Kelly Lee Owens wins Welsh Music Prize 2021 with ‘Inner Song’

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“It’s so special to be recognized in this way by my motherland!”

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Kelly Lee Owens has won the Welsh Music Awards 2021 for her latest album ‘Inner Song’.

  • Read more: Granthshala Big Reed – Kelly Lee Owens: “I really feel the magic around me all the time”
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The composer and producer’s 2020 studio effort was nominated at the 11th edition of the annual awards alongside The Anchorage’s “The Art of Losing”, Gruff Rice’s “Seeking New Gods”, Private World’s “Aleph” and more.

During a live ceremony in Cardiff last night (23 November), Owens was announced as the winner among the 12 shortlisted performers. She did not attend the event as she is currently on a tour of the UK.


“Sir, thanks a lot!!!! [Thank you very much] I’m all set to win the 2021 @welshmusicprize!” Owens wrote on social media after his win.

“It’s so special to be recognized in this way by my homeland! Wells has shaped me as an artist and continues to be a place of inspiration for me. My maternal grandfather, Janet, would be very proud.”

You can see that post below.

Accepting the award on Zoom, the musician said: “I am very passionate about Wales and I want everyone to know where I am from.” He described this honor as the ‘biggest honour’.

Owens, who is from Bagilt, Flintshire, received the first prize money of £10,000 from the Welsh Music Prize.


Awards co-founder Hugh Stephens said: “We’re thrilled to have Kelly Lee Owens. All the judges were astonished by this album (via) BBC,

“Kelly Lee Owens has been critically acclaimed for this record, and we are very pleased that she is the winner of the 2021 Welsh Music Awards.”

Owens opened up about his “deep connection” with Wells during a Big Reed cover interview Granthshala Last year. “I come from a place that is full of fighters and really tough guys who have gone through a lot,” she explained.

“There’s magic, but it’s complicated. I’m deeply concerned with it now, but I’m still just discovering the story of where I came from and it’s not all beautiful and not all poetic, but someone who To be what I think is necessary for the journey to go.”

She continued: “We have always understood what the land gives us. Anyone who stands near a hilly area feels small, but in the most polite way. I think we need to be reminded that we are no bigger than ‘It’.”

In a dazzling five-star review, Granthshala ‘Inner Songs’ is pitched as “a perfectly arranged album where each track has a part to play: an emotional-yet upbeat compendium built for late night reflection, by Kelly Lee Owens.” One of the most beautiful records of the year.”

Meanwhile, Kelly Lee Owens recently shared her new theme for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023, ‘Unity’.

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