Sheryl-Dawn Ryan and Solid Fuel
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"Sheryl-Dawn Niagara Music Awards"

Nominees for the first annual Niagara Music Awards, being held March 25 at the Niagara Centre for the Performing Arts: BEST FEMALE VOCALIST: Julia Scaringi, Oliver Black, Christilynn Guerin BEST MALE VOCALIST: Tim Hicks, Wainwright, The Toasted Western Swing Band GROUP OF THE YEAR: Mandolin Orchestra of Niagara, Ancient Mariners, Crooked Trail Band BEST SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR: Hospitals, Jagger Cook, Adam Wallington BEST ORIGINAL BAND OF THE YEAR: Oliver Black, The Broken Lyre, The Street Pharmacy BEST ORIGINAL SONG OF THE YEAR: “So She Dances” - Adam Crossley; “Sober State of Mind” - The Street Pharmacy; “Into the Wind” - Oliver Black ALBUM OF THE YEAR: “Free Delivery” - The Street Pharmacy; “Twenty-Five” - Jagger Cook; “Dead Leading the Blind” - Flatlined BEST RECORDING ENGINEER: Sheryl-Dawn and Brian Gagnon for Sheryl Dawn and Solid Fuel; Dean Malton for The Toasted Western Swing Band; Michael Saracino and Ethan Rising for Michael Saracino BEST TRIBUTE ACT: Pink Floyd Niagara, Oracle (Jethro Tull tribute) BEST BAR BAND: Sukkapunch, Hemitone, Mod Squad BEST DANCE RECORDING: Ethan Rising, Ashley Ross, MDM BEST THEATRICAL SINGER: Solstice, Vicky Vlassis BEST COUNTRY BAND: Angela Siracusa,The Toasted Western Swing Band, Oliver Black BEST BLUES BAND: Guv’Nor Generals, Niagara Rhythm Section, The Outlaw Kid BEST ROCK BAND: Guv’Nor Generals, Nonfiction, Flatlined BEST QUARTET GROUP: No award due to lack of submissions BEST HEAVY METAL BAND: MDM, Calling All Gods, Artificial Reality BEST R&B BAND: No award due to lack of submissions. BEST JAZZ GROUP: E.G. Collins, The groove Associates BEST INSTRUMENTAL: E.G. Collins, Deathpod, Nathan Chamberland BEST CHILDREN’S GROUP: Smudge Fundaes, Mr. Jingles BEST WORLD GROUP: No award due to lack of submissions. BEST MUSIC VIDEO: Jagger Cook, Soren Carter, Oliver Black
Nominations unveiled for Niagara Music Awards
- Niagara Falls Review


Discography

I believe in Me, released 2007 - 13 song LP, the title track and Sweet Low Rider are being played on stations within the Niagara Region & some parts of Ontario
Here Comes Love, released 2001 - 2 song EP

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Sheryl-Dawn Ryan, songstress/musician/recording artist put Solid Fuel together to back up the release of her album "I Believe in Me". She is their their lead Vocalist, but capable of playing rhythm and bass guitar as well. She has played in many bands over the years, with each one gaining style and professionalism. Solid Fuel, though a new project comes with solid musicians and a bluesy rock style that is quite unique. the album features, songs written or co-written by Sheryl-Dawn asd well as very talented writers sure to make their mark in the industry.Produced by Brian Gagnon, It is now available through her website and CD Baby. The title track “Believe in Me” and track 7 “Sweet Low Rider” are garnering interest & being played on stations worldwide in a regular rotation. Both she and Brian Gagnon were recently nominated for the Best Recording Engineer catagory in the Niagara Music Awards. Sheryl-Dawn's first CD, released primarily in Australia and New Zealand was well received, and “Here Comes Love” topped the Independent charts at No. 11. A larger release scope is planned for mid-September for this new album.

Musical influences include a variety of great artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Amanda Marshall and Alannah Miles as well as Wynonna Judd and Patsy Cline These, combined with her truly unique approach to adult contemporary music give you a good sense of this lady’s style.

Sheryl-Dawn has shared the stage with performers such as artist, Ian Mitchell of Bay City Rollers and Rosetta Stone fame, CCMA Award winning Julian Austin and Shelley Buffitt, Rita Fournier and Transit as well as Big John “T-Bone” Little, who traveled with Janis Joplin throughout her Canadian Tours, Dallas Harmes, Winston James, Ray Powers, The Chamber Sisters, Marty West and Hidden Agenda to name but a few.

When not touring, she can be seen at Fortis Restaurant 135 Queenston Street, St. Catharines, ON, on most Friday and Saturday evenings or in other local venues with Solid Fuel. A 2008 West Canadian tour is in the planning stages and a New Zealand tour is currently in the planning for late summer 2009 focusing on the new album; I Believe in Me.