Darrell Harwood wins Carolina Music Award
CHINA GROVE — Darrell Harwood of China Grove won the award for country male singer of the year at the Carolina Music Awards ceremony Saturday at Fletcher Opera Theater in Raleigh.
“I thought that was pretty cool,” Harwood said Monday afternoon. “I’ve been fortunate.”
He attended the ceremony with his wife, Karen, and daughters Tayler and Sarrah. “My oldest daughter started to cry,” he said.
Harwood, 45, son of Sharon and Ronnie Harwood, grew up hearing his father sing. He put on his own first performance in May 2010 at a fundraiser for his brother-in-law, who had cancer.
Evidently a lot of folks liked what they heard. “It blew up,” he said, with increasing requests for him to sing at festivals and other events. His family and fans have been supportive.
Harwood does about 130 shows a year with his band, which consists of Eric Upton and Chip Coleman on guitar, Chad Talbert on bass and Junior Howell on the drums.
They have talked about recording an album, but Harwood stays busy with his day job. He has worked 20 years for Carolina Products in Charlotte.
Harwood loves to perform, and he followed Saturday’s awards ceremony with a special event on Sunday — a show for Special Olympics athletes, held at West End Plaza. “Those kids’ll break your heart,” he said.
The Carolina Music Awards organization takes nominations from the public, chooses the final nominees and lets fans vote online. This year’s voting went through July 18.
Harwood was up against several other singers for the award. This was his first nomination, and he said he has yet to find out who nominated him.
The awards recognize Carolina artists in rock, hip hop, youth, bluegrass, Americana, country and R&B.
Other winners were:
Hip Hop Male – Jackie Spade
Best New Artist – OC from NC
Hip Hop Female – Mosca Flux
Hip Hop Group – Free The Optimus
R&B Male – Quentin Rashad
R&B Female – J Safina
Rock Male – Drake Murphy
Rock Female – Lauren Nicole
Rock Band/Group – The Reason You Stayed
Country Female – Faith Bardill
Country Band/Group – Louis Waymore
Americana / Bluegrass – Henry River Honey
Model – Janetlys Rodriguez
Producer – Raymond Maxwell
Video Hip Hop / R&B – Love is a Lie – Cody Daniel
Video Rock / Country – The Only Guy – Tiffany Ashton
Youth – Marye Amanda
Youth Video – Abby Stephens – Best Day Ever
DJ – DJ Wade Banner
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