The Clan’s talented young singer-songwriter Scott Macaulay from Mallusk, Co Antrim has made it through to the regional final of a major UK-wide music competition.
Clan member Scott Macaulay, son of Barry and Lesley-Ann, is one of 14 acts set to compete in The Big Music Project Competition Northern Ireland final in Belfast on Friday, November 14.
The Big Music Project Competition, powered by Next BRIT Thing, is funded by The Big Lottery Fund and aims to provide future generations of musicians with the chance to learn first-hand from the music business and take steps towards a career in the industry.
Scott will be among the regional finalists who will perform for industry professionals at The Crescent Arts Centre in a bid to win a place in the national final, which is due to take place in London during BRITs Week 2015 in the lead-up to one of the biggest nights in the music industry’s calendar, The BRIT Awards.
The young musicians, all aged 14 to 24, are competing for top notch prizes, including the opportunity to record at the world-famous Abbey Road Studios, the chance to perform at Classic FM Live at the Royal Albert Hall, and the unique offer to be featured on the BRIT Awards Compilation Album 2016.
Scott, who lists two of his main musical influences as Ed Sheeran and Dave Grohl, made it to the regional final after securing public backing in an online vote for his debut song, Belfast Heart.
The 16-year-old Belfast Royal Academy pupil - a talented musician, singer, rapper and beatboxer - is excited about the prospect of showcasing his skills in front of industry professionals. “I am so excited to have been chosen to compete in the regional finals of The Big Music Project Competition. Music has always been something I’ve really been passionate about, and this is a great opportunity to take the first steps into a music career. I love all types of music, especially jazz and hip-hop, and try to infuse them in my singing. Rapping is also a cool thing I love to do because it makes me stand out from the crowd, as well as my beatboxing. I just love any type of music. My dream is to be working with music every day of my life. I just love it. Anytime I get to sit down I instantaneously pick up the guitar, it’s weird. I just really want to keep working very hard, writing and recording songs and trying to get out there as much as I can.”
The judging panel at Friday’s NI final will include top producers, music executives and some of the UK’s most influential music editors.The regional winners will be announced in early January 2015.
For more information about Scott’s music email firstname.lastname@example.org or check out his Facebook page - Scott Macaulay Music.