Latvian bands' “Once Upon” song “A Letter to My Agony " has been nominated for the 15th annual Independent Music Award in the category "Best Metal / Hardcore single of 2016", and is recognized as one of the most prominent independent music recordings of 2016.
After a fierce competition this song is amongst the five which are eligible for the prize. The winners will be announced at the award ceremony that will take place on November 12th, in New York, USA.
This is the 15th year "IMA" giving away awards, emphasizing innovative musicians who records their music themselves, as well as independent record label artists.
The winning projects will be selected by blue-ribbon panels of top recording artists and influential press and talent buyers from the Americas, Europe and Pacific Rim that include Amy Lee („Evanescence”), „Slayer” , „Shinedown” , „Sepultura” , Warren Haynes („The Allman Brothers Band ”, „Les Claypool”, „Coheed and Cambria”) , industriju – Benji Rogers („PledgeMusic”) , Fred Beteille („Music Business Association”) , Anthony DeCurtis („Rolling Stone”).
Alternative / modern metal band “Once Upon” formed in autumn of 2012 consists of Artūrs Ročāns (vocals), Edgars Meijers (guitars), Artūrs Krasts (drums), Jānis Brolišs (guitars) un Edgars Poika (bass).
In April 2014, "Once Upon" participated in "Metal 2 The Masses" and after the jury and fans decision they were chosen to represent Latvia in UK’s largest independent heavy metal festival "BLOODSTOCK 2014".