Best pop artist award for band from St Albans and Harpenden area

April Blue

April Blue - Credit: Archant

There’s nothing Blue about April after the band, whose members grew up around St Albans and Harpenden, won an award as best pop artist.

Four piece April Blue took the accolade at the 2016 NMG awards in Cambridge, held to celebrate the talents and achievements of artists in and around Cambs.

R&B/rock band April Blue were one of 11 acts within the pop category which was judged by BBC Introducing presenter Tom Skimkins and record producer Lauren Deakin-Davies.

The band come from the St Albans and Harpenden area before settling in Hemel Hempstead and have toured the country. One of their two single launches was at Empire Records in St Albans and in June they released their debut album Pop Girls Etc to critical acclaim

Of the NMG award, lead singer Ozz LP said: “It is humbling to be in a room full of so many talented people and to have won this category is a real honour.”

Bassist Ian Morcher added: “Despite playing regularly in the county we are somewhat outsiders of the Cambridge scene so it was a privilege to have even been nominated within such a thriving community.”