USW alumni named winner of the Welsh Music Prize 2019 – Watch Holly’s story

Adwaith win Welsh Music Prize 2019

University of South Wales student, Hollie Singer, has been announced as the winner of the Welsh Music Prize 2019, with her band Adwaith.

Adwaith were announced as the winners with their album, Melyn, during the award ceremony at The Coal Exchange on the 27th of November.

A panel of industry experts deliberated over the shortlist of twelve albums.

Lucy Squire, Academic Subject Manager for Music and Sound at USW, said:

“We are thrilled for second-year BA Popular & Commercial Music student Hollie Singer, and her band Adwaith, winning the Welsh Music Prize 2019 with their album Melyn. The prize is a worthy testament to this talented, exciting young band who have worked hard to make things happen.

“A huge amount of thanks is also due to the USW BA Popular music tutors, BBC Horizons Project, Producer Steffan Pringle, Libertino Records and Welsh Music Prize for their support. What a result!"

The win comes fresh off the back of Adwaith playing M in Montreal this week.

In their acceptance speech, they said: “This is so insane! Thank you to everyone that bought the album, and everyone that has helped us and supported us.”

Last year the prize was won by USW Alumni Boy Azooga – this is the second year in a row that there is a win for USW.

Adwaith now joins a list of winners that includes Boy Azooga (2018), The Gentle Good (2017), Meilyr Jones (2016), Gwenno (2015), Joanna Gruesome (2014), Georgia Ruth (2013), Future of the Left (2012), Gruff Rhys (2011).

The judges for this year’s prize were Dexter Batson (Spotify), Matt Jarrett (Diverse Music), Sian Eleri (BBC Radio Cymru/Folded Wing), Kaptin (Boomtown), Daniel Minty (Minty’s Gig Guide), Carolyn Hitt (Journalist), Lucy Wood (Latitude Festival) and Chris Roberts (Son Am Sin).

The ninth Welsh Music Prize is sponsored by Welsh Government Creative Industries, PPL, PRS for Music with support from Cowshed, British Council Wales, and Musicians’ Union.

>> Watch an interview with Hollie Singer and hear more about her story