Makayla Lynn nabs Fan Choice Video ECMA

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Enfield hip-hop artist Classified big winner overall with four ECMA’s

CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI: Up against some of the Atlantic Provinces best musicians in the Fans Choice Video of the Year, Belnan’s Makayla Lynn could be excused for her reaction when her name was called as the winner.

At the East Coast Music Awards, held May 2-5 in Charlottetown, P.E.I., the now Nashville-based singer was sitting down when her name was called as the recipient of the ECMA Fans Choice Video of the Year for “Joyride.” The video is directed by Scott Simpson.

Makayla Lynn won over music heavyweights from the likes of fellow East Hants musician Classified; Cape Breton’s Jimmy Rankin; Neon Dreams; and Musquodoboit Valley’s Hillsburn among others.

In her acceptance speech, the Hants East Rural High alum appeared to be shocked as she thanked all those who supported her, especially her mom Jennifer.

Meanwhile, Classified came away as the big winner at the awards show as he brings home four pieces of hardware to Enfield, including Video of the Year for “Powerless.” It was directed by Andrew Hines.

He also won Album of the Year; Solo Recording of the Year; and Rap/Hip-Hop Recording of the Year for “Tomorrow Could Be The Day Things Change.”

ECMA CEO Andy MacLean said it was an amazing time celebrating the best on the East Coast music scene.

“This event cannot succeed without the tireless work and contributions from our staff, board, volunteers, local committee, delegates, sponsors, partners, venues and hotels,” said MacLean in a release. “We thank you for everything you’ve done this week.

“The city of Charlottetown has been an incredibly warm and accommodating host, and we can’t wait to return.”

Waverley crooner Myles Goodwyn and Friends of the Blues earned Blues Recording of the Year.

Event of the Year went to the Halifax Jazz Festival.

The 2020 ECMA’s will be held April 29 to May 3 in St. John’s, NL.