The Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award has tonight unveiled the latest winner of the coveted award – Kathryn Joseph’s album ‘Bones You Have Thrown Me And Blood I’ve Spilled’.
Presented by co-hosts Janice Forsyth and Vic Galloway, an audience of industry insiders, avid music fans and some of Scotland’s best and brightest creative talent watched as Kathryn emerged as the winner from a fiercely competitive shortlist.
Produced by The Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA), and now in its fourth year, The SAY Award has grown to become the most prestigious music prize in Scotland. This year’s shortlist served to highlight the very best in Scottish music, spanning a range of genres and audiences. Each shortlisted album wins the artist behind it a £1,000 prize and a one of a kind quilt from Glasgow School of Art graduate Vanessa Hindshaw.
The winner of this year’s public vote was Paolo Nutini’s ‘Caustic Love, which won an automatic place on the shortlist after a 72 hour public vote. The remaining nine slots were awarded by The SAY Award’s panel of independent judges.
Stewart Henderson, chair of the SMIA, said: “It’s been a flagship year for The SAY Award, our biggest yet, so I’m absolutely delighted for Kathryn. ‘Bones You Have Thrown Me And Blood I’ve Spilled’ is a beautiful, very special album. I’m just incredibly proud of all the music our artists have released over the last 15 months – and for The SAY Award to recognise a talent like Kathryn, well, we must be doing something right. It’s shaping up well for The SAY’s fifth anniversary next year.”
Leonie Bell, director of arts & engagement at Creative Scotland, said: “Huge congratulations to Kathryn Joseph as this year’s winner! The SAY Award has firmly established itself as a significant celebration of contemporary music from Scotland that illustrates the talent and energy that exists within Scotland’s music industry and that emanates internationally. From the longlist, to the shortlist and now the winner, the award is a fantastic way to celebrate, recognise and promote the achievements of Scotland’s talented musicians and producers - of which there are many.”
Peter Leathem, CEO of PPL, said: “The SAY Award is a fantastic way of supporting and raising the profile of Scotland’s world class music scene and it is a real pleasure to be associated with such an increasingly important event. Huge congratulations go to all the performers involved.”
Previous winners of The SAY Award include Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat (2012), RM Hubbert (2013) and Young Fathers (2014) – who were also longlisted again this year for their album DEAD.