The talented 18-year-old from the Isle of Lewis has had a busy career already since winning a leading singing and songwriting competition in 2015. The Song Academy Young Songwriter competition is a songwriting competition for young people, aged 7 to 18 across the UK and Ireland. It’s regarded as a springboard for young people to get noticed by key players in the music industry, build confidence, have their voices heard and shine in the limelight.
Winning the competition gave Rosie the chance to record her winning song in EMI studios and to perform live at Wembley in front of 6000 people as part of the VIAM concert.
Since then Rosie has released two E.P.’s. She released her debut E.P. “Wonderland” in 2016 and in October 2018 released her new E.P. “Space”. She has performed regularly including slots at Belladrum and Thornhill festivals and won fans and admirers from all over the world. Rosie is well travelled, playing gigs around different parts of Scotland, and doing many home gigs, she has continued to build up her fan base. In October 2017, went on her first tour with two other artists from Edinburgh and Glasgow. Partners with Creative Scotland, ‘Hit the Road’ is a three day tour experience, playing at each artists home town. Rosie and her fellow artists from this tour released their single ‘Deathful Peace’ which is available on Spotify and iTunes.
Describing her inspirations, Rosie reveals she has an aunt who lives in Brighton who is a singer and a songwriter. “I probably get a wee bit of music from her. Newton Faulkner, I really like him and his music-its so pure but catchy. Marika Hackman, Bon Iver, Ben Howard and Indigo girls are some of my many inspirations!”
“I’ve been writing songs since I was three. My auntie said my first song was called ‘Dolly on the Road’. It was about sitting in the car with my doll, but apparently I wasn’t old enough to write words so she had to write it down for me. The first proper song I wrote was when I was about nine and that’s also when I started getting into my music and realised this was what I wanted to do.”