This was the biggest thing to happen to me in my musical life. I was invited by the BBC to perform as part of BBC Music Introducing LIVE 2019 at London's iconic Tobacco Dock.

Since its launch in 2007, BBC Music Introducing has been dedicated to discovering and supporting new music. Each year the organisation invites the best of emerging talent from around the country to come together with thousands of budding musicians and music industry professionals for three days of performances, talks and masterclasses.

Past BBC introducing invitees include Sam Fender, George Ezra, Izzy Bizu, Jack Garratt, Florence + the Machine, Ed Sheeran, Jake Bugg, Catfish and the Bottlemen, James Bay and Little Simz.

They achieved 68 UK Top 10 singles and 54 UK Top 10 albums between them. To tread in the footsteps of such artists is beyond my wildest dreams.

I've been told that I was the youngest artist ever to be invited to perform at BBCMIL. Of the 48 artists and bands, 27 were based in London and 21 elsewhere. West Yorkshire was represented by the fabulous Skinny Living and me.

Here are a few photos of the event.

I was honoured to be introduced to the audience by BBC Introducing in West Yorkshire presenter Alan Raw and producer Shell Zenner.

But if that wasn't enough, I was blown away to be featured on the two-hour simulcast which was broadcast from Tobacco Dock on the final evening across all 39 BBC local radio stations and BBC Radio 6 Music.

Presented by Tom Robinson from Radio 6 Music, with Sam Bonham, Richard Pitt and Shell Zenner from BBC Introducing, they talk about the role of BBC Introducing in helping emerging musicians to get a foothold in the music business.

Here's a clip from the simulcast:

BBC Music Introducing LiveMusumba in acoustic session
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Towards the end of the clip they play my acoustic performance live in session at Radio Leeds just before BBC Music Day. To have the legendary Tom Robinson say "Wow, what a voice!" is so incredible.


© Naomie Musumba Soda, 2020