Harlow singer songwriter wins prestigious award

Entertainment / Sun 19th Sep 2021 at 09:37am

ANNA Wells, a popular singer-songwriter from Harlow, was amongst East Anglia’s finest musicians recognised at a prestigious awards ceremony.

The NMG Awards, now in their eighth year, drew a crowd of over 300 to the Apex venue in Bury St Edmunds, in Suffolk.

A number of artists also took to the stage during the event ranging from one of the newest faces on the scene, 55-year-old electronic artist Helefonix, to ‘super group’ Tom Lumley and the NMG Isolation Artists which also included Anna and was specially formed for the night at the request of Tim Willett.

The prizes were awarded across an impressive and inclusive range of genres, from rap to rock and electronic to pop and everything in between, and were organised by Cambridge 105 Radio show presenter Tim Willett.

Tim has run his weekly New Music Generator radio show on Cambridge 105 since 2011 and started the awards in 2013. The radio show includes his Unsigned Chart top five and those who attract enough public votes to remain in the chart for twenty weeks also get a trophy for their achievement.

There is also an audience vote for Track of the Year and Harlow-based musician Anna Wells gained the most amount of votes, as well as having her track, Untouchable, inducted into the Hall of Fame. The trophies were handed out in addition to the fourteen individual artist awards presented on the night.

Anna was understandably very excited about her win. She said: “So this actually happened. Cambridge 105 Radio held the NMG awards and I met so many cool people but most surprisingly, Untouchable was voted Track of the Year.

“A gargantuan thank you to all those that voted, amongst a stellar short-list, Call to the Faithful, Brazen Bull, Mulholland Jive, The Routine, and my sincere thanks goes to Tim Willett for spinning the track for 20 weeks on the unsigned chart too,  and for inducting me into the Hall of Fame for 2020 and 2021.”

Sara Kathleen was one of the judges and is venue manager for The Hunter Club in Bury, who also sponsored one of the awards. Her words resonated with everyone present: “I genuinely, deeply believe that what you do is magic, it changes people’s lives, and it’s beautiful.”

Tim Willett said: “There was a fantastic atmosphere, with everybody in great spirits. The standard of artists involved was very high, the judge’s decisions in all categories were very difficult.

“It shows how healthy and strong the East Anglian music scene is, despite the challenges of the last 18 months. The live performances were spectacular. Next years’ event has been confirmed for September 9, 2022.”

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