Our Paisley’s Got Talent winner has been crowned…congratulations to 13-year-old Hollie Robinson!

Hollie Robinson made it through to the final five on Saturday 26th August and was voted the outright winner of our summer long talent competition!

The teenager received a cheque for £1,000.00 and the coveted Paisley’s Got Talent trophy for 2017!

Hollie sang an original song, entitled The Radio,  for her first performance in the final whilst also playing the guitar and Aerosmith’s I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing was her choice for her second and final performance.

Hollie recently returned from Los Angeles where she was representing the UK Team at the World Championships of Performing Arts, where she gained three bronze medals and an Industry Award for her age range.

Hollie has performed in many venues and competitions, most notably in the Winter Gardens in Blackpool and more locally at the Barrowlands in Glasgow.

She is inspired by such artists as Adele & Whitney Houston.

The final of the competition was a fantastic day showcasing an array of local talent from the Paisley and Renfrewshire district from the ages of 9 to 38 years old.

Twelve finalists all performed on the day and Hollie was one of five who were shortlisted for a second performance…

The other four finalists were Adam Dolan, Emma McConnachie, Matt Fotheringham, Hollie Robinson and Emily Irving.

Congratulations to Hollie and everyone who has taken part in this year’s Paisley’s Got Talent competition!

Our Paisley’s Got Talent Finalists

Emma McConnachie

Emma started singing with McCallum School of Music one year ago but has been singing before she could talk! She is following in the footsteps of her big sister who was with the music school for 3 years but is now attending the Dance School of Scotland in Knightswood. Emma has only competed in one other competition so far, the ‘Teenstar’ competition and got through to the area finals in Manchester. She has also danced since she was 3 with Karen McIver dance school in Erskine and loves to sing and dance 24 hours a day.

Adam Dolan

Adam is a pupil of Johnstone High School and he has messed about with a guitar since he was about 5 years old. He has always sung about the house, writing songs of his own and entertaining at family gatherings. He recently played and sang at a school concert to a bigger audience than his family, where none of his friends really knew how keen he was on music and I think he surprised his friends and even himself with the response he got. Ed Sheeran and Paulo Nutini are probably two of his favourite artists.

Sasha Kaloheris

Sasha is 13 years old and lives in Houston.  She attends Gryffe High School and has just started 2nd year. Sasha has been singing since she was about 5 but only started lessons about 2 years ago. She also loves acting and dancing and was lucky to have been selected to perform on stage in the Kings Theatre Panto last Christmas along-side some famous Scottish actors in which she did 35 shows.

Matt Fotheringham

I play guitar and sing, have been playing for over 20 years and play a dozen instruments. I’m influenced by the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Paul Rogers, Brian Fallon and Jeff Buckley.

Nadia Allan

I am nineteen years old and I have been singing since I was about eight. My mum and dad realised I had a passion for music and that I could sing so my dad, who sadly passed away nearly 6 years ago, immediately starting to look for ways for me to explore my talents, and that’s when I became a pupil at Splash Productions in Johnstone. Music has always been my dream but I also really enjoy helping others which is what I do in my day job, I am a project worker for Barnardo’s works in Renfrewshire.

Hollie Robinson

Hollie is 13 years old and has always loved singing from a very young age. She has recently returned from Los Angeles where she was representing the UK Team at the World Championships of Performing Arts.  Whilst there she gained three bronze medals and an Industry Award in her vocal categories for ages 13-15.  She has been singing for several years now and performed in various venues and competitions across the UK, most notably in the Winter Gardens, Blackpool in 2015 when she won the Junior Solo Singing category at Talentfest UK.  Locally she has also performed at the Barrowlands, Grand Central Hotel, Normandy Hotel along with many others.  Hollie is inspired by many different people but most of all by Adele and Whitney Houston.

Emily Irving

I have been playing the drums for 8 years, I am also learning a bit of guitar and keyboard. I have helped out over the holidays at a couple of kids’ music/drama camps in Paisley with the younger kids and this has been really fun. I also play tennis and attend Kilbarchan Athletics Club.

Ruby Langfield 

I have always loved singing since I was little. I began a performing arts school Musical theatre group when I was seven years old, as I was lacking in confidence and my Mum thought it would help build my confidence. It was there my teacher discovered my singing ability and encouraged me to let go of my nerves and sing. She helped me to control my nerves & I went on to sing on the Disney stage in Disneyland Paris. Now I attend McCallum School of Music and my teacher Angela has really helped me with my technique. She also helps to continue to build my confidence. One of my idols is Arianna Grande, who I regard as a truly inspirational artist.

