2012 | Blues Album of the Year (Sponsored by Stingray Music) | Harrison Kennedy | | The JUNO Awards

Best known for his work as a founding member of Chairmen of the Board, Holland/Dozier/Holland’s 1970s million-selling Detroit soul supergroup, Harrison Kennedy has artfully evolved into one of the most original and inspired singer-songwriters on the blues scene today — a position confirmed by his first runner up finish at the 2011 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. He won’t admit it, but Harrison Kennedy is on a personal mission. On SHAME THE DEVIL, his third album for the Electro-Fi Records label, he writes blues songs to serve others. Regular people, working people, people dealing with their own problems, people in need of help or at least a moment of reflection. Despite the passion and uncommon soulfulness that fires each song, he’s incapable of casting negativity on his subject matter. There’s real love in his love songs and hope in his darkest hour. Harrison Kennedy’s songs are never about him. They are about you and me. SHAME THE DEVIL is destined to become one of the year’s most talked about blues albums.