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The Madison Letter Nominated for mtvU Woodie Award

The Madison Letter Nominated for mtvU Woodie Award

MTV's 24-hour college network, mtvU, today revealed the categories and nominees for the "2013 mtvU Woodie Awards." Greenville College's The Madison Letter is up for the "Chevrolet Sonic College Artist Woodie."

Each year the "Woodies" pay homage to the artists who are breaking through, and this year the show is partnering with Chevrolet Sonic to also spotlight the best emerging musicians on campus. Chosen by a panel of industry insiders including Matt Pinfield, Kiah Victoria from the New York University Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, The Madison Letter from Greenville College, The Lonely Biscuits from Belmont University and Little Sur from New York University and The New School are all battling to take home the first-ever "Chevrolet Sonic College Artist Woodie." Each will be profiled on-air on mtvU, MTV and on, and one band or artist will have the chance to hit the road, traveling to Austin, Texas, to kick-off a day of incredible performances as they play the opening set at the "Woodies Festival," before receiving their very own chunk of wood in this new category.

You can support The Madison Letter by voting at today through midnight on March 1, 2013.

"It will be a huge opportunity for the winning band to travel to SXSW and perform at the Woodies," said Matt Pinfield. "I think there are real stars in this group of nominees and I'm blown away by the talent on college campuses these days."

The Madison Letter

The Madison Letter formed in February 2010 while attending Greenville College in Greenville, Ill. The four members of the band include Clayton Jones from St. Louis, Mo., Phil Ortiz from Sugar Grove, Ill., Tyler Ross from Meadville, Pa., and Mitch Schrock from Burr Oak, Mich.

In October 2012, they were asked to open for the Irish pop/rock band The Script at Peabody Opera House in St. Louis, Mo., where they performed for a large crowd and received an overwhelming response. The band delivers a fresh, mainstream sound with strong vocal, melodic, lyrical, and rhythmic elements. They value the live show experience and have traveled from coast to coast meeting new people and building lasting fans.

The Madison Letter carries a deeper meaning to its members than most band names; theirs symbolizes a personal philosophy. Referring to a letter written by President James Madison in which he declared that a nation without God at its core could not survive, The Madison Letter believes the same is true in their own lives, in their music, and most importantly, in the success of the band.

The Woodies Festival and Award Show

To harness the power of live music, MTV and mtvU are touching down in Austin, Texas, during the South by Southwest Music Festival on Thursday, March 14, 2013. The day will begin at 2:00 p.m. CT with a host of live performances by up-and-coming artists during the open-air "Woodie Awards Festival." Open to all SXSW badge holders and music fans over the age of 18, the performances will lead up to the "2013 mtvU Woodie Awards," which will take-over the Festival beginning at 8:00 p.m. CT on March 14, 2013. Music fans without SXSW badges will need a "Woodies" ticket for entry. Tickets are free and available in the Austin Convention Center (additional details to be announced soon). On Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT, mtvU will bring the best moments from the show to MTV and mtvU in the half-hour "2013 mtvU Woodie Awards Special." The hosted special will showcase some of the best "Woodie Awards" performances and celebrate the artists who are walking away with Awards this year. Additionally, the biggest celebrities, comedians and artists will join the special to give a nod to their favorite artists. For more information and the full list of nominees, visit

The ninth annual "mtvU Woodie Awards" promise to be an unforgettable night of music and performances. The "mtvU Woodie Awards" originate from the indie tradition of giving a wooden record to those artists who generate a passionate response to their music. The show was established in 2004 and has since propelled numerous recognized acts to the next level of their careers - including surging record sales, headlining tours and mainstream acclaim.

This story was published on February 12, 2013

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