- 02 Nov 18
The Snow Patrol front-man is the first recipient of the award, which will be presented to him at the NI Music Prize on November 15 at Ulster Hall, Belfast.
The Irishman began his music career in 1994 as part of the band Shrug which later became known as Polar Bear before joining Snow Patrol in 2002. As a songwriter, Lightbody has worked with Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and One Direction.
The award is in association with Inspire Wellbeing and Oh Yeah Music Centre. It will recognise Lightbody’s impact on music along with his involvement in various projects and initiatives that support emerging artists in Northern Ireland.
Peter McBride, CEO of Inspire said, “Gary Lightbody’s contribution to music is immense and all of us from this part of the world are very proud of his global success. The entire team at Inspire is particularly grateful for his powerful contribution on mental health. Through sharing his own story, Gary has helped breakdown stigma and encouraged all of us to seek help when we need it, talk about our mental health and to look after each other. Inspire is very proud to be associated with Oh Yeah Music Centre and with Gary on such a special night celebrating creativity, community and all that is good about Northern Ireland. On behalf of our service users, staff and volunteers we offer a huge Inspire congratulations to Gary on this award and our deepest gratitude for his solidarity in challenging the stigma surrounding mental ill-health.”
An awards evening, The NI Music Prize will feature four categories; Best Single, Best Album, Best Live Act and The Oh Yeah Contender Award. There will also be performances from six of the nominees on the night, including Hannah Peel, Roe, The Wood Burning Savages, Ciaran Lavery, Ryan Vail featuring Arco String Quartet and Brand New Friend.
Tickets can be purchased on the Ulster Hall website tinyurl.com/NIMPrize