Unsigned artist wins MTV Brand New talent contest

Ebony Day scoops MTV Brand New 2013 title ahead of Haim, Tom Odell and Disclosure

Unsigned artist Ebony Day has won MTV’s Brand New 2013, beating the likes of Tom Odell, Haim, Disclosure and Angel to the title.

The 19-year-old from Bournemouth started writing songs when she was diagnosed with severe allergies four years ago and was forced to miss school. She soon began uploading the videos to YouTube, and has since managed to clock up more than 19 million plays on the site.

Day is the first unsigned artist to win the title, with previous winners including Adele, Jessie J, Florence And The Machine, Justin Bieber, Little Boots and Conor Maynard, who won last year’s poll.

Day said: “I’m so overwhelmed that my fans have made this win possible for me. It’s all down to their ongoing support and hard work that I have won MTV’s Brand New of 2013 and I can’t thank them enough. This is a dream come true for me, I’ve never been happier.”

The other nominees were Tom Odell, who picked up the BRITs Critics’ Choice award last year, Haim, who topped the BBC’s Sound Of 2013 poll, K Koke, Disclosure, Rascals, Little Nikki, Angel Haze, Kodaline and Gabrilelle Aplin.