Coming off the release of their debut album, “Real”, unsigned band, The Controversy has seen nothing but success in such a short amount of time with several music award nominations, including categories for Best Pop Artist, Best Rock Artist, Album of the Year, and Artist of the Year.
By the end of the night, the two-person group took home the biggest accolade, the Artist of the Year trophy at the first annual Artists In Music Awards in Hollywood, CA on February 10, 2012.
In addition to the elusive title, Laura took home the trophy for LGBTQ Person of the Year, a category in which voters could vote for any person in entertainment. Hands down, Laura was the one left standing who won by a landslide with 178 nominations out of 228 total nominations. Among the nominees, people like Madonna, Ellen Degenerous, Christina Aguilera, George Takei, Lady Gaga, and JD Strait were some of the names mention, but only Laura Vall and Adam Lambert received multiple nominations. Lambert came in second with eight nominations, respectively.
The Controversy consists of just two members, Singer/Songwriter, Laura Vall and multi-talented Producer and Musician, Thomas Hjorth. The two met when Laura Vall moved to Venice, CA from Barcelona, Spain to pursue her music career. After meeting with her producer of interest in Los Angeles, Thomas began working on her background music. Eventually, Thomas Hjorth became a vital part of The Controversy.
Originally from the Nordic country of Denmark, Thomas discovered an instant chemistry with Laura’s music and both recognized each others talents, thus began their incredible project together. By July 2011, the album was all but complete with two music videos directed and produced by Thomas for the songs, “Real” and “ Little Star”.
The album itself is a definite piece of musical art, delivering not only incredible sounds, but the lyrics alone are so engaging and thought provoking, especially the songs, “Real,” which is a song about the inners fears that all people face within. Other songs like, “Little Star” stands out because it is a powerful song about losing a significant person in her life. Along with the songs like, “So Long” and “Speak to Me,” these four tracks are enough to keep you engaged enough to continue to listen to the entire eight-track album.
Learn more about Laura Vall and Thomas Hjorth of The Controversy in a special interview on The Great Unknowns Presents, which was aired live on KGUP 106.5FM in Los Angeles, CA.
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