Thornhill, West Capture Music Awards

Two local songwriters, Alan Thornhill and Scott “Smitty” West, were beaming last week as they took home awards from the second annual MAVRIC awards gala. The Music Awards for Ventura Roots and Independent Creations were established in 2007 by Doc Rogers, a Thousand Oaks musician, to recognize the contribution of independent artists to the culture of Ventura County. According to Rogers, this year’s awards were culled from more than 1,500 songs and 139 artists, first by a 40-member industry panel and then voted on by fans via the internet. The industry voting is blind and drew from professionals outside the area, primarily in Los Angeles, “to insure no bias.” The awards were handed out by another local, Jimmie Calire, last year’s Lifetime Achievement Award winner.
“Ojai gave us some of the highest quality music we received this year,” said Rogers. “Alan was one of the biggest winners of the night. He’s a great talent.”

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