Clarissa Mae from Lewisham has been crowned Gigs Champion 2016, following a five month search across the UK for the busker of the year.
Gigs is the mayor of London’s annual search for the best young musician with 800 live performances taking place over the course of the summer, Music-News.com reports.
Clarissa was chosen by a judging panel of music industry experts after competing in a live final at Westfield Stratford City.
The Gigs competition, part of Busk in London, supports the Mayor’s major new #LondonIsOpen campaign, which aims to spread the message that, following the EU referendum, London remains united, full of creativity and open for business.
Clarissa Mae was initially selected as the Youth category winner and receives a Roland Cube Street amp. Cyreez from Hillingdon won in the Soloists and Duos category, picking up a much coveted year’s licence to busk on the London Underground, courtesy of Transport of London.
Nicola Hogg from Haringey is the overall winner of the Gigs Songwriting Prize, sponsored by PRS for Music. She also won the bespoke package of training and coaching at the Institute of Contemporary Music.
Sadiq Khan, London mayor, said: ‘Huge congratulations to Clarissa Mae and to everyone that took part in this year’s Gigs competition. This summer saw creativity and arts showcased on the streets of the capital thanks to these talented buskers. I am proud to support the next generation of young musicians and give them the chance to build their confidence and have their music heard.’
Clarissa Mae said: ‘I am absolutely thrilled to have won Gigs. The whole competition has been such a fun experience, and I’ve absolutely loved performing at Westfield today. I can’t wait to see what happens next in my singing career.’
The judging panel comprised Guy Fletcher, PRS chairman, Phyllis Belezos, artist manager at International Talent Booking and Jerry Williams, 20 year old emerging artist and regular busker, now signed with Sol Parker at Coda Agency.