Press Release 032111


The Crossing

The Crossing


Encinitas, CA (March 21, 2011)– Spotted Peccary Music is proud to announce that “The Crossing,” the latest release from ambient electronic recording artists David Helpling and Jon Jenkins, has won three ZMR Music Awards: “Best Electronic Album,” “Best Ambient Album,” and “Best Cover Art.” Winners were announced by Zone Music Reporter (ZMR) on Sunday, March 13, 2011.

ZMR Music Awards are given every March in order to recognize the previous year’s best releases in fifteen different categories as diverse as Contemporary Instrumental, Neo-Classical, Electronic, and Native American, to name just a few. Only albums that charted in the Top 50 airplay rankings between Dec 2009 and Nov 2010 were eligible to be nominated for this year’s awards. Eligible recordings were nominated and then voted on by a large community of Radio Broadcasters and Show Hosts from around the world.

David Helpling and Jon Jenkins have both been releasing their music individually since the mid 1990’s before teaming up in 2007 to release their first collaboration, “Treasure.”  Over the past fifteen years albums by each artist have been finalists for Indi, NAV, and ZMR awards, found in’s editors Top 10 lists, and designated as Billboard Magazine’s Critic’s Choice, but this is the first time either artist has won an award for their music (Their previous collaboration, “Treasure” won the 2007 ZMR award for Best Cover Art).

Spotted Peccary Music Label President Howard Givens commented, “It’s really great to see these guys getting some acknowledgement after so many years and so many watershed releases between them. Their work has certainly been very popular for quite some time.”

Since its release in September 2010, The Crossing has spent four months in the Top 10 radio airplay charts, never dropping out of the Top 20.  The album showcases Helpling & Jenkins’ fearless pursuit of the lush and monumental sound that dominates their artistic vision. Often ignoring current trends in ambient and electronic music, the artists combine accessible melodic pop/rock sensibilities with the production techniques and sound quality of electronic music, all supported and connected throughout by deep ambient spaces and sonic textures.

“Our music has always been difficult to classify, even more so in recent years,” David Helpling noted.  “For The Crossing to be noticed as both Electronic and Ambient music in the same moment makes that even more clear, and ultimately people are really starting to embrace this big sound regardless of trend or genre.”

The Crossing also garnered the “Best Cover Art” award for it’s stunning artwork created especially for the project by Michal Karcz.  “Michal is a brilliant visual artist who finds his inspiration in the music, and the results are always striking and iconic.” explained Jon Jenkins. “He is truly a rising star in the world of visual art for music, and working with him was an amazing experience. It’s quite satisfying to see his artwork win this award.”

For over 20 years, the Spotted Peccary Music label has been successfully carving its niche in the world of electronic and ambient instrumental music. Spotted Peccary artists and releases have consistently landed on the charts, and have earned numerous industry nods as finalists and winners of AFIM, NAV, ZMR Awards, editors best of year lists, NPR Nationally syndicated Echoes top releases of the past 20 years, and Billboard Magazine’s Critic’s Choice. In addition to the awards and accolades, Spotted Peccary artists can regularly be found in the Top 10 of genre radio airplay worldwide.