Catford’s MNEK long-listed for BBC Sound of 2014

MNEK Pic: Facebook

MNEK Pic: Facebook

An upcoming singer-songwriter and producer from Lewisham has been named on the longlist for the BBC Sound Of 2014 competition.

Uzoechi Osisioma Emenike, 19, known professionally as MNEK, joins 14 other acts in the running for the prestigious award.

In reaction to the news, Emenike tweeted: “BBC SOUND OF 2014! Very VERY humbled to be on the list!”

He later said: “Plus the fact I have no music from an EP, or anything out really. I mean…I don’t think I’ll win. But thank you anyway!”

To date, the musician is yet to release any solo material, but has gained fame through song writing and production.

He supplied guest vocals and received production credits on Hackney quartet Rudimental’s UK number-one album ‘Home’, released in April 2013. He was also involved with the production of number-one singles by Little Mix and Duke Damont.

It is these collaborations that have led to the Lewisham star being described by the BBC as “one of the best connected men in the UK music industry” .

In an interview earlier this year, when asked about his ambitions for the future, Emenike responded: “To be a fricking icon, with everyone knowing who I am, and singing my songs and pronouncing my name right.”

Also included on the list is a graduate of Croydon’s BRIT School graduate Ella Eyre, best known for being featured on the Rudimental track ‘Waiting All Night’.

Eyre, reacted to the news by tweeting: “Whaaaaaat?! I’ve just been announced on the list of BBC’s #Soundof2014…. That is crazy!”

Past winners of the Sound of… include Adele, Jessie J and Ellie Goulding.

Both stars will find out if they are successful when the BBC Sound Of winner is announced on January 10 2014.

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