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Singer Soak's debut album picks up €10,000 music prize

By Staff Reporter

Teenage singer Soak has scooped a €10,000 (£7,700) prize for her debut album, Before We Forgot How to Dream.

The 19-year-old, from Londonderry, accepted the 2016 Choice Music Prize for Irish Album of The Year from U2’s Adam Clayton on stage at Dublin’s Vicar Street last night.

Soak, whose real name is Bridie Monds-Watson, told RTE: “I don’t know where to start.

“I didn’t see this coming at all. Thank you so much. This is unbelievable.

“I wish I had something intelligent to say, but I’m genuinely overwhelmed.

“This proves that no matter what age you are, if you want to go out and do something, then you can.”

Ten Irish acts were in the running last night in Dublin for the prize, which is now in its 11th year.

The winning album was selected by a judging panel at a live event in the city.

Soak is also the holder of the Northern Ireland Music Prize 2015, which she received at a special ceremony in the Mandela Hall, Belfast .

Her debut album, Before We Forgot How To Dream, was also nominated for the 2015 Mercury Music Prize.

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