Artist to Watch: Calum Scott

A screen grab from Calum Scott's music video for "Dancing On My Own." (CalumScottVEVO/YouTube)

It’s likely that you don’t know who musician Calum Scott is, but at the rate he is going, you soon will. He has had quite the year, gaining considerable attention and even some radio play—and he doesn’t even have an EP. Scott first appeared in the music scene when he won a talent competition organized by Hull Daily Mail back in 2013, and it was all up from there. He formed an electronic pop duo called The Experiment in 2014 and was met with some commercial success.

But, it wasn’t until Scott made his appearance on the ninth season of the popular reality competition show “Britain’s Got Talent’ in early 2015 that he started turning eyes in his direction. After his sister was turned away just moments before, he performed his own version of the song “Dancing On My Own,” by singer Robyn, and blew the crowd away.

He received a standing ovation from all four judges, and judge Simon Cowell even went as far as to press the Golden Buzzer, sending Scott straight to the live shows. “I’ve never ever in all the years I've done this show heard a guy with the talent you've got,” Cowell remarked. And so marked a huge step for Scott into stardom.

Thanks to his initial popularity, Scott gathered enough support to carry him throughout the rest of the competition. He made it as far as the finals, singing his rendition of Rihanna’s “Diamonds,” but he placed 6th overall out of the 12 contestants. Scott spent his time after the show performing at various shows across the U.K.

Then, on Apr. 15, 2016, Scott released his version of “Dancing On My Own” as an independent single. It was slow taking off, not reaching the U.K. charts until late May and still failing to climb very high. But as the year went on, “Dancing On My Own” rose higher and higher, going platinum in the U.K. in August and peaking at No. 2. Scott then started to pop up on American radios, currently peaking at No. 15 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.

On Nov. 25, Scott released his first original single, titled “Rhythm Inside,” showcasing that he is capable of going beyond covers. The track captures Scott’s pop-influenced sound and is great step up from the song that put him in the spotlight. “Rhythm Inside” is reminiscent of bands such as Coldplay and OneRepublic, but Scott manages to stay true to his own style. It will not come as a surprise if this song, along with others to come, follows in the footsteps of “Dancing On My Own,” and climbs its way up the charts.

Performing on “Britain’s Got Talent” was all Scott needed to boost himself into the spotlight. He has caught the attention of many people and shows no signs of slowing down. Keep an eye out for Calum Scott, and don’t be surprised if you see his name in the months to come.


Ryan Amato is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at ryan.amato@uconn.edu.