Archie Collingridge-Watt

Archie is a 13-year-old musician and singer-songwriter from Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire. His two favourite things on earth are music and gymnastics and, when he’s not sleeping or eating, he is generally doing one or the other. He volunteers on Mondays and Thursdays at St Vincent’s Hospice in Johnstone where he plays for residents and visitors and recently raised £50 for them by busking on the Glasgow Subway. His favourite bands are Twenty-one Pilots, Twin Atlantic and Ed Sheeran and he’s aiming for a career in music when he grows up. He lives in the countryside with his three younger brothers, two parents, two cats, one dog, an African Pygmy Hedgehog and 22 tropical fish.

Olivia McDonald

Olivia has always sung and won her Primary 1 talent show, whilst bringing a few of the teachers to tears. She started singing lessons a few years ago and entered open Mic last year.  She got through to the regional finals at this and plans to audition again this year.  She’s just started 4th year at high school and hopes to achieve the qualifications needed to get into college next year for music. Singing is all Olivia has ever wanted to do. She has a broad spectrum of idols, including Celine Dion, Dolly Parton, Robbie Williams and is a massive fan of 1 Direction.

Laura & Claire Murray

My name is Claire Murray, I am 16 years old and go to St. Andrews Academy in Paisley. I have always loved music and singing with my sister. Our family have always been so supportive of our music and I love spending time with them too. Seeing my sister perform from a young age inspired me to do the same. However, performing with her by my side gives me a huge confidence boost both on and off the stage.

My name is Laura Murray, I am now 20 years old. I am studying commercial music at University of the West Scotland (UWS) Ayr Campus. I have been singing my whole life, I started playing the piano and writing songs in 1st year of secondary school. I went to Camp America and worked at a special needs camp in New Jersey for adults and children with special needs. I sang to them almost every day and night and they told me I should pursue my career further and that they would come and see me if I toured there.

Emily Punton

Hi, I am Emily Punton and I am 15 years old and I am a budding musician with a passion for all things musical. I am a self- taught guitar player and singer. I have been playing for around a year and a half and I have also written a few songs of my own. I sometimes busk in and around Paisley and also do small open mic nights too.

Our Grand Final Judges!

      Guest Judge – Dani Heron (Actress)

Dani is an aspiring actress born in Paisley and got the acting bug at an early age when she joined the PACE Theatre Company and later studying at LAMDA – London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. She has starred in many stage productions, the latest being the touring stage production of ‘The 306 – Day’, and also graced the boards of the London West End in the stage production of ‘Chariots of Fire’. She has also starred in various TV productions as well as being a star of the ‘Friends’ Coca-Cola adverts.

Judge – Graeme McGowan (Paisley First)

Graeme is a Director on the Board of Paisley First and takes an active interest in all the events that Paisley First put on in the town, being a previous judge for two out of the three heats. He also works at MSM, Solicitors and Estate Agents in Paisley, where he has been since starting his traineeship with the firm in 1995.

    Judge – Ally McDonald (Brick Lane Studios)

Ally is a sound and music producer who has extensive experience in the music industry and has been the resident stage producer throughout the talent competition. Ally works with various local bands and artists who attend Brick Lane Studios in Paisley.

Heat Results

Heat 1 Results – 15th July 2017

Outright Winner:  Laura & Claire Murray –  Prize money – £250.00

Runner Up 1:  Adam Dolan – Prize money – £100.00

Runner Up 2:  Hollie Robinson – Prize money – £100.00

Runner Up 3:  Olivia McDonald – Prize  money – £100.00

Heat 2 Results – 29th July 2017

Outright Winner:  Emily Punton –  Prize money – £250.00

Runner Up 1:  Matt Fotheringham – Prize money – £100.00

Runner Up 2:  Emma McConnachie – Prize money – £100.00

Runner Up 3:  Ruby Langfield – Prize  money – £100.00

Heat 3 Results – 12th August 2017

Outright Winner:  Emily Irving – Prize money – £250.00

Runner Up 1:  Archie Collingridge-Watt – Prize money – £100.00

Runner Up 2:  Nadia Allan – Prize money – £100.00

Runner Up 3:  Sasha Kaloheris  – Prize  money – £100.00

Well done to everyone who has taken part!