Adam Godin, a graduate of Avon View High School, is up for an ECMA for his debut EP Both Sides Of The Coin. (Submitted photo)
It didn’t take long for up and coming hip-hop artist Adam Godin to garner an East Coast Music Award nomination.
Godin’s debut EP, Both Sides Of The Coin, is nominated for World Recording of the Year along with albums by Asif Illyas, Ryan LeBlanc and Stahmenah Vybz.
The most popular track off the 18-year-old Falmouth native’s album, Stay Another Day, is a song his wrote in honour of his former junior high schoolmate, Rehtaeh Parsons.
Rehtaeh, a 17-year-old from Cole Harbour, was taken off life support on April 7, 2013, after attempting to take her own life a few days earlier. Rehtaeh’s mother, Leah Parsons, believes her daughter’s suicide attempt was the result of a sexual assault that occurred when Rehtaeh was 15.
Parsons told the media her daughter was subjected to relentless bullying after a photo of the assault, involving four boys, was circulated at Rehtaeh’s school and spread throughout social media.
News of the harassment Rehtaeh endured, and the ultimate tragic outcome, hit home for Godin.
“When I heard about what happened it shocked me and music is how I express myself so when I heard something like that had happened I just picked up a pen and started writing.”
Better known as A-God in the music scene, Godin started writing and recording music in mid-2013 after a spur-of-the-moment encounter with singer/producer Laurinton Garreth Warren, owner of the indie label Stahmenah Records.
“The day that we met, I went in and did a recording of a song that I already had written and he saw the potential in me and it’s just been me and him ever since,” Godin recalls.
Godin, a recent Avon View High School grad who honed his skills freestyling in front of his friends, says Warren’s hard work in the Halifax-based studio played a huge role in the ECMA nom.
Warren took Godin to the ECMA celebrations last year as a guest.
“A lot of people I look up to and I listen to on a regular basis were there and then this year to be nominated is still pretty shocking.”
Godin will be flying home from Alberta, where he works as a security guard, to attend the ECMA events in P.E.I. in April.
“I’m looking forward to seeing how that all plays out.”
A-God’s music is available at: http://www.reverbnation.com/agodin.