Here is a video gallery of 12 popular music singers, born in Scotland, that shot to international stardom. Some went on to live in other parts of the world, but took their Scottish heritage with them. Interestingly all 12 are from the central belt of Scotland.
Born 1975 Edinburgh
Broke into the public eye with a 2004 live solo performance of her song "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree"
Born 1958 Dalkeith
Fish became widely known as the lead singer and lyricist of the neo-progressive rock band Marillion. Since 1988 he has pursued a solo career.
Born 1948 Lennoxtown
Internationally known for the hit song "To Sir with Love"
Born 1944 Peebles
Two of his best known songs are "No Man's Land" (or "The Green Fields of France") and "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda.
Born 1961 Blackburn
Came to international attention when she appeared as a contestant on the TV programme Britain's Got Talent in 2009, singing "I Dreamed a Dream".
Born 1987 Bishopbriggs
Macdonald sent a demo CD in response to an ad placed in the NME magazine. She has since sold over 12 million records worldwide.
Born 1959 Bellshill
Her first two singles, "Modern Girl" and "Morning Train (Nine to Five)", both entered the UK Top Ten, the first UK female artist to appear twice in the same Top Ten since Ruby Murray.
Born 1953 Saltcoats
Colin Hay is a Scottish-Australian singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and actor. He came to prominence as the lead vocalist of the band Men at Work.
Born 1947 Dunfermline
The Scotsman newspaper has described her as Scotland's best-selling female singer in terms of the numbers of hit chart singles and albums she has achieved in the UK since 1976.
John Paul Young
Born 1950 Bridgeton
His career was boosted by regular appearances as a performer and guest host on national broadcaster, ABC's 1974–1987 TV series, Countdown.
Born 1947 Paisley
Rafferty was born into a working-class family in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland. His mother taught him both Irish and Scottish folk songs as a boy; later, he was influenced by the music of The Beatles and Bob Dylan.
Born 1949 Bridgeton
Miller wrote for and performed with many recording artists and is best known for his album Full House, the single "Darlin'" and his duet with Phil Lynott on the Thin Lizzy song "Still in Love with You".
Kate Victoria Tunstall (born 23 June 1975), known by her stage name KT Tunstall, is a Scottish singer-songwriter and musician. She broke into the public eye with a 2004 live solo performance of her song " Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" on Later... with Jools Holland.
Fish (singer) - Wikipedia
Fish became widely known as the lead singer and lyricist of the neo-progressive rock band Marillion from 1981 until 1988. He released 11 UK Top 40 singles with the band, including the Top Ten singles " Kayleigh", " Lavender" and " Incommunicado", and five Top Ten albums, including a number-one with Misplaced Childhood.
Lulu (singer) - Wikipedia
In 1966, Lulu toured Poland with the Hollies, the first British female singer to appear live behind the Iron Curtain. In the same year, she recorded two German-language tracks; "Wenn du da bist" and "So fing es an" for the Decca Germany label. Eric Bogle AM (born 23 September 1944) is a Scottish-Australian folk singer-songwriter. Born and raised in Scotland, he immigrated to Australia at the age of 25, and currently lives near Adelaide, South Australia. Bogle's songs have covered a variety of topics, and have been performed by many artists. The Press Complaints Commission (PCC) became concerned by press reports about Boyle's erratic behaviour and speculation about her mental condition and wrote to remind editors about clause 3 (privacy) of their code of press conduct. The day after the final, Boyle was admitted to The Priory, a private psychiatric clinic in London, Talkback Thames explained, "Following Saturday night's show, Susan is exhausted and emotionally drained."
Amy Macdonald - Wikipedia
Amy Elizabeth Macdonald (born 25 August 1987) is a Scottish singer-songwriter, guitarist, and musician. She has sold over 12 million records worldwide. Macdonald released her debut album This Is the Life in 2007. The singles " Mr. Rock & Roll" and " This Is the Life" from it were chart hits.
Sheena Easton - Wikipedia
Sheena Shirley Easton (née Orr; born 27 April 1959) is a Scottish singer, songwriter and actress with dual British- American nationality. Easton first came into the public eye as the focus of an episode in the first British musical reality television programme The Big Time: Pop Singer , which recorded her attempts to gain a record contract and her eventual signing with EMI Records. Colin James Hay (29 June 1953) is a Scottish-Australian singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and actor. He came to prominence as the lead vocalist of the band Men at Work, and later also as a solo artist. Hay's music has been frequently used by actor and director Zach Braff in his work, which helped a career rebirth in the mid-2000s.
Barbara Dickson - Wikipedia
Barbara Ruth Dickson (born Dunfermline, Fife, 27 September 1947) is a Scottish singer whose hits include " I Know Him So Well", " Answer Me" and " January February". Dickson has placed fifteen albums in the UK Albums Chart from 1977 to date, and had a number of hit singles, including four which reached the Top 20 in the UK Singles Chart.
John Paul Young - Wikipedia
John Paul Young, OAM (born 21 June 1950) is a Scottish-born Australian pop singer who had his 1978 worldwide hit with " Love Is in the Air". His career was boosted by regular appearances as a performer and guest host on national broadcaster, ABC's 1974-1987 TV series.
Gerry Rafferty - Wikipedia
In 1969 Rafferty became the third member of a folk-pop group, The Humblebums, along with comedian Billy Connolly and Tam Harvey. Harvey left shortly afterwards, and Rafferty and Connolly continued as a duo, recording two more albums for Transatlantic Records.
Frankie Miller - Frankie Who?
Miller, with elder sisters Letty and Anne, was raised in Colvend Street, Bridgeton in Glasgow, by his parents, Cathy and Frank. He played football for the school team and Harmony Row Boys Club, his love of football probably inherited from his maternal grandfather Archie Kyle who was signed to Glasgow Rangers FC.
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