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Hometown Heroes

Presented by Delaware Public Media and powered by Gable Music Ventures, the 13th annual Hometown Heroes The Homey Awards were held on Sunday, August 7th, 2022. With hosts Mark Rogers and Hot Breakfast, a total of 28 awarads were presented in categories such as Album of the Year and Best New Artist. Live performances included Sug Daniels and Nic Snow.

In addition to music awards, George and Paula Wolkind of the Delaware Rock & Roll Society were honored with The Homey Award, given annually to a non-musician for work to support the regional musical industry. The Wolkinds announced during the event that Hometown Heroes host Mark C. Rogers will be inducted into the Delaware Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

The event was also sponsored by Out & About Magazine and Aztec Printing.


Album of the Year: Camille Peruto – “Perfect Vision”
Artist of the Year: The Collingwood
Best Alternative Song: The Collingwood - “Jouissance”
Best Band: Grace Vonderkuhn
Best Bassist: Melissa Forsythe – Less Than Five
Best Collaboration: John Faye & Reece Ratliff – “Orbit”
Best Country/Americana Song: Jovon Newman – “Certified”
Best Drummer/Percussionist: Zil Fessler – Pawnshop Roses
Best Female Solo Artist: Erin Fox
Best Folk Song: Sug Daniels – “Heavy”
Best Guitarist: Patrick Daniels – Hollow Pledge
Best Hard Rock/Metal Song: Heavy Temple – “A Desert Through the Trees”
Best Jazz Song: Erin Fox – “Fuzzy Logic”
Best Lead Singer: Melissa Menago – June Divided
Best Male Solo Artist: John Faye
Best Music Video: The Collingwood – “Jouissance”
Best New Artist: Liz Miller
Best Other Instrumentalist: Sug Daniels
Best Pianist/Keyboardist: Avi Wisnia
Best Pop Song : Camille Peruto – “Pretty on the Outside”
Best Producer: Ritchie Rubini
Best R&B Song: Boy Wonder – “Masks”
Best Rap/Hip-Hop Song: Supreem Da Rezarekta' – “Rise and Grind”
Best Rock Song : Grace Vonderkuhn – “Rock & Roll Gary”
Best Songwriter: BoyWonder
EP of the Year: Sug Daniels – “Franklin Street”
Song of the Year: John Faye - “Orbit”
Homey Award: George & Paula Wolkind of Delaware Rock & Roll Society

Visit the Hometown Heroes Website

Hometown Heroes is the top showcase for music written and performed by Delaware Valley musicians for more than 21 years and gives local artists and audiences a place to connect. From the WMHS studios at Thomas McKean High School, host Mark Rogers interviews artists, plays their music, shares their stories, promotes their events, invites comments from fans, and presents the annual Homey Awards.

Hometown Heroes is made possible, in part, by support from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

Hometown Heroes Episode List
  • Tune in to Mark Rogers’ interview with Backtrack Vocals, a 5-person multi-genre a cappella group based in NYC. With roots of 2 members from Delaware, Backtrack Vocals is the special headliner for this year’s Do More 24 Delaware giving day event on March 4.