Jan 24 2012 by Andrew Welsh, Perthshire Advertiser Tuesday
HOTLY-TIPPED talent Carly Connor is planning to fly the flag for Scots singers in Perth next month.
The powerful-voiced singer from Glasgow has been based in London for the past two years but is set to play a series of gigs north of the border, with her tour calling in at the Fair City’s Twa Tams on February 17.
And the 19-year-old from the tough Easterhouse district plans to show music fans in Perth the talents that have made her one of the most talked-about acts to emerge from Scotland in years.
Carly’s debut album is due for release later this year on Atlantic Records, part of the massive Warner Music Group, who signed her up two years ago when she was just 17.
“I always sang,” Carly, whose influences include Janis Joplin and Ike and Tina Turner, tells Music Scene.
“My mum always sang and it was really natural for us to sing.
“She got me a guitar when I was eight and I started writing songs. I was always doing daft things in school like the choir.
“Then I started doing gigs when I was 11 and have never stopped.
“I met my manager when I was 16 and stayed in Glasgow for a year, then when I was 17 I went to London.
“Two months in we had some really great tracks and went to a few record companies and the guys at Atlantic were really cool.”
Carly says she “couldn’t even guess” how many gigs she’s played, and her recent exploits have included a support slot with The View and an appearance with Paolo Nutini.
“You always hear people slagging Scotland, like Simon Cowell says we’ve got no talent,” she says.
“But you can’t take anything away from people like Paolo, Amy Macdonald and Annie Lennox, and it makes you think we do have a chance.
“If it doesn’t work out it’s my fault, it’s nothing to do with being Scottish.
“Especially living in London, for me it’s a privilege to be Scottish.”
Her album will include songs written when she was aged 14 and 15 as well as new efforts.
“It’s a whole mixture of my life basically up until now,” the singer insists.
“I’m a bit worried though. What am I going to write about now? It’s taken 19 or 20 years to write, then what?
“The first album is not so much about boys which everybody thinks it is.
“I turn situations into boys, it’s easier to write like that, but it could be family members and stuff like that.
“My family means a lot to me and I can only write about stuff that hits you in heart.
“It’s about being grown up and realising that they understand things. It’s good therapy, I would recommend it!”
Carly’s album is being produced by Stockholm-based David Ledinski, who has worked recently with Gnarls Barkley hit-maker Cee Lo Green.
And Carly provided backing vocals on Green’s recent single Anyway.
“I met Cee Lo a couple of times at parties and stuff because he’s on Warners too,” she said.
“I recorded the vocals on his LP just before Christmas. He’s brilliant, he’s such a big loveable guy.
“It’s cool staying in London. I’m just a Scottish lassie from a wee tiny place in Glasgow and it can get lonely sometimes but its amazing as well.
“It’s like living in a dreamland. You get to go to all the places you see on the TV – it’s dead weird.
“If you are going to do anything this is the place to be. I’m just getting used to it and I have been here since I was 17.”
Surveying the 2012 musical horizon, Carly says she loves the music of US folk rocker Lissie.
“She’s got such a cool voice and doesn’t try too hard with the clothes, hair and the make-up,” she says.
“She just gets up and does her thing and puts out these banging tracks. You don’t often get a groove like that anymore.
“I’ve tried to copy her but I have still got a lot to learn.
“I totally loved Amy Winehouse. She did the same thing, she didn’t give a s*** and we could’ve got so much more good music out of her.
“Adele is amazing. Her songs just speak to people the same as Amy’s. You know exactly what she’s talking about.
“Everything she’s talking about has happened to everybody or will happen to everybody.”
Carly’s gig at the Twa Tams will be her first visit to Perth and she says she can’t wait to bring her three-piece band north.
“Coming back to the homeland is exciting and I don’t want to let anybody down,” she laughs.
“I want to make people in Scotland proud of me.”