The Guide Awards: Best Solo Artist

Richard Digance

A close encounter puts Richard’s career back on the musical path

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This year the bubbly teenage singer/songwriter managed to go one better and took the title.

150078-26 MY The Guide Awards'Best Solo Act, Jerry Williams

150078-26 MY The Guide Awards'Best Solo Act, Jerry Williams

The former winner of The News’ Instant Star competition said: ‘I was just happy to be nominated, I really wasn’t expecting to win.

‘Some of the others are my friends, and I know they’re very talented, so to win is amazing.’

The 19-year-old released her debut EP last year, A Hairdresser Called Sid’s, and played tonnes of gigs – as well as an impressive five sets at Victorious Festival over the weekend. She also did some writing with platinum-selling artist Newton Faulkner.

‘I’ve had such a great year, being really busy and doing what you love is the best thing ever.

‘I’ve got quite a few writing sessions lined up and hopefully I’ll be asked back to Victorious, as that was definitely a highlight of my year, and play some other festivals as well.

‘I hope to release another EP, and hopefully that will be a bit more produced, because the first one was just very acoustic, and do some more local radio too.’