It was announced this morning that Jacob Collier will be honoured with the PRS for Music Gold Award at this year’s Jazz FM Awards; the prodigious genre-blurring singer and multi-instrumentalist and 2-time Grammy-winner has assembled an incredibly impressive CV in a staggeringly short amount of time, already collaborating with a rollcall of music icons including Herbie Hancock, Hans Zimmer and his mentor Quincy Jones. The award recognises his ongoing contribution to jazz composition and performance, which includes a year long project in 2019 to explore his musical influences across 4 albums.
Andy Harrower, Director of Licensing, PRS for Music, said: “From his earliest performances as an emerging young talent, to his sterling appearances at BBC Proms, Jacob Collier’s rise to become one of the biggest names in British jazz has been meteoric – not to mention the fact that Quincy Jones is such a fan he took him under his wing! It is a genuine delight to be presenting Jacob with the PRS for Music Gold Award at the Jazz FM Awards this year. All of us at PRS for Music would like to extend our warmest congratulations.”
Helen Mayhew – Jazz FM Presenter and Awards Judge said: “Jacob’s talents are extraordinary, he possesses a unique ear for harmony as heard not only in his multi layered YouTube songs, but also in his IharmU Internet project. He’s a virtuosic multi-instrumentalist with an eclectic range of influences, who approaches each musical creation with a jazz sensibility. He’s a very worthy recipient of this prestigious award!.”
The ceremony is taking place on April 30th with confirmed performances now from Jacob Collier, Eric Bibb, Cherise Adams-Burnett, Beverley Knight and London’s Steam Down Orchestra.