Singer Chey nom­i­nated for Un­signed Mu­sic Award

Cynon Valley - - YOUR NEWS - TOM HOUGHTON tom.houghton@waleson­

A CYNON Val­ley singer has beaten thou­sands of other acts to be named in the UK’s top 10 un­signed fe­male artists.

Chey, who is from Aber­dare, has been nom­i­nated in the cat­e­gory at the 2017 Un­signed Mu­sic Awards.

It comes after she burst onto the mu­sic scene seven months ago, and since then has re­ceived crit­i­cal ac­claim from the likes of the Huff­in­g­ton Post, AXS and Hype Ma­chine, rack­ing up a quar­ter of a mil­lion streams on Spo­tify and be­ing played on some of the big­gest ra­dio sta­tions in the USA.

Much of Chey’s early ca­reer was spent per­form­ing hun­dreds of char­ity gigs for the Welsh min­ers dur­ing the 1984 strike, which lasted a year.

Chey said she helped raise thou­sands of pounds to buy food for starv­ing fam­i­lies in ar­eas that suf­fered from de­pri­va­tion and com­mu­nity

Speak­ing about the nom­i­na­tion, she said: “It is a great hon­our to be nom­i­nated for such a pres­ti­gious award, it’s ex­tremely im­por­tant that Bri­tish artists are recog­nised for their con­tri­bu­tion to the mu­sic in­dus­try.”

The awards are or­gan­ised by Best of Bri­tish Un­signed, and founder Matt Grav­el­ing said: “The UK pro­duces the best mu­si­cians in the world and we get to play them be­fore any­one else. break­down.

“The UMAs are the much needed recog­ni­tion for these acts and we hope will help mo­ti­vate them to achieve more and more.”

Nom­i­nees are also put for­ward for the Critic’s Choice Award, and Chey hopes her sound im­presses a panel of three in­dus­try ex­perts.

One judge, Max He­lyer, who is also guitarist for rock band You Me At Six, said: “For me it’s im­por­tant to sup­port up­com­ing artists and help to give them more ex­po­sure. I’m look­ing for­ward to lis­ten­ing to the wide va­ri­ety of styles of mu­sic sub­mit­ted, some of which will hope­fully be­come part of my per­sonal ev­ery­day mu­sic cat­a­logue.”

You can vote for Chey at www.vo­cal­ vote un­til Oc­to­ber 15.

Chey has been nom­i­nated for an Un­signed Mu­sic Award

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