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Declan McKenna wins BBC Introducing prize

Declan McKenna wins BBC Introducing prize
From BBC - December 6, 2017

With songs about police brutality and transgender conversion therapy, Declan McKenna has emerged as one of the UK's most interesting new songwriters.

Now the 18-year-old, who started writing songs at school, has been named BBC Introducing's artist of the year.

The award recognises musicians who got their start through BBC Introducing, which allows unsigned acts to get played on the radio.

McKenna said he was "delighted and honoured" to be recognised.

McKenna got a big break in 2014 when he used the Introducing website to submit his early songs to the BBC.

"I uploaded a bunch of demos when I was 14 or 15 because there were all these amazing bands coming out of BBC Introducing at the time," he said.

"I remember being played on Three Counties, which was my local station. They had me in the studio, which was cool, because I'd never done anything like that before."

Among those early songs was a track called Brazil, which addressed allegations of corruption at Fifa ahead of the 2014 World Cup.

It caught the attention of Columbia Records, who later signed the singer backstage at Glastonbury.

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