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Newbury singer songwriter in running for BBC music award

Former St Gabriel's pupil shortlisted

Jane Meredith

Jane Meredith


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Newbury singer Frances shortlisted for BRIT Award

Newbury singer-songwriter Frances may have been pipped to the post last week for a BRIT Award, but now she has been shortlisted for the BBC Music Sound of 2016.

The former St Gabriel’s School pupil, aged 22, was shortlisted in the Critics’ Choice category of the BRIT Awards, but lost out on Friday to Jack Garrett.

But this week, Frances – full name Sophie Frances Cooke – was shortlisted for the BBC Music Sound of 2016, with Jack Garrett again listed for the award, previously won by the likes of Sam Smith and Jesse J.

Currently in LA touring with James Bay, Frances tweeted about her latest nomination.

“I’m so happy to be included in the BBC Music Sound of 2016! So excited for next year. Thank you!” said Frances, who studied music at the Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts.

Compiled by a panel of 144 DJs, critics and writers, the BBC Music Sound of 2016 ‘longlist’ highlights 15 rising acts for the coming year.

Previous winners include Adele and Sam Smith.

The 15-act longlist will be whittled down to five in January, with the winner announced on the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show on January 8.

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