Rising star George Ezra has admitted he was "a bit uncomfortable" when he was nominated for the BBC Sound Of 2014 poll and other end-of-year lists.
The 19-year-old singer-songwriter from Bristol said while it increased his exposure and was very complimentary, he didn't see it as the "be-all-and-end-all" of his music career.
He explained: "I've always loved singing and playing guitar, and things like the Sound Of poll mean that more people will hear of me, which means I get to do what I love more often. That's only a good thing.
"I was a bit uncomfortable with it all as it was happening, because lots of people treat it like a competition, or the be-all-and-end-all of their career. I didn't see it like that.
"But on the other hand, there are thousands of artists trying to make it in the UK, and the people voting chose me, so it's hard not to see it as a compliment. Don't ask too many questions and just go with it."
George also confessed that he puts "a lot of unnecessary pressure" on himself.
The singer - who releases his new EP Cassy O' in March and is touring throughout February and March - said of the pressure after getting a record deal: "There was no pressure from anywhere else, but I just thought I should've been doing something completely different. In fact, I should've been doing things exactly the same, but that's not what I thought."
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