British multi-instrumentalist and composer Jacob Collier has been announced as the winner of the PRS For Music Gold Award as part of the Jazz FM Awards 2019.
He’ll be presented with the award at the event, which takes place on 30th April at Shoreditch Town Hall.
Helen Mayhew – Jazz FM Presenter and Awards Judge said: “Jacob’s talents are extraordinary, he possesses a unique ear for harmony as heard not only in his multi layered YouTube songs, but also in his IharmU Internet project.
“He’s a virtuosic multi-instrumentalist with an eclectic range of influences, who approaches each musical creation with a jazz sensibility. He’s a very worthy recipient of this prestigious award!”
The Jazz FM Awards 2019 take place on International Jazz Day and will celebrate the best emerging new artists, contemporary icons and established stars from across the worlds of jazz, soul and blues, and host exclusive performances throughout the ceremony.
Beverley Knight will be performing and will be joined by blues legend Eric Bibb in duet with rising jazz vocalist Cherise Adams-Burnett and tour de force South London collective Steam Down who are dual nominees in the categories of The Innovation Award and Live Experience of the Year Award.
Bibb and Adams-Burnett have been nominated for Blues Act of the Year and Vocalist of the Year respectively.
Andy Harrower, Director of Licensing, PRS for Music, said: “From his earliest performances as an emerging young talent, to his sterling appearances at BBC Proms, Jacob Collier’s rise to become one of the biggest names in British jazz has been meteoric – not to mention the fact that Quincy Jones is such a fan he took him under his wing! It is a genuine delight to be presenting Jacob with the PRS for Music Gold Award at the Jazz FM Awards this year. All of us at PRS for Music would like to extend our warmest congratulations.”
— PRS for Music (@PRSforMusic) April 18, 2019