One of the best things about this job is being able to see hard work and talent get the rewards that it deserves. That’s why it gives me great pleasure to say that off the back of the release of her superb debut album Quite Frankly and hot on the heels of her headline performance at the O2 Academy in Birmingham a couple of weeks ago Nina Baker has won Best Unsigned Song 2014. She was also runner up in the ‘Best Female’ category. It’s been one hell of a year for Baker and she certainly looks set for a big future. Here are the full details below.
Singer-Songwriter Nina Baker has beaten thousands of other musicians to see her debut song ‘Single Bed’ crowned Best Unsigned Song 2014. Nina was nominated in the category alongside nine other UK based musicians but won convincingly with over 30% of the total vote.
Nina, the classical-trained pianist said “What a way to end the year! I have played huge festivals for the first time, my debut album ‘Quite Frankly’ has received great reviews worldwide and now to receive this prestigious award – It just caps an amazing 2014 and will give me a massive springboard into 2015”
She added “When you write these songs in a bedroom, you do not think that they will have such wide-reaching appeal. I write what feels right to me, compositions that draw on my classical training and lyrics that express lessons that I have learned in life. If this music engages with people and invokes emotion, a laugh, a tear, a smile, then that is the greatest praise that you can offer me”
Last year’s Best Song was won by Molly Smitten-Downes, who went on to represent the UK at this year’s Eurovision Song Content.
Molly said: “The awards are great recognition for up and coming songwriters who maybe struggling to get noticed in one of the most competitive industries in the world. At the time, it was the pat on the back to keep going at a time when I needed it”
The awards, hosted by Best of British Unsigned, saw over 11,000 people vote for their favourite acts across four categories.
Best of British Unsigned founder Matt Graveling said: “I believe the overwhelming number of votes cast this year just shows just how bored people are with being spoon fed the same old mass produced music. Nina is a great example of an artist, still untouched by the curse of reality TV, who is making, fresh, honest music in the way that she wants to”.