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Rising star award with Apple Music

Winner announced

The 2022 Rising Star winner is Naomi Kimpenu.

Now in its third year, the Rising Star Award with Apple Music discovers, supports and accelerates the careers of the most promising young UK or Irish songwriters.

This year’s winner, Naomi Kimpenu, is the third consecutive female songwriter to pick up the award since it began in 2020.

Each nominee receives mentorship from a well-established Academy member, as well as support from leaders from Apple Music. This year’s mentors are Caroline Ailin, Wayne Hector, Jin Jin, Shaznay Lewis and Nile Rodgers.

Meet the Rising Stars


    Naomi Kimpenu’s stunning four-track debut EP entitled Prelude is the perfect calling card, serving notice of what her perfectly poised vocals and superbly sincere songwriting style can do. Her songs have already won plenty of fans – including some major radio support – but you sense that there is still so much more to come.

    Listen to Naomi Kimpenu on Apple Music

    Just when you thought every genre mash-up had been done, along comes Ashaine White with a brand new hybrid: grunge-soul. Find echoes of everyone from Ella Fitzgerald to Kurt Cobain, but also a star-in-the-making with a style all of her own.

    Listen to Ashaine White on Apple Music
  • LUZ

    Luz’s songwriting skills have already been recognised by the best in the business. The Irish teenager has won support slots with Freya Ridings and Lewis Capaldi, while her emotive originals and strikingly original covers have been endorsed by Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa and Dermot Kennedy.

    Listen to Luz on Apple Music

    The 21-year-old singer-songwriter from West London has already finished second in Glastonbury’s Emerging Talent contest – earning a slot at the festival – and supported Arlo Parks and Beabadoobee. Meanwhile her wonderfully emotional songs have received widespread radio and streaming support.

    Listen to Matilda Mann on Apple Music

    PinkPantheress’ rise to fame has been very modern, and yet you’ll find plenty of classic craft in irresistible anthems. That’s why she has racked up hundreds of millions of streams and gained rave notices in Dazed, i-D and NME. The perfect mix of new school and old school.

    Listen to PinkPantheress on Apple Music
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Discover music from the Rising Star nominees and much more.

Watch exclusive interviews with each nominee and get to know the Rising Stars through their music.

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