Ginger cheer as Nina wins at Redhead Day

Singer/songwriter Nina Baker picked up the 'Best Up and Coming Artist' at this year's MOGO Awards in London. NNL-150916-125051001
Singer/songwriter Nina Baker picked up the 'Best Up and Coming Artist' at this year's MOGO Awards in London. NNL-150916-125051001

Rising star Nina Baker is celebrating yet another victory after she was crowned ‘Best Up and Coming Artist’ at the annual MOGO (Music of Ginger Origin) awards.

The Kineton singer, songwriter and pianist emerged triumphant at last weekend’s award ceremony in London.

The second MOGO awards were organised as part of Redhead Day UK, an event which saw thousands of flame haired men and women gather together for the largest event of its kind to date.

The sell-out event took place on Saturday, September 12 and was packed with stalls, photographers and competitions, celebrating their redhead origins and applauding their brethren’s musical talents.

This year’s MOGOs saw the introduction of a new category that recognises emerging redhead talent in the music industry, which is where Nina won recognition.

After accepting her award and giving a performance on stage, Nina said: “It is always great to get praise and accolades but it means just that little bit more when it’s from your peers.

“Redheads form less than 2% of the world’s population, which instantly makes us the most precious, so to be chosen amongst that pool makes it super special and the rarest of the musical awards.”

Nina was certainly in good company on the day, with fellow MOGO award recipients including Tori Amos for Best Redhead Female and Newton Faulkner for Best Redhead Male.

Paloma Faith was also named the Best ‘Honorary Redhead By Choice’ musician at the ceremony.

Reflecting on the achievements of her fellow redhead musicians, Nina added: “There is certainly ‘ginger music’. Look at the artists who have won the MOGOs – Sheeran, Nash, Welch – they are all a little different, some are a little out-there.

“But that is what we are all about, we are different, we are non-conformists, we set trends we don’t follow them – we are eternal flames and others get warm in our glow.”