Nicholas Gunn nominated for AFIM Indie Award
By Molly Fleming, Staff Writer
Nicholas Gunn will be celebrating his nomination for the AFIM Indie award for his 2002 release of Through the Great Smoky MountainsA Musical Journey on the Ides of March. He has made headlines in the past years for creating Gemini Sun Records with local Joel Geist, and has hit the new age charts with various albums.
Gunn has opened a doorway to the local community by bringing his worldwide experience in the music industry to our locale. A proficient flautist and arranger, he performed at the Web, On The Waterfront and Kryptonite, as well as charitable events at schools and fund-raisersnot to mention the countless international performances to his credit. Seven of Gunns albums have hit Top 10 on Billboard magazines Top New Age Album charts and he has been affiliated with various prestigious instrumentalist-oriented labels. He is a classically trained concert flautist, but is better known for his improvisational work in the new age genre. As well as being a nationally recognized musician, he is also a humanitarian and environmental promoter. He has donated more than $130,000 of proceeds from his albums to the Grand Canyon Associations preservation and arts program.
The Association For Independent Music (AFIM) Indies awards began in 1984 in San Francisco for recognition among member labels and distributors. Since then, the association has honored many of the best and brightest stars in the independent scene, including records by Burning Spear, Naughty By Nature, Leon Redbone, Queen Latifah, Frank Zappa and many more.
The nomination is a great honor for Gunn as a musician and for Gemini Sun Records as a new independent record label.