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Caleb Kunle wins NME new act competition

By | Published on Wednesday 13 September 2017

Caleb Kunle

The NME has announced Caleb Kunle as the winner of its new emerging artist competition, launched earlier this year in partnership with the Thatchers cider brand.

Kunle won the Thatchers Haze x NME Emerging Artists Project with his song ‘Another Life’, beating 650 rivals to take the prize. As well as the warm feeling of recognition, he was also given £10,000 worth of studio time to record a four track EP, which he’s already done and now released. Thatchers Haze and NME are hosting two launch shows for the release in London and Birmingham – the latter of which will be broadcast live on the NME Facebook page tonight from 7pm.

“Caleb’s winning track, ‘Another Life’, totally floored us”, says NME writer Thomas Smith. “His vision and talents shone through on the song, and it became apparent very quickly that he had all the makings of a future star. His debut EP ‘Eden’ feels like a big step up, and we’re as excited for it to be out in the world as Caleb is”.

Kunle himself adds: “I just threw that song into the universe to see what would happen. Two or three weeks later I got the call and I was speechless. I’m not a big conspiracy-head, but I definitely thought there was a huge prank going on. I’ve been trying to write an EP for three years and I’d been doing that all on my own, so it’s been hard. ‘Another Life’, the song that I won with, was written and recorded in a shed at the bottom of my mum’s garden”.

Listen to the winning song, ‘Another Life’, here;