Irish singer Lisa HanniganGraham Keogh


Lisa Hannigan’s debut album "Sea Sew" has earned her a Mercury Prize nomination. 

Hannigan, along with 12 other acts, has been recognized for her work and her frist record is on the short list to be named best album in Britain and Ireland.

Hannigan, who was a long-time collaborator with Damian Rice, released her album to critical acclaim in September. The winner of the Mercury will receive a cash prize of $32,800 and the result will be announced in September.  

“It’s amazing, I just can’t believe it at all, it is an incredible honor to be nominated, it is amazing,” said Hannigan on being nominated.

“It’s just an amazing affirmation that people like your record, you know, people in the industry, but it also means that people get to hear your record that maybe wouldn’t have otherwise. We don’t have a record company. We set up our own record company to release it, so it is harder to get people to listen to it, so this is just an amazing gift."

Other nominees include Bat For Lashes, Friendly Fires, Kasabian and Florence and the Machine. Previous winners of the Mercury Prize include Primal Scream, Portishead, Pulp, PJ Harvey and Franz Ferdinand.