July 19, 2016
22 years old Alice Jemima, from Newton Abbot, took a huge step forward in her career recently by being chosen by BBC1 to appear on their Introducing stage at the Radio One Big Weekend on Sunday 29th May at Powderham Castle, Devon.
The BBC say: “Almost disconcertingly intimate, Alice Jemima’s husky vocals whisper in the ear, seeming to delight in delicate caresses over excess. Backed by mellow beats, gorgeous harmonies and a great understanding of the power of space, Alice is a mistress of beautiful simplicity. Recently picked up by Rob Da Bank’s Sunday Best label, we can’t wait to hear her latest track ‘Liquorice’ live at Big Weekend- it’s her best track yet.”
Alice won The Helen Foundation Award whilst a student at Coombeshead College in 2009, and a little later wrote very movingly how much winning the THF Award meant in terms of recognition of her music-making.
“During my last year at Coombeshead College I was delighted and honoured to win the Helen Foundation Best Endeavor Award. I had never won anything like this before and it meant a lot to me. For the first time I felt that someone had recognized the work that I put in to my music. Since winning the award,Annie and Roger Kirk have kept in touch and been very supportive in what I am up to. I am grateful to the The Helen Foundation who continue to encourage and assist my development as a creative artist. ”
Roger Kirk, Chairman of The Helen Foundation, writes:
“We have followed Alice’s career with great interest ever since she won the THF Award. In 2012, Alice successfully applied for a THF bursary to help her buy two high-quality microphones she needed to make recordings she could send to record companies and producers. Alice has shown great determination in pursuing her career. THF Trustees are absolutely delighted that she has the hard-earned opportunity of performing at this major BBC event. We wish her every success in the future.”