Rae misses out on top prize from the BBC

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Blackpool singer-songwriter Rae Morris has missed out on being named the Sound Of 2015 artists by BBC Music.

This week the 15-strong shortlist, which Rae was on, was narrowed down to a top five, with the running order announced each day on the Radio One breakfast show, by DJ Huw Stephens.

Despite regular name checks for the former St George’s School pupil, and daily airplay for her single Under The Shadows – which is released tomorrow, Rae was not included in the final countdown – with the poll of music industry experts picking the London-based synth-pop trio Years & Years for the title.

On social media site Twitter yesterday, Rae said: “Sending so many congratulations to you Years & Years... 2015 is yours and calling!”

Through the week, singer-songwriter James Bay, unsigned grime artist Stormzy, Atlanta R&B prodigy Raury and spoken work artist George the Poet were listed as the top acts.

Rae’s debut album Unguarded is released later this month, with a signing and live session taking place at Blackpool’s HMV store on Wednesday, January 27 at 5pm.

She last appeared locally supporting Sir Tom Jones at the Lytham Proms in August.

Fans who buy a copy of the album will be granted first-come, first-served entry to the event.

Rae will be launching her first full UK tour on Sunday, February 1, supported by Fryars, at Liverpool’s The Kazimier.

Her Manchester date, at Gorilla on Friday, February 6 has sold out.