Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 19 April 2015

MTV reveals rising stars shortlist

Singer Ebony Day has made the MTV shortlist
Singer Ebony Day has made the MTV shortlist

Ten artists, including an unsigned singer-songwriter, have been hailed as the most exciting new stars of the music scene.

Ebony Day, 19, from Guildford, Surrey, has amassed more than 19 million views on YouTube and a huge following on social media.

The unsigned singer is one of 10 artists, shortlisted from 500, by MTV UK and Ireland in its Brand New For 2013 competition.

The shortlist features one unsigned artist every year. The overall winner will be announced in February, following a public vote.

The other shortlisted artists are rapper Angel Haze, electronic duo Disclosure, singer-songwriter Gabrielle Aplin, Haim - the Los Angeles-based band comprised of three sisters - and British rapper K Koke, who is signed to Jay Z's Roc Nation label.

Dublin band Kodaline, Londoners Little Nikki and Rascals and Chichester-born Tom Odell are also on the list.

Ebony also won MTV's best new unsigned act for 2013.

MTV Brand New has previously tipped the likes of Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber for success before their debut releases.

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