Brian McFadden, Natasha Hamilton, Alexander O’Neal, Fleur East & Donovan amongst the winners at the star-studded event.
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On Wednesday 12 September at Boisdale of Canary Wharf the pianist, bandleader, singer, composer and television presenter Jools Holland took to the stage alongside actress, television presenter, style guru and model Ferne McCann to host the third annual Boisdale Music Awards, a celebration of some of the greatest entertainers in the world of jazz, blues, soul, reggae, country and pop. Each Boisdale Music Award winner performed after receiving their accolade.
The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to soul veteran Alexander O’Neal for his worldwide chart-topping success. Best Male Singer went to Brian McFadden who sold more than 20 million records as a member of Westlife and this autumn will be touring his new show Soul Jam (including three nights at Boisdale). Best Female Singer was ex–Atomic Kitten and multi-million selling artist Natasha Hamilton. Fleur East the X Factor finalist took Best Soul Singer and Best Reggae Singer was Luciano “The Messenger” who has so far recorded an astonishing 40 albums during his long illustrious career as one of the most important reggae artists of all time.
The Legendary Songwriter Award went to Bill Martin, the only Scottish songwriter to write four UK Number 1’s for four different acts and one of the few British songwriters to have had Number 1’s in every country in the world. Artists who have recorded his songs include Cliff Richard, Elvis Presley, George Harrison and the Bay City Rollers. His catalogue of great songs includes Congratulations, Puppet on a String and My Boy.
In a nod to the venue’s strong Scottish heritage, Boisdale presented the Great Scot Music Award to Donovan who throughout the 1960s and into the 70s composed a catalogue of hit songs which are still much loved today, including his US No1 smash hit Sunshine Superman and Yellow Mellow.
Best Instrumentalist Yolanda Brown racked up another award to add to her two MOBOs for “Best Jazz” and Best Country Singer was taken by BMG artist Twinnie who is about to release her first single in October and her debut album early next year. Best Band was The Jive Aces, soon to be celebrating their 30th year as the U.K.’s No 1 Jive and Swing band.
Boisdale is unique amongst live music venues in that alongside its world class entertainment it also is renowned for the most magnificent food and drink.
On arrival guests were served Hennessy VSOP Cognac & Double Dutch Ginger Ale and Boisdale 1er Cru Champagne followed by a three-course dinner inspired by two of the world’s greatest music destinations – New Orleans and Havana: New Orleans style Crab Cheesecake with Creole Meunière Sauce and Cuban Single-Estate Dark Chocolate Torte served with Hennessy XO Cognac. The main courses were either Roast Free Range North Yorkshire Chicken & Foraged Wild Mushrooms, Château Chalon Sauce or Fresh Linguine with Scottish Chanterelles & Kentish Ceps, White Wine, Aged Parmesan & Tarragon.
NOMINATIONS & WINNERS 2018
- Best Jazz Singer: CHARLIE PYNE, Iain Mackenzie, Georgina Jackson
- Best Blues Singer: T.J. JOHNSON Vimala Rowe, J.P. Newton
- Best Soul Singer: FLEUR EAST, Jahmene Douglas, Wayne Hernandez
- Best Male Singer: BRIAN MCFADDEN, Jeremy Sassoon, Tom Seals
- Best Female Singer: NATASHA HAMILTON, Orli Nyles, Jaelee Small, Melanie C
- Best Reggae Singer: LUCIANO, Horace Andy, Ciyo Brown
- Best Country Singer: TWINNIE, Elles Bailey, Jake Morell
- Best Instrumentalist: YOLANDA BROWN, Simon Bates, Mike Piggott
- Best Newcomer: EMILY CAPELL, Morgane Lola, Katie McHardy
- Legendary Songwriter: BILL MARTIN
- Best Band: JIVE ACES, Mississippi Swamp Dogs, Cuban Allstars
- Great Scot Music Award: DONOVAN
- Lifetime Achievement Award ALEXANDER O’NEAL
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