Castro Coleman, a.k.a. Mr. Sipp the “Mississippi Blues Child” has played on over 50 national gospel recordings and this year he took home the title of International Blues Challenge Winner, just a mere 14 months after taking up the blues. The IBC is held annually in Memphis and hosts over 230 bands competing for this honor. In addition to his IBC 2014 win, Castro also won the Gibson Best Guitar Award this year, as well as landed an endorsement from Epiphone. Additionally, he received the National Artist of the Year nomination by the Jackson Music Awards and was the first recipient of the Bobby Rush Award bestowed by the Jus Blues Music Awards.