Final Judge announced for Liverpool Music Awards
Jennifer John, artistic director of Sense of Sound, is the final judge to be announced for the Liverpool Music Awards.
"I am delighted to be invited to be a judge at the first ever Liverpool Music Awards. When I arrived in Liverpool in the early 80's and set Sense of Sound up with my colleagues, the creative landscape was very different from the way it is now. There is no denying that Liverpool's musical heritage is extremely rich and highly respected globally but I have always been aware of the need for more diversity regarding cultural representation” says Jennifer John.
The ten strong panel includes; broadcaster Janice Long, BBC Radio Merseyside DJ Billy Butler and son Lee Butler from Radio City, founder of LIPA, Mark Featherstone-Witty, programme director for the MA in music industry studies at the University of Liverpool Dr Mike Jones, Simon Glinn, executive director of Liverpool Philharmonic Hall & Events, Liverpool Echo music writer Jade Wright, BBC Radio Merseyside's Dave Monks, Craig G Pennington, editor and publisher of music magazine Bido Lito!
“All ten judges make up a diverse panel of music industry experts, each with their own unique perspectives. Jennifer is a great addition to the panel, and I'm delighted that she has agreed to take part" says awards organiser Ellie Phillips.
Jennifer John was born to sing, create music and perform. Her career as singer, songwriter, vocal arranger, conductor, vocal coach, actress and performer has been illustrious and definitely unpredictable. From her early beginnings in East London as lead violinist with Newham Academy Junior orchestra right through to her current role as artistic director of Sense of Sound and manager of Sense of Sound Singers, one of the leading contemporary a cappella choirs in the UK.
“The internet is enabling artists to get their music heard by the masses without the same need for music industry intervention and as such we have seen massive changes in what we now have access to hearing and investing it. Crowd funding, music pledging and social networking in general have given us more choices as to what we can search for and listen to which in turn has meant that a plethora of new music has filtered through to us like never before. I find this incredibly refreshing and the Liverpool Music Awards is a way of celebrating these musical offerings and achievements in a positive and impactful way” says Jennifier.
As a singer herself Jennifer John has collaborated with the cream of International pop music including Brian Eno, Damon Albarn, Damien Dempsey, Yael Naim, Thea Gilmore, Chrissie Hynde, OMD, Paloma Faith, Massive Attack, Richard Hawley and many more. She is also lead singer with the band, Killerfernandez.
“It takes courage to live a creative life as there are never any guarantees so I am continually respectful of all artists and organisations, aspiring and established who follow their creative passions fearlessly without apology. I strongly believe these awards will give a platform to those who have captured the hearts, minds and commitment of their supporters and I wish Liverpool Music Awards the best of luck in its endeavors" adds Jennifer.
As a vocal coach she has lectured at LIPA, is currently on the advisory panel for BBC's Choir of the Year, has been the in-house voice coach for Deltasonic Records (The Coral, The Zutons and Little Flames) and for Integral Management (Atomic Kitten’s Natasha Hamilton and Liz McClarnon).
Most recently, Jennifer John was responsible for the recruitment and vocal coaching of Youth Music Voices, the National Youth Choir created to be part of the Cultural Olympiad creative programme in 2012. Performances included Trafalgar Square, The Houses of Parliament, WOMAD festival, and the Royal Opera House.
"I first met Jennifer John when I was sixteen - she was my vocal coach for a short time before I went away to University. I was always in awe of her vocal talent and knowledge. Now as an adult, I am also inspired by her dedication and creativity in business. As well as this, Jennifer John can often be found at live music nights in the city enjoying the musical talents of others - including acoustic nights at Parr Street Studio 2, and recently the Dada Festival at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. Music is not only her work, more importantly it is her passion.. This, as well as her enormous musical CV, makes her ideal for the Liverpool Music Awards judging panel" says organiser Ellie Phillips.
The Fifteen Award Categories include; Live Music Venue of the Year, Live Music Night of the Year, Artist Manager/Management Team of the year, Producer/Production Team of the Year, Recording Studio of the Year, Record Label of the Year, Single of the Year, Album of the Year, Female Artist of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, Band of the Year, DJ of the Year, One To Watch, Local Music Champion and Outstanding Contribution to Music.