VIDEO: National singing success for 12 year old Lewis schoolgirl

Rosie Sullivan
Rosie Sullivan

A 12 year old Lewis schoolgirl is set for stardom after winning a national Songwriting Competition.

Rosie Sullivan, an S1 pupil at the Nicolson Institute, was named this year’s 7-12 year old Young Songwriter Competition by the Song Academy (Stornoway Gazette, May 21st).

Her song titled ‘Runs from the Storm’ was chosen as the winner out of 350 songs.

She is just back from a trip to London, where she was given the opportunity to record her song in the EMI Studios.

She will also perform in a showcase at Westfield, Shepherds Bush, London on Sunday 21st June.

The Song Academy interviewed the winners of this year’s Young Songwriter Competition.

In her interview Rosie said: “I was really excited when they told me, I was happy, I was screaming! I wasn’t expecting it – I’m just a wee girl in Scotland living on an island up here!”

She added: “I’ve always wanted to be a musician slash actress when I’m older – that’s my longtime dream. I’ve been writing songs since I was three; my auntie said my first song was called ‘Dolly on the Road’. It was about sitting in the car with my doll, but apparently I wasn’t old enough to write words so she had to write it down for me. The first proper song I wrote was when I was about nine and that’s also when I started acting, and I’ve been writing songs properly since then.

Of her upcoming gig in London as part of her prize, she said: “I’ve only been to London once and lots of my family are going to see me. Most of my relatives live around Brighton so they’re going.”

On Saturday, June 13th, you can see Rosie perform at An Lanntair as part of ‘WEE Studio Live’ which is returning to An Lanntair with a line up of local talent.