Tavern & Music Hall in Marietta.
“This was the ‘CMAs’ of Georgia, honoring the best acts in country music throughout [the state],” said Georgia-County.com founder Dan Seals. “Thomas joined a select few that have won two awards on any given year.”
Fountain said he was surprised to win Male Artist of the Year, but “completely shocked” to take home the Overall Artist award.
“I got the immediate feeling that hey maybe I was doing something right this past year,” Fountain said. “I really tried to go back to being me in 2014. That meant going back to what I felt like was real country music. I didn't try to fit a mold or play the current fad. I just tried to be me and play real honest country music so it was really nice to see the industry and fans acknowledge and accept that.
“It also made me proud that I'm bringing some awards back to not only Jasper and Cherokee counties, but North Georgia as a whole. There is a lot of talent up in this area and it's nice to get recognized. I'm just a small part of some really great artists and musicians in the North Georgia area,” he said.
Judging for Overall Artist of the Year award was performed by the Georgia-County Awards Panel, which consisted of several industry people in radio, venue management and recording. This panel made their decision based on which artist has made the most strides in 2014 to further their career.
Decision for Male Artist of the Year was a combination of fan voting and the Georgia-Country Awards panel votes. The voting happened in three rounds, which began June of this year. Fountain beat out over 300 acts from around the state for the top title. Some of the past winners of the Georgia Country Awards that have gone on to further their careers are: Thomas Tillman, Rachel Farley, Cole Taylor and Highway 55. For a full list of winners, go to www.georgia-country.com/awards.php.
Fountain’s music career has been on the fast track since he went solo a few years ago. Among other accomplishments Fountain was named Cherokee’s Best Musician by the readers of Cherokee Life Magazine in 2013.
Earlier this year Fountain released his first EP, recorded at Country Q Productions in Nashville, Tenn., which features musicians who also played with Garth Brooks, Brooks and Dunn, George Strait and Faith Hill.
Fountain’s also appeared on HGTV; he was Featured Artist of the Month for the Georgia Music Channel; his video for “FLOAT” spent 10 weeks on 94.9 The Bull Backyard Country and was the most requested song for three weeks.
“FLOAT” debuted on 96.5 Kiss Country in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where the Thomas Fountain Band was named “House Band of the Week.”
Learn more about Fountain at www.thomasfountain.com.