2015 LAUNCHPAD WINNERS
J-Council, Eminence among WAMI winners
USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin Published April 24, 2017 |
While it was mostly Milwaukee acts taking the top honors, several Fox Valley artists had reason to celebrate after Sunday night's Wisconsin Area Music Industry Awards.
The 37th annual WAMI Awards show, which salute those involved in the state's music scene, was held at Turner Hall Ballroom in Milwaukee. J-Council, Eminence and Kyle Megna and the Monsoons were among the Fox Valley acts that scored wins.
J-Council, a Fox Cities R&B and soul band fronted by Kaukauna's Jon Wheelock, took the New Artist of the Year category. Eminence, a rock band featuring four girls between the ages of 16 and 20, was the Rising Star of the Year. Kyle Megna and the Monsoons won for Alternative Rock/Rock Artist
What is Eminence?
According to the Webster’s Dictionary it is a position of prominence or superiority.
That is exactly what the band is trying to accomplish, to be the best.
Rising Star of the Year
"Eminence, the first all ladies band to win a statewide garage band competition in Wisconsin. This talented band hails from Menasha, Neenah, Appleton East, Oshkosh West and Appleton North/Renaissance High Schools. This five piece rocking crew not only took home the top award in 2015 that also included two gigs at Summerfest and a professional recording session - they were invited to celebrate Les Paul's (the father of the electric guitar & the Wizard of Waukesha) 100th birthday celebration at the Waukesha Bluesfest. Eminence rocked the house and gained new fans and hung out with the other headliners such as Rick Nielsen (Les Paul playing guitarist for Cheap Trick)."
Alternative Rock Nominee
Drummer Category Nominee
Eminence in the Beginning
In January of 2013, Eminence began as a four piece, all female band. Throughout the summer of 2013, they performed at bars, bowling alleys, and festivals. Like many other bands, the first year or so was trying with ups and downs. It was quickly becoming apparent that Eminence was turning into the 80’s to current hard rock cover band that they had envisioned two years earlier.
As 2015 came, Eminence was ready to hit the road with a new line-up. All of their hard work had paid off....becoming the 2015 Les Paul Launchpad winners, playing at Summerfest on the BMO Harris Stage, Rock for Autism at the Leach, and a lot of fundraisers and fairs.
2017 was the year of accomplishments. Taking the title of "Rising Star of the Year" at the WAMI awards surprised us all. This gave us the push to strive for bigger and better things. Playing new venues and becoming a name known to the local music industry made us realize how much we loved performing. Adding some originals to our set was a goal we checked off our list. Most memorable opportunities this year: Rock USA - Opening for Paradise Kitty - and the annual WAPL Xmas Bash.
2018 we switched everything around by bringing on Parker as our bassist. By incorporating
him into the band, we opened up new possibilities with music . Aleida was brought in as a
strong front woman, providing us with an unbelievable vocal range. This gave us our strong 4 piece rock band once again.
Now, to see what 2019 brings.