The 2012 MOBO UnSung Competition

MOBO UnSung 2013 is coming... and if you think you're in with a chance, please stay tuned to find out more on how to enter. For now, here's some information on what happened in 2012 - our debut year:

MOBO UnSung - our talent competition for unsigned artists - was first launched in 2012, ahead of our MOBO Tour in February and March. We explored the nation to find the finest artists from our chosen regions – and we were flooded with responses.

The finalists went on to open their local leg of the tour, with a huge break and a great audience awaiting them. We had Birmingham's Jacob Banks, Manchester’s Frequently Asked Questions, Kobi Onyame in Glasgow, Newcastle’s Chris 4sit, Empror in Bristol, London’s Xploder, Rafroman in Norwich and of course, our eventual MOBO UnSung winner Esco Williams – who hails from Liverpool.

Esco is a member of choir of the year, Sense of Sound, a youth facilitator and a singer/songwriter. He has opened for RZA, Dead Prez and Sugababes, and has been playlisted on 1Xtra, FLAVA TV and AKA - and he was placed in the Top 20 of MTV's Brand New for 2012.

Since creeping into music at just 17, self-described geek has been creating a lot of noise. Esco’s pulsating form and captivating presence is reminiscent of Aloe Blacc, Al Green, Musiq Soulchild and Cee-Lo Green, yet his energy and performance is that of a rock star with maximum swagger. A scouser born and bred, he was brought up on an early education of Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. You can hear more of his music on SoundCloud, and keep up to date with his latest movements on Twitter

A huge congrats goes out to Esco Williams. We're tipping him for big things, starting with his debut single, the sensational 'New Challenger':

The other MOBO Unsung Regional Finalists were Jacob Banks, Frequently Asked Questions, Kobi Onyame, Empror and Xploder - find out more below: