CHICHESTER-born and bred jazz pianist Zoe Rahman is revelling in awards glory after securing one of the top gongs in the business.
Zoe’s fans were out in force to secure her a prestigious MOBO award in the Best Jazz Act category.
The awards are decided on public voting, and a couple of weeks ago, Zoe appealed through the Observer for friends, supporters and family to back her.
They duly did, with Zoe landing the award on a great night in Liverpool at the weekend.
She admits not much passed through her mind when she learned she had won, just the thought that she had to get up and make a speech.
“But it was good to be able to thank all the other nominees,” she said.
“There were five of us and we all know each other. It’s an achievement for anyone just to get to the point of being nominated. And I was also able to dedicate the award to my dad who passed away this year. He would have been very proud. I have had so many messages from people, friends and family and supporters. It has been amazing.
“The perception among the public is that the MOBOs are highly regarded, but I didn’t really realise how significant they are until I was nominated, and now I have won. My manager has been in touch with some people in America. They might put my album out there.”