Ethan Matthew’s Echo Us, a Pacific NW-based music concept project joins a stellar cast of independent and former major label artists as Vox Pop Winner for “Best Eclectic”, for the album Tomorrow Will Tell The Story.

The Independent Music Awards (The IMAs) and its parent Music Resource Group (MRG)
today announced the results of The IMAs Vox Pop poll, the fan-determined portion of the prestigious international program for independent bands and releases.

Music fans from around the world voted online for their favorite self-released and independent label artists culled from the 400 IMA Nominees announced in April. Portland based Echo Us is among the diverse group of artists named as this year’s fan favorites. Echo Us’ nomination and win in the popular vote for “Best Eclectic Album” brings their inventive brand of ambient and progressive rock further out from behind the veil of the Portland and Pacific NW music scene. Tomorrow Will Tell The Story combines emotional male and female vocals, ethereal acoustic harp and organic ambiences from an alien universe- chronicling a journey to higher consciousness. Tomorrow Will Tell The Story is the second album within Echo Us’s three-album suite started with 2009’s The Tide Decides, and the 6th release overall for Matthew’s, who got his start with progressive rock and metal group Greyhaven during his teenage years.

More than 40 percent of the "people's voice" winners named today differed from those named in June by The IMA artist and industry judging panel that included Tom Waits, Meshell Ndegeocello, Pete Wentz, Suzanne Vega, Ziggy Marley, G. Love, Anthony DeCurtis (Rolling Stone), Kevin Lyman (Warped Tour) and Colleen Fischer (Austin City Limits Live) among many other artists and talent buyers, music journalists, film & tv music supervisors and industry decision makers.

The diverse mix of established artists & rising stars named as 12th IMA Vox pop winners hail from 14 countries on 4 continents.

"The IMAs roster of Winners and Nominees are a microcosm of the global independent music scene,” said Martin Folkman, Executive Director of The Independent Music Awards.

"The program's international diversity highlights the fact that exceptional music doesn’t need a passport or major label publicity machine to win fans: just access and a level playing field. Artists earning top honors in this year’s program include self-released and fan-funded projects, as well as indie label and former major label acts. No matter what their country of origin or style of music, IMA artists are united in their pursuit of artistic excellence and originality,” Folkman said.

"The Independent Music Awards celebrate artists the world over who follow their own muse and the true music fans who support them," said Folkman. "The Vox Pop award is one of the many ways The IMAs motivates fans to discover and support an incredible roster of talent that can get lost among the noise. All IMA honorees receive marketing and sales support. Vox Pop Winners have the added satisfaction of inspiring fans to act on their behalf.”

Nominated work and bios for the Best Eclectic Category are available at:

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