“Can’t Stand This Anymore” nominated for best song
13 year-old Niamh from Skipton has beaten thousands of other acts to be named in the UK’s Top Ten Unsigned Songs of 2016.
Niamh has been nominated in the Best Song category at the 2016 Unsigned Music Awards (UMAs).
Launched in 2012, the awards have seen more than 35,000 music fans cast their vote, including celebrities such as rock star Frank Turner and footballer Gareth Bale.
“Can’t Stand This Anymore” was written by Niamh and produced by Jamie Vee of Zene Records, Keighley.
George Ponsford, one of the event sponsors, said: “Unsigned music in the UK is stronger than ever before, and these awards are not only great for recognising some of this country’s most promising artists, but also giving them the platform to share their music with the masses online.”
Other award categories include Best Female, Best Male and Best Song, the latter previously won by Molly Smitten-Downes, who went on to represent the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest.
Nominees are also put forward for ‘The Critic’s Choice Award’, and Niamh will hope her sound impresses a panel of three industry experts.
Niamh needs your votes
This year’s judges are folk rock star Frank Turner, Huey Morgan (BBC 6 Music radio presenter and Fun Lovin’ Criminals front man) and staff at The Unsigned Guide (an online music contacts directory).
Frank Turner said: “I feel very strongly about doing what I can to support new talent coming through; partly because other people helped me out when I was starting my career, and partly because it’s always great to hear new music, there’s so much out there.”
Huey Morgan added: “If those of us who have jumped into the deep end don’t report back to the next generation what we have experienced, we would be remiss in our endeavor.”
The awards are hosted by Best of British Unsigned and each winner will be crowned using an online public vote.
We urge everyone to cast their vote for Niamh!
The vote for Best Unsigned song 2016 takes place at www.bobunsigned.com between Monday 24th October and Sunday 30th October.
Help us spread the word in support of Niamh!
You can learn more about Niamh in the article she wrote for us here.