Meet the BMAs Nominees – Best Newcomer

With only 3 days left to cast your vote, it’s time to get better acquainted with the new kids on our block.

We’re about to walk you through the Bay Music Awards with Bank of Valletta nominees for the Best Newcomer category.

On the 14th of May, one person from each of our 8 categories will walk away with the trophy. Who will come out on top at the end of the night? Well, that’s entirely up to you.

Making your decision won’t be easy, they’ve all blown us away with their talent, but hopefully this article will make it a bit easier or you – so without further ado, meet Malta’s fresh artists, the newcomers.

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We might know Dav as a contestant from the latest season of X Factor Malta, but Dav.Jr has been in the music scene for quite a while, from his teens to be exact. From his early days within a band, to finally building enough confidence to go solo, this young artist even moved to Melbourne for a while to pursue a career within the music industry.

Fate brought him back and throughout the past year we’ve seen Dave bloom in the local scene, with original songs, beautifully written and gorgeously sung.


This indie-pop band uses their music to inspire others, and to explore important human and social issues through song.

Their journey started back in 2015, with the release of their debut original single CORRODE. The song made it to our Malta’s Top 10 Chart and garnered over 14,000 views on YouTube. The rest was history.

You’ll probably know OXYGYN for their single ‘BUBBLEWRAP’ which spent 4 weeks at the top of our Malta’s Top 10 chart.


Midwife by day, singing sensation by night, Karin has been building a reputation, gigging all over the island for years. After auditioning for The X Factor Malta and making it to judges’ houses on both occasions, Karin decided to go to London and work on writing and producing music for a while.

Karin might not have made it to the X Factor live shows, but she’s been making a name for herself way before that and ever since. Her killer vocals and music style has given us a catchy bop that even made it to our Malta’s Top 10 list. The refrain of ‘Silly Little Game’ was stuck in our head on repeat for weeks.


The contemporary blues trio made up of Ben Bailey, Patrick Camilleri and Antoine Tonna.

The band has worked extremely hard to mix blues, funk, rock and pop into their unique style.

The three have had years of musical focus to develop very unique styles, tastes and skill-sets, all of which end up combining to create great results.

The end result is glorious alchemy!

What do you think about our “new kids” on the block? Got any favourites?

Then you better get voting!

All you have to do is follow this link right here, head over to the each category and cast your vote.

Voting ends May 11th!

The BMAs will be held on the 14th of May, with performances from Malta’s greatest talent. You don’t even have to budge from your comfy sofa seat to watch, as everything will be streamed live and online!

Stay tuned to our Facebook and Instagram pages for more information about the big night!

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