A YOUNG Wigan rap artist has been nominated for one of urban music’s biggest and most prestigious awards.
Amy Burns, better known by her stage name A Me B, is one of 10 performers hoping to win the Best Female Artist category in the Official Mixtape Awards (OMA), held in London later this year.
The nomination, given for her latest mixtape Ups and Downs, sees the Golborne musician compete against some of the biggest names in urban music, including Manchester star Misha B and a host of top London talent.
The nomination is Amy’s second time being picked out by the OMA judges, having been nominated in the Best Newcomer category last year, but she says just making the shortlist for the only UK awards ceremony dedicated entirely to mixtapes is a big achievement.
She said: “I said to myself last year that my target was to get into the female category this time round.
“Lots of really big artists have been nominated or won awards at the OMA, so it’s good to get the recognition and it’s a great thing to add to my CV.
“Lots of the nominees have been going for ages, so it’s a great feeling to have my name alongside theirs on the list, and makes all the work worthwhile.
“It’s also nice for someone from Wigan to go to London and get nominated. The scene is definitely growing here and there’s a couple of other OMA nominees from Manchester this year, but urban music is still quite London-dominated.”
Ups and Downs sees Amy refine her sound from her debut mixtape Get Me Out This Box, with its seven tracks showcasing her unusual blend of classic rap and hip-hop mixed with elements of dance and even reggae.
She is determined not to rest on her laurels, and is already hard at work writing new songs and getting back in the studio.
Although Amy is unwilling to give too much away at this stage, she promises the currently half-written tracks will once again break new ground in her musical development and will probably be released as a single.
She said: “I’ve been to Underground Studios in Manchester and to Blackpool, working with different producers to try and put some tight songs together.
“I’m changing my style a bit, trying to find a sound which is stronger with my voice. I’m focusing on getting about four or five songs finished for a single release, and I want to do another video too.”
A Me B is nominated in the Best Female Artist category of the OMA. The winner will be decided by a public poll which is now open, with fans able to cast their votes for Amy via a link on the official website.
To vote, visit http://officialmixtapeawards.com/ For more information about Amy’s music, visit www.ameb.co.uk or search for A Me B on Facebook.