Jo Harman's rise has been described in many quarters as meteoric, although, as is so often the case, in reality, she has been quietly biding her time, developing her craft, refining her songwriting, paying her dues and, most importantly winning important admirers on the live circuit and beyond.
Speaking about the award Jo says:
"I'm not entirely sure music should be a competition in quite this way which is why I never particularly mentioned the nomination or campaigned for votes.
"This does not mean I'm not grateful for the award - I am, of course - thank you to the people involved in the awards, the people who nominated me, the people who voted for me, my band members and the people who have also gone out of their way to send kind messages of congratulations'. I thank everyone concerned.'
Widely regarded as Europe's foremost female blues/soul-rooted artist, the multi-award nominated (and now award winning) Jo Harman
issued her debut album last year to considerable critical acclaim
and commercial success.
She was initially spotted singing at an open mic by Brighton's BiGiAM
management, who took her on very much as an artist in development.
Jo's compelling live shows
quickly attracted the attention of influential European agency Bepop
The singer found herself in increasing demand with 40 odd festivals in the book for 2013 alone.
Jo was very recently invited to appear, alongside the likes of Bob Geldoff and Sinead O'Connor as one of only 12 artists appearing at Parkpop, Europe's biggest free festival, in front of around 300,000 people (and a much bigger TV audience besides).
Jo's debut album Dirt On My Tongue was released as a low key, no PR budget, independent release in March of last year.
Jo Harman is set to play a local show in amongst her international touring when she plays The Southern Pavilion, Worthing on Thurs 18th September. For tickets CLICK HERE.