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Scots singer Bow Anderson honoured at the Scottish Music Awards

Bow Anderson
Bow Anderson

When Bow Anderson hits the stage at the Scottish Music Awards, it will mark a triumphant homecoming.

She has built up a huge following since releasing her debut single, Sweater, last March, despite it coinciding with the first lockdown. Legends like Elton John and Cyndi Lauper are among the fans who have contributed to more than 25 million Spotify streams of her music so far.

While it’s been an unconventional start to her career – unable to tour or promote her music in person until recent months due to Covid restrictions – it’s in keeping with the unconventional road Anderson took to becoming a singer-songwriter.

Rising star Bow Anderson earns fans in Elton John and Cyndi Lauper with soul-infused debut

The 24-year-old turned to music after being forced to abandon a promising gymnastics career, suffering a serious trampolining accident that left doctors fearing her leg might need amputated.

Now, the Edinburgh singer is nominated for Best Pop Act at the star-studded awards show at the Barrowland Ballroom on Saturday, where she will join Amy Macdonald, Wet Wet Wet and The Bluebells.

“It feels amazing to be performing and nominated for an award, I’m very excited and honoured,” said Anderson, who has been based in London since she was 19. “As a wee kid, I didn’t think this is what would happen. It’s surreal but I’m very grateful.”

Other nominees include Biffy Clyro, KT Tunstall and Nathan Evans. Sign up to watch for free at nordoff-robbins.org.uk