Southampton's own Caity Baser is among the nominees in the running for this year's Brit Rising Star award.

The winner of the coveted prize will claim the title from girl group Flo, who were recognised in 2023, with other previous winners including massive names like Adele and Sam Fender.

Still only 21, Caity Baser says she "literally screamed for five minutes and chucked everything around my room" when she found out she'd been nominated.

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The singer-songwriter, a former Thornden School pupil who is set to play a homecoming Guildhall date in the spring, blew up on TikTok where she has more than half a million followers.

She describes her sound as "cheeky, British pop" and is known for her tracks Friendly Sex, Why Can't I have Two? and Pretty Boys.

She added: "I used to watch the awards on TV every year when I was a kid but had no idea how a kid from an estate in Southampton would ever get there," she says.

Caity will go up against The Last Dinner Party, a five-piece indie group from London, and Sekou, a young a singer-songwriter from Ashby-de-la-Zouch in Leicestershire who started posting soulful covers online at the age of 16.

Caity has also been included on the longlist for BBC Radio 1’s Sound Of 2024 

The Sound Of… poll tips 10 new artists for success in the year ahead.

This year’s longlist has been chosen by a panel of more than 140 industry experts and artists, including Olivia Rodrigo, Declan McKenna, Chase & Status, Mahalia and more.

Already hailed as one to watch by Rolling Stone and NME, Caity Baiser played Engine Rooms as part of her sold out UK tour earlier this year, and also impressed during a performance at The Ageas Bowl during The Hundred. 

Her viral hit singles, plus live festival performances, helped Caity become the name on everyone’s lips last summer.

Her Still Learning tour includes a headline show at Southampton's O2 Guildhall on  April 9.

Tickets are selling fast.