Wednesday 23 May 2018

Mercury win will be boost for my self-esteem, says Sampha

The singer-songwriter won the award for his album Process.

Hyundai Mercury Prize 2017
Hyundai Mercury Prize 2017

By Laura Harding, Press Association Senior Entertainment Correspondent

Mercury Prize winner Sampha said the prestigious award would be a self-esteem boost after penning the emotional record that landed him the accolade.

The singer-songwriter, who won the award for his album Process, said the win helped him know he had done the right thing releasing a solo record after years of collaborating with artists including Drake and Frank Ocean.

He told a press conference: “It has taken me quite a while to feel I was emotionally stable enough to write my own record and people have been incredibly lovely and understanding, and it’s been amazing, it feels like quite a weight off my shoulders.”

On the album, in which he sings about the loss of his mother to cancer, he added: “It was quite an insular record, talking about my internal issues.

“For me, I feel like I poured my heart and soul into the record. I was very honest with how I produced it.”

He added: “As an artist, you can kind of struggle with your self esteem sometimes and you’re not quite sure if you’re going down the right road, so something like this does give you a boost.”

Asked how he might spend the £25,00 prize money, he said: “I kind of want a studio or put it way and save it up, saving is always good.”

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