Jaelee Roberts, Mountain Home Music Co. Staff Celebrate IBMA Nominations
July 9, 2021
Mountain Home Music Company is celebrating International Bluegrass Music Association Momentum and Industry award nominations for artist Jaelee Roberts and staff members Scott Barnett, Audrey Fletcher, and Jon Weisberger.
Jaelee Roberts, who signed with Mountain Home last year, is nominated for the Momentum Vocalist of the Year Award. Roberts, who has released three singles with Mountain Home (with more on the way) and recently started performing with reigning IBMA Entertainers of the Year Sister Sadie, is quickly turning heads with her standout voice.
“Wow! I am so thankful and incredibly humbled by the IBMA Momentum Award Vocalist of the Year nomination and I’m blessed to be included among the other awesome nominees,” says Roberts. “There are so many wonderful people to thank for their support and I have so much to be grateful for. I love bluegrass music!”
In the Industry award categories, Scott Barnett is nominated for Studio Engineer of the Year, Audrey Fletcher for Graphic Designer of the Year and Jon Weisberger for Songwriter of the Year.
Barnett is a GRAMMY-nominated engineer who is the Director of Operations for Crossroads Studios. In his more than twenty years in the field, Barnett has worked on 3 GRAMMY-nominated albums including Best Bluegrass Album nominees Thomm Jutz’s To Live In Two Worlds, Volume 1 and Mike Barnett’s Portraits in Fiddles as well as Mark Bishop’s Beautiful Day in the Best Roots Gospel Album category. He’s also engineered several IBMA award-winning recordings for Balsam Range, six albums that have reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts (from Balsam Range and The Chuck Wagon Gang among others) and several radio chart-topping songs.
Fletcher joined Mountain Home in 2018 as the label publicist and part of the marketing team. She has designed album and singles covers for several artists on the Mountain Home and Organic Records rosters, including Balsam Range, Lonesome River Band, The Grascals, Unspoken Tradition, Jeremy Garrett, Zoe & Cloyd and more as well as worked publicity for several chart-topping songs and albums, with a few debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard charts. Prior to coming to the label, Fletcher worked as a journalist and graphic designer in Southeast Texas and won the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors’ award for Star Designer of the Year in 2016 as well as other regional awards from the Press Club of Southeast Texas for design and writing.
Jon Weisberger is one of bluegrass music’s most prolific and widely recorded songwriters. In 2012, after a year in which more than two dozen of his songs were recorded, he was the first recipient of the IBMA’s Bluegrass Songwriter of the Year award. His songs have appeared on five GRAMMY-winning bluegrass albums, including 4 of the past 5 recipients, and on another 5 nominated projects, and he is the only songwriter whose work appeared on all three of Bluegrass Today’s Top 30 Airplay Songs of 2020 charts—Bluegrass, Gospel and Grassicana. To date, he’s credited with nearly 200 cuts, recorded by Chris Jones & the Night Drivers; Infamous Stringdusters; The Travelin’ McCourys; The O’Connor Band; The Del McCoury Band; Billy Strings; Balsam Range; Blue Highway; Sierra Hull; Jim Lauderdale; Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers; the Special Consensus and more, as well as one collaborative and two solo albums of original songs made under his own name.