“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”

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“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.”

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