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Ceres singer Castillo Davis nominated for MAMA award
• Voting takes place until Oct. 14
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Patty Castillo Davis, a regular at the Ceres Concerts in the Park series, has been nominated for the MAMA awards. - photo by Contributed

Patty Castillo Davis of Ceres was nominated for a Modesto Area Music Award (MAMA) by the Modesto Area Music Association.

“I’m the only Ceres artist to be nominated this year and I’m proud to represent,” said Davis. “I’m going to work hard to bring home this award and proudly display it in the Ceres Chamber office.”

The winners will be selected through the MAMA website at The Patty Castillo Davis Band has been nominated in the “Best Americana” category along with the Austin James Band, The Blue Line, BluesBox Bayou Band, Gunpowder and Lace, Snap Jackson & the Knock On Wood Players, Poorhouse Millionaires, Randy Mandy Band, The Risky Biscuits and Tiffany Rose & The Outlaw Hearts. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 14.

The winner will be announced live on stage at the historic State Theater in Modesto on Oct. 16. The award show will feature exclusive live performances of the nominees and results of the MAMA Awards will be announced and broadcast live on beginning at 6 p.m.

Awards will also be given in pop rock, alt-Indie, blues/jazz, blue collar, Latin, comedy, punk, rock, metal, youth band, unplugged, reggae, promoters, large event, small event, DJ, hip hop, bar, venue, and café restaurant.

The nomination process, explained on the MAMA website, depends on  venue owners, local promoters, event planners, radio DJs, and previous winners cross index with active social media efforts, websites and regular gig schedule as well as the availability of online music.

In 2016 Castillo Davis won the MAMA award in the «singer-songwriter” category.

She notes that her pursuit of music – which began as a student in school choirs – is rooted to her hunger for expression fostered by her parents. She started as a studio singer on demos and jingles such as the locally played radio commercial for Mistlin Honda and Turlock Auto Plaza. She evolved into a band member and leader.

“I came from a family that immersed me with eclectic types of music, from mariachi to the blues, Ella Fitzgerald and Merle Haggard and nobody ever told me to get a real job. Everyone said that my music was my bliss and to follow that and my Dad said, ‘You can sing Johnny Cash songs; you don’t have to be a boy.’»

Davis has opened for Dwight Yoakum and Grand Old Opry performers. She provided some music for the soundtrack for a regional film, “Aid & Comfort,” which about Afghanistan War veterans and veterans who suffer from PTSD.

Davis works as a music liturgist at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Modesto and was invites to sing for His Holiness Pope John Paul II at the Vatican in 2007.

Her passion is to promote local talent in local venues and she has served on both the Ceres Concerts in the Park Committee and the Smoke on the River BBQ event committee.