The San Diego Music Awards define 2022 artists; top nominees include Rebecca Jade, Ms. Henry, Sara Petite

Soul singer Rebecca Jade, San Diego roots band Mrs. Henry, country-rock singer-songwriter Sara Petite and indie-rock band The Verigolds are among the top nominees for the 2022 San Diego Music Awards.

Jade, whose collaborators have included Elton John, Sheila E. and Dave Koz, has a record five nominations. His “What’s It Gonna Be” is up for honors in Song of the Year, Best Video, and Best R&B, Funk, or Soul Song. She is also a nominee for Best R&B, Funk, or Soul Song for her vocal performances on “Toes in the Sand,” a collaboration with Jas Miller and Gianni Vancini, and The Sully Band’s “When the Battle Is Over,” featuring Rebecca Jade.

“Five nominations might be the most anyone’s ever gotten,” said San Diego Music Awards honcho Kevin Hellman.

The Mrs. Henry Group received four nominations in 2022, while Petite and The Verigolds won three each. Other multiple-nominated artists include gospel-tinged trio Thee Sacred Souls, guitarist Patrick Yandall, and bands Aviator Stash and MohaviSoul.

Grammy Award-winning troubadour Jason Mraz is nominated in the Song of the Year category, in which he will compete against fellow Grammy winners Switchfoot and nationally acclaimed San Diego artists such as Angels & Airwaves, Slightly Stoopid and Waves. The other two nominees for Song of the Year are Jade and Thee Sacred Souls.

Versatile vocal stylist Jesse Davis, who became a mainstay in San Diego music in the 1970s, will receive the Country Dick Montana Lifetime Achievement Award.

The nominees were announced during a live event on Tuesday night that included pre-filmed performances from seven artists. They included Petite, Whitney Shay, Jordan Krimston and The Sully Band with Rebecca Jade.

Winners will be announced April 9 at the 31st Annual San Diego Music Awards taking place at Humphreys Concerts by the Bay on Shelter Island.

Confirmed artists include Thee Sacred Souls, Mrs. Henry, The Sully Band, Ira B. Liss Big Band Jazz Machine, Tamar Berk, Slack Key Ohana and Ruston Diggs.

An edited two-hour version of the awards show will be televised on Fox 5 KSWB-TV at 6 p.m. on May 14.

Online voting for nominees is open to the public from today until March 15, with tickets going on sale Friday. Voting and ticket purchases take place at

The awards ceremony will be preceded by six showcase concerts featuring nominated artists. The showcase’s performance lineup will be announced later this month. Confirmed dates and location are: April 6, 710 Beach Club; April 7, Navajo Live; April 8, For House Oceanside; April 13, The Casbah; April 14, Humphreys Backstage Live; and on April 15, The Holding Company.

Produced by the non-profit San Diego Music Foundation, the San Diego Music Awards were founded in 1991. They have been held live every year since then, except for 2021, when they were held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2021 edition took place live at Humphreys Concerts by the Bay, the site of this year’s upcoming awards ceremony.

When asked if returning to Humphreys for a second year felt like a return to normal, Hellman replied, “It’s somewhere in between. We still have to be careful and cross our fingers that this pandemic does not happen again. We perform outside, which is safer than inside, and hopefully we were on the road to recovery.

Since their inception in 1991, the awards have raised $694,396 for the San Diego Music Foundation’s Guitars for Schools program.

To preview and promote this year’s edition, the San Diego Music Awards website will feature a March 13 program on the event’s history, including memorable past performances. On April 3, the website will feature a preview of this year’s awards and April’s six demo concerts.

album of the year

Sara Petite, “Rare Bird”

Mrs. Henry, “Keep On Rising, Act I: The Sex Sells, Love Drugs, Rock ‘N’ Roll Society”

Patrick Yandall, “Chasing the Lights”

Sonido de la Frontera, “Sonidero Guerrillero”

Riston Diggs, “35”

Tamar Berk, “The Restless Dreams of Youth”

The Verigolds, “Take to the Sun”

song of the year

Angels and waves, “Euphoria”

Jason Mraz, “Be Where Your Feet Are”

Rebecca Jade, “What’s It Gonna Be”

Slightly Stoopid, “Daily Life, Ordinary People”

Switchfoot, “I Need You (To Cheat Me)”

You sacred souls, “Will I see you again”

Wavves, “Help is on the Way”

Best Pop Album

Bart Mendoza, “66/68”

Bella Kaye, “Learning to Be”

Calen Lucas, “Young”

Kieler Avery, “Punchline”

Paige Koehler, “Sorry I’m Late””

Tamar Berk, “The Restless Dreams of Youth”

The Verigolds, “Take to the Sun”

The full list of nominees is online at

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