Press Release ‘Waves’ – Global Award

Rebecca Hurn 


July 20th 2019

UK singer songwriter Rebecca Hurn Is Among The Year’s Most Exceptional Artists & Releases 
Honored in New York City at The Global 17th Annual Independent Music Awards


IMA Awards 22nd June NYC

Singer Songwriter Rebecca Hurn received top honors in the Folk/Singer-Songwriter Song category for her original song ‘Waves’ at The 17th annual Independent Music Awards (The IMAs), the influential program for independent artists and releases across the world. 

What makes this International award most noteworthy for Rebecca are factors outside the submitted work that are not considered (social media following, plays/spins/views, past accomplishments, charting history, gig history, etc.)

Emphasis may vary from category to category, but submissions are consequently based on elements such as vocal performance, musicianship, lyrics, structure, arrangement, production, originality, etc.

In todays digital age algorithms play no part, judges actually listen to the music, vocals and lyrics rather than look at the numbers.

(For the number crunchers Rebecca consequently received the award for her song ‘Waves’ from others in her category who had hundreds of thousands of followers with one fellow nominee on Spotify with just under 1.7 million monthly listeners.)


Rebecca is an independent 24-year-old singer songwriter from Porthcawl, South Wales performing mainly in the United Kingdom and recently four extended visits to New York, USA to write and perform her own original music.

Rebecca achieved other noteworthy critical acclaim with younger work, where her debut EP ‘Lions’ September 2015 reaching number 5 in the iTunes Singer/songwriter charts. Her previous singles ‘Homesick’ and Brooklyn have both reached the UK Singer-Songwriter Top 40. 

Awards for original song writing include best original song for ‘Lifeline’

This song also gained Best ‘Single/EP’ of the year  Cardiff Music Awards 2017.

Cardiff Music Awards 2018: Best solo artist.

EP Waves’ – released April 2018 –‘Waves’ was selected as song of the week for the BBC Wales ‘A-List’ and stayed there for several weeks, as well as gaining radio play across the entire nation. Waves’ EP debuted in the Top 20 singer-songwriter album charts and also reached the Top 50 as a single release too. 

‘Waves’ single was one of six nominations from 1000’s of submissions from across the globe which was up for consideration at the Independent Music Awards singer/songwriter category New York 22ndJune 2019. 

Global submissions

Rebecca was honoured at the annual awards ceremony held in New York City on Saturday, June 22nd alongside projects by Beyond Creation, Broken Rail, Ella Vos, Erik Scott, Juliana Hatfield, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Mamita Peyote, Masta Ace and Marco Polo, Miss Tara, Ne Obliviscaris, Nina Attal, Pedro Luìs, Prateek Kuhad and Rogério Caetano, among many others.

The winning submissions were selected by judging panels comprised of top recording talent including: Tom Waits, Lee Ann Womack, Robert Smith, Nicole Atkins, Todd Rundgren, Martha Wash and Jim Brickman, among many others; and certainly influential press, managers and talent buyers from the Americas, Europe and the Pacific Rim.

Ten nominated bands performed at the award show: Ale JiménezAlicia Michilli, Bombay Rickey, Between Giants, Claudia Acuña, Low Lily, Mark Erelli, Nsimbi, Shadow of Whales and Shon Weathers performed between award presentations in 104 music, video and visual design categories.  Bombay Rickey, Between Giants, Low Lily, Mark Erelli, Nsimbi and Shadow of Whales were also among this year’s Winners.

A limited edition red vinyl record inscribed with artists and project names, were presented by current judges and past recipients who included: åMBe, Roman Miroshenko, Fiona Bloom, Fiona Joy, Jackknife Stiletto, Jan Bell, Jana Fisher, Jim Brickman Jeff Oster, Lucy Kalantari and Martha Wash.

The award show was the climax of The IMAs Indie Konference, a two-day convention of independent creatives and influencers from around the globe.

As Rebecca herself posted on the day of release for Waves:-

I wrote a song. I don’t know how far this post can reach, but I hope that it reaches enough people to make them realise that you are worth more than what you’re made to believe.’ 

Then in May 2019 a tweet to Rebecca from Dawn Butler Member of Parliament & Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equality:-

‘I couldn’t wait to get home to listen to it so googled it on the train….it is beautiful. Telling your story of domestic abuse in song is so powerful and moving’.


Now in its 18th year, the Independent Music Awards produced by Music Resource Group elevate the year’s most exceptional music projects. This includes self-released and indie label talent from around the world – in all styles and mediums. Known for championing artists who follow their muse, the prestigious award honors artists and artistry, rather than streaming stats or social reach, in more than 100 Album, EP, Song, Music Video, Producer and Visual Design categories.

Program winners and nominees are an eclectic mix of extraordinary artists and includes: Amy Lee, Killer Mike, Valerie June, J.D. McPherson, Meghan Trainor, Nik West, Passenger, Macy Gray, …And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead, RuPaul, John McEuen, Sofia Rei, Jamie Lidell, Flying Lotus, and fun.among many, many more.

Winning projects are selected by panels of iconic Artists which have included Keith Richards, Tom Waits, Aimee Mann, M’shell Ndegeocello, Norah Jones, Chris Thile, Peter Gabriel, Suzanne Vega, Snoop Dogg, Melissa Etheridge, Buddy Guy, Ozzy Osborne, among many others; and programmers, talent buyers, music supervisors and other influencers worldwide.

Rebecca Hurn 2019 Singer Songwriter category ‘Waves’