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JM Blogger Awards: JMMaven

JM Blogger Awards:  JMMaven

This is my first year participating in the Jewish Music Blogger Awards, and I am honored to have been asked to voice my opinions. Since I didn’t volunteer them though, I take no blame for anything. :) Best Album: This one’s a hard one. I enjoyed Yaakov Shwekey’s Ad Bli Dai album a lot, and [&hellip

JM Blogger Awards: Jewish Blogmeister, Jacob Da Jew, Jewish Music 26, TcK

JM Blogger Awards:  Jewish Blogmeister, Jacob Da Jew, Jewish Music 26, TcK

Jewish Blogmeister’s Picks Best Album: Taamu –  Benny Friedman. Best Song: V’hi Sheamda – Yaakov Shwekey. Solid song with excellent arrangements and a fantastic bridge. Best Debut Album: Taamu – Benny Friedman Best Yiddish Song: Emes – Benny Friedman. Emes is one of the best songs in a while. It features r&b hip hop flavor [&hellip

JM Blogger Awards: Kol Isha

JM Blogger Awards:  Kol Isha

Before I even start, let me  say this.  Picking winners  was unbelievably difficult because from a musical perspective, 2009 was a VERY good year.  While it is easy to vote anonymously in a website poll, it is much harder to publicly state my preferences, when I know so many of the people involved.  Suffice it [&hellip

JM Blogger Awards: JM Derech

JM Blogger Awards:  JM Derech

Best Album: Avodas Tzedaka –  Shloime Kaufman. For me, Shloime had the best mix of singers on his album. I get tired of hearing the same voice after a while, which is why I’m partial to groups over solo artists. He had Baruch Levine, Abie, A.K.A. Pella & Pruz. I can’t get enough of Kol [&hellip

JM Blogger Awards: YK’s Picks

JM Blogger Awards: YK’s Picks

Best Album: Benny Friedman’s Taamu. Best Song: Yaakov Shwekey’s V’hi She’amda. Best Debut Album: Taamu – Benny Friedman. Best Arrangement: Benny Friedman’s No Lyrics Best Yiddish Song: Benny Friedman’s Emes. Firstly, I would like to thank JMR for hosting this year’s awards, with a special mention to Kol Isha for organizing everything. Also, I would [&hellip

JM Awards Status

JM Awards Status

We’d like to remind everyone that the voting does not end until Wednesday. Please also note that we aware that there is vote tampering going on and votes will be deducted in the final tally. When the contest is over we will be sending the data to a professional who will analyze the logs and [&hellip

JM Blogger Awards: The Real Shliach

JM Blogger Awards:  The Real Shliach

Best Album: Taamu – Benny Friedman. Not even close. This album is great for a couple reasons, notably because Benny’s voice is extraordinary (have any one else singing most of these songs and they’re “nice”, but not brilliant) and the song selection is so good (have Benny sing any other songs and his star does [&hellip

JM Blogger Awards: ShmuliPhoto

JM Blogger Awards:  ShmuliPhoto

ShmuliPhoto’s faves of the year. Best Album: Taamu – Benny Friedman.   The best album goes to Benny, who for sure lived up to the hype that came along with the pre-release of his debut album. I have seen Benny sing years ago when I was in Yeshiva inTzafed, where he used to copy his uncle Avraham [&hellip

JM Blogger Awards: Life of Rubin

JM Blogger Awards:  Life of Rubin

Best Album: MBD’s Kulam Ahuvim, by a nose. Although Benny’s CD is so fresh and there are so many overall better songs, MBD is just at that level. Benny is great, but MBD is still MBD. The future is wide open for Benny.  Honorable mention: Kaufman’s Avodas Tzedakah has some real winners on it! Best [&hellip

JM Blogger Awards: Jewish Insights

JM Blogger Awards:  Jewish Insights

Best Album: Taamu –  Benny Friedman. Undisputed, the best and most original album easily in the last 5 years or so. Add to that his amazing vocals and the production, its no question that Benny will be a BIG contender in JM in the years to come. Best Song: V’hi Sheamda –  Yaakov Shwekey. This [&hellip

MBD & Yitzy Spinner Duet

MBD & Yitzy Spinner Duet

Mordechai Ben David & then Miami Boys Choir member Yitzy Spinner Sing Daddy Dear in the year 1994. (HT Gruntig)

JMR’s Mendel Tries out for A Jewish Star!

JMR’s Mendel Tries out for A Jewish Star!

A Jewish Star singing competition previews its contestants: Mendel Markel of Pittsburgh sings an old Chassidic niggun. Contender: Mendel Markel, 31, married with 4 children. Residence: Pittsburgh, PA. Occupation: Administrative Assistant for Jewish Educational Toys and journalist/writer for JewishMusicReport.com Musical Aspirations: Truthfully, while I love music and can’t imagine living without it, my primary aspirations [&hellip

JM Blogger Awards: Mendel the Sheichet

JM Blogger Awards:  Mendel the Sheichet

“Who shined in ’09?” Mendel the Sheichet’s faves of the year. Best Album: Kulam Ahuvim – Mordechai Ben David. For this category I have to go with MBD’s Kulam Ahuvim. Yeedle’s spunky, fresh style and great ear for catchy tunes along with MBD’s still amazing voice and ta’am really do it for me. Coupled with [&hellip