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Carrie Mac: new release

posted 20 Apr 2011, 02:10 by myEdinburgh Admin   [ updated 20 Apr 2011, 02:17 ]
Edinburgh girl, Carrie, who won Bauer Radio’s Radio Forth’s One To Watch award in 2008, made the perfect start to the year by kicking off a 29-date tour with Alexandra Burke, winner of X Factor in 2008! To add to her success, she was also nominated for the Scottish Variety Awards Best New Act Award which took place on the 19th of March 2011!

“The Alexandra Burke tour takes place over several weeks all over the UK so I am really excited,” Carrie admitted. “I did the In:Demand Live show at the Glasgow SECC in July with The Wanted and The Saturdays in front of a massive crowd. I got so much support so I can only imagine the huge audience that will see me over the 20-plus dates with Alexandra Burke. Alexandra is lovely. I can learn from her because she is a true professional both onstage and offstage. She is a really good role model. She knows what she is doing and is a really nice girl.”

Having toured with Diana Vickers, The Proclaimers, Alex Gardner and Tommy Reilly, Carrie admits she has already built a loyal following. She doesn’t mind packing in the live shows, aware that it is a return to basics in order to build her fan base from the floor up.

“I went to college for two years doing an HND in music and decided not to go on and do a degree. Instead, I learned guitar, went out to do a gig and I was awful. It took a couple of years to hone my craft.

“I took on anything and went to as many music seminars as I could and tried to network. There is no manual that tells you how to get signed."

Sign she did to Protobeat Records, run by John McLaughin who has helped dozens of music acts enjoy chart success in recent years.

Ahead of the deal that will lead to her debut album later in the year, Carrie is determined to get her music across in the live arena as well as on record.

“The audiences have been so warm to me. I used to go onstage acoustic which is nerve wracking. With a band you feel more comfortable, but I have been really lucky. I supported Adam Lambert who was runner up on American Idol. That was a tough crowd because it was so different. When you support an act like that, the people are there to see the main act, but I got a good reception so it has been going well.”

On May 2nd, Carrie — who counts Fleetwood Mac, Christina Aguilera and Jessie J among her influences— will make her first attempt to translate the accolades she is enjoying into UK chart success when she releases her single “Till I See You Again”.

For the video, Carrie enlisted the help of Harvey B Brown who has made videos for the likes of The Saturdays, Siouxsie Sioux and George Michael.

“I released a download single Hello in Scotland last August and got into the Scottish Top 40 chart which surprised me because there was no video and it wasn’t in the shops," Carrie said.

“This time, I’ll be releasing all around the UK and I’m doing it the old fashioned way by building up my fan base first. I have got some lovely fans who write to me on Twitter and Facebook and I’m looking forward to getting more through this latest tour as well.”

“The album is going well. It is going to be classic pop songs. I don’t know when I’ll have time to eat on this tour because I will be recording the album as well.”

A classically trained violinist, Carrie is also determined to show herself as a genuine talent with more than one string to her bow.

“I am classically trained in the violin and have done that since I was five or six. That was what I was going to do. I was in orchestras but I always wanted to sing.

“A few years ago I wasn’t ready for this. But now I feel I can deal with whatever is thrown at me now. It’s time for me to show people I can sing live, write my own songs and play my own instruments. This is a long overdue, Here I am.”

Carrie Mac toured with Alexandra Burke across the nation from January 16th – 24th February earlier this year.