J Smirk nominated for an award at the 2017 Unsigned Music Awards

Newcastle’s J Smirk has beaten thousands of acts from around the UK, being one of the ten nominated in the Best Unsigned Male category at this years’ Unsigned Music Awards.

The UMAs launched in 2012 with the goal of giving independent and ‘unsigned’ UK talent the spotlight. Since its launch the UMAs has seen over 50,000 music fans cast their votes over the years; including celebrities like Frank Turner and Gareth Bale.

Despite only being active for a year, J Smirk has undeniably made an impact in this short time. J has managed to get his tracks played on Radio 1 Xtra, as well as sharing a stage at the O2 Academy with Kay Greyson and Kema Kay supporting DJ Yella.

J Smirk, Kay Greyson and Kema Kay

J Smirk said:It’s an honour to be nominated. One of the hardest things about being independent is gaining that recognition we all need to help push on, so it’s incredible to see artists getting the credit they deserve.”

Due to his nomination, J Smirk will also be put forward for the ‘Critics Choice Award’, where his music will be judged by a panel of three industry experts.

This years’ judges are: Max Helyer, guitarist for rock band You Me at Six, Dave Gilyeat, radio presenter for BBC Introducing, and Louise Dodgson, Editor of online music directory ‘The Unsigned Guide’.

The vote is conducted online and the polls will run from 16/10/17 until 22/10/17. So, if you want to support J Smirk and help him put the North East on the map, get voting by clicking the link below.