Tom Grennan has won the BBC Music Introducing Artist of the Year Award 2018.
The singer-songwriter from Bedford launched his career with BBC Introducing in 2012, when he uploaded his former band’s music to the talent scheme’s website. He added his first music as a solo artist in 2016, and received support from his local show in Beds, Herts and Bucks.
Grennan went on to play multiple BBC Music Introducing stages and sessions. His debut album, Lighting Matches (Insanity), peaked at No.5 in May and has sales to date of 41,062, according to the Official Charts Company. He's appearing on the Top Of The Pops New Year's special on December 29.
Grennan said: "It’s an incredible honour for me to pick up such a prestigious award as the BBC Music Introducing Artist of the Year. I have seen other people I admire greatly pick up this trophy over the years, so for me to now receive it is pretty mind-blowing and a real landmark moment in my life.
“I want to sincerely thank my family, management team, and record label for giving me the strength to challenge myself and become the best I can be, and to BBC Music Introducing for their incredible support and for giving my work the recognition they have. And most importantly of all, I want to thank my fans, because without them I am nothing.”
James Stirling, head of BBC Music & BBC Music Introducing, said: “BBC Music Introducing has supported Tom Grennan for over five years now, via BBC Local Radio and our National Radio stations and television shows. It’s such a pleasure to see his music making a significant impact and to be able to add his name to our list of talented former winners.”
Previous winners of the BBC Music Introducing Artist Of The Year Award include Declan McKenna, Izzy Bizu, Jack Garratt and Catfish And The Bottlemen. Last year it featured as part of the BBC Music Awards show on BBC Two.