Singer-songwriter Kay Pere of Mystic was one of five recipients of a 2007
Immie Award at the national Independent Music Conference in Philadelphia,
Penn. held Aug. 30 to Sept. 3.
The Immie Awards are given to individual artists and bands in recognition of
significant achievement as independent artists, not affiliated with a major
In presenting the award, Conference Director Noel Ramos cited Pere's long
history as a social activist through music, raising money and awareness for
many charitable causes from Connecticut to California. Also noted was her
success as an independent performing artist and songwriter having recorded
in Nashville with Grammy-Award winner Michael Hopkins, and her longtime
service to independent artists as a
the areas of vocal coaching and creativity.
Pere is a
director of the Connecticut Songwriters Association, and is the associate
director of Local United Network to Combat Hunger.
Also on hand and receiving awards were John Lilley, guitarist from the
internationally known group The Hooters, Brooklyn-based hip-hop artist Coole High, music publisher Robert Case from Denver, Colo. and the
Japaneseturned- Nashville band The Tokyo Tramps.
Since 2003 the Independent Music Conference has been held in Philadelphia,
attracting artist and industry professionals from across the U.S. and
abroad. Bill Pere, (husband of Kay Pere), received an Immie Award in 2003
as the national Independent Artist of the Year.