1988-10-12

CALUM SCOTT  is a British singer and songwriter born on this date. In 2013, he won a talent competition put on by his local newspaper. In 2015, he became known worldwide after competing on the popular television show Britain’s Got Talent. He subsequently released his version of the hit “Dancing on My Own” as a single, which reached number two on the UK Singles Chart and became the best-selling song that summer in the UK. In 2018, he collaborated with Leona Lewis on the single “You Are the Reason.”

Scott is out Gay. He is said to have had issues with his sexuality when growing up, but since becoming an adult, he is confident about it. In March 2018, he told Gay Times that he wants to be a positive example for the LGBT community and use his personality to promote acceptance.

In August 2013, Scott won the talent competition Mail’s Star Search, organized by Hull Daily Mail. He then joined a Maroon 5 tribute band, Maroon 4, and toured around the United Kingdom. In 2014 he formed the electronic duo, The Experiment with John McIntyre. 

In April 2015, Scott’s audition for the ninth series of Britain’s Got Talent was broadcast on ITV. Just before his audition, his sister Jade also auditioned, but was stopped early on both of her songs by Simon Cowell. Jade received three “No” votes from Amanda, David, and Simon (Aleisha’s vote was unannounced as it was not needed). Despite obvious nerves at seeing his sister get rejected, Calum performed a cover of Robyn’s “Dancing on My Own”, which he had heard Kinfs of Leon performing on BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge in 2013. Following a standing ovation from the judging panel, Simon Cowell pressed the Golden Buzzer giving Scott an automatic place in the live shows. Explaining his decision to send Scott straight to the semi-finals, Cowell said: “I’ve never ever in all the years I’ve done this show heard a guy with the talent you’ve got. Seriously. And the version was sensational, and that shows to me that you’re more than a singer, you’re an artist and that’s why you got that (the buzzer).”

In October 2018, Scott released a new single titled “No Matter What”. Upon release Scott said “”No Matter What” is without question the most personal song I have ever written and the one I am most proud of. It’s a song born from loneliness, acceptance and the heartbreaking but liberating tale of my coming out experience. What I love about this song is that it isn’t just limited to a story of sexual identity, but about the relationship between parent and child and acceptance as a whole. This song didn’t make my debut album because I simply wasn’t ready at that time to give it to the world.