Tayá is named the third recipient of The GIT Award One to Watch ahead of the Constellations showcase on Saturday May 14 2016.
With just days to go until the winner of Liverpool’s GIT Award 2016 is announced at Constellations on Saturday May 1 4, organisers can reveal the winner of the One to Watch prize is 17-year-old R&B up-and-comer Tayá.
Tayá wins this year’s One To Watch prize, which is awarded to one emerging artist and selected by the Merseyside judging panel, having released a number of recordings and gained airplay on BBC 1Xtra.
Signed to Atlantic Records, Tayá, has been quietly kicking up a storm on the Merseyside music scene having played Liverpool Sound City, FestEvol and a range of high profile support slots before developing her sound and switching her time between Liverpool, London and the United States.
Getintothis’ Peter Guy – founder of the GIT Award – says of her; “I first saw Tayá as a teenager in the upstairs loft of the Barfly several years ago, she was raw, completely fresh and slightly unaware of her own ability. But it was immediately obvious there was an innate talent at work.
“What’s unfolded in the interim years is a young woman who’s blossoming into an artist with not just the necessary skill to succeed but the artistry to find her own particular unique voice. Tayá is truly special, a One To Watch, and more.”
Yaw Owusu, head of Liverpool International Music Festival and GIT Award judge, said: “Tayá is one of the most exciting talents coming from the city right now.
“Developing somewhat under the radar for some time, it’s clear she has the total package and we, as a panel, are certain she will make an impact from the off!
“Make sure you keep your eyes and ears on this young lady!”
She will celebrate her One To Watch win with a live performance at the GIT Award 2016 ceremony on Saturday May 14.
The GIT Award champions the best new Merseyside music providing a snapshot of the year while recognising significant artistic achievement across a range of musical styles. The 2016 nominees are Deltasonic-signed psychedelic collective The Vryll Society , Polydor Records’ fuzzy-poppers Clean Cut Kid, doo-wop trio Trudy & The Romance, electronic machinehead TVAM, Heavenly Recordings’ slacker rock & rollers Hooton Tennis Club, mutant-rock outfit RongoRongo, fast-rising soul pop band MiC LOWRY, death metal behemoths Dragged Into Sunlight, critics’ pop diamonds Stealing Sheep, Domino Records’ visionary Bill Ryder-Jones, cosmic Rock Action Records’ droners Mugstar and bedroom electropop L U M E N.
The event will be hosted by BBC Radio Merseyside punk legend Roger Hill, whilst Liverpool-based architectural company ArchiPhonic once again involved in setting the scene and creating the visual spectacle for the evening.
Organisers have also revealed an enticing build up and after-show to The GIT Award 2016 with Heavenly Recordings‘ founder Jeff Barrett and fellow label head Danny Mitchell to DJ at new Baltic Triangle-based nue The Black Lodge, and expect a few surprises throughout the night!
- The GIT Award 2016 takes place at Constellations on Saturday, May 14. Tickets are available here.