“The awards really haven’t distracted me or anything, they don’t give me any ego problems or anything. The pressure doesn’t scare me. I know it’s going to be a really long and tough journey”
“Of course, in today’s marketplace, where so many great albums get totally overlooked, it really helps to get the focus on you even before your album is out. The way I see it, the awards will give Lights a fighting chance against all the bigger releases by more established acts that will be released this week,” she says.
“The awards really haven’t distracted me or anything, they don’t give me any ego problems or anything. The pressure doesn’t scare me; of course, I have hopes and fears the same as anyone else. I know it’s going to be a really long and tough journey.”
Understanding that a way has now been paved for her, but realising she’s got further to fall because of how she’s been singled out as the “chosen one”, she knows the real work starts this week. “Wow, I’m nervous – this is the real test,” she says. “Now it’s nothing to do with those awards, it’s about seeing if people connect with the music.
“I know I’m lucky with what I’ve got already, but I really believe that I was only in the running for those awards because of initial word of mouth. That word of mouth led on to people writing and blogging about me. But you have to make that connection – and critics and bloggers or whoever can’t do that for you. You can’t force things. You just have to wait and see.”