Diverse acts among latest batch of Forest City London Music Awards winners

Megan Schroder

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The latest batch of winners at the Forest City London Music Awards includes a tribute artist who sings in the style of legendary country crooner Patsy Cline.

And where Sunday’s winners were dominated by female artists, Thursday night’s award recipients are a more diverse group.

Megan Schroder took the win in the tribute-artist category for her performances as Cline, the powerful vocalist known for such songs as Crazy and Walking After Midnight who died in a Tennessee plane crash in 1963.

Schroder beat out The McCartney Years and Full Petty Fever to nab the prize.

Schroder, a graduate of John Paul II secondary school, grew up singing to Cline. Her parents once inspired her with a special gift: “My parents noticed and got me a Patsy Cline karaoke tape for Christmas and I would sing along with that,” she once told The Free Press.

Schroder is also a member of the rock band Loveless, with whom she has sung covers of tunes by such artists as Pat Benatar.

The awards break out separate categories for tribute acts and cover bands. Def Bombs won Thursday evening in the latter category.

And although there has not been much live music in the Forest City since the coronavirus took off in March, the London Music Hall took the trophy in the live-venue category.

Ryan Labreche was named contributor of the year.

The awards are being handed out on Facebook due to COVID-19 restrictions on large gatherings.

The ceremonies continue with more award winners being announced Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7 p.m. on the group’s Facebook page.

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