There’s nothing more pleasing for us at BIMM London than seeing an ex-student go on to big success in their field – so you can imagine how happy we were when we¬†watched Zara McFarlane win a MOBO live on TV!

BIMM London graduate Zara was the first artist up to receive an award at Wednesday night’s MOBO Awards, held in the massive SSE Arena in Wembley.

Radio 1Xtra DJ Sarah-Jane Crawford announced her win to cheers from the huge crowd before handing Zara the coveted MOBO statuette.

It was a deserved reward after an amazingly successful 2014, and Zara, who studied Popular Music Performance at BIMM, couldn’t stop smiling as she thanked her family, friends and bandmates.

The award ceremony was broadcast live on on ITV2, and Zara was in good company – other winners that followed her up to the winner’s podium included stars Jessie J, Ella Eyre, Sam Smith and Skepta.

This MOBO win caps a brilliant year for the Dagenham-born singer. She performed at gigs and major festivals all around the globe, and her second album, “If You Knew Her” was released in January, on celebrated DJ Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Records label.

Huge praise has followed Zara around the world – The Guardian called her a “star,” praising her, “magnetic eloquence and complete ease with an audience,” while the New York Times was just as impressed with her music, describing it as, “serene, post-folk, post-soul, mystical.”

This isn’t even her first MOBO nomination either – she got one after the release of her first album, 2011’s “Until Tomorrow”… maybe after this, she should start getting used to award ceremonies!

Zara’s not the only ex-BIMM student to have won a high-profile award this year – Tom Odell won the 2014 BRITs Critics’ Choice award in February.

We couldn’t be more proud of Zara’s achievements, and are so pleased that BIMM could help give her the grounding, support and connections to get her career off to a successful start!

POSTED ON: October 23, 2014
  • Global, London, Songwriting, Vocals