A huge congratulations to singer-songwriter Maisie Murray who won Breakthrough Award at the Youth Music Awards last month – and we can now announce will be supporting Jake Bugg at Manchester Academy on Wed 20 Nov.
18 year old Maisie received her award in recognition of her inspiring personal progress, using her expression through music to help her with mental health struggles.
She was revealed as the winner at a special awards ceremony at Battersea Arts Centre on 16 Oct, which she attended with dad Mike and Brighter Sound’s Lucy Wallace.
Lucy, who has worked closely with Maisie over the last few years, said:
“Maisie began coming to our Sing City group as a shy and anxious young person who hadn’t been able to play any music for three years. Through gentle encouragement and appropriate guidance within a supportive environment, she’s blossomed into a willing collaborator, a gifted lyricist and an all-round creative and inspiring musician with growing confidence and increased self-assurance.”
Since then, Maisie has gone on to take part in two Brighter Sound residencies with older musicians, work towards a Gold Arts Award, produce a sold-out live performance themed around climate change, and successfully audition for an unconditional place to study popular music at Salford University. She is now volunteering at Sing City to support and encourage younger musicians.
Of her experience with Brighter Sound, Maisie said:
“I’m just really really grateful for Brighter Sound and the Sing City group because I honestly don’t think I would’ve got here without them. The weekly routine of attending Sing City has helped me a lot because it’s provided a consistent feeling of purpose and a sense of direction for the past year or so, which I’ve been particularly in need of. However it’s mostly the people that I’ve met there that have really helped me develop as a musician and human – that’s including both staff and attendees. The whole Brighter Sound charity have acted as family to me more than anything and I’m so grateful to have not only had them to help me grow as a person but to have witnessed the other members of the group grow and develop too.”
She went on to thank her friends and family:
“I’m also extremely lucky to have had the support of a wonderful group of friends and family members – I’d actually like to take this opportunity to shout out my siblings for being great advisers, supporters and my very best friends for all my life. They’re both ridiculously talented musicians and wonderful people. Also my Nana for always inspiring myself and everyone around her throughout her life-long dedication to fighting for justice wherever she can! She’s intelligent, generous and cool as hell – and she’s a real bad ass. It was so warming seeing that many young musicians come together to celebrate their own, and others’ achievements and I’m so glad I was chosen to be a part of it. Feeling nothin’ but love!”
As a special prize, Youth Music has arranged for Maisie to open for musician Jake Bugg at Manchester Academy on Wed 20 Nov. Some of our Sing City musicians will be going along to show their support. Keep an eye on our social media as we follow her exciting journey on the night!
If you’d like to help us provide opportunities to more young musicians like Maisie, please click here to find out how you can support our work as a charity.
Good luck Maisie – and congratulations once again! Give her music a listen below…