Thursday, November 3, 2011

Beloved Charlotte blues singer still collecting awards

Nearly a year after succumbing to cancer Charlotte-based blues singer Robin Rogers continues to collect awards. Last Thursday, October 27, her husband and musical partner Tony Rogers accepted the 2011 Blues Blast Music Award for Female Blues Artist of the Year on Rogers' behalf at the annual ceremony at Buddy Guy's Legends in Chicago. Tony Rogers also performed two of his wife's songs, "The Plan" and "Don't Walk Away" (a nominee for Song of the Year), with Sharrie Williams and Bob Corritore. Winners were determined by the magazine's readers. Rogers also received the award in 2009.

This follows her Contemporary Blues Female Arts of the Year title, which she received in May at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis.

Rogers received numerous accolades for 2010's "Back in the Fire," which was released shortly after she was diagnosed with cancer. The album debuted at #3 on Billboard's blues album chart. Sadly Rogers died at age 55 in December 2010.

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