Best of British Unsigned Music Awards: Best Song


We have profiled the Best of British Unsigned Music Awards Best Song nominees to help you decide who to vote for. Each bio is accompanied by the nominated song YouTube video so you can listen and choose your favourite.

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Winners of Best Unsigned Band at the 2016 BOB Unsigned Music Awards, The Boston Shakers are an infusion of heavy beats mixed with fuzzy guitars, shaken with raps and garnished with a dash of white noise. Originally from France and the US, electronic rock band The Boston Shakers are now based in Liverpool. Their songs combine the different ingredients and sounds that have influenced members of the band, from the authenticity of Blues and the rawness of British Rock to the samples, drums and production techniques of Hip-Hop and Dance music.

After spending years writing only for himself, singer-songwriter Ed Whicher has started a new journey as a solo-artist, accompanied by a band of music-loving friends. Taking influence from artists like Jack Johnson, James Bay and Jason Mraz, his music is reflective but positive, bringing a summer vibe to tales of heartache, friendship and even global affairs. Ed’s music is full of rhythmic acoustic patterns with catchy, complimentary guitar melodies.

Icey Stanley and Mr Macee come together to create ‘Real G’. The link up came along through mutual interests in music and lifestyle. Icey hit Mac up with the Real G hook and the rest was history. The song is featured on Link Up TV and has been getting some crazy feedback from across the globe. The catchy melodic hook by Icey and the gritty verse by Mac work hand in hand on this club banger.

IMAN’s latest single ‘Wishing’ – mixed by Brett Shaw (Lady Gaga, Clean Bandit) – is an infectious dance-floor smasher. The track races with driving kick drums and tropical-pop styled synth hooks yet maintains her recognisable soulfulness imprinted all over her previous releases. Having written and recorded with the likes of Ed Sheeran, toured with Rudimental and been in writing sessions with Mike Dean (Kanye West), it didn’t take long for IMAN to learn her way and make a name for herself as a singer, songwriter and performer.

Jerry Williams is an unsigned, self-funded and self-releasing 21-year-old Indie pop singer-songwriter from Portsmouth who draws her inspiration from her life growing up and the lives of others around her. ‘I’m Not In Love With You’ is taken from her award winning EP ‘Let’s Just Forget It’. Jerry’s music has been played on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio Solent and BBC Introducing Nationally.

Jordan Rabjohn is a young, unsigned signer-songwriter from Sheffield. His music has received regular airplay on BBC Introducing and last year won the Vodafone Big Top 40 ‘Future Breakers’ competition and was invited to Capital FM to record a live session which was then played on air. He writes and records all of his own material from his bedroom.

Formerly a member who Britain’s Got Talent finalists The Mend, Kris Evans is an Urban music act from Middleton, Manchester. As a solo artist Kris writes, produces and performs his own tracks, one of which has already been named Record of The Week on DJ Charlie Sloth’s BBC 1Xtra radio show. Kris’s music is an eclectic blend of urban, hip-hop and R&B story telling.

Rylands Heath combine their keen ear for melody and knack for huge harmonies with a wide range of musical influences to create snappy, genre-bending tunes. Despite their young age, childhood friends James and Jack have collectively  worked with or played with the likes of Izzy Bizu, Declan McKenna and The Amazons as well as being featured on BBC introducing.

Vulnerable, honest, ethereal: This is the music of Speak, Brother. Boasting a powerful sound and full arrangements, the quartet layer lush vocal harmonies over their restic instrumentation. With heartfelt lyrical storytelling, driving melodies and passionate performance, Speak, Brother are a band to watch. Speak, Brother’s sound is a blend of Indie and folk.

The Curious Incident makes Pop/Rock with a Caribbean twist that tastes like the spice of Hot Sauce and the nice of Lemonade and makes land-lovers want to surf. The band has officially been playlisted on Spotify and Deezer, played on BBC Radio 2 and 3FM, had all 5 of the tracks submitted to BBC Introducing featured and have also had spot plays on XFM, Absolute Radio, Wizard Radio and Amazing Radio. They’ve had premieres and features in TimeOut, Baeble (“arena-ready, world music, pop-rock with legitimate lyrical depth’) and Musician’s Union (‘Sun-kissed, hook-laden melodies’).

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Written by Iveta Pilipaviciute

Social Media and Marketing Executive at Vocalzone. In her spare time, she's a lover of dance and cheerleading. At home, she loves a little Netflix in her downtime.