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The Roys Nominated for ICM's Bluegrass Inspirational Album of the Year

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The Roys 2014 ICM AwardAward-winning Bluegrass duo, The Roys, are once again nominated for Inspirational Bluegrass Artist of the Year during the 21st Annual Inspirational Country Music Awards (ICM). If they win, it will be the fifth consecutive year the siblings have won the award.

This year’s show will pay special tribute to our local heroes. First Responders (EMT, Fire, Police), as well as military servicemen and women, will receive two free tickets to the ICM Faith, Family & Country™ Awards with ID (visit faithfamilycountry.com, click on “Buy Tickets” and enter the promo code “HERO” where prompted). Additionally, a portion of this year’s proceeds will be donated to Operation Troop Aid (a 501c3 organization that, since 2004, has provided over 7 Million dollars in care packages to deployed servicemen and women).

The ICM Faith, Family & Country™ Awards are taped and broadcast on the The Family Channel, Heartland, NRB Network, TCT Networks, The Worship Network, Lifestyle/CTN Network and Total Living Network (check local schedule listings on each network for broadcast times in your area), reaching its largest potential audience to date--a record-breaking two billion households worldwide. The ICMs are additionally supported through the weekly 2-hour radio show, Power Source Country, now nationally syndicated in over 100 markets through Westwood One.

After years of hard work, siblings Lee and Elaine Roy have firmly established themselves as one of the pre-eminent acts in Bluegrass today. As The Roys they bring immaculate harmonies, impeccable musicianship and strong songwriting to their music, combining a traditional vocal styling with a progressive instrumental attitude to enchant fans around the world. Proud to continue the “family harmony” sound started by such groups as Hall of Fame inductees The Carter Family, The Louvin Brothers and The Osborne Brothers, The Roys revel in exploring new facets of the genre while remaining true to their roots.

Born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts and raised across the border in Coal Branch, New Brunswick, Canada, The Roys’ early childhood days were filled with music. “Our Grandma LeBlanc played Acadian tunes on her fiddle while my aunts and uncles joined in,” Elaine recalls. “It was truly ‘Roots’ music. We fell in love with that ‘honest’ sound, and our harmonies seemed to fit that style of music,” adds Lee. Growing up in a family where guitar pulls were a normal occurrence, Lee became adept on drums, bass and mandolin and joined his first Bluegrass band at the age of nine. Elaine learned guitar and began singing at age five, making her first on-stage appearance at the tender age of 10.

The popular Bluegrass duo was previously honored with the following ICM Awards: 2013, 2012 & 2011 Bluegrass Artist of the Year; 2012 #1 Inspirational Country Single ("I Wonder What God's Thinking"), and the 2010 & 2009 Duo of the Year. Last year, Lee and Elaine took, home their fourth consecutive Inspirational Country Music Bluegrass Artist of the Year Award.

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