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Island singer songwriter Lauran Hibberd has been nominated in the Best Unsigned Female category of the 2016 Unsigned Music Awards (UMAs).

Launched in 2012 the awards have seen more than 35,000 music fans cast their vote including celebrities such as rock star Frank Turner and International footballer Gareth Bale.

Lauran has had a fantastic start to her music career with her debut single ‘The House I Built When I Was Small’ receiving airplay on Tom Robinson’s BBC Radio 6 Music show, ‘Amazing Radio’ and more recently on Radio X as well as ‘Best of British Unsigned’. The single was chosen by Newton Faulkner to feature on the June playlist for ‘Richer Unsigned’. Lauran has been busy with live shows too, performing at several great festivals this year including Isle of Wight Festival, Y-Not Festival, Smoked & Uncut as well as playing the main stage at Bestival in September.

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Lauren said:

“I’ve had such and amazing year, I am lucky enough to love what I do, and I am so pleased to be recognised for it with this nomination.  There is new music coming soon which is really exciting and I can’t wait to share it”.

This year’s awards are sponsored by Vocalzone who produce the only medically licenced throat pastille for relieving irritation or soreness caused by over use of the voice.

George Ponsford, Sales & Marketing Director said:

“Unsigned music in the UK is stronger than ever before, and these awards are not only great for recognising some of this country’s most promising artists, but also giving them the platform to share their music with the masses online.”.

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The awards are hosted by Best of British Unsigned (BoB Unsigned) and will crown each winner using an online public vote. BoB Unsigned is the UK’s number one website for ‘Unsigned Music’ and supplies a weekly radio show to 70FM stations in 15 countries.

The vote for Best Unsigned Female Band 2016 takes place at between Monday 10th-Sunday 16th October.

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