When Calum Scott auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent in 2015, he wasn’t expecting for his whole world to turn upside down. “Before I auditioned, I was a regular guy. I worked in a recruitment office in human resources for eight years,” Scott said in a phone interview with All Things Go. After he became Simon Cowell’s “Golden Buzzer” pick, Calum Scott’s cover of Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own” instantly became viral and it’s clear to see why. Scott brings vulnerability and subtlety to Robyn’s electro-pop anthem which instantly gained him fans around the world, and the video of his performance has garnered over 83 million views.
For Scott, music has always been a passion, but only until recently has it become more than a hidden talent. Before BGT, Scott was working at a human resources recruitment office and it was Scott’s sister, Jade, that gave Scott the push to perform. While Scott was working, Jade had been pursuing music, but it’s through her help that Scott found his voice. “One day, when I thought everyone was out of the house I used her singing equipment. I knew when I sang that it would be with every fiber of me,” Scott recalls. “Me and my sister had brought up on ballads and big emotional ballads and power ballad singer who are sing with every inch of their life, every morsel of themselves. I knew if I sang I’d do the style I’d did it in. I sang a karaoke track with everything I had and my sister hid behind the door, secretly recorded me, and then signed me up for a karaoke competition at bar and did not tell me.”
When the karaoke competition called him he found out what his sister had done. On the night of the competition, Scott nervously stepped up on stage and that’s when everything changed. “I lost my inhibition and I put everything into it. And I just got the bug,” Scott said. “I get that every night I’m on the stage there. I want to stay there forever.”
It was that initial taste of the stage that gave Scott and his sister the courage to audition, separately, for Britain’s Got Talent. During his audition for BGT, Scott was walking onstage after his sister had just gotten rejected by the panel. Unable to comfort his sister, Scott was promptly put on stage right after. Following Scott’s success, there was initial tension between the very close siblings. However, a few days passed and Jade and Scott sat down and talked and decided to support each other. They’ve discussed collaborating together and Scott is more than eager to support his sister in anyway he can with his new fame.
Scott embarks on his first solo North American tour which will feature much of his original songs. Those songs will appear on a forthcoming debut album as Scott has been signed to Capitol Records. “I think the album is taking great shape and everything that is on there is written from the heart, whether me in a personal circumstance or something else,” Scott says. “Everything is written with a purpose and those are the ones that stick around that have a strong sentiment behind them. That’s the path I’m on with the stuff I’m performing live.”