Immortal Aria's IMEA Awards Trip!
TRIP DATES: Oct 7-9th
On May 6 2016, Nathan Allen Pinard and Bonnie Anne Pinard (mother and son) released their debut CD, The Angel’s Song, under their music production banner, Immortal Aria. The Angel’s Song is an album of all original music and songs, inspired by Gaston Leruox’s classic tale, The Phantom of the Opera; also drawing inspiration from the Phantom of the Opera story in many of its other stage and screen incarnations.
As a lifelong fan of all things Phantom of the Opera, Ms. Pinard composed her first Phantom of the Opera-based song in 2005, shortly after the release of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical film version. At that time, Nathan Allen Pinard was recovering from a serious illness and needed a music project to encourage his recovery, so he composed the orchestration for Ms Pinard’s classically influenced aria entitled Chanson de l’Ange: also the title of her Phantom of the Opera based three volume novel series.
Plans were made to orchestrate and produce an album that would feature a variety of vocal artists recording Ms Pinard’s original songs, as well as Nathan Allen Pinard’s instrumental compositions. However, for various reasons, including Mr Pinard’s day job, financial concerns, and other paying music projects, work on the album was suspended.
In 2011 the project was briefly revitalized as Mr Pinard managed to carve out time to work on The Angel’s Song while on vacation, but again the project was stalled when Nathan was signed to compose the score for two video games; Gemini Rue, and later, Technobabylon.
Finally, earlier this year when Nathan was laid off, he decided to use his down time to get back into the studio and finish The Angel’s Song, which had been mothballed for 10 years.
Utilizing his severance package earnings to fund the project, under the banner “Immortal Aria”, Nathan contracted with vocal and instrumental artists from around the world to record the vocals and complete the orchestrations; resulting in an album of ten original songs.
Recently, Immortal Aria was nominated in 3 categories for the IMEA Awards. The IMEA Awards are presented by the International Music and Entertainment Association, Inc. The mission of the IMEA Awards is to honor and recognize international individuals and organizations in the music, theatre, and film industries.
Given the work, the passion and time that went into the creation of The Angel’s Song, Nathan and his mother are very gratified that their debut album has been recognized by the independent music industry. The International Music and Entertainment Association's 4th Annual IMEA Awards will be held on October 8, 2016 at the Tucker Theatre in Murfreesboro, TN, and although Ms Pinard is unable to attend at this time, Nathan would very much like to travel to Tennessee for the awards ceremony.
The awards Immortal Aria is nominated for are:
Adult Contemporary Artist of the Year
Adult Contemporary Album of the Year
Adult Contemporary Song of the Year
The album up for nomination can be found here: http://immortalaria.bandcamp.com
The nominated song "In the Mirror" can be previewed here: https://youtu.be/j6Nf9ZviVDo
The IMEA site with nominated artists can be viewed here: http://www.imeaawards.com/nominees/2016-nominees/
This where you, our friends, fans and family come in. This week Nathan will be moving from his apartment into his parent’s home in order help care for his father, who is battling the slow progression of dementia. Additionally, living in his parent’s home will allow Nathan to compose and work with his mother, Bonnie Anne Pinard on Immortal Aria’s exciting future projects.
Meanwhile, Nathan will not have the funds to attend the awards ceremony and is asking for your help in getting him there.
Costs for trip:
$650 - Round-trip flight*
$250 - Two night stay in hotel (includes tax)
$100 - Spending Cash for Meals, etc. + any tax.
Plan to arrive one day before ceremony, then leave Sunday day late-afternoon.
*Additional $100 added in case flight prices fluctuate.
Thank you for making this trip a reality!
I'll keep updating this GoFundMe right through the IMEA awards trip!
Thank you so much to all friends, family and fans who helped to make this trip possible for Nathan Allen Pinard. Nathan reached his GoFundMe goal, and then some! It brings tears to my eyes to know that Nathan has such wonderful, caring people cheering him on!
I'd like to thank all those who have donated for my son's trip! Your thoughtfulness and generosity are much appreciated by our family!