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contests, festivals, radio, house concertsJanuary 2014
Concerts In Your Home, an organization of house concert hosts booking artists across the United States, named Rupert a 2013 Artist of the Year, an honor given to three CIYH artists. The award is shared with Ian Mcferon (www.ianmcferon.com) and Jesse Terry (www.jesseterrymusic.com). "Our decision reflects a number of factors related to bookings, performances, participation and enthusiasm."
Rupert's song "After The Rains" is a finalist in the In Search Of A Song contest hosted by Jason Wilber
Top Ten Finalist, 2014 Listening Room Festival
"Time," written by Rupert Wates, wins Suggested Artist placement in the Song of the Year songwriting contest.
"Genevieve," written by Rupert Wates, is a semi-finalist in the 2011 Great Lakes Songwriting Contest.
Watch video (a collaboration between Rupert Wates, Vivian Gail and Stacey Lorin. Recording by Chris Medrano, April 2011).
'(When I Get Over To) California', written by Rupert and Matt Wates, wins Honorable Mention in the Great Lakes Song Contest 2010. From the 'Joe's Cafe' album, 'Prayer' is one of 10 Semi-finalists in Mike Pinder's Bandwars Song Contest 2011, 'More Holy Ground' is one of 10 Semi-finalists in Mike Pinder's Bandwars Song Contest 2011, and 'Days Of Mercy' receives Honorable Mention in Mike Pinder's Bandwars Song Contest 2011
'More Holy Ground', from the stage version of 'Joe's Cafe', wins Honorable Mention in the Midatlantic Song Contest in Washington DC.
Live production of 'Joe's Cafe' featuring Rupert Wates, Valorie Miller and Stacey Lorin wins Best Music Revue at the San Francisco Fringe Festival
Billboard Song Contest Honorable Mention for 'After The Rains.'
'Sally's Farm' from the album 'Joe's Cafe' is one of three songs to receive Honorable Mention in the Americana category of the Austin Songwriters Contest.
Rupert's songs 'I Will Follow' and 'Reach Out' were both semi-finalists in the Adult Contemporary category of the 2009 UK Songwriting Contest.
March 29th, 2009
'Dear Life' is one of 3 finalists in the Best Lyrics Category of the Indie Acoustic Project, who also named the CD "one of the best Cds of 2008.'
'After The Rains' has won top prize in the Folk/Acoustic Category of the Songwars song contest headed by Mike Pinder of the Moody Blues.
'I Dream' from the album Dear Life was given Honorable Mention in the 11th North Carolina Songwriting Contest.
'Elegy For The Coming Man,' a new song from the album 'Dear Life' was given Honorable Mention in the Independent Singer Songwriter Awards of 2008.
'After The Rains' was one of top ten finalists in the Great Lakes Song Contest in Michigan.
'After The Rains' was one of top ten finalists in the Wildflower Song Contest in Texas.
February 10th, 2008
In January 2008 Rupert's CD 'Coast To Coast' was voted one of the TOP 10 albums of 2007 by Britsound Radio, along with albums by Radiohead and The Arctic Monkeys.
December 2nd, 2007
Rupert's song 'After The Rains' was awarded second prize overall in all categories of the 24th Mid Atlantic Song Contest.
November 24th, 2007
'After The Rains' has been given its sixth award this year, the Gold prize in the Folk Category of the 24th Midatlantic Song Contest
November 5th, 2007
Rupert's second solo album 'Coast To Coast' was named 'album of the month' for October 2007 by Britsound Radio (on WPSC at 88.7 FM).
October 19th, 2007
On October 13th Rupert was awarded second prize in the North Carolina Songwriting Competition in Hollis Springs, NC, for his performance of 'After The Rains' and 'Prisoner Of The Open Road'.
October 1st, 2007
'After The Rains' has gained further accolades. It is one of 8 finalists in the 10th North Carolina Songwriting Competition and one of 5 songs to receive Honorable Mention in the Folk Category of the John Lennon Songwriting Competition.
July 10th, 2007
'After The Rains' was judged a top 20 finalist in the acoustic category of the 11th Annual Unisong Song Contest. (This is the third award given to "After The Rains" this year). 'Come In Come Out (Of The Rains)' was also judged a top 20 finalist in the jazz category of the same competition.
April 19, 2007
'Prisoner Of The Open Road' from the album 'Sweet or Bitter Wine' was nominated for an award by the 17th Los Angeles Songwriting Awards.
April 15, 2007
In February 2007 Rupert's song 'After The Rains' was named 'song of the month' by the Los Angeles consortium Songwriters Universe. In March his songs 'After The Rains' and 'On The Road To Santa Fe' were both given honourable mention in the 2007 International Singer/Songwriter Awards.