British Jazz Singer Joins Hillary Clinton & Aretha Franklin In Receiving Prestigious Award
British jazz singer Alison Burns has been awarded the Brand Laureate International Brand Personality Award by the Asia Pacific Brands Foundation – dubbed the Grammy awards for branding – for her success in music and iconic status. Past recipients of the award have included Nelson Mandela, Hillary Clinton, Aretha Franklin, the late Steve Jobs and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg.
Born in Scotland, Alison Burns gave up a career as a high-flying corporate lawyer to pursue her dream of becoming a jazz singer after being discovered by TV host Sir Michael Parkinson. Following a move to California she went on to release three hit albums followed by extensive tours of China, Australia, North America, Italy and the UK.
Speaking at the award presentation at the Penang Island Jazz Festival, ABPF President Dr KKJohan said: “Armed with a belief that life is bigger than the normal ‘rat race’, Alison Burns has pursued her dreams; her spirit and determination have seen her through to be the reknowned artist she is today.”
Burns who is currently performing in Malaysia as part of a two-month tour told the audience at the ceremony:
“I’m delighted to be receiving this award. I consider myself very fortunate to be able to tour the world doing something I love – singing jazz. I’d also like to thank my fans both here in Asia and around the world for supporting me over the years.”
As an award recipient Burns receives a 24-karat gold plated trophy adorned with Swarvoski crystals and signed by former Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
About Alison Burns
There are singers and there are jazz singers. There are jazz singers and there is Alison Burns, an artist who brings more to the microphone – her life, love, heartaches and joy. Her debut album, Kissing Bug, released in March 2007 was received with universal acclaim while the follow-up album ‘1:AM’ brought her new audiences, especially in Asia. So far she has played in far-flung destinations including Tokyo, New York, Cannes, Italy and Shanghai, guested with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and BBC Big Band and sung at Windsor Castle for Prince William. When not on the road she divides her time between homes in Canada, Scotland and Italy.
About The Asia Pacific Brands Foundation (APBF)
The Asia Pacific Brands Foundation (APBF) is a not-for-profit organisation that was set up in 2004 with the aim of increasing the level of branding awareness in the Asia Pacific region. It is the world’s only branding foundation and its Patron is H.E. Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, the fourth prime minister of Malaysia. Previous recipients of its awards have included Nelson Mandela, Hillary Clinton, Nobel Laureaute Prof. Robert Fry Engle, Prof. Muhammad Yunus, Tiger Woods, Michael Schumacher and Aretha Franklin.
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