Saturday 16th of June marks the day that Neo-soul artist ‘Omar’ is to be awarded with an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s 2012 Birthday Honours List by the Prime Minister and Cabinet Secretary in recognition for services to music.
“I am absolutely chuffed to bits to be named in the Birthday Honours List. I want to dedicate it to all my die-hard fans who have always told me to keep on doing what I’m doing”
“The music I make comes from the heart because it is all about self expression, a true art form and now to be recognised in such a way is outstanding and I couldn’t be more humbled. I wake up every day and give thanks for the job that I do”
“I want to thank my parents Byron and Sonia, my brothers and sisters (Rachel, Kareen, Kimon, Scratch, Samia) who have always been there to support me along with my beautiful partner Vicky and my daughters Gabrielle and Carmen who’ve been so patient and understanding of the business and all its unconventional ways, you’re my inspiration! And my manager Lucia Fiore, I couldn’t have got this far without you. Also Monique O’Neil, Jenny and Darren Davies, Root Jackson and family, Huey Walker of the Arts Council, England, Somaya Oueslati, Keith Harris, Vie Marshall, Diane Laidlaw, Roy Merchant and everyone at Wendyhouse studios.
All the musicians, producers, promoters, booking agents, DJs, journalists and labels I have worked with over my seven albums and tours, home and abroad, you’ve all been part of this journey!
And last but not least to all my fans I say a big thank you!!! I’m a person that likes to do things differently and without your reassurance that I’m doing something right I’d just be some nutter making up beats and grooves in his mum’s basement! As long as I have music to put fire in my belly, I will keep on keeping on.”
Peace, O x
Omar’s new album ‘The Man’ is finished & will be released in the not too distant future. As well as his music/touring Omar has branched out into voice overs and acting (Been So Long & Love Song), so watch this space for more on Omar.
